Drawing for Absolute Beginners

Drawing for Absolute Beginners with Julia Hickey

Drawing for Absolute Beginners with Julia Hickey

Cost: $480.00

10 Monday evenings, February 3 – April 13, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, skip date: February 17.


Everyone can learn to draw. The stereotype that artists must possess special gifts has unfortunately discouraged many people from drawing. This course assumes no previous training or skill. A series of exercises will sequentially increase spatial perception and introduce basic techniques to make accurate observational drawings. Students can expect to work individually within a friendly and relaxed group setting with plenty of instructor guidance, as well as informal critiques. By the end, you will be able to produce a fully shaded self-portrait and have the foundational skills to draw from a live nude model. This course is an excellent introduction for newcomers to visual art, and a refresher for those who are feeling rusty.

Required Materials for First Class Session:

  • Bring 5 sheets of 18 x 24" paper
  • black ebony or 2b pencil
  • an eraser
  • and $30 model fee to the first class

For the rest of the term... exact items to be announced for each session:

  • A few Prismacolor Ebony pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser (pink or white)
  • Black and white conte crayon or compressed charcoal
  • Masking tape or clips to hold paper to drawing board
  • Vine charcoal
  • Artist chamois 
  • 18” x 24” paper-- “sketching” quality sufficient; or “drawing” quality if you want nicer paper
  • Black india ink
  • Economy set of synthetic acrylic brushes
  • Ruler or T-square of at least 24 inches
  • Optionally:
    • Portable drawing board, 23” x 26”
    • Tube or carrying case for drawings.
    • Any pencils of varying hardnesses that you want to try (2H, F, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B etc. The softer the pencil--indicated by higher levels of B---the darker the line.)

Registration for this class will open on January 8th.

Course Code: 117583

Instructor(s): Julia Hickey

  • 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.