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





Please bring to the first class:

  • 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)

Find out more about where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost

Fall 2017

Section 1: 10 Thursdays 7–9:30pm
1F: Oct 5–Dec 14, 2017 (no class Nov 23)
Instructor: Bob Collins



Section 2: 10 Thursdays, 9:30am–12pm
2W: Jan 4–Mar 8, 2018
Instructor: Paula Billups


Section 3: 10 Wednesdays, 7–9:30pm
3W: Jan 3–Mar 7, 2018
Instructor: Bob Collins


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