Four Keys to Basic Drawing

In this introductory online class to observational drawing, you will gain four key skills to help you create a successful drawing from life. In-class exercises will offer you a step-by-step approach designed to deconstruct life drawing from a still life that you will be guided to set up at home. The first hour of the class will be spent on demonstrations by the instructor and the second hour students will have a chance to work independently and share their work in progress with the instructor and the class.

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.

What you will learn:

  • To make accurate contour line drawings of objects

  • To identify internal axis and alignments of forms and shapes

  • To understand the importance of flat relationships

  • A special technique to establish scale and other relationships between objects

Required supplies:

  • Soft vine charcoal sticks

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Graphite drawing pencils: 2B, 3B, 4B

  • 18” x 24” Strathmore sketchpad or similar white pad of white paper

  • Paper towels