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Focus on the Figure with Susan Overstreet (6 wks)
Each class will start with a discussion of anatomy covering different body parts each week and building to a basic knowledge of the skeletal and muscular systems. The discussion will be followed by timed poses for drawing ending with a long pose for painting. The painting portion will explore different palettes each week for a deeper understanding of color.

Working with a live model is the best way to improve drawing skills. All levels are welcome to study the figure with structured timed poses that will expand your knowledge of anatomy and inspire your individual expression. One on one instruction throughout the class as well as group discussions during model breaks will enhance the educational experience. $240 Not-yet Members / $220 Museum Members for this six-week, three-hour drawing class; Tuesdays 12 to 3. Limited to 8 spots.

About Susan Overstreet

Susan Overstreet has exhibited at the Provincetown Art Museum, Cape Cod Cultural Center, Cape Cod Museum of Art and Highland House Museum. Represented by Tree’s Place in Orleans, MA, her joyful work is collected internationally and she is often commissioned to preserve cherished events and scenes.

Susan completed studio work at George Washington University, and continued studying fine arts at Corcoran School of Art and Art League School of Alexandria. She has been featured in multiple regional publications. Her portrait of a Cape Cod lobsterman was juried into the American Women Artists Annual Competition.

In Virginia, her work was in many juried competitions including the Fairfax County Council of the Arts, the Fairfax Government Center, the Springfield Art Guild Annual Juried Exhibition, Waterford Art Festival, and the Torpedo Factory. She taught art in Fairfax Public Schools and served as president of the Springfield Art Guild. She recently illustrated a book with her drawings.

Artist’s Statement

“Art is a soulful response to a subject. I am inspired by the people and environments of Cape Cod and places that I travel. My process begins with an emotional connection to a subject. I study how best to technically get this reaction on the canvas and then use my brushes and colors to convey my individual expression. It is a joyful challenge to hone an evolving, experimental, technical process that honors the world around us.” — Susan Overstreet

Focus on the Figure

Instructor: Susan Overstreet

Tuesday 12pm – 3pm

Materials List

Drawing board with clips

Newsprint or Bee’s Paper Brown Recycled Rough Sketch: 18×24

Small Sketchbook

Vine Charcoal

Compressed Charcoal

Conte Crayons

Blending stumps

Black markers or felt tip pens


Kneaded and gum erasers

Pencil sharpener

Acrylic or oil paint

Warm and Cool of Primary Colors, white, and whatever colors you particularly like, but consider limiting your palette as much as possible.

Paper towels or rags, palette, palette knives, round, flat and filbert bristle brushes, large canvases (16×20+), gamsol (no turpentine), no medium required but we will discuss. Metal containers, no glass

Materials can be purchased at Cape Art and Photo located upstairs from Tree’s Place in Orleans. Mention my name for a 10% discount.

Event Dates
Members: $220, Non-Members: $240

12:00 - 3:00 PM

60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA 02638 (view map)

Contact Information
Suzie Johnson 5083854477 x16

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