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Colored Pencil Cherry Workshop with Kathi Darby

Thursday, September 8, 2022
1:00 pm3:00 pm

In this colored pencil workshop instructed by Kathi Darby, students will learn how to transfer an image to paper, discuss composition, focal points and complementary colors, practice burnishing and blending, and practice highlights and shadows.

Open to beginning students, 16 and older. Students are responsible for supplies; please see list below.


  • Recommended pencil colors (Prismacolor Premier): Canary Yellow, Crimson Red, Dark Brown, Goldenrod, Indigo Blue, Orange, Peach, Pink, Poppy Red, Spanish Orange, Tuscan Red, Warm Gray 10%, Warm Gray 20%, Warm Gray 30%, White. NOTE: You may substitute similar pencils or colors if desired.
  • Blender and/or blending stump (wax blender recommended)
  • Erasers: battery eraser, kneaded eraser, and polymer eraser (optional: Tombow Mono Zero erasers)
  • Paper: White or cream 80 lb minimum weight
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Drawing board or clipboard

About the Instructor

Kathi Darby is a 13-year member of the St. Augustine colored pencil chapter, where she has served on the board for the past three years. She is also a 13-year member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and has been juried into their international exhibition. She is a member of the St. Augustine Art Association and has been juried into their shows several times. Kathi has studied with nationally recognized artists and CPSA members Barbara Dahlstedt, Gemma Gylling, Denise Howard, Amy Lindenberger, and Bonnie Haney. She worked closely with Bill Shoemaker and Hanneke Jevons and meets with a group of colored pencil artists weekly in an open studio hosted by Hanneke.
Her teaching credentials include colored pencil classes for 12 years at the Flagler County Art League, 10 years at Michaels, 8 years doing annual residencies for Arts4All Florida and private lessons and workshops for individuals and groups. She has a successful pet portrait business called Pets on Paper and accepts private commissions to draw pets in colored pencil. Her work is hanging both in various business settings as well as in private collections and has been juried into several wildlife animal art exhibitions. Kathi’s specialty is drawing animals, but she also creates landscape and botanical pieces. She works on many different surfaces including toned papers, sanded papers, drafting film, wood, pastelmat and suede mat board. Kathi loves teaching and looks forward to exploring different styles and techniques with her students.

"I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil or crayon and love to show the colors of the world in a new light. To me, nature and art are intertwined and I love to capture those special moments that feature the wildly diverse life around us. I am mostly self taught, but have had the privilege of working with very inspirational and talented artists who were very generous in sharing their knowledge and techniques. My work has hung in art museums, private collections, a wide variety of shows and venues and, most importantly. folks have chosen to buy my work and hang it in their own homes. It's humbling and I am very happy to have the chance to give back by allowing others to explore their inner artist. I believe everyone can create their own visions of the things they love and I would love to help on that journey."

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