For their annual celebration of the art of drawing, 1450 Ocean presents a low-cost class with Miles Lewis on the intricacies of portrait drawing from life, using ink brushes and pens. Using permanent lines and strokes, artists are forced to love and build upon each mark they make. Do you have what it takes? All levels welcome.

Draw from a live model. This class is open to any level of portrait-drawing experience. Ink brush and wash techniques have been a common sketching technique for centuries. The quickness and lightness of the method allows for an elegance and flow that pencils or ballpoint pens do not permit. Ink’s permanence turns the drawing into a kind of successive game, where each line must work with and against others to create space, volume and tension.

Students will work to capture the anatomical landmarks and value pattern of the head, while focusing on economy of line and simplicity of expression. Students will leave class with a clear idea about how to stylize their portrait drawings for ink work. Material fee includes brush pen.

Miles Lewis is an LA native and a recent CSU Northridge graduate. Beginning as a painter, poet, and educator, he found printmaking and planted a flag for synthesis. He is the co-director of the San Fernando Valley-based Valley Print Studio with Zeina Baltagi. Through the studio, he is committed to professional collaboration, community education, and the advancement of physical graphics.

1450 Ocean, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: $5 to cover the model fee. Register for classes at (

Short classes make parking a breeze. Parking is $4 for three and half hours at Structure 6, right around the corner.

– Submitted by the Cultural Affairs Division

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