Drawing for Absolute Beginners
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
- 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
- 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