Drawing Classes

Drawing serves as the foundation for all of the artwork created here at the studio. Students that study here receive intensive, guided instruction in all aspects of drawing, including linework, shading, proportion, and placement.

The aim of the training is to create a strong connection between the artist’s eyes, brain, and hands so that they can capture their observations with confidence and fluidity. Far from being stiff or tentative, the work of our students shows clearly how proper training and technique can help to create drawings that are clear, confident and direct.

In this class, students will learn the principles and techniques needed to accurately draw in a realistic manner. Students will learn to draw from direct observation, not photographs. Through accurate observation and the correct application of line and tone, students will make drawings which convey a convincing sense of three-dimensional form.

Covered in the class:
  • Sighting angles, comparative measurement and alignment.
  • Blocking in: constructing flat linear relationships to serve as a foundation for drawing.
  • Shading: understanding how tone creates the appearance of light and form.
  • Technique: gaining proficiency with drawing materials for precision.
Progressing from the material covered in the introductory class, this module focuses on drawing increasingly complex objects and scenarios. Students will learn to accurately draw a variety of materials such as glass, metal, wood, flowers and fur. In addition, the use of both linear and atmospheric perspective will be covered. 

Covered in the class:

  • Drawing complex forms, beginning with the study of sculpture casts.
  • Advanced study of light and shadow on various surfaces.
  • Texture: how to graphically represent a variety of materials in a believable way.
  • Perspective: creating convinving illusions of spatial depth in drawings.
The portraiture class covers all aspects of drawing a human face. Students will learn to use measuring, proportion and anatomical information to create accurate and realistic drawings from observation.

Covered in the class:

  • Using sighting methods to gauge size relationships and placement of features.
  • Proportion: the ideal proportions of the head.
  • Anatomy: basic anatomy of the skull and the various features of the face.