Drawing, Practical & Entertaining Art

A Romp in the Snow
Buonvecchio Nina's Portrait
Buonvecchio-Still life
Saint Sixtus
Buonvecchio Quartz Peak


The Practical & Entertaining Art of Drawing
with Ed Buonvecchio

Mondays, July 11 – August 15, 2022 | 8:00 am – 11:00 am (Arizona Time)

Drawing can be a useful and fun tool in your daily life taking you away from your stressful day and giving you a way to express ideas or memorialize experiences. Learning to draw can give you the skill to design something you want to make, begin a painting or serve as a launchpad to exploring other forms of art or teaching others your learned drawing skills. In this six-week ongoing studio class we will learn skills and tools needed to draw what you think and see. We will practice the use of pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, brush and paper surfaces. We will learn about perspective, value, line, shape and composition. At the end of each class we will complete a drawing or drawings based on the lessons of the day.

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Ed Buonvecchio

Ed Buonvecchio

I have been drawing since I was a little boy and honed this skill at university and throughout my career
as a graphic designer and illustrator. As a painter, drawing experience has been invaluable, allowing
me to draw what I see with accuracy and to design good compositions for successful paintings.
I was born and raised in Camillus, New York and graduated from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo with a BFA in
Communication Design. I established a career as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator in
design firms and advertising agencies in the Central New York region before creating a freelance
business in graphic design and Illustration (including architectural illustration). I then moved on to a
fine art career in plein air landscape painting and mural painting.

Throughout my career as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator, drawing was a skill and art
that was necessary to be successful in conceptualizing and communicating ideas to my colleagues
during brainstorming sessions and for selling ideas to clients. Throughout my career I learned new
skills like linear perspective, modeling and sketching with graphite, marker, pen and ink, colored
pencil and waterclor. I learned my skills and ability to express my ideas as a designer and fine artist
out of necessity and my love of art and design. These drawing skills are forever being honed by
sketching while I am out hiking or or doing a value sketch for my next masterpiece..
Through the years I have been involved with community service. While living in Arizona before
moving to Maine in 2012, I served on the City of Goodyear Arts and Culture Commission, Three
Rivers Historical Society Board of Directors, founder and designer of the Estrella Mountain Regional
Park Centennial Trail and Chairman of the Centennial Trail Planning Committee. For two years I was
the Master Artist for “Gallery 37”, the West Valley Arts Council’s public art program, directing high
school art students to design, present and produce public art for municipal clients.
In 2021 my wife and I returned to Arizona in the Sedona area. After living and painting in Maine, I will
continue my quest to sketch and paint the landscape in our new home capturing the raw beauty of
the desert southwest.

I have been influenced by many great people and artists but my wife Julie is my most important
influencer and supporter. Family, friends and collectors of my art have been invaluable as supporters
intrinsically and financially.

Materials List – students must bring the following:

  • Graphite Pencils: 2h, hb, 2b, 4b, 6b
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Charcoal stick or compressed charcoal
  • Ink pens  (permanent and non permanent)
  • Newsprint pad (9×12, 14×17 or 16×24)
  • Good Quality Sketchbook: 60lb or heavier, non textured,  9×12
  • Bottle of India ink

Cancellation Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policies


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Classes must be paid in full upon registration
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Classes Cancellation

  • Students must cancel or transfer at least 7 days prior to the first day of class
  • If a student cancels or transfers before the 7-day cut-off, a 15% fee will be applied
  • If a student cancels within 7 days prior to class, there are no refunds
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the class for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.