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Drawing As Wayfinding

July 24 - 29, 2022

Jonathan Adams  ·  thejonathanadams.com

Workshop at a glance

Use drawing to find orientation of self through classroom and off-site observational lessons, prompts, and class discussions.


  • Gestalt
  • Observational Drawing
  • Journaling as mapping


  • Graphite
  • Paper
  • Ink/Watercolor
  • Exploration into mixed media


  • Increased confidence and ability in observational drawing
  • Drawing as an ideation tool
  • A drawing focused body of work

Artist Bio

Jonathan Adams is an artist who lives and works in Johnson City, Tennessee. He earned his BFA in drawing from East Tennessee State University and his MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from Rutgers University. He is a former lecturer in drawing at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. Adams’ work has been exhibited at 21 Ludlow St in New York City, The Brooklyn Army Terminal under the contemporary artist Kara Walker, Crosstown Arts in Memphis, and The Chautauqua Visual Arts Gallery Store, among others.
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students will use observational and expanded drawing tools to create a personal travelogue. Using various materials, your travelogue will help you develop your journey through life from the present to another destination, even if that destination is unknown to you physically or emotionally. The goal is to use drawing to reflect your perception of where you are and where you might want to go. Participants will use mark making, pure contour, comparative sighting, and spatial relationships to help improve their observational drawing skills. Students will use a sketchbook, drawing pad, or substrate for the basis of their work. Your travelogue will serve as your companion as introspective class discussions led by the instructor will be the guide. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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