Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Strathmore: "The Essentials of Paper" Presentation
Upper Gallery, January 29, 2015

Thursday, 6:30pm

Sarah Becktel, Artist Educator for Strathmore Artists Paper, will present “The Essentials of Paper”, a 90-minute hands-on presentation on Strathmore Drawing and Watercolor Papers. The presentation will focus on how understanding a paper’s fiber, weight, texture, surface, grade and permanency affect an artist’s choice and usage of fine art paper. Attendees participate in hands-on exercises, using a selection of papers and drawing materials. The goal of the presentation is to provide information to help artists select the right papers for their medium and techniques.

The presentation will cover all aspects of fine art drawing papers including:

•    History of Writing Surfaces: parchment to papyrus to paper
•    History of Paper: from China to Europe
•    How Paper is Made: past and present
•    Handmade paper vs. Machine made paper
•    Components of Paper: fiber, watermark, surface texture, sizing, weight, permanence.
•    Environmentally friendly papers and alternative fibers
•    Types of Paper: newsprint, sketching, drawing, bristol, illustration, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, mixed-media
•    Grades of Paper: student, artist, professional
•    Paper Storage

Attendees will receive FREE:
•    Strathmore papers & literature
•    Selection of drawing materials
•    Watercolor brush

About the Presenter:
Sarah Becktel is an artist who resides in Jersey City, NJ. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art, and has also studied at the Art Students League in NYC. Sarah currently works as the Product Research Director for the Colored Pencil Society of America, where she tests colored pencils for lightfastness, writes articles for their publications, and educates members on archival issues of drawing materials. As part of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), Sarah is responsible for the revision and maintenance of standards related to colored pencils and lightfast testing.  She has lectured throughout the U.S on lightfast testing and standards. Since 2005 Sarah has actively exhibited her work throughout the U.S.  As an Artist Educator for Strathmore Artist Papers, Sarah gives lectures annually on the attributes and uses of fine art papers. Her work can be viewed at:


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