ROCKLAND — On four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 5, the Farnsworth Art Museum presents a graphite-drawing class entitled “Capturing Details with Graphite.” Let by artist Whitney River, the workshop will take place on Zoom from 1 to 3 p.m.

The class is meant to help anyone push their observational skills to a new level. River will share her love of rendering detail in natural forms. In this four-week course, participants will learn to combine close observation with improved pencils skills to achieve greater realism in their drawings. Through a variety of shading exercises, master copies, and original compositions, students will begin to recognize subtle value shifts and find fascinating details within their subjects.

River graduated from Yale University in 1995. Since then she has shown extensively throughout New England, and her drawings and paintings are represented in many private and corporate collections. She is inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds her in Maine, both in the woods and by the ocean. She uses oil on canvas and graphite on paper to render found natural objects with great detail and precision.

The fee for this program is $144; $120 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register for this program, visit