Analytical Sketching

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    Teacher Information

    Black and white photo of Andre

    Charles Vinh is a master painter and illustrator who repeatedly wins high profile contracts with companies such as Visa, Canada Post, Bombardier, Sapporo, Chevrolet, Unibroue and many others. He has also illustrated several book covers, been selected to paint official portraits of dozens of NHL all-stars and has been a matte painter and art consultant for television and film. His paintings have won numerous prestigious awards and he is an amazing teacher with many years of experience.

    André Pijet is an art director, painter, author, illustrator, caricaturist and graphic artist who has worked, taught and exhibited throughout Canada and Europe for over thirty years. He works with major advertising agencies and publishing companies, and was recently commissioned by Google to create a mural for their Montreal headquarters. André has been published regularly in newspapers and magazines; has won over a dozen art prizes in Canada and Europe and also published six books of illustrations and caricatures.


    Course Outline

    This course will give you the skills required to accurately sketch any object, plant, animal, person or vehicle by breaking it down into simple geometric forms. You will learn quickly through demonstration, exercises, observational drawing and one-on-one feedback and correction from the instructor. Pencil, pens and markers will be your tools as you develop proficiency and confidence in line drawing before adding tones.

    Week 1 - Introduction. Learn the best ways to use your materials and develop your basic hand drawing skills through a series of exercises.

    Week 2 - Drawing basic shapes and forms. Understand how to represent the basic forms with which all objects are built.

    Week 3 - Learn how to capture organic forms & contours.

    Week 4 - Develop proficiency drawing geometric forms in perspective. Understand how to represent light and shadow in perspective.

    Week 5 - Learn how to efficiently break down complex subjects into basic shapes so you can sketch them quickly and accurately.

    Week 6 - Understand how to apply the analytical approach to human anatomy.

    Week 7 - Develop your skill with analytical figure drawing from a live model.

    Week 8 - Learn to add tones to your line drawings to bring them to life.

    Week 9 - Class field trip. Apply your new skills while sketching from life in a fascinating real-world setting.

    Week 10 - Learn to apply your analytical drawing skills to generate interesting new designs and take your visual creativity to the next level.


    Section A) starts Tuesday July 9th and is once a week from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM - English -Charles Vinh

    Section B) starts Saturday July 13th and is once a week from 3 PM to 6 PM - English - Andre Pijet

    Duration: 10 weeks

    Language: Classes are given in English. For French students, both the teachers are bilingual and happy to answer questions in French.

    You can register at the bottom left of this page.


    Do you ever have trouble drawing objects, plants or animals from all angles? When drawing from imagination onto paper, do you ever lose something in translation? In this course you will learn a step-by-step method to break down any object or living being into basic shapes and build up a drawing with proper perspective and shading so you can literally draw anything, from any angle!

    This method of analytical sketching has been passed down for centuries through the great European academies and is the go-to method for entertainment industry concept artists and illustrators. It's one of the most efficient and effective ways to construct your drawings and is an essential visual communication tool for concept artists, illustrators and animators.

    By the end of this class, you will have greatly increased your confidenceaccuracy and speed in line drawing. You will have many new studies and final drawings in your portfolio and, what's more, you will have the tools to quickly and accurately sketch vehicles, objects, people, animals and plants from life and from your imagination. Your sketchbook will never look the same again!


    This class is a level 2, or intermediate class. Drawing from Life or equivalent experience (having a foundation in the basics of realistic drawing, such as basic perspective, proportion and shading) is required.

    Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (Both teachers are bilingual and can explain concepts and give feedback in both languages).


    This popular second level/intermediate class tends to fill up well before the deadline, so register early! $470 $430 

    The Regular Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 12th of June at 11:59 PM


    • Gain a powerful method to sketch anything with speed and accuracy
    • Learn to construct your drawings and draw-through just like the top artists in the entertainment industry as well as in commercial and fine art
    • Develop a strong foundation for drawing from life and design from imagination

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