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A realistic drawing of a tree completed in the Essential Drawing Course for Beginners.
Finished drawings made by students who completed the Essential Drawing Course.

Essential Drawing Course for Beginners

Instructor:
Nikusha Beatty
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$
525
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/ 2 classes + recordings
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/ 12 classes + recordings
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/ 12 classes + recordings
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March 19, 2024
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5:30 pm
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7:00 pm
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525
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Online via Zoom
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January
2
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March 19, 2024
No class on
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5:30 pm
-
7:00 pm
Pacific Time
$
525
/
12
class
es
+
recording
s
Included in Basic and All Access Memberships
Included in All Access, Basic Members save 20%
Online via Zoom
Every Tuesday, join anytime
No class on
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5:30 pm
-
7:00 pm
Pacific Time
$
525
/ 12 classes + lifetime access to recordings
Included in Basic and All Access Memberships
Online via Zoom

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You will learn the most important aspects of drawing from the very beginning. You will build the foundation for rendering basic objects and environments, and become ready to practice these techniques with more complex subjects in future drawings. All the techniques of the Essential Drawing Course are done in monochrome (black and white) so you can keep your focus on structure, tonality, shading, form, and texture.

This drawing course includes 12 online classes, and one free bonus Figure Drawing session on Saturdays. The Essential Drawing classes take place in real-time via Zoom. You can join the course at any time – each class is an independent technique.

Benefits:

You will start from the very beginning, with the foundation of the drawing skill. In 12 weeks you will learn all the basics of drawing: how to express the light, the form, the space, and how to bring any object to life on paper. The topics include landscape, interior, still life, floral bouquet, face, and other subjects. Lessons cover line drawing, tonal drawing, shading, composing, sketching, and refining. You will become comfortable with drawing objects realistically, expressing positive and negative shapes, creating the illusion of 3-D, constructing a space in perspective, and adding finishing touches. Materials you will be drawing with are pencil, charcoal, pen/ink, conte, and oil pastel. You can enter this course at any time, as each class is a stand-alone lesson. Home assignments are provided after each class so that you could practice the skill you learned in class, on your own, and strengthen it through this additional practice.

Become an artist you've always dreamed of!

PLUS receive recordings of every class in the course. This will allow you to pause, rewatch, rewind, and replay any part of the course, for life!

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Course schedule

  • Shading: Learn 12 shading styles inspired by techniques of the masters throughout history and find your style.
  • Shape: Learn to draw a floral bouquet with the Right-brain method called the Negative Shape Technique.
  • Volume: Learn to express 3-D and your point of view by using the power of line.
  • Tone: Render a realistic still life by creating smooth tonal transitions between light and shadow.
  • Composition: Learn the key principles of drawing and discover 15 ways to compose any subject.
  • Perspective: Learn to construct an interior in accurate one-point perspective.
  • Line: Learn from the Great Masters and practice 2 ways of correcting mistakes without an eraser or starting over.
  • Proportions: Learn a technique to achieve realistic portraiture without detailed lessons in anatomy.
  • Texture: Learn to express texture in a landscape and create near and distant planes through aerial perspective.
  • Right-Brain: Draw a Parisian interior upside down to practice drawing shapes instead of things.
  • Sketching: Learn to draw in quick hand.
  • Tonal Relationships: Learn the concept of Pushing-and-Pulling, which is used to achieve depth, realism, and elegance in a drawing.
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