Perspective drawing has applications in architecture, drafting, design, and illustration.

You do not need previous drawing training or experience. Good course for students who do not “feel” artistic but would be interested in learning to draw architecture, vehicles, or a variety of objects that require perspective. This course would give a student a strong base for commercial illustration, mechanical drafting, and commercial advertising. Heavy focus on linear perspective.

Linear and aerial perspective are easy to learn and use. Though aerial (atmospheric) perspective is a bit more subjective, both linear and aerial are very technical.

Dates, Times, and Locations

Duration: 8 weeks. Eight, 2 1/2-hour class sessions (Not offered this semester)
Maximum students per class: 6 to 12. (Depends on location of classes)
Ages: 12-year-old through adult
Pre-requisites: None
Course cost: $250+materials

Not offered this semester
Brekke Art Classroom
1655 Booth Road, Roseville, CA 95747
Maximum of 6 students

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to develop draftsmen who can use graphite pencil to make marks on paper that effectively depict a building/structure, interior room/s, or still life object.

What To Expect As A Result Of Taking This Course

  • To understand and effectively use materials common in perspective graphite drawing
  • To properly see and skeptically analyze what you think you are seeing
  • To effectively represent 3-dimensional objects on a 2-dimensional surface
  • To effectively depict the illusion of space and volume through linear perspective
  • Homework and practice exercises will be assigned each week (3+ hours weekly)
  • To effectively control tonal values (density, dark to light, etc.) through exercises
  • To learn basic concepts in composition and organizing elements of a drawing
  • To draft convincing drawings in linear and aerial perspective:
    • 1-, 2-, 3-, and multi-point linear perspective
    • Repeating objects with spaces in perspective
    • Inclines (stairs, pitched roofs, and odd angles)
    • Ellipses (arches and cylinders in perspective)
    • Odd and curved structural and landscape features in perspective
    • Include aerial perspective in structural drawings (Creating the illusion of depth and space)
    • Learn to use relational and proportional techniques for perspective
  • To learn to work with and without a perspective grid
  • To learn to build various perspective grids on location for source sketching
  • To learn to personally source material, both live and from photographs