february, 2020

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06feb9:00 am4:00 pmClose Scrutiny: The Why, How and Wherefore of Copying, with Carl JacksonPort Townsend School of the Arts9:00 am - 4:00 pm Port Townsend School of the Arts, 200 Battery Way Event Organized By: Port Townsend School of the Arts

Event Details


Making exact copies is a time honored activity of serious artists. It is a means of not only improving your knowledge of the subject, but of learning the technique of the copied artist. (Degas met Manet while both were copying the same Velasquez painting at the Louvre). Making exact copies of existing work, whether it be drawings, paintings or photographs, and comparing your copy with the original work allows you to see your mistakes of perception and make corrections, which does not happen when drawing from the live model. When copying a drawing in the same or a similar medium, you can copy line quality (in the spirit of), copy hatching or shading technique, and learn conventions for handling/suggesting various elements of a scene. Copying in this sense is not plagiarizing, it is a method for rapid learning.

Students will make several copies during the workshop and the final copy will be the best one they have ever achieved.

Required Supplies:

  • 8 1/2 x 11 or 11 x 14 sketch pad.

  • Four or five Drawing pencils of various grades: recommended 4 Ticonderoga yellow w eraser, 1 H and 1 3h pencil.


Carl Jackson has been an artist and art instructor for over 40 years. Along the way, he has been an Illustrator, Arts Administrator, Gallery director, and Fine Artist with work in numerous public and private collections. A graduate of Annapolis, he served aboard nuclear submarines; upon leaving the Navy he attended Rhode Island School of Design. He helped in the founding of a school for delinquent youth in Massachusetts, was director of a Community Arts Center in New Hampshire in the mid 70’s, and in the mid 80’s was a drawing instructor, and co-chair of the Foundation Department at the New England School of Art and Design in Boston. For the past twenty years he taught Computer Graphics and Drawing at the Art Institute of Seattle.

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(Thursday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Port Townsend School of the Arts

200 Battery Way


Port Townsend School of the Artsptschoolofthearts@gmail.com

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