Keeping a Sketchbook Journal with Courtney Armstrong

Graduating with a BA from the University of Minnesota at Winona, Courtney Armstrong was raised in Minnesota but has been 38 years in Denver being a Western gal.  As a board member of the Mountainside Art Guild, she was the computer coordinator/photographer and a frequent participant in all guild shows. She also worked in the graphic arts field in photography (8yrs) as a retouch artist, played around being a musician for a while, finally settling as a draftsman in Electrical engineering for 20 years.

She has been an artist all her life.  Courtney’s first award was at the Chatfield Western Days art show- they had no children's section so she was allowed to show with the adults (at 16yrs. old) and received an Honorable Mention.  She has had three solo shows, participated in five to six shows per year in the Denver area and won awards from Honorable Mention, Award of Excellence (this year) to first and second placings.  

It has been her pleasure to watch artists grow for eight years teaching beginning classes in drawing, pastel and watercolor.  Courtney enjoys teaching a great deal and especially love drawing.  It is the foundation of art and thus the most important part.

Currently her love is technical drawing with a new charcoal pencil she has found (Nero) so her style is tight and realistic.  Also, her subject matter has recently been focused upon horses, wild ones in particular, trying to get the hair to look particularly "wild" and free.


Why keep a sketchbook?  Well, it gives you a visual journey of where your art has taken you.

This class will talk about the kinds of subject matter you put in a book, with what kinds of tools; we'll talk about sizes and reasons to have more than one sketchbook.  You can make this into a second journal as you record notes and insights about what you saw, what you drew and what you felt. It can also be a preliminary book of sketches for a painting with notes on color, light, things you want to remember.  You will also learn to evaluate subject matter, gestural drawing, putting everything you have together to make a good composition. Learn more from your peers, ask questions about values and shapes - how they work together and how exciting light can be. This four week class meets Wednesdays, May 1-22, from 6:30-8:30pm.

Teens 16 and older are welcome. Price is $88.


Canson XL 9x12 Mixed Media sketchbook or  some equivalent - size and with heavier paper

Pencils - 2B - 6B

Pens to draw with - any kind, writing or drawing

Also nice to have:

Watercolor pencils - Crayola's are great

Water/brush pen (a brush/pen with water reservoir and brush tip)



Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Many of our classes fill up early - so don't wait too long!

We take phone reservations with a valid credit card.

Call: 507-732-7616

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Crossings at Carnegie
320 East Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992