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Total Essential Knowledge

Course Starts

May 4, 2023

Course Time (CST)

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Course Type


Course Ends

May 11, 2023

Course Cost


Drawing is a way of thinking. Like writing, drawing clarifies. It deepens our understanding. Join artist Colin Matthes for a Total Essential Knowledge (TEK) workshop, where he’ll demonstrate drawing as a tool to visualize and share knowledge. This workshop is aimed at lifetime learners and offers a fun, low-pressure environment. Over two sessions we will:

  • Learn drawing is for everyone! It is for anyone who cares to think or communicate. That’s you.
  • Find value in the ACT of drawing, the process.
  • Use drawing to research, remember, communicate, and figure things out
  • Learn to slow down and make decisions about what is most important
  • Make our own instructional drawings!

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  • Paper, any kind will do. Standard 8.5x11in copy paper works great.
  • Marking tool(s). The simplest solution is a pencil or pen, but you can really use anything including markers, brushes and paint, etc.
  • Something to document your finished drawing. A scan works great, but a simple cell phone photo in good light will work as well.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: There is one (1) scholarship available for this course. Students of need are encouraged to apply through our Scholarship Application page.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail Operations Manager Matt Rezin.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.


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Colin Matthes (Milwaukee) grew up on a farm on the outskirts of a village with three bars, a post office, and the world’s greatest junk parade. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Colin’s childhood spent installing electric at small-town county fairs...

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