Drawing Beyond Basics

Designed for students who already have a grasp of basic drawing techniques, this class takes you deeper into form, structure and expression. Using charcoal, start with still lifes and progress to an introduction to live figure drawing at the end of the course.

This class has been much appreciated by beginning artists as well as those who used to draw but have let their skills lapse. Precede it with Beginning Drawing and get an excellent immersion in drawing.

Consider also trying Draw for a Day, one-time workshops, each with a different artist, offering a variety of approaches and techniques for all levels. Or Figure Drawing Intensive, one-day workshops with popular teacher Robert Siegelman, who encourages experimentation with representation, abstraction and materials.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens with instructor's permission

Skill Level



Beginning Drawing or equivalent skills


To the first class, bring:

  • 18” x 24” pad of newsprint
  • 18” x 24” pad of white drawing paper (look for some texture; don’t get completely smooth paper)
  • 1 package each of soft and medium vine charcoal
  • kneaded eraser
  • hard (gum) eraser

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

  • 1 stick of white chalk or charcoal
  • chamois
  • blending stump
  • sand paper block
  • chamois
  • blending stump
  • sand paper block
  • can of spray fixative 
  • roll of masking tape

Find out more about where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost

This class is currently offered under the name Drawing for Pleasure.