Basic Drawing (online)

This online class will teach you how to observe and draw objects from life in a realistic style, a fundamental skill for working in any media including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Drawing is one of the oldest and most universal ways of making art. It’s the most simplified of the art forms and in many ways the most pure. Whether you’re sketching a doodle or drawing a large and detailed work, drawing is a way to explore the world around you and also yourself. Drawing requires relatively few materials to get started, but there’s a lot of great drawing media out there to explore.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • To make accurate contour line drawings of objects

  • To create volumetric drawing using light and dark

  • To create 3-dimensional space in drawings

  • To handle complicated subjects and correctly place groups of objects

  • To begin to develop an understanding of picture composition

Required supplies:

  • Vine charcoal set

  • Kneaded eraser

  • White drafting eraser

  • Charcoal drawing pad 18×24 inches

  • 18×24 inch Strathmore SKETCH Pad or similar white pad

  • Graphite drawing pencils: HB, 2B, 4B

  • 9 x 12 inch pad of toned paper (one size bigger is fine too)

  • White conte