Introduction to Drawing

This class is recommended for anyone coming to Fleisher with no previous instruction or experience.

You will learn step-by-step instructions on how to begin a drawing. You will learn about sighting techniques, negative space, visual measurements and the use of guidelines. We will start by drawing simple geometric shapes. In each class you will build on your skills and by drawing from life and copying, both single objects and a still life with multiple objects, you will learn to see in a whole new way. We will work primarily in pencil and a little in charcoal.

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

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 is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

Required supplies:

  • Viewfinder or composition finder

  • Strathmore 400 series drawing pad 14×17 inches

  • Canson Mi-Teintes drawing paper three sheets 19×25 inches Moonstone (160gsm)

  • Tracing paper pad 9×12 inches

  • Graphite pencils 2H, HB, 2B

  • Good pencil sharpener

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Staedtler or pink pearl eraser

  • Retractable eraser

  • Three different (any color) color pencils for perspective exercise (optional)

  • Jumbo vine charcoal, medium if they don’t have soft, one piece

  • Skinny vine charcoal sticks, medium, pack of three

  • Chamois

  • Blending stumps or tortillons

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

  • 12 to 18 inch ruler

  • Painter’s tape ½ inch

  • Small plastic container for trash

  • Sketchbook (optional, but recommended)

  • Sandpaper 220 grit (teacher will provide)