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Etsy Hands-On: Drawing handmade and vintage goods


One morning I ran into a human rainbow: yes, one hundred people dressed in shades of ROY G. BIV. As they paraded past, I continued on my way to work. No big deal, just another day in New York.

We spend seven days a week observing and navigating our unique surroundings. Have you ever tried to capture these moments on paper? Hands-On: Drawing is the perfect opportunity to discover (or rediscover) drawing techniques. This month we are collaborating with two groups: the Art House Co-op and Veronica Lawlor, along with other members of Studio 1482. Partipants will be able to take part in both projects whether they are in the first or second session.

Sketchbook Project Participants. Left: Amy Liebenberg, Right: Susan Brady.

Inspired by maps and travelogues, the Art House Co-op will lead a lesson in making a representational or abstracted mixed media map. Be sure to learn more about their Sketchbook Project, which enables artists to create and share their work with people all over the world.

Veronica Lawlor

Veronica Lawlor and members of Studio 1482 will lead a lesson in observational drawing with a costumed model. Lawlor’s teaching technique is highlighted in her new book, One Drawing a Day, which encourages playful problem solving and experimentation.

Some of you may already know that Etsy has an amazing Support Team available online to help with questions you have about Etsy. Now you have the opportunity to come live chat with Etsy supporters!  They will be available throughout the night to answer questions in person.

Michelle and Kim at Hands-On: Valentines

Take a photo in our Magnolia Photo Booth and join our raffle for the chance to win special illustration prizes.

Can’t wait to start drawing? Need inspiration? Take a look at this video about artist Sophie Blackall, who interprets and illustrates Craigslist Missed Connections posts. Her work is currently part of Arts for Transit and is on view in a New York subway near you!

Where: Etsy Labs 55 Washington St Suite 712, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Between Front and Water)
When: Thursday, March 8, 2012
First Session: 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
(Demo for first session begins at 5:15 p.m., so please come at 5:00 p.m. to sign in!)
Second Session: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(Demo for second session begins at 7:00 p.m., so please come at 6:45 p.m. to sign in!)
Cost: Free
RSVP at Etsy Hands-On: Drawing.

Can’t make it in person? Join us for a Livestream demo from the artists starting at 4 p.m. ET.

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