Essential Drawing Course for Beginners
Realistic Drawing Skill Building
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (2 hours)
Single class $55
For a limited time – 4 classes $160
April 23 – Shading Techniques of the Masters. Learn 12 shading styles and find your own style (pencil)
April 30 – Drawing Tree Branches. Learn to express a 3-D from your point of view (pencil)
May 7 – Negative Shape Technique. Learn to draw a floral bouquet with the R-brain method (black paper, oil pastel)
May 14 – Rendering a Single Object With Light and Shadow. Learn to create smooth transitions of tone (charcoal) [in a simple still life under a spotlight – garlic]
May 21 – Composition: the Key Principles of Drawing. Learn 15 ways to compose any subject (pencil)
May 28 – Perspective Basics. Learn to construct a space in perspective (pencil)
June 4 – The 3 Ways of Correcting Mistakes. Learn from the Old Masters to draw in pen and ink.
June 11 – Using the Power of Tone to Achieve a Realistic Drawing (cake in charcoal)
June 18 – Expressing Texture in a Landscape. Learn to create near and distant plains (conte, charcoal, or pastel)
June 25 – A Technique That Helps You Draw Any Subject With Ease. Learn to render a Parisian interior upside down (pastel, charcoal, or conte)
July 2 – Sketching. Learn to draw in quick hand (all materials are provided by the studio) [copy paper, brush + black tempera]
July 9 – Optical Effects in Drawing. Learn to create an illusion of color in black and white (b/w pastel or b/w conte) [studio provides brown paper, pink paper and green paper]
Reserve your Tuesday classes in April and May (Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
Book your Drawing classes this summer for June, July, and August (Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
Continue in September, October, and November (Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
Drawing Course will help you:
- build your drawing skills from scratch;
- draw from both sides of the brain;
- become comfortable drawing different subjects;
- explore various drawing techniques.
This is a drawing course for absolute beginners to intermediate artists. You will learn to draw different subjects realistically, do shading, composing, express objects in 3-D in accurate perspective, and make your drawings look finished and refined. Live demonstrations of the techniques are included.
The course consists of 12 classes, once-a-week. The 12-week course is divided into three sessions of 4 classes for your convenience. Each class is 2 hours. This course has a prerequisite – the 3-hour Foundation Drawing Workshop. Ages 15 to adult.
Everyone is a born artist, and so are you, whether you believe, know, feel it [to be one] or not. You’ve probably never seen a child who does not like to draw or believes that drawing is difficult. You were that child!
This series of drawing lessons will help you recall that joy and freedom of self-expression and awaken your sixth sense, while providing you the techniques to take you to the next level.
Each lesson is a stand-alone drawing project, where one specific technique is introduced. When you complete the course, you can advance to painting.
Drawing materials introduced” pencil, pen, conte, charcoal, and oil paste. Certain materials will be provided by the studio.
It is possible to do the entire course with just a pencil and drawing pad, and a couple of additional items. Please bring all the materials to every class.
- 9×12” Drawing pad (acid-free white paper);
- Two 4B graphite pencils (any brand);
- Artgum eraser;
- Pencil sharpener with a cap;
- 2 Rulers (a 12-inch ruler and 20-inch ruler, made of any material: metal, wood, or plastic)
- Roll of paper towels (good quality)
- Cellphone as your photo camera, to record the progress of your drawings.
Additional Materials (Optional)
- Black Fountain Pen or black Brush Marker
- Soft pastels – NuPastel Prismacolor – black and white 2 sticks each or Conte Crayons black and white 2 sticks each
- Charcoal (willow, 3 sticks, medium width)
- Oil pastel – black and white;
- Fixative spray Workable
- Chamois cloth
- Latex gloves
To attend, please contact:
- When does it start?
It starts on Tuesday April 23 at 6:30 PM and continues every Tuesday.
- Can I join any time or do I have to wait for the beginning of session?
You can join any time. When you buy your first session of four classes, the class you start with becomes the first class in your session and your session goes for 4 consecutive weeks.
- What if I have to miss a class?
