Honing Visual Skills through Drawing

with Larry Thomas

This short film shows some of the work from Larry’s 2015 masterclass at Big Cat Textiles.

Larry Thomas’s extraordinary work appears in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington DC, as well as numerous other public and private collections. He has many awards and accomplishments to his name. These include: visiting scholar in residence at the American Academy in Rome, resident artist at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  He retired in 2005 from the San Francisco Art Institute, where his several roles included Associate Professor of Printmaking. Each summer he teaches a drawing workshop at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the coast of Oregon. In 2010 conducted a similar concentrated drawing course at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts at Deer Isle, Maine.

This class will explore multiple possibilities of drawing, with an emphasis on design, interpretation, narrative, and representation. This approach is suitable for artists working in a wide variety of media, across a broad spectrum of studio practices.

This course is project-based, with technical demonstrations of traditional approaches to drawing and exploration/experimentation with alternative materials and techniques.  Individual conversations of intent, methods, and content, along with on-going critiques of work in progress and final presentations of completed projects, will be the format for discovering new ways of working with familiar materials.