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Back To Basics


The Back to Basics drawing class is an opportunity for beginning drawing students to gain elementary skills, as well as for those more experienced to refresh themselves in elementary concepts. The course is designed to progress from drawing simple shapes, such as boxes and spheres, to more detailed and complex still life. All work is based on direct observation in the classroom with the focus on development of the ability to interpret three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional drawing.

The instructor, Mike McLain, earned his BFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008 with specializations in drawing and sculpture. In 2010 he received an MA in studio art from Claremont Graduate University.

$90 for members of The Center
$115 for non-members

List of art supplies required: 
Selction 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" x 14"
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 it is suggested that you purchase a starter drawing set. They often include the basic tools.

This Ten-Week course begins September 13, 2017
Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm. Please note: This is a 10 week course

Additional Info

  • When: Wednesdays 10am - 12pm Starting Wednesday September 13. Please note: This is a 10 week course
  • Where: The Center
  • Cost: $90 members - $115 non-members
  • Contact: 760-416-7790