These courses focus on the development of observational skills and spatial concepts. Students will develop technical abilities and improve depth and form perception gradually while growing accustomed to various media.


This course explores the human figure as a structural mechanism consisting of three dimensional volumes in space. Students will learn classical proportions, skeletal/muscular structures and how to understand them from various angles and positions. Rigorous study of these elements will help students to draw the human figure from memory and imagination.

In this course students will be introduced to the detailed study of human form. We place emphasis on skeletal/muscle structure, overall proportions, gesture and atmosphere. Students will learn technical and expressive approaches to life drawing.


This course teaches a tactile approach to drawing. Tactile drawing provides students with the tools to build strong perceptual and analytical skills. Understanding line, value, shape, volume, texture and light is crucial to developing accurate spatial relationships and creates concrete building blocks for assessing form. Students will familiarize themselves with a variety of shading techniques such as cross contour line, cross hatching and graduated tone.


This course prepares students to learn the fundamental principles of drawing landscapes in a studio setting. It is based on classically balanced and theoretical approaches to viewing nature. Students will get familiar with important principles such as linear perspective, values, volume and atmosphere. Through detailed research of specific techniques, students will learn to draw trees, hills, water and clouds. Sketching exercises will be completed in ink, graphite, chalk, charcoal and chalk crayon. This course places emphasis on general design, composition and overall atmospheric effects.

Portrait drawing is an intensive program designed to provide a comprehensive grasp of the structure, resemblance and essence of the sitter. We focus on the anatomical proportions, volume, and scale of the subject. Students learn to accurately gauge outside shape, height/width, features, and overall expression.

Students will use chiaroscuro, sfumato, cross hatching and cross contour line techniques along with various others learned from the cast drawing/painting courses and apply them to their work from a live model.


Students will study the principles of composition used by artists throughout the history of painting. They will learn precise systems and strategies developed during the Renaissance and beyond such as the rule of thirds, the golden mean, and focal points. After years of experimenting with these principles our academically trained instructors provide students with adaptations of these theories discovered through their own work. In understanding these critical elements students learn to make informed compositional decisions.

This course consists of a collection of still life themed projects based in structural/tactile approaches to drawing. Students will begin by drawing single objects and progress in the semester to more complex compositions. They will learn to detect subtleties in light, shadow, texture and form. In this course we emphasize rendering three dimensional form through linear and tonal construction.