Basic Drawing

This class is recommended for anyone coming to Fleisher with no previous drawing instruction or experience. You will be led step-by-step how to begin a drawing starting with the fundamentals: line and tone. In each class we will build on the skills practiced in the previous class. By drawing from imagination, copying and from direct observation you will begin to gain a vocabulary in the language of drawing. You will learn to see in a whole new way. We will work primarily in pencil, some pen and charcoal.

Main Concepts covered include composition, design, tone, line, texture and perspective.

Please note: this is a 10 session course. Fleisher will be closed on May 30 in observance of Memorial Day, and class will conclude on Monday, June 6.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

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.

Required supplies:

  • Drawing pad 11 x 14 or 9 x 12 inches, 80 or 90lb, medium tooth, white paper

  • Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper 3 sheets 19 x 25 inches moonstone or similar color (160gsm)

  • Graphite pencils 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B

  • Razor blades (flat ones from hardware store) or x-acto knife for sharpening pencil (optional)

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Staedtler or pink pearl eraser

  • Black thin tip Sharpie or other brand black marker (1)

  • Color thin tip markers (3, optional)

  • Blending stumps or tortillons

  • Jumbo vine charcoal, soft or medium if they don’t have soft, (1)

  • Skinny vine charcoal sticks, medium or soft if they don’t have medium, box of 6 or more

  • Chamois

  • Viva paper towels (original, not with the patterning) or cotton fabric swatch

  • Ruler

  • Painter’s tape or drafting tape

  • Fixative spray such as Krylon Workable Fixative

  • Small Sketchbook such as 6 x 8 inches (optional but recommended) Dick Blick has some in the front section that are cheaper