Poetry Friday–New Figure Drawing Class, Poem, & Art

Working with Monarch’s in Mind, © 2021 Michelle Kogan, pencil and pastel, WIP.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m interrupting the ongoing political airways… To bring you… My brand new Online Figure Drawing–Painting & Composition Class, beginning next week on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Harper College in their Community Education Department–and am looking to attract some new students… You can comfortably take this class from anywhere where you have access to a mobile phone, laptop, or computer. I’m enticing you this week with a WIP drawing and rondel poem focusing on this goal. So… Get those pencils out, or charcoal, or paintbrush, and take a leap of faith–muster up your courage and come join me–all levels welcome.


Treasures of online life drawing,
poetry drawing with pencil–
Stretch and seizes your potential,
awakens an unknown calling…

First you may feel like you’re crawling,
practice will improve your level–
Treasures of online life drawing,
poetry drawing with pencil–

One day you may feel like bawling
but, you’ll grasp the fundamental…
Let ideas become central
and rouse your creative dawning–
Treasures of online life drawing…

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Margaret Simon at her blog Reflections on the Teche is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Margaret! She’s excited to offer us a wonderful collection of Nestling poems she found in the book One Today by Richard Blanco and illustrated by Dav Pilkey– The book is written from the inaugural poem for Barack Obama– be sure to stop by for her poems and many more.

Visit Renée LaTulippe at No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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19 Responses to Poetry Friday–New Figure Drawing Class, Poem, & Art

  1. Tabatha says:

    You are inspiringly creative, Michelle! I would like to take your class… it seems unlikely I can squeeze it in this time, but you are on my radar!

  2. margaretsmn says:

    I am my own worst critic when it comes to drawing. Good luck with your class.

  3. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Good luck with your class! I can relate to the line “one day you may feel like bawling”–most of my days in the two art classes I took left me feeling that way. Maybe I should have started a little earlier or with classes less demanding (at least for a student who focused too much on grades) and more for the joy of drawing.

  4. cvarsalona says:

    “poetry drawing with pencil–” Love that line, Michelle. Good luck with your class. It sounds like it will be a hit. I am always amazed at your artwork and how you inspire us!

  5. Gail Aldous says:

    Michelle, what a beautiful drawing and rondelle poem! I love the lines “poetry drawing with pencil” and “awakens an unknow calling.” In your drawing I like how you use the whole space including the monarch, flower, leaves, drums, and vines. Your shading on your subject is impressive right down to his finger nails! To me his expression looks like he’s entranced by the monarch. Is he sitting on some king of bench with carved gazelles? Gosh, I haven’t taken a drawing class since college, which was forever ago. Our book was Drawing With the Right Side of the Brain, which helped me. I never, ever thought I could draw, but I actually learned how to draw and enjoyed the class. Writing comes far easier, though, but, thank you for the invitation. I love your illustrations to your poems and I love your poetry. I’m sure you are a great teacher. Have fun.

  6. katswhiskers says:

    What a rousing call to poetry and portraiture, Michelle. I had to smile at your crawling/bawling lines. Yes – I could relate to that. 🙂 But I’m sure your workshop participants will take a lot away from the session and find your wonderfully supportive!

  7. Mitchell Linda says:

    Wow! Your rondelle not only is a beautiful poem, it caputres the movement of the pencil on the paper. What a perfect combination, your drawing with “poetry drawing with pencil–” And, I like the idea of stretching and seizing potential. This post is a winner, Michelle!

  8. janicescully says:

    “First you feel like you’re crawling.” That’s how I feel with poetry. 🙂 The class sounds like fun. Hope you find more students. Your poem is well done, accurately describing the emotions evoked by creative process. Calling/crawling/bawling.

  9. lindabaie says:

    I love the way you “drew” your poem, Michelle with an invite for “poetry drawing with pencil–”. Beautifully done!

  10. Michelle, you had me at the title! I love the connections you make between poetry and drawing. Lucky students! xo

  11. maryleehahn says:

    How clever to create an (encouraging) advertisement for your class…in poetry form! You know your audience here well! If only I had more time, I’d be there!

  12. haitiruth says:

    Lovely poem! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  13. How fabulous! I love your “poetry drawing with pencil.” I bet you’re a wonderful teacher!

  14. laurashovan222 says:

    “First you may feel like you’re crawling” — oh, I see myself in that line!

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