Realistic Drawing


Drawing is a skill that can be taught and learned and it’s never too late to learn.  In the Realistic Drawing course you’ll be introduced to the concepts and visual perceptions that are the basic foundation of realistic representational drawing. Guided projects and exercises will cover the use of line (edges), tone (light and shadow), spaces (negative and positive), and relationships (perspective, proportion, etc.).

As to mediums, we’ll use mostly graphite pencils, alternated with charcoal, pastel pencils and some more drawing techniques.

Beginner Realistic Drawing  This class is designed to introduce students to the most basic concepts of drawing: using line, shading and composition (placement of the objects on paper).  The main topics will be: linear and tonal drawing, hatching techniques, 2D and 3D forms, lights and shadows, and more. During the classes, we’ll be drawing from the observation (which will mostly be the case) and from references, that will mostly be the examples of great master’s drawings, rather than photographs. The project include compositions with geometrical objects, still life, things from everyday life, gesture and/or nature sketching. This class may, but doesn’t necessarily include projects on drawing portraits or figures.

Intermediate Realistic Drawing will also start from more drawing of still life objects, but will proceed soon to the topics on drawing faces and human figures. We’ll study more attentively the structure of human face and body, learning to look at the human figure as at the complex of geometric forms. Special lessons will be devoted to the hands and feet study. Students will be encouraged to draw from the plaster casts, visit the museum and draw from Greek and Roman statues. Regular life drawing and sketching will be required as a homework.

Drawing Landscapes. Drawing perspective can seem very challenging. Drawing organic forms, such as trees, clouds and hills may be not easier. We’ll study the different aspects of perspective, principles of simplifying in landscape drawing, and various techniques to create the illusion of space. Studying the works of the great masters will always help.

When the class is taught through the Community Education System, buying materials for the class is a student’s responsibility. Otherwise, the cost of materials may or may not be included in the cost of the class.

Registration is ongoing for the Drawing Landscapes class at Arlington Community Education. For the details please follow the link here.