With Sarah Parks’ detailed, clearly organized video instruction and accompanying lesson practices, you’ll learn essential drawing techniques and drawing skills from the ground up. Along with concepts you may already be familiar with, Sarah will share with you some drawing tips and techniques, and “secrets” that will revolutionize your drawing within weeks. This online drawing class is also for artists who have ventured into color media but are frustrated with their results because their drawing skills are lacking and therefore their paintings don’t have a solid foundation. Visit Sarah's Web site
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COURSE BEGINS: June 19, 2012
COURSE MATERIALS (included with tuition):TUITION:
$149.99 ($135.00 for VIP
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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS DRAWING COURSE:
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE:
- Using essential tools and materials
- Drawing techniques for beginners
- Tips for drawing
- Various pencil grips and when to use them
- How to identify basic shapes in nature to simplify your compositions
- How to achieve accurate placement and size of your drawing on your page every time
- Shading techniques: how to use a value scale to accurately recognize values and correctly shade your drawings
- The top drawing secrets used by professional artists that will instantly take your drawing to the next level which can be implemented immediately in your drawing
ART SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED:
- Artists new to drawing
- More experienced artists who feel they could use a drawing tutorial and want to take their drawing or paintings to a more sophisticated level
The first lesson will address supplies more completely, but these are the essentials:
- The following graphite pencils: 2H, H, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B (woodless pencils are helpful but optional)
- Kneaded eraser and pencil sharpener
- 11” x 24” pad of drawing paper (such as Strathmore or Bristol)
- Drawing board (such as the ones found using this link)
- Hand-held mirror
In order to be successful with this course, watch all the videos all the way through and refer to the accompanying PDF Lesson Summaries for easy reference and refreshers. You will only get out of it what you put in and, although watching the videos alone will help you develop, there’s nothing like actually practicing the concepts on your own to develop muscle memory and train your eye to really SEE like an artist. The warm-up activities at the beginning of most of the lessons will benefit you and are encouraged but not required. Also, although you will only be required to complete one assignment per week, additional practice activities are found at the end of each lesson video and summary to provide you with more opportunities to master the concepts presented. The only activities you will be responsible for in this course will be found below in the “Course Syllabus” section and listed on Blackboard.
All assignments should be completed on appropriate drawing paper such as Strathmore or Bristol (any arts and crafts store such Michael’s will have paper specifically for graphite pencil). 11” x 14” should be all you need for this course. Drawings should be scanned or photographed at 72 dpi (dots per inch) and saved as a JPEG format.
All assignments must be submitted through the Blackboard System for evaluation. To expedite responses to questions, contact the instructor via e-mail.
Lesson 1: Getting Started
- Watch the video, “Lesson 1 – Getting Started." (Remember, there are several practice activities at the end. This encompasses optional exercises.)
Lesson 2: Basic Shapes
- Homework Assignment: Practice the tonal scale with your various H and B pencils. (The example can be found in the “Practice Before Next Lesson” section at the end of the Lesson Summary.) Vary the pressure of your grip to get familiar with the shading qualities of these pencils, pressing hard and lightly, angling your pencil, etc. Then practice hatching and cross-hatching following the sample chart in Fig. 1-2 in the Lesson Summary.
- Watch the video, “Lesson 2 – Basic Shapes"
Lesson 3: The Block-In
- Homework Assignment Part 1: Practice drawing each shape in the “Five Basic Shapes” document. This document will be located in Blackboard. It can be challenging to get lines parallel (as in the cube) or the shapes symmetrical. Particularly notice the ellipse (oval) shape at either end of the cylinder.
- Homework Assignment Part 2: Then practice drawing and shading a sphere as demonstrated in the lesson. You may use the Lesson Summary to guide you through these steps at your own pace. You may also use the tonal scale you created last week to help you achieve different tones in the shading.
- Watch the video, “Lesson 3 – The Block-In"
- Homework Assignment: Print out ONE of the following: the “Iris Image,” “Figurative,” “Bouquet,” or “Lily Pond,” and complete a block-in on your own. These documents will be located in Blackboard. The instructor will be looking for accurate basic shapes in whichever drawing you choose to do, as well as proper placement and size using axis and frame lines.
This is NOT a finished drawing. The instructor is looking for a block-in, not a completed drawing with shading. That will be for NEXT week’s assignment. Please make sure you don’t go beyond a block-in.
Lesson 4: Values
- Watch the video, “Lesson 4 - Values"
- Homework Assignment Part 1: Print out the value scale that are provided to use as a model using either the “Value Scale” document or the “Value Scale With Guide Holes” document. These documents will be located in Blackboard.
- Homework Assignment Part 2: Then take the block-in you created from the previous lesson (the iris, figurative, bouquet, OR lily pond) and follow through on the block-in you did with the principles covered in this lesson. This WILL be a finished drawing with shading (unlike last week’s assignment).
- For this FINAL assignment, the instructor will be looking for the incorporation of the following concepts from the entire course:
- Evidence of appropriate pencil grips as learned in Lesson 1
- Accurate basic shapes in the subject you chose (Iris Image, Figurative, Bouquet, OR Lily Pond) as learned in Lesson 2
- Proper placement and size using the axis and frame lines as learned in Lesson 3
- Accurate shading as learned in Lesson 4 (you are strongly encouraged to use your value scale to achieve this)