Introduction to Perspective Drawing


Cost: $635.00

This class will take place online using Zoom. You will need a computer or device and we recommend downloading the Zoom app. 

8 online sessions

Tuesdays, June 6–August 1 (Skip Date: July 4)

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

REGISTER ONLINE (Registration opens May 2, 2023)

An introduction to the linear perspective systems as a foundational drawing skill. Students will learn a variety of basic concepts and techniques to convey dimensionality of architectural space onto the 2 dimensional picture plane. Working in black and white drawing media, students explore concepts of linear perspective through a series of exercises and projects that include drawing from the imagination and also drawing from observational study. Taking advantage of our fully remote class, we will focus longer observational drawings on the interior architecture within the immediate environment and the domestic space. This class welcomes beginners new to the concept of linear perspective, as well as the experienced student looking to brush up on this technical skill.

Required supplies:
- A computer or device with stable internet connection and Zoom app installed
- A workspace (tabletop, easel, or drawing board) next to your computer or device that allows you to work while on Zoom

- 1 grease pencil (also called China marker)
- 2-3 graphite or ebony pencils

- vine charcoal or charcoal pastels
- 1 kneaded eraser
- 1 pad 30-60 sheets white drawing paper (approximately 16 x 20”, or 18 x 24”)
- 1 pad newsprint paper (approximately 16 x 20” or 18 x 24”)

Course Code: PERS0623

Instructor(s): Natalie Westbrook

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