Ferdinand Hodler – Geneva Lake drawing class in Kunsthaus

79.00 CHF

Join my drawing class on landscape and learn the tricks of pastel sketching.

We will focus on drawing a Geneva lake landscape with pencil and dry pastels. Drawing landscapes seems much easier than drawing portraits, but it’s just a “seems-like” statement. Landscapes can be quite challenging in terms of colors and tones. Ferdinand Holder loved painting lakes and mountains. The key element we will focus on is color.

You will learn:

  1. Historical background of the painting “Geneva Lake”.
  2. A couple of interesting facts about Ferdinand Hodler.
  3. Shading with pastels. Basic techniques for drawing with dry pastels: a) layering, b) hatching c) cross-hatching d) mixing colors by adding multiple layers of basic colors

What to expect?

  • instructions on how to draw step-by-step with individual help from the teacher
  • individual analysis of your drawing and hints for the future
  • meeting new creative people
  • widening your knowledge in art and art history
  • complete immersion  “in the here and now” which results in deep relaxation state similar to a meditation

Dry pastels will be distributed to you during the class. You don’t need to bring yours if you don’t have them.

Additional information


on request

Meeting point:

Kunsthaus Zurich, Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zurich in the lobby.

What to bring:

A4 size paper plus a pencil and a rubber. Please also take something steady to draw on – it can be a hard paper notebook or something similar.


Due to security policy in Kunsthaus we offer max 10 places for this workshop. Beginners are highly welcome.