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. Using pencil and charcoal and working from still life and photographs, you will learn several types of line and tonal drawing as well as key concepts such as negative shape, relative measuring, and perspective. Each class features a directed drawing exercise to teach a specific skill and these skills build on one another.

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 for summer term assistance is Friday, May 27th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, June 1st.

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:

  • A Sketch Pad Size 9×12-inches or 11×14-inches

  • Drawing pencils HB, 2B, 4B, 8B

  • Painters Masking Tape (Blue)

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Staedtler eraser

  • Q tips

  • 2-inch brush or similar size

  • Small plastic container for trash

  • Ruler

  • Mechanical pencil

  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils (box of 24 pencils)

  • 1 Charcoal Pencil Black

  • 1 Strathmore Charcoal Pencil White Tracing Paper Pad 9×12-inches

  • Black Sharpie Ultra Fine Point

  • A printer is required for this class (students will be asked to make photocopies of templates and preparatory drawing schemes sent every week by the instructor)