Introduction to Classical Drawing (Graphite)

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Learn how to draw accurate proportions and smooth shading in this 8-week course. Each lesson introduces exercises for developing hand dexterity and visual perception. Sadie’s lessons are easily understood by the beginner and result in dramatic skill advancement to artists of all levels.

This course is included with our Bargue Plate Drawing course and our Cast Drawing with Graphite course.


How is “Intro to Classical Drawing” different from a “Beginning Drawing” course?
Just as classical musicians start with learning scales, classical art students practice skill-building exercises that improve dexterity and visual perception. Like drills for athletes, even very experienced artists benefit from regular practice of these fundamental exercises.

Course Duration
For those who are able to practice 5-10 hours a week, the course can be completed in about 8 weeks. There are no due dates or deadlines for our courses, so students can start at any time and work at their own pace.

Course Sequence
For those who would like to follow Sadie’s recommended program of study, we recommend starting with Intro to Classical Drawing and progressing through completing at least one Bargue Plate with Graphite. At that point, continue on to Cast Drawing with Graphite, or any of the charcoal drawing courses, or any of the painting courses. For members who are working with our instructors, we are happy to help you decide.

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