Animal Drawing (six-session workshop)

Explore the animal as a subject in spite of life drawing classes being altered in this unprecedented time.

We will use online, living animal resources bolstered by print and video reference. You will delve into charcoal, conte and soft pencil loose drawing approaches as you experiment with capturing your subject in motion via live animal cams. Your ability to identify the underlying structural anatomy of a variety of animals will expand through comparative anatomy discussion, croquis, and observational rendering founded upon our multi-media options. In this class, you will begin to remove the obstacles of oversight and the idea of limitation and find your passion again thanks to the animal subjects you love with unexpected new media benefits.

Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class.

You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 10.

What you will learn:

  • Comparative anatomy between a variety of animals and the human body

  • Learn ways to discern the form that lies under heavy fur, thick skin, or feathers

  • Improve accuracy in identifying important bony landmarks and body expression

  • Develop new tools in perception and practices with a new medium

  • Learn better studio practices that take up the slack when live study is compromised

Required supplies:

  • Vine charcoal, small box

  • Brown conte crayon, 1-3 sticks

  • HB or softer pencils

  • Eraser: white Steadler or similar

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Newsprint pad (medium, 11×14 or similar)

  • Sketchpad (your preference of brand and size, provided the paper has a tooth to it. NO SMOOTH surfaces)

  • The instructor will discuss optional supplies with you as the course progresses