6 Weeks, 12 Sessions
This class is for the beginner who wants to learn to draw as well as the established artist looking to brush up on basic skills. It is an intensive 6-week program in which participants will focus on shape, dimension, shadow and light, texture, perspective, scale, and other fundamental issues of drawing. Emphasis will be on learning to see objects in front of us in a way that makes it possible to effectively translate 3-D space to a 2-D surface.
This class is based on observation. It will utilize still life, beginning with basic shapes and progressing to common objects. Each class will begin with warm-ups, much like an exercise routine. The remainder of the session will be spent focusing on a particular aspect of drawing and may include technique exercises designed to expand specific skills. Class participants should be prepared to work hard in class and are encouraged to practice on their own between sessions. The effort will be rewarded with newly discovered or freshly honed skills.
- Selection of drawing pencils, including B, 2B, H, 2H
- 2 charcoal pencils
- black, white, medium grey conte’ sticks (Prismacolor Nupastel may be substituted)
- pencil sharpener
- kneaded eraser
- standard eraser
- blending stump
- vine charcoal
- sketch book, minimum 11”x14”
- newsprint, minimum 11”x 14”
Suggested but not required items include larger sketchbook, drawing board, graphite sticks, soft pastels. Some materials may be added as class progresses if students express an interest in exploring other drawing media.
If you are starting from scratch I suggest purchasing a starter drawing set. They often include the basic tools listed above at lower cost. Jack Farley’s Art Supplies carries a good basic set by Royal Langnickel called Essential Sketching Art Set. It has a wide selection of materials including a carrying case at a reasonable price. If you sign up in the store you can receive a discount on all purchases.