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By Jason Alden
$30,825 pledged of $30,000 goal
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About this project

The Drawing Studio is a place where the practice of drawing is studied as a natural and connective activity in our lives. There are ways of regaining our childhood absorption in creativity, when we experienced the world as yet-to-be-defined and we participated whole-heartedly. The Drawing Studio is being created to assist people in this effort.

Your contributions will allow us to finish the buildout of the studio, complete the Art Library and buy the supplies we need to open in September. Thank you for supporting us. The Drawing Studio will bring joy and benefit to many people.  

Please visit us at www.vermontdrawingstudio.com. 

Risks and challenges

The risks in beginning the Drawing Studio are clear. What if people don't come?! What if my bookkeeping all goes to hell? My effort in this past year has been to address and get help with areas of inexperience, namely budget projections and bookkeeping. I have two wonderful advisors, one in Brattleboro and one in Boston, helping me create simple systems that I can maintain.
The other ongoing requirement will be healthy enrollment. I have created many points of entry for people interested in art. There is a broad range of classes and workshops for those seeking instruction. We also offer independent drop-in figure drawing sessions for professional artists, teachers and others who want to be in a community yet work independently. The Art Library is an additional way for people to spend time in the school and see what we offer. And of course, good coffee. With windows overlooking the Whetstone Brook, The Drawing Studio may be the most beautiful place in all of Brattleboro to sit and enjoy a cup.

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    ID RATHER BE DRAWING FROM LIFE sticker

    This awkward and verbose bumper sticker is the perfect way to get someone to reconsider just what the hell they are doing with their time.

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    Walking Drawings

    These small (4x6") drawings are made while walking along trails and roads (and floating in a canoe) in Brattleboro VT. They are unique and beautiful glimpses of a passing moment.
    Visit www.vermontdrawingstudio.com to choose from the "little" drawings portfolio!

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    Sketch Kits (Adult)

    A travel sketch kit with everything you need to draw in the world. It includes an acid free sketch book, charcoal, carpenter's pencil (my favorite drawing tool), erasers and sharpener, all in a simple wooden box that you can take anywhere.

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    Sketch Box (Children's)

    A sketch kit for children, or adults who want to work with more colorful, playful media, that has everything you need to begin making pictures. It includes an acid free sketch book, pencils, eraser an oil pastels.

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    Life Drawings (Medium)

    Choose from a range of medium sized drawings of the figure and landscape in a variety of materials. Visit www.vermontdrawingstudio.com to choose from the "medium" drawings portfolio!

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    Life Drawings (Large)

    Choose from a range of large drawings of the figure, interiors and landscape in a variety of materials. Visit www.vermontdrawingstudio.com to choose from the "larger" drawings portfolio!

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    Color Mixing Workshop for up to 6 people

    This is an opportunity to learn the basics of color theory and how it applies to mixing color from life. This is essential information for painters and you could learn to love and navigate the world of color in this four hour workshop. Invite up to 5 friends, family or work mates to this workshop. We'll set a date that works for you. All materials are included and you will learn a ton and have a wonderful time. Most importantly, you will understand a great deal about color and how to use it in your painting.

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    Life Drawing Workshop for up to 6 people

    Bring friends and family together to experience the long loved tradition of figure drawing. You will learn a simple and direct way to begin to draw from the model that honors your own particular sensibility. This will be a one day workshop that includes lots of drawing time, group discussion and refreshments.

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    Art Library Dedication

    This pledge will help us complete the Art Library at The Drawing Studio. With your help it will be a first rate resource for artists, young and old, to expand their view of what is possible in Art.
    Your name (or the name of someone you love) will be inscribed on a wooden panel near the window overlooking the brook as an ongoing thank you for your generosity.

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