Carole Peel Demos Portrait Drawing At March 10 Meeting

Carole Peel will demonstrate portrait drawing at the monthly El Cerrito Art Association meeting at 7:00 p.m. on March 10 at the El Cerrito Community Center.

After receiving an MFA in fine arts with a major in painting from the University of California, Berkeley, Carole was invited to teach there for two years. Prior to Berkeley, she attended the Beaux Arts School in Geneva and focused on draftsmanship and masterful drawing of the figure.

After Berkeley she taught at CCA, where she was an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing. She focused on drawing and also taught composition, color, light, content, and rhythm.

At Berkeley she was the Anne Bremer Award winner and at CCA one of the winners of a Union of Independent College of the Arts Grants.

 For many years she spent each May in Europe, spending time in London and Paris and taking side trips to Vienna, Madrid, and Venice. Drawing in the museums from the masters has informed her work. She describes herself as a participant in the tradition of draftsmanship. During her years at CCA, students wanted to cultivate their drawing skills and it was a rewarding gift for her to teach them. She says that at this time there is a huge resurgence in the teaching and rendering of masterful work.
 After seeing a show in London at the British Museum: Fra Angelico to Leonardo — Italian Renaissance Drawings, Carole was ignited by the show of skill and wonder in telling who people were through the mediums of pencil, pen, or gouache on paper.
 Like artists in the past, she feels a great debt to the many who aspire to conquer the mastery of drawing. She remains awed by the pursuit.
 The Mar. 10 meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.
El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information about this program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996. For more information about the Association, see www.elcerritoart.org. The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.