In this virtual class, you will be guided through some basic techniques for doing observational drawing based on your own 3D objects. We will do a series of drawing exercises, beginning with “sketching” techniques and lead into some tips for refining your drawings, by focusing on contours. This class is open to a variety of age levels and is geared toward beginners. There will be opportunities for you to submit questions throughout, and a chance to show off your work at the end (if you choose)!

Supplies needed:

  • A pencil-try to find a regular pencil or a drawing pencil-not a mechanical.

  • An eraser (optional)

  • A pencil sharpener (optional)

  • Paper

  • A drinking glass/cup/mug

  • Piece of fruit or vegetable.

  • A squirt bottle, soap dispenser, hand sanitizer

  • A tool-this can be from your garage or kitchen, etc.-a simple machine-pliers, scissors, wrench, etc

Previous instructional experience not required.

About the teacher:

Carrie Pendergrass received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting, from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She then went on to receive a Masters of Education degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Over the last twenty years, Carrie has been a freelance artist, art educator, and small-business owner. She recently stepped down from her Gallery Director position at the local non-profit HArt Gallery, where she worked for over three and a half years. She currently works as a professional artist, exhibiting her work locally and regionally, and continues to do arts education. She has been teaching art through grant-funded opportunities like Arts Build’s Artist-in-Residency Program and private and public instruction through Townsend Atelier, the Chattery, and other venues. You can find her as “Sewn to the Sea” on Facebook and Instagram and through


The link to the webinar will be sent to you 48 hours prior to the start and again when it starts. There are no refunds for online classes. Can’t make the live class? No problem! The link will be available for 24 hours after the original recording.

For details about our refund and class cancellation policy, visit our FAQs.