Think drawing is a gift that has to come naturally? Drawing is a skill that can be developed with practice. In this online beginner drawing course, you'll learn how to draw with proper techniques, discovering how to represent what you see through studies in contour drawing, perspective, positive/negative space, and value. With feedback from an expert instructor, you will improve your drawing and develop a deeper understanding of any subject you are trying to capture as an artist or designer.
Course At A Glance
- 100% online
- Credit-bearing: 1.5 Credits
- Classes start January, April, and August
The course is taught by the following instructor(s):
Intro to Drawing
How do we learn to draw? By learning to see and represent the world as we see it. The course begins with a discussion of common conceptual barriers to drawing. You will learn what drawing is and explore its many different applications in art and design. In order to prepare to draw, you will learn the purpose of various drawing materials and how to use them.
Making Sense of Space
Perspective and positive/negative space are two traditional and powerful concepts in drawing. This week's class introduces you to the influence of perspective on the way we see objects in the world. You'll explore how eye level, vanishing point, convergence, and foreshortening affect the appearance of objects in your drawings and learn how 1-, 2-, and 3-point perspective are created. You'll also learn how to identify and capture the positive and negative space in a subject.
Shedding Some Light on the Subject
Capturing the effects of light is a timeless challenge for artists. In the final lecture you'll explore how light casts a shadow and affects the value in a drawing subject. First you'll examine how the strength, angle, and position of a light source affects a subject. Then you'll learn how to identify mid-tones, highlights, shadow edge, core shadow, reflected light, and cast shadow in your subject. Hatching and cross-hatching are discussed as simple techniques for adding value to a drawing.
Sample Student Work
What Are The Course Projects?
Build a foundation in traditional drawing techniques with blind and open contour drawing, perspective and positive/negative space studies, value study, and still life drawing.
What Software or Supplies Do I Need?
- Computer with Internet connection.
- Assorted supplies including: drawing paper, masking tape, drawing board, easel. (A full list will be provided in the course.)
- Ability to scan or photograph your drawings.
What Will I Learn?
Students in this course can expect to learn to:
- Identify and address common barriers to learning to draw.
- Identify and discuss the many applications of drawing in art and design.
- Use basic drawing materials with a proper drawing technique.
- Create blind and open contour drawings.
- Identify the role of perspective and positive/negative space in drawing.
- Capture the effects of 1-, 2- and 3- point perspective.
- Capture the effects of positive and negative space in a drawing subject.
- Identify how light casts a shadow and affects the value in a drawing subject.
- Identify mid-tones, highlights, shadow edge, core shadow, reflected light, and cast shadow in a drawing subject.
- Create a value study capturing a range of tones from highlights to core shadow.
- Draw a complex still life composed of multiple objects.
- Classes start January, April, and August
- 1.5 Credit Course
- Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques
|Course Tuition and Fees|
|Total Course Price||$965|
Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What Are The Courses Like?
Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.
How Much Time Do I Need?
Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed as part of a 15-week term in 8 weeks. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.
Who Are The Instructors?
Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.
Is Sessions College accredited?
Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).