Drawing Fundamentals

Through exercises and longer drawing assignments, you will learn to accurately see and depict the 3-dimensional world. This class focuses on the foundations of perceptual drawing: contour, shape, value, gesture, perspective and proportional relationships. You will learn the process of starting and developing both line and tonal drawings using pencil and charcoal. Additional, emphasized concepts include “working from big to small,” and balancing close perception with measuring to bring both life and accuracy to a drawing. You will work from projected images, still life and the figure.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Keener eye for contour, shape, proportion, and value relationships

  • How to use various measuring techniques to achieve accurate proportions

  • How to use 1 and 2 point perspective

  • Introduced to figure drawing with a live model

  • Process of drawing and sketching deconstructed, confidence to maintain an independent drawing practice

  • Understanding of various drawing materials, including graphite, charcoal, erasers, and ink

Required supplies:

  • Drawing paper pad 14 x 17 inches

  • Newsprint pad, minimum size 14 x 17 inches (optional)

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Mars Plastic or Pink Pearl eraser

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Graphite pencils, 1 each 2B and 4B

  • Charcoal pencils, 1 each medium and soft

  • Compressed charcoal, soft (2 to 4 sticks)

  • Vine charcoal (small pack of sticks)

  • Ruler