Art is easy when you don't know how. But very difficult when you do. -Edgar Degas

If you have basic skills in tone control and understand 1-point and 2-point linear perspective, this course will push you further. Along with advanced control of tone, it focuses on researching, organizing, and editing down real scenes from photos, on-site, and imagination. This course is highly suggested prior to any painting or color courses.

Dates, Times, and Locations For Spring 2023

Duration: 10 weeks. Ten 3-hour class sessions (No class Easter week)
Maximum students per class: 8. (Depends on location of classes)
Ages: 13-year-old through adult
Pre-requisites: Drawing 1: Beginning class or evidence of skills taught in Drawing 1 (If you haven't taken Drawing 1, please contact instructor for portfolio assessment.)
Course cost: $490+materials
Materials: Click for “MATERIALS LIST FOR DRAWING 2

Wednesdays or Thursdays, TBD
Location: TBD
Maximum of 8 students

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to develop draftsmen who can see, analyze, and manipulate elements in a drawing to produce a strong and well thought-out composition.

What To Expect As A Result Of Taking This Course

  • To further advance your skills in the use of materials common in graphite and charcoal drawing
  • To properly see and skeptically analyze what you think you are seeing
  • To understand that nature rarely gives you what you need other than inspiration and a starting point
  • Learn how to create and use the "center of interest" in your composition
  • Develop intermediate visual skills in editing down a drawing and persistently cropping out unnecessary and distracting information
  • To convincingly depict the illusion of space and volume through linear and/or atmospheric perspective and with the aid of tonal control
  • Advance your skills in "separation" through manipulating values, texture, line, and variation in strokes
  • Homework and practice exercises will be assigned each week (5+ hours weekly)
  • To learn intermediate concepts in composition and organizing elements of a drawing
  • To properly place distant figures (people/animals) in a scene that benefit the composition
  • To learn to personally source material live and from photographs and imagination
  • Develop the ability to self-critique and make adjustments