Drawing I: The Practical and Entertaining Art of Drawing

Fafner (1) copy
Buonvecchio Nina's Portrait
Buonvecchio-Still life
Buonvecchio_Saint Sixtus
Buonvecchio Quartz Peak


Drawing I: The Practical and Entertaining Art of Drawing
with Ed Buonvecchio

Mondays, Jan. 13 – Feb. 17, 2025 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

  • Experience Level: Beginning
  • Medium: Graphite Pencil, Ink Pen
  • Materials List: Click the tab above for a list of materials students need to bring with them.
  • Registration: Each student needs to enroll individually.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Art Barn building.

This basic course is an introduction to the art of drawing for the beginner, but it is also a great refresher course for the seasoned artist. Drawing can be a useful and fun tool in our daily lives taking us away from our stressful day, giving us a way to express ideas or memorialize experiences. Learning to draw can give us the skill to design something we want to make, to serve as a launchpad to creating 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 see. We will practice the use of graphite pencil and ink pen. We will learn how to draw lines, geometric shapes and organic shapes and turn them into three dimensional forms while learning about the importance of value, shading and perspective. At the end of each class we will draw from a still-life subject based on the lessons of the day.

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Ed Buonvecchio

Ed Buonvecchio

Ed Buonvecchio is an award-winning professional artist and avid hiker. He has taught drawing and painting at various levels for years. As a plein air painter, his passion is painting the landscapes he experiences in his outdoor journeys.

“Plein air painting has been an extension of my love for nature and the outdoors. It is always an adventure and challenge to me! The more I paint outdoors the more intimate I become with our Earth and the more I can share this intimacy and value for our environment with others. It is the journey and adventure to complete a study or finish a painting that keeps me going out for more.

My medium of choice is oil. I prefer oil paints because they are time proven. They remain open so that one can have time to blend and adjust. Oils also remain workable for plein air painting in a wide range of temperatures allowing for cold winter and hot summer conditions.

My wife and I recently returned to Arizona in the Sedona area. After living and painting in Maine, I will continue my quest to paint the landscape in our new home capturing the raw beauty of the desert southwest. 

I was born in 1950 and raised in Camillus, New York. I graduated from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo with a BFA in Communication Design. I began my career as a graphic designer and illustrator in design firms and advertising agencies in the Central New York region. I then established a freelance business in design, Illustration and public art mural painting before moving on to a fine art career.

Through the years I have been involved with community service. Before moving to Maine 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.”

Materials List – students must bring the following items with them:

  • Graphite Pencils: 2h, hb, 2b, 4b, 6b
  • Kneaded eraser & large white pencil eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Pack of assorted, compressed charcoal (hard, medium and soft)
  • Ink pens: Faber Castell Pitt artist pens are great (no rollerballs)
  • Newsprint pad (16×24)
  • Good Quality Sketchbook: 60lb  or heavier, non textured,  9×12

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 Office at 928-282-3809, ext. 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

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.