Drawing Fundamentals

This workshop will introduce you to principles and elements of drawing using traditional drawing materials. Through the use of line, mark-making, value and tone, students will develop the ability to translate shape, volume and space onto a drawing surface. Concepts of perspective and proportion will be studied to aid in the translation of the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional picture plane. Students will also be introduced to ideas of composition, lighting and different papers and drawing supplies.

What you will learn:

  • An introduction and detailed explanation of drawing/studio materials

  • An introduction to four classic techniques of drawing

  • Depicting light and shade, and how to light a model

  • An understanding of how systems of perspective, measurement and sighting inform a drawing

Required supplies:

  • Strathmore 400 series drawing pad, 18×24”

  • Papers and materials to draw on of student’s choice (experiment!)

  • Sketch book, 9×12”

  • A full range of drawing pencils – 6h to 6b

  • Vine charcoal

  • Compressed charcoal

  • Charcoal pencils

  • White charcoal and or pencil

  • Conte charcoal and or pencil

  • Jumbo kneaded eraser and or white rubber eraser

  • Workable fixative

  • Tortillons (stumps)

  • 18×24” drawing board with clips and large rubber band

  • 1” drafting tape

  • 12” to 15” ruler

  • Transparent triangle with or without measurement markings

  • X-acto knife

  • Enclosed pencil sharpener

  • Viewfinder, with inner measurements of 2.25”x3” and outer measurements of 4.5”x6” – Students can bring a piece of matt board that is at least 4.5×6″ and we will make the view finder in class