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Donna W.
Valley Center, California
Learn how to draw artifacts from a professional illustrator with 12+ years experience
If you are a student of anthropology and/or archaeology, you've seen illustrations of various artifacts and ceramics. You may even be asked to draw an artifact for one of your assignments or, if you are a life-time learner with an interest in archaeology and would like to learn illustration, then you are in the right place. Archaeological illustration is a craft that can be taught through completing a series of simple steps. For several years now I have been producing artifact illustrations for professional journals and scientific papers. It is my hope that these lessons will help you approach illustrating artifacts with confidence. Once you learn the steps, you will achieve a completed, viable, and accurate drawing. Lessons include: How to draw stone tools and points; drawing artifacts to scale; how to draw pot sherds and ceramics; reading and mapping the artifact; measuring and working with pen & ink.
About Donna W.

Did you have a childhood dream of becoming an artist, a park ranger, or an archaeologist or something else but didn't think it'd ever come true? I did. I wanted to be all three! Sometimes our dreams come true in different ways that we never would have imagined. My love for archaeology and nature kindled a passion in me to look for other ways of bringing my dreams to life. Today, my dreams are expressed through drawing artifacts, teaching art, and leading nature walks. As a volunteer certified trail guide, I dress up in my hat and vest and lead interpretive nature walks to help educate the public on native plants, wildflowers, and the indigenous peoples of the areas in which I live. I majored in history and art at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA where I received an A.A. Degree and Certificate in American Indian Studies. I began technical illustration when I volunteered at an archaeological society and discovered that while I am not an actual archaeologist, I get to hold and draw artifacts thousands of years old, rub elbows with everyone in the field, and even teach current archaeologists how to draw the items that they find! My archaeological illustrations are published in scientific journals, archaeological reports and professional presentations. Drawing has added so much to my life - it gives me serenity when I need it, a feeling of completing something special (that I did all by myself), a team effort in contributing to a project, gifts for friends and family, a hand-drawn card to brighten another's day, and so much more. Whether you decide on either of the three courses I offer, it is my hope to share this ability with you and help you find your inner artist too!

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Donna W.
Valley Center, California
Learn how to draw artifacts from a professional illustrator with 12+ years experience
If you are a student of anthropology and/or archaeology, you've seen illustrations of various artifacts and ceramics. You may even be asked to draw an artifact for one of your assignments or, if you are a life-time learner with an interest in archaeology and would like to learn illustration, then you are in the right place. Archaeological illustration is a craft that can be taught through completing a series of simple steps. For several years now I have been producing artifact illustrations for professional journals and scientific papers. It is my hope that these lessons will help you approach illustrating artifacts with confidence. Once you learn the steps, you will achieve a completed, viable, and accurate drawing. Lessons include: How to draw stone tools and points; drawing artifacts to scale; how to draw pot sherds and ceramics; reading and mapping the artifact; measuring and working with pen & ink.
About Donna W.

Did you have a childhood dream of becoming an artist, a park ranger, or an archaeologist or something else but didn't think it'd ever come true? I did. I wanted to be all three! Sometimes our dreams come true in different ways that we never would have imagined. My love for archaeology and nature kindled a passion in me to look for other ways of bringing my dreams to life. Today, my dreams are expressed through drawing artifacts, teaching art, and leading nature walks. As a volunteer certified trail guide, I dress up in my hat and vest and lead interpretive nature walks to help educate the public on native plants, wildflowers, and the indigenous peoples of the areas in which I live. I majored in history and art at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA where I received an A.A. Degree and Certificate in American Indian Studies. I began technical illustration when I volunteered at an archaeological society and discovered that while I am not an actual archaeologist, I get to hold and draw artifacts thousands of years old, rub elbows with everyone in the field, and even teach current archaeologists how to draw the items that they find! My archaeological illustrations are published in scientific journals, archaeological reports and professional presentations. Drawing has added so much to my life - it gives me serenity when I need it, a feeling of completing something special (that I did all by myself), a team effort in contributing to a project, gifts for friends and family, a hand-drawn card to brighten another's day, and so much more. Whether you decide on either of the three courses I offer, it is my hope to share this ability with you and help you find your inner artist too!

Levels taught

Teaches Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

Teaching since {{year}}

Teaching since 2008

Education

AA Degree; Certificate in American Indian Studies; History / Art; Adobe Photoshop CS6

Teaches ages {{minAge}}+

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks {{languages}}

Has background check

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Archaeology
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$30
45 minutes
$45
60 minutes
$60
90 minutes
$90
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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