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Summer-time: New Classes and Workshops

“O, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”
Join me this Summer for some amazing workshops and classes.
Let’s get outside.


value/shape, with charcoal media


Working in Plein air, one needs to understand light and form, simply when observing and recording spaces that ‘involve.’

IMG_1104.jpgOne can say a lot by representing very little and pare down a scene so we are left with the essential and have the information required to make sense of what’s in front of us. Charcoal media lets us stay loose, quick and a definitive, creating the essence of a space that is being explored and defined.

The Georgetown Neighborhood in Seattle is such a great field trip, with endless spaces to draw and experience. Let’s keep Georgetown, Georgetown.



a day in studio.


collage, mark + shape…throw in a bit of texture, too.









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‘A Design-Drawing process with Charcoal Media ‘ Urban Sketchers: Seattle


Get out your sketching gear!  Whether you want to start learning how to sketch or have been a long time sketcher, the Seattle 10 x 10 program has the classes for you.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers, this is the first year long USk program ever.  10 x 10 is also happening in different parts of the world this year.

We are bringing a program to you right here in Seattle too.

Join us.  Check  for information about the class offerings happening internationally.  If you are traveling this year, consider taking a class with one of our sister programs in another country.  This is a great way to meet sketchers around the world as well as learn from some great teachers.

Check here for our program in Seattle and be sure to join us for a free presentation at Daniel Smith Seattle January 28, 2017 11:00 am-1:30 pm.  Meet the other teachers and learn with local sketchers.  This is a great way to get into sketching if you are interested and may need some help.  Tell your friends about this. All levels are welcome!

My workshop day is April 8th, 2017 in Seattle, Ballard,  specifically.

‘A Design-Drawing process with Charcoal Media ‘is the class: shape, composition, media technique and did I say shape? Yes.

Meet in Ballard @ 8:45AM

Address: Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel 5228 Shilshole Ave NW Seattle 98107 and we will sketch until noon; rain or shine.

final_1Check our program information for how to register; limited spaces available.  We encourage you to check out all the classes!

here is the Supply List for my class:

Generals Charcoal Pencils 2 – 3

Generals Charcoal sticks: 2B and 4B

Kneaded Eraser

White Stadler Mars Eraser

Smooth Drawing paper/Sketchbook: 9 x 12 Min

Small Straight Edge

View Finder

Artist Tape

Drawing/Portable Stool

Baby Wipes

p.s. another class offering for January

p.s. I am offering an additional watercolor class on Wednesday evenings too.

Starting Jan 18 2017 @ 5PM. I have 2 spots available. Contact me with your interest.


Drawing, Painting, Mark Making with pencil, ink and other mixed media.

In six creative sessions, we will develop an understanding of transparent watercolor, discover its characteristic 4 variables and work with beauty of the paint and its ability to describe and evoke, mixing with pencil, ink and other media. We will create rich compositions, along with the fluid aspect of watercolor, lending beautifully to other media in partnership. All levels welcome.watercolor-evocative_ahlehmann_crop

3 x’s a charm










All three visits to Civita in my lifetime has meant so much to me:

1985, as a student of architecture  + 2013, as a Civita Institute ‘Fellow’ on residency studying drawing + 2016, as a  Civita Institute teacher.

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How fortunate I have been to have a pencil/brush/pen in my hand each time. Italy is a magical place. I always come back speaking of the wonderful Italians; the places, the food,  the time to draw and create.

This last time in Fall 2016, was truly charming. My opportunity to teach brilliant and eager students in Civita was lucky and remarkable. Each day in studio the students were ready and willing to take on drawing concepts, experiment with new media and to simply ‘fall in’ to their work, beautifully.

At the end of each day,  I would peek into studio and see all the new works; feeling satisfied and happy, knowing then, I was where I should be, in Civita, right there.

‘3 times a charm’, for sure.




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A new and unique offering Feb 4 & 5, 2017 for designers and architects.


You are what you draw.

Lesson Goals

Be fluent in simulation of architectural concepts, become

adept at explaining, diagramming, expressing concept through drawing,

visually represent spatial and formal qualities of space,

become better designers through drawing exploration, identify and describe basic visual

design principles, think in visual terms,

inspire oneself to draw more,

develop good work habits and acquire illustration skills and practice.

All levels welcome.

In Seattle. Sat/Sun in  February 4 & 5, 2017  $275.  Sat 10 – 4PM Sun 9 -3PM.

12 spots available in Seattle.

Please contact me with your interest.

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