Instructor John Smolko
# of Days 2 Days
Start Date September 14, 2024
End Date September 15, 2024
Location The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center


WORKSHOP: Scribbling Into Art WORKSHOP

DATE/TIME: September 14-15, 2024, 9AM – 4PM




BEGINNING – ADVANCED: Embark on a creative journey with artist John Smolko in this dynamic two-day workshop, where scribbles take center stage as a powerful artistic tool. “Scribbling Into Art” reintroduces the innate joy of scribbling, inviting participants to explore the expressive potential of lines.

Scribbles are the first marks we accomplish effortlessly as children. Artist John Smolko reintroduces scribbling to the process of creating art as adults and challenges participants to experiment with unique mark-making techniques. Students who complete this challenging workshop will understand different Qualities of Line including the power of Expressive Line. This experience and knowledge will enable them to further explore the limitless possibilities of linear art on their own.

  • Objective 1Rendering and Blending with Line: Participants will complete a linear exercise that covers the fundamentals of blocking in areas with line, rendering with line, and scribbling. Color choices and color experimentation will be an integral part of this initial experience and will provide the groundwork for more advanced experimentation.
  • Objective 2Expressive Composition: Participants are encouraged to prepare a line drawing of a subject matter they are interested in for this workshop. Scribbles work for portraits, figures, landscapes, still-lives, and anything you may think of to create. If you can prepare this line drawing before you come for the workshop it will help the participants move into scribbling sooner. John will have some reference photos and still-life objects for students who need them on site. All level participants should find this experience enjoyable and challenging.

Scribbling proves to be a versatile medium for creative expression as Artist John Smolko guides both seasoned artists and beginners alike. Join us for an enjoyable and challenging workshop that unlocks the boundless possibilities of linear art.

Below are samples of work that students may explore within this workshop:

SUPPLY LIST: JOHN SMOLKO Scribble Into Art Workshop Supply List 2024

*Students will need to bring all supplies listed to participate in this workshop.


Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Please pack your lunch for this workshop daily. If you cannot, there are local places where staff can recommend ordering boxed lunches. Students will need to pick up these lunches during their designated lunch.

  • Payment in full is due 14 days before the workshop start date.
  • All deposits, $50, are non-refundable unless CVAC cancels the workshop.
  • Refunds, less deposit, will not be issued for attendee cancelations 14 days before the workshop start date.


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(Kent State University BFA, MFA) Artist John Smolko had a 35-year career in art education and the last 25 years of his teaching were at Aurora High School in Aurora, Ohio. All of John’s art can be traced to his teaching experiences and his scribble style of rendering is a direct result of that teaching. He retired from high school teaching in 2008 and immediately became a full-time artist who exhibits and offers Mark Making workshops all over the country. His unique scribble style is easily recognizable and he has exhibited locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. John is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and he participates in CPSA Conferences and International Shows. He is also a member of several CPSA District Chapters and John continues to share his skills and knowledge with his colleagues. Mr. Smolko also offers workshops for high school students, most being provided by the Cliffside Artists Collaborative in Hinckley, Ohio.

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