Drawing Fundamentals

Through exercises and longer drawing assignments, you will learn to accurately see and depict the 3-dimensional world. This class focuses on the foundations of perceptual drawing: contour, shape, value, gesture, perspective and proportional relationships. You will learn the process of starting and developing both line and tonal drawings using pencil and charcoal. Additional, emphasized concepts include “working from big to small,” and balancing close perception with measuring to bring both life and accuracy to a drawing. You will work from images, still life, and the figure.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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 spring term assistance is Friday, March 10; Notifications will be sent by Monday, March 13.

What you will learn:

  • Keener eye for contour, shape, proportion, and value relationships

  • How to use various measuring techniques to achieve accurate proportions

  • How to use 1 and 2 point perspective

  • Introduction to figure drawing with a live model

  • Process of drawing and sketching deconstructed, confidence to maintain an independent drawing practice

  • Understanding of various drawing materials, including graphite, charcoal, erasers, and ink

Required supplies:

  • Drawing paper pad 18×24-inches

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Mars plastic or pink pearl eraser

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Graphite pencils: one each, 2B and 4B

  • Charcoal pencils: one each, medium and soft

  • Compressed charcoal, soft (two to four sticks)

  • Vine charcoal (small pack of sticks)

  • Ruler