The Art of Live Animal Drawing

September 21 - 22, 2018

Instructor: Gail Guth

This two-day workshop at the university campus and farm will focus on capturing the essence of live animals on paper, observing and recording their shape and motion.

EMAIL Lana Johnson at to Register!

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This two-day workshop will help you capture the essence of live animals on paper, observing and recording their shape and motion; we’ll focus more on overall form and much less on details (that’s for the studio later!). The workshop will begin on Friday, Sept. 21, at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a bit of classroom instruction, slow-motion DVD’s and a few warm-up exercises, then on to sketch the cows, horses, and other assorted farm animals. On Saturday, we’ll travel to the university farm for more sketching time. Inclement weather may change our schedule, but we’ll have indoor shelter if needed.

Even if you are not wild about drawing farm animals, they make great subjects and the basic principles are the same for any animal you want to draw, from birds to cows to people. 

You will only need basic sketching materials (sketch pads, pencils, pens, whatever you are comfortable with — travel light!). Weather-appropriate clothing is recommended; don’t wear your good shoes! 



(Includes 2-day workshop, lunches & snacks). Class supplies and campus parking passes are extra. Transportation to off-campus farm is your responsibility. We will attempt to carpool and make sure everyone has a ride but ultimately it is your responsibility to get to off-campus location. 


Before 9/1/2018  – $155
After 9/1/2018 – $185

Before 9/1/2018 – $185
After 9/1/2018 – $215



Registration not complete until Lana Johnson receives your check and signed release form. 

Registration will be voided if no payment received within 7 days of registering.


Final registration payment is due no later than 7 days after submitting online registration. If you are unable to attend and must cancel, please notify us as soon as possible so your spot can be made available for someone else. Registrations cancelled before August 10, 2018, will be eligible for a refund less a $25.00 processing fee. Registrations cancelled before August 21, 2018, will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for registrations cancelled after September 1, 2018. In the case of an emergency, refunds will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the coordinator. No refunds will be given to registrants who do not show or who attend only part of the paid workshop by choice. 



For you

• Hat, sunglasses, jacket, raingear for the odd shower; bug spray (all optional but recommended)

• Optional: An old cushion, plastic trash bag (recommended; easiest to carry), or folding stool to sit on – whatever you have on hand (remember: you’ll have to haul everything around all afternoon!)

• Bottled water 




• Something to carry your supplies in: backpack, tote bag, big Ziploc bag, or plastic grocery bag – you don’t need anything special.

• Pencils: if you have some good-quality drawing pencils (e.g. Faber, Derwent, Mars/Staedtler — bring softer leads in the B range), colored pencils (Prismacolor or Faber), or a whole kit, by all means bring them; if not, a few regular yellow school pencils will work fine. A small pencil sharpener or piece of sandpaper is handy. 

• Paper: a sketchbook with a hard cover is best, something that will lie flat when opened, but you don’t have to buy one for this class. If you do buy one, get one that is easy to hold (6x8 up to 9x12 are good sizes). Or a clipboard with paper will do (put a big rubber band on the bottom to hold the paper down in a breeze). 

•  Erasers: not necessary (we are sketching!). But bring them if you have them and feel more comfortable with them than without. I prefer kneaded erasers.




Block of rooms (reserved under GNSI Great Plains Chapter) are available until August 30, 2018 for participants at $85 plus tax per night at:

Comfort Inn and Suites

331 North Cotner, Lincoln, NE, 68505, US

Phone: (402) 325-8800

Guests are responsible for all charges at hotel.



Parking passes for on-campus parking available for $6 per day. 




Gail Guth – Biography

Gail Guth is a freelance artist and principal and owner of Guth Illustration & Design, specializing in natural science illustration and graphic design. Her work combines traditional techniques with computer graphics, and ranges from small design projects to information graphics, brand identity design, maps, academic publications and book illustrations.

Gail holds a BA in Art Education from Michigan State University.

She has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1976. She has served as the group’s president and is currently the the Co-Editor In Chief of the organization’s quarterly Journal of Scientific Illustration

Gail works from her home studio in Battle Creek, MI.