Visual Arts Workshop

Exploring Textures in Colored Pencil – Birds
Instructor – Dorota Haber Lehigh
Saturday, September 14 | 10:00am to 3:00pm
Tuition $45
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594LanedaAvenue | Manzanita


The Hoffman Center for the Arts will offer
Exploring Textures in Colored Pencils, a one-day workshop focusing on birds.

Celebrate Pacific Northwest birds by creating a whimsical bird portrait using colored pencils. Led by Seaside artist Dorota Haber Lehigh, participants will learn how to create realistic looking eyes and beak and how to use loose textural color layering to capture soft feathers. The workshop will begin will gestural foundation sketches in pencil before practicing blending and mark making in colored pencils

All levels are welcome. Bring a reference photo or two of the bird you intend to draw. Suggested size might be about 6 inches or approximately the size you intend to draw. If the photo is too small you will not be able to see the detail. Dorota will have some photo references available for you during the workshop as well.

Dorota Haber-Lehigh is an artist, educator and a naturalist with a passion for native plants. Born in Poland, Dorota loves traveling, field sketching, and discovering nature. She is inspired by her grandparents, who were avid mushroom hunters, her father’s travels and her mother’s fabric art and ikebana. She has two degrees—Art and International Studies with a focus on Indigenous Cultures, and a master’s degree in teaching. She also holds a graduate bilingual certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. She is currently working on a diploma in Botanical Illustration from Society of Botanical Artists in London. She is a member of Oregon Botanical Artists, American Society of Botanical Artists. She enjoys teaching nature drawing, natural science illustration and botanical drawing. More information can be found on the artist’s website .

Materials List
Students will need a sketchbook, pencil, kneaded eraser, an artist quality colored pencil set such as Prismacolor Premier or Faber Castell Polychomos; an embossing tool (Pergamano Fine Stylus 0.5mm); and a colorless blender, of your choice. (Haber-Lehigh recommends Copic Sketch marker colorless blender O).

The following supplies will be available for purchase at the workshop:  Tombow pencil H ($1); Kneaded eraser ($1); Strathmore drawing sketchbook, 5” x 8” ($5). She will also have a few embossing tools for sale at $7 each, and Copic Sketch Marker Blenders for $5.25 each.

Contact Haber-Lehigh for a suggested list of supplies for working with colored pencils: [email protected]