Drawing Class with Black Bear Models

Students learn how to draw the figure and form of bears in the wild

ORR, MN—June 2, 2010—The American Bear Association is announcing a new Drawing Class event for the 2010 season at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary located in Orr, MN on July 12th and August 23rd.

This unique outdoor drawing class is open to all levels of skills and is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their drawing skills and learn more about the form and function of the Black Bear. Different drawing styles will be explored using a wide range of media. This is a chance for participants to use techniques and tools they may not have tried before. Some of the things class participants will learn is how to equip themselves for an outdoor session, how to sketch quickly to avoid possible problems nature may bring, how to transfer a landscape or scene onto paper and etc.

“Students may be able to get close to a wild black bear in the wild and study the form of it and transfer that image onto paper, all from the safety of a viewing platform,” says vice president and bear behaviorist Klari Lea, “they will be able to become connected to the bear and use that energy into drawing the form down on paper. There are challenges to using live wild subjects that are not stationary but there is a different energy coming off of wild bears vs captive bears making a truer natural form on paper. I think it is more of a ‘free’ energy that is portrayed which is crucial in any good wildlife drawings.”

All levels of students are welcome and should benefit from the class. Rhonda Schrader, the class instructor, has been involved with art for 20 years and has experience teaching continuing education art programs for adults and inner city community art design classes for troubled teens.

Currently, the sanctuary is now accepting reservations for the Drawing with Bears online on their events page at www.americanbear.org where you can find more information about this program and other events for the 2010 season.

The American Bear Association was established as a nonprofit organization in 1995. Thousands of people visit the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary every year to view and learn about black bears, their behavior, habitat needs and life cycles. It is known by photographers as “the best place in North American to photograph wild black bears in their natural habitat.” The Sanctuary is open to the public each Tuesday through Sunday, from 5PM till dusk, between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and closed on Mondays. September 5th is their last day of operation for the 2010 season. For more information visit the website www.americanbear.org.