Sadie Valeri Atelier Online Art Courses

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Introduction to Classical Drawing (Graphite)

3 FREE SAMPLE LESSONS This is not a general introduction to drawing: It’s an introduction to 19th century Classical French Academic drawing techniques. Learn how to improve your drawing skills through a series of graphite pencil exercises.

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Bargue Plate Drawing (Graphite)

Learn from the same master drawings that were the foundation of training for all art students in 19th century France. This course includes the Intro to Classical Drawing course

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Cast Drawing (Graphite)

Learn how to create a masterful cast drawing to historic standards. This course includes the Intro to Classical Drawing and Bargue Plate Drawing courses.

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Drapery Drawing (Charcoal)

Sadie uses chalk and charcoal to create a drawing of a white draped sheet.

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Cast Drawing (Charcoal)

Sadie’s detailed demonstration shows how to create a strong, beautiful cast drawing with charcoal and chalk.

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Figure Drawing (Charcoal)

Sadie teaches classical figure drawing in this comprehensive demonstration with chalk and charcoal.

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Seashell Drawing: Livestream

Watch this 3-hour livestream recording of Sadie drawing a murex seashell with pastel pencil and white chalk while she narrates her process and answers participants’ questions.

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Boucher Drawing Master Copy: Livestream

Watch the recording of the 3-hour livestream of Sadie drawing a master copy and answering participants’ questions.

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BONUS: Two Boucher Master Copy Demos

Bonus courses are only available to members and cannot be purchased separately. In this course Sadie demonstrates creating master copies of two Boucher drawings using pastel pencil and white charcoal pencils on toned Ingres paper.

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BONUS: Watercolor Sketching at the Medici Fountain in Paris

Bonus courses are only available to members and cannot be purchased separately. In this 10-minute mini-course Sadie shares the sights and sounds of a pleasant September afternoon at one of the prettiest spots on earth as she sketches with watercolors at the Medici Fountain in Paris.

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Each course is accessible enough to take in any order, without a pre-requisite, but if you want to follow a formal atelier program curriculum, we recommend working through the courses in this order:

  1. Intro to Classical Drawing (Graphite)
  2. Bargue Plate Drawing (Graphite)
  3. Cast Drawing (Graphite)
  4. Charcoal Drapery
  5. Charcoal Cast Drawing
  6. Still Life oil painting: Direct
  7. Still life oil painting: Alla Prima
  8. Still life oil painting: Indirect
  9. Figure drawing
  10. Portrait painting

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