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A Portrait in Charcoal

The multi-talented instructor, Taylor Bruce is giving a portrait workshop as part of the complete experience of the Go Figure! exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). The workshop, A Portrait in Charcoal, will take place on two consecutive Saturdays, November 6 and 13th from 1-4 pm at the museum at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor.

The portrait workshop will introduce students to the concepts important in creating realistic portraits. The class is designed for intermediate artists who have developed solid drawing skills and are comfortable with standing or sitting at an easel. While it is helpful to have some experience in portraiture, the information covered will allow beginners in portrait work to participate.

Taylor is an experienced, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic instructor who enjoys sharing her passion for painting, drawing, and printmaking. She has taught at the Spring Street International School since 2005 and at her private studio for fourteen years. Currently, she pursues her career while enjoying the experience of enriching young lives through the study of art.

Her accomplishments include having illustrated over 40 children’s books. She studied at the Art Academy of San Francisco and while a student, she was awarded the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators student award.

At the registration site, students can get more detailed information and a list of materials. Students can register online by clicking below or register at the reception desk at SJIMA during open hours Friday-Monday at 11-5. The two-session class is $250. If you have detailed questions contact Taylor at


Please visit Go Figure! at SJIMA now until December 6 for inspiration. Also, figurative art is displayed by Francie Allen in On Being Alive! in the Atrium Gallery and Going the Distance by Nola Ahola. Museum hours are Friday-Monday 11-5. Admission is $10, with SJIMA members and those 18 and under admitted free of charge.

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