1/22/24-2/26/24 (6 weeks) (Monday Afternoons)
Tim: 1 to 4 pm
Studio location (B)
Explore the exciting small pieces of art you can create with simple tools and materials. Pen and ink,
colored with a watercolor wash, will capture sweet little scenes anywhere – and keep you in practice! Embellish your
pieces with text by using simple calligraphy. You will learn it all – capturing a scene, composing a thought-out layout,
recording your surroundings quickly, and using different techniques and tools. You will learn 3 sure-fire ways to
Materials: Pencil and eraser, various pens, I recommend Micron or Uniball ink pen. Email me, I’ll direct you to shopping links.
Canson watercolor paper pad (8×10 or larger)
Watercolors in pans and small craft brushes
Ruth Squitieri was born and raised in a small town in Germany, before settling in Florida in her early 20s. She always had art in her life. While her family was very musical, she was the only one who always had a pencil or brush in her hand. After painting a lot in watercolor and acrylics, she discovered oils about 20 years ago. In 2008 she took her first plein air workshop and has been hooked to on-site painting ever since. Ruth currently includes quick pen and ink sketches in her repertoire, especially when traveling. She is now focusing on urban sketching with pen and ink washed over with fun splashes of watercolor.
Ruth loves to share her talent and knowledge and has been doing demos at artists’ groups as well as during paintout/plein air festivals in the Central Florida area for many years. She is a sought-after instructor at the Artists Workshop in New Smyrna Beach, teaching principles of Composition and Perspective along with an intensive immersion into art for beginners, head and figure drawing, and pen and ink sketching.
Ruth believes that working from life allows you to put the most truthful statement onto paper, and also the most interesting. “The camera doesn’t capture all the light and details in the shadows, but puts everything in focus. That is not how we see the world.” To this point she studies the scene that’s in front of her and puts down what nature presents her with, carefully repositioning certain elements, eliminating others, but always focusing on the quality of light (when painting in oils) or fun details (when doing urban sketching).
Port Orange, FL