Drawing for Absolute Beginners

Drawing for Absolute Beginners Class in New York

Drawing for Absolute Beginners

Cost: $480.00

Never taken a drawing class before? Feel rusty or simply lack confidence? This course - our most popular offering - is designed for you. You'll draw from life and from art reproductions. Beginning with a simple contour, you will use line to translate a variety of shapes, from the still life to the figure. Learn to see like an artist, and to develop form and space with negative shapes, rules of perspective, and shading. Work in black and white with pencils, charcoal, and ink. This class emphasizes clear instruction and exercises that move sequentially to build new skills each week. You will receive personal, individualized feedback. Although this class is tailored toward the absolute beginner, all levels are welcome. Bring 5 sheets of 18 x 24" paper; black ebony or 2b pencil; an eraser; and $30 model fee to the first class.

Meets Weekly Tuesday 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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Please read: Bring a large 18 x 24 inch rough newsprint pad, a soft cloth or chamois and soft willow charcoal to first class. A supply list will be available at the first class. Please bring a $30 model fee, payable to the instructor, to the first class.

Course Code: 117583

Instructor(s): Pablo Diaz

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.