We recommend not to miss any classes. However, if you must miss a class, you can take it at a later date during the same year. That missed class will turn into a credit and will stay on your account for one year, so you’ll be able to complete it during one of the future Tuesday sessions when the same class runs again. That information is available on the website. Each class theme runs on the specific dates throughout the year, so students can plan their attendance. Your credit will expire after one year, so make sure to use it as quickly as possible.
- In my first session I will miss the first two classes. Is it a problem?
It is not a problem. Each class is an independent drawing exercise that can be taken in any order. Each stand-alone exercise is one of 12 classes and that sequence continues throughout the year. When your 12 week course is over, the same course begins again. You will be able to pick up your two missed classes in the beginning of the next course. [This range of fundamental techniques that together help you transform your drawing skills and provide confidence.]
- What materials will I need?
Basic drawing materials: a 9×12” drawing pad (must be acid-free), two 4B graphite pencils (any brand), Artgum eraser, and pencil sharpener with a cap. Even though the whole course can be done with just a graphite pencil and drawing pad, however, if you want to get the most of the course, we recommend that you acquire all the materials on the list, to expand not only your knowledge of techniques, but also your drawing means. You will also need: black Fountain Pen (option is black brush marker); Conte crayons – black and white, 2 sticks each; Charcoal (willow, 3 sticks, medium width); Oil pastel. We recommend to bring your cellphone as your photo camera, to record the progress of your drawings. Clock this Art Supplies link and you will see the Drawing Course with the dates and materials listed – what to bring to each class. Materials marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by the studio. Materials provided: brown paper, black paper, lavender paper, etc.
- What is the best store to buy drawing supplies?
These drawing supplies are carried by many stores in town: Blick Art Store, Artist & Craftsman Supplies, Michael’s, Target, Wallmart. You can also order them online through Blick.com, JerrysArtarama, or other online art suppliers.
- My child is 14. Does he qualify for this course?
The Drawing course is designed for adults and mature teens. In our experience, this course may be too challenging for younger teenagers. If the child is younger than 15, they must be fluent in at least two languages to indicate that their brain is flexible enough, and play at least one musical instrument, and have their parent take the course with them. We recommend to enroll in the 3-hour Foundation Drawing Workshop to experience our style of teaching, and see if it is too advanced for your child. Then it will be possible for us to determine if they qualify for the Drawing Course.
- I am a Portfolio student, do I have to pay extra for this course?
This Drawing Course is included in the Portfolio Program. It is a mandatory course for all the Portfolio students. This course is also available to other students who can use these drawing classes in place of any other class they’ve purchased. The students who subscribe to the Monthly or Yearly Unlimited Membership can take these classes at no charge. The returning graduates of the Portfolio Program, who had never taken this Drawing course before, pay just half of the cost of this course, according to our policy for the Portfolio alumni.
- What if I want to repeat a class and do the same technique again?
We believe in the importance of drawing for any subsequent artistic endeavor, and in order for you to become confident draftsman, we encourage you to repeat the techniques you liked in this Drawing Course. Practice is the mother of knowledge. Once you have taken a specific class in this Course, you can repeat that class for as many times as you want without paying for it ever again. The Drawing Course continues throughout the year, and each technique repeats after three months, so you can have the opportunity to develop your drawing skills to the level of Mastery.
- I know the course is for ”absolute beginners”, but I am less than a beginner. If I join the course and discover that it is not for me, will I be able to get a refund for the rest?
We recommend to start with the 3-hour Foundation Drawing Workshop (it is the prerequisite anyway).
After that first course you will no longer be a beginner, and have a clear idea of whether or not you will want to buy the course. What you are doing is making the commitment to yourself and we make a commitment to you. If you want to learn to draw, you can learn to draw in this course. If you show up and do the work, you will achieve strong drawing skills. We don’t give you a money-back guarantee, we give you a performance guarantee. We are the only school offering this guarantee.
- I want to bring two of my friends. Do you have a reward program of some kind?
Yes we do. When you refer or bring a friend and they buy the course you get a credit to your account that you can apply to any purchase at Prima Materia.
