Basic Drawing

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. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

This is an eight-session class. Class will not be held on January 18 and February 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day.

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, Dec. 2.

What you will learn:

  • To make accurate contour line drawings of objects

  • Create volumetric drawing using light and dark

  • Create three-dimensional space in drawings

  • Handle complicated subjects and correctly place groups of objects

  • Begin to develop an understanding of picture composition

Required supplies:

  • Jumbo vine charcoal

  • Kneaded eraser

  • White drafting eraser

  • Charcoal drawing pad 18×24”

  • 18” x 24” Strathmore SKETCH Pad or similar white pad

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

  • Rives BFK paper

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

  • Paper towels

  • White conte

  • One small palette knife

  • Small blending brush