Beginning Drawing

For people who haven’t drawn in a long time, or want to get started. Learn the basics of composition, gesture, line, texture and tone. Working from still lifes, experiment with a variety of drawing mediums and approaches. Examples from art history will open you to drawing’s vast range. Soon you will be drawing with confidence, accuracy and expression.

This class will be appreciated by beginning artists as well as those who used to draw but have let their skills lapse. Follow it with Drawing for Pleasure and get an excellent immersion in drawing.

Consider also trying Figure Drawing Intensive, one-day workshops that encourage experimentation with representation, abstraction and materials.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens by permission

Skill Level






  • soft and extra-soft vine charcoal, 1 package each
  • kneaded eraser
  • hard white eraser
  • newsprint pad 18” x 24”

The following materials will be discussed in class. You do NOT need to purchase these before the first class:

  • 18” x 24” pad of white drawing paper (Your choice: smooth or textured. We recommend smooth paper. We will discuss paper choices in class.)
  • 1 box Char-koal
  • 1 stick of white chalk or charcoal
  • chamois
  • can of spray fixative 
  • roll of masking tape

Optional (to be discussed in class):

  • a container of waterproof drawing ink
  • a few watercolor brushes to be used with the drawing ink (at least 1 large roundhair brush for washes and one smaller brush for line work)
  • 18x 24 newspring
  • soft vine charcoal
  • sharpie marker
  • 2B pencil
  • 4B pencil
  • White conte crayon
  • razor blade or X-ACTO knife
  • kneaded eraser
  • sandpaper pointer
  • drawing board with clips and large rubber band to secure paper, large enough to hold 18x24 newsprint pad
  • 12x18 Strathmore drawing paper
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil box to hold supplies
  • Find out more about where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost

Section 1:

Instructor: Bob Collins

Section 2: 

Instructor: Paula Billups



This class is not being currently offered. It will be offered in the Fall of 2018 and Winter 2019

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