- Can I buy the drawing supplies at your place?
We don’t stock supplies, however click this link to the Art stores we recommend and you’ll be able to buy or order them.
- What is your approach to teaching?
We believe in an inherent artistic potential in every individual. Most people don’t know or believe in their artistic ability. Our mission is to elevate art education to the status of literacy and help people discover and explore that potential. We provide the training that helps everyone learn to draw. Our approach to achieving that is through deep learning. An analogue to our teaching method is how martial artists are trained – psychological conditioning and repetitive practice resulting in muscle memory and alignment of all the senses with flawless coordination. Artist has to have a super sense of self and being present to achieve and sustain that level of detachment. The artist is totally immersed in the moment, there is no future and no past, they are detached from the process of making, but immersed in the process of being. We accomplish this eye-mind-hand coordination (called the ability to see) by means of the special sequence of projects. Every person exposed to this training becomes a unique artist with a recognizable voice.
- Do we get homework?
Yes we encourage homework. It is not mandatory and we don’t grade you on it, but we encourage it; we believe that you can build stronger drawing skills by means of practice. Some students enjoy taking their time with each technique. If this is you, we recommend you continue working on the same project after class on your own and refine it to the level that satisfies you. That becomes your homework. After you learned and practiced the technique with the instructor, continuing it without the guidance you can test how well you absorbed the material and clarify for yourself where you may want additional training.
- I’ve done drawing classes and never did well in any of them. Do you believe I’d benefit from this course?
Yes we are confident that we can help you get a different experience. On the first day, during the Foundation Drawing Workshop, regardless of your drawing level, you get a profound clarity about how drawing is done which feels like an enlightenment. This 3-hour prerequisite workshop will give you a good idea of how well you can do in drawing. Your teacher will train your eye-hand coordination, help you achieve your objective to become a skillful draftsman comfortable drawing anything you want, and eventually you will discover your drawing style. In one year, every individual exposed to our system of teaching acquires drawing mastery. In addition, you can read our Yelp reviews to get extra feedback on your question.
- I’ve been to the Foundation Drawing, loved it, and did some drawing at your place. Will this be the same information?
Repeating drawing assignments after you’ve done them once is actually very productive, and it feels good to be ahead of the class while doing a refresher on those familiar techniques. However, you can see on the calendar which subjects will be covered on each date, so you can pick and choose which Tuesdays to skip. When you buy the first session of 4 classes, you can stretch these 4 classes further into the next session – even though for your benefit we encourage you to take all the classes back-to-back, especially if there was a substantial gap in your drawing practice. The advantage of buying this Drawing Course in full now is that it is offered at an introductory price, that may go up, and because you will be able to take these classes again in the future at no cost.
- I do draw on my own – so, technically, I am not a beginner, but never had any formal training. Will this course be useful for me – or is it just for beginners?
We invite all self-taught artists and even practicing artists to take this course. It covers the fundamentals while offering a broad range of drawing techniques and advanced approaches. In the Foundation Drawing Workshop (required before you can enroll in this Drawing Course) you will experience the educational depth of the class. Some of the steps in drawing are very counterintuitive and requite guidance. That information will demonstrate how much you can advance in each class. Our students say that they learned more in one class than in an entire semester of college.
- Why should drawing be first, not painting?
Painting is drawing with a brush. Drawing is the foundation that helps you understand painting. Matisse said that young artists should not touch color till they acquire the ability to express themselves in a simple black and white drawing. Through drawing, you learn all the issues related to painting without the distraction of color: you have to know how to compose, express dark and light tonal values, push and pull, and most importantly, how to see. Drawing should be first not just because it can be practiced anywhere and is less expensive in terms of materials. Doing painting before drawing is like doing algebra without knowing how to add and subtract. Trying to paint without knowing how to draw is naive, wishful thinking, like when an amateur is trying to be a professional. You don’t have to master drawing but you have to first understand the fundamentals. Even if your objective is non-representational abstract painting, until you understand drawing, you’ll never know how to judge your painting or see when your painting is finished.