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Absolute Beginners Drawing

Course Description
Participants should not expect to be an excellent illustrator after this course, but rather will understand the necessary skills and knowledge to cultivate a stronger drawing practice at home. This course is the first step, and practicing the proper techniques will transform you into a talented artist. This course teaches you about special techniques, terminology, materials and tools to either start or expand your drawing toolbox (physical and mental).


Course Details
- Instructed by Simon Gilpin

- 6 sessions, 3 hours each
- Non-members: $160+gst
- Members: $144+gst
- Ages 14 and over are welcome
- No previous experience is required

Course Outline
Week One

- Introduction to tools and materials
- Activity: exploring tools and materials naturally
- Activity: mark making, discovering how create and use a variety of different lines.
-Project: translate lines and mark making into a still life
Week Two
- Introduction to tone and value
- Activity: drawing without lines using tone and value only
- discussion/ activity: learning techniques for lighting and shading
- Project: create a drawing using values to create shading and lighting
Week Three
- Introduction to composition
- Discussion + activity: “mapping out drawings” 
- Introduction to gesture drawing
- Activity: expressive drawing/ gesture drawing from a model
- Activity: learning about “negative space” to help observational drawing skills
Week Four
- Introduction to perspective drawing
- Discussion: one, two and three point perspective theory
- Hints and tips of how to create depth and space
- Activity: apply all of the above to your own landscape drawing
Week Five
- Introduction to figure drawing
- Discussion: template for human body and facial proportions
- Activity: draw from your head using this template
- Project: apply this knowledge while drawing from a live model
Week Six
- Review of entire course
- Activity: explore areas of self-interest
- Activity: freedom to add colour
- Activity: composing a larger drawing by incorporating all lessons
- One-on-one time with instructor: improving techniques and building more knowledge

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