Foundations of Drawing

A 10-week foundations level drawing course designed to help you learn the basics of drawing from reference, still life and live models

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This class is full. Please send an email to [email protected] to be on the waiting list.

Foundations of Drawing

Learn the fundamentals of drawing: light, shade, line and form, perspective and proportion. Subjects include still life, nature, portraits and nudes using live models.

This class is perfect for beginners and is a pre-requisite for all other classes. Everyone can learn to draw!

Our curriculum blends classical drawing instruction (techniques of the masters) with modern teaching methods (e.g.: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain) so that beginners can see rapid improvement in their skills and creativity while developing a unique style.

  • Course Type Traditional Drawing Courses
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level Beginner
  • Language English and French


Section A) starts Thursday, January 16th  and is once a week from 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM - English - Eric Manella This section is full

Section B) starts Saturday, January 18th and is once a week from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - English - Jen Goddard  This section is full

Section C) starts Sunday, January 19th and is once a week from 10:00 AM to 12 PM - English - Donna Shvil This section is full

Section D) starts Sunday, January 19th and is once a week from 1:45 PM to 3:45 PM - French - Andre Pijet This section is full


Duration : 10 weeks


Check out all the course sections


This class is for beginners and there are no prerequisites.

Required Materials

Drawing From Life Section A - Eric Mannella

  • 18x24 pad of white drawing paper: Strathmore or Canson brand (no newsprint)
  • Staedtler Mars Lumograph graphite pencils: 2 of each: 2B, HB,   1 of each: H, 2H
  • Gum eraser
  • Pencil sharpener


Drawing from Life Section B - Jen Goddard

  • Pencils: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B (we recommend Derwent or Staedtler)
  • Charcoal: 2 or more sticks compressed charcoal (not willow)
  • 1-2 clean rags
  • A sharpener of good quality
  • Erasers: Kneaded eraser, white eraser, pen shape white eraser
  • Sketchbook for drawing, white pages, approx. 16x22 recommended, with removable individual sheets. Be sure the paper is for drawing, i.e., smooth with some tooth.
  • 1 small (6x8 or similar) notebook/sketchpad with blank pages

Optional: Detail eraser (MONO-Zero brand), protective gloves, blending stumps (tortillons)

Drawing from Life Section C - Donna Shvil

  • Pencils: 1 HB, 1 B, 1 2B (we recommend Derwent or Staedtler)
  • A sharpener of good quality
  • Erasers: Kneaded eraser, white eraser, pen shape white eraser
  • Sketchbook, white pages (11x14 recommended, should be able to remove individual sheets easily)
  • Tracing paper 9x12 (very translucent) the recommended brand is Canson - Foundation Series
  • 1 white pencil; Faber Castel Polychromos


Drawing from Life Section D - Andre Pijet

List of required materials:

  • pencils: 1 H4, 1 HB, 1B4
  • 1 sketchbook - BOND white & mat paper (18 x 24 inches) (no glossy finish and no newsprint paper)
  • White and black pencil KOH-I-NOOR (recommended), ou prismacolor (optional)
  • Kneadable special cleaning rubber
  • White eraser (Stadler or other company)
  • Sharpener
  • One small box of charcoal sticks (or 3 to 4 sticks of charcoal)

Optional but used in most classes:

  • White Bristol Vellum paper pad
  • Kraft paper 3 Pages

* - List subject to change, the official material list will be sent before the beginning of the term.



Course Outline

Learn all about drawing and its theory, practice drawing with live models and receive professional one-on-one feedback.

*Please note that this outline is from the last time we held this class and we may make some updates and improvements for the coming term

Week 1 – Learn about essential materials and the basic skills of drawing.

Week 2 – Understand form and negative space and learn all about the proportions of the face.

Week 3 - Important perspective exercises and the proportions of the human body.

Week 4 - Understand light and shadow with exercises on various shading techniques.

Week 5 and 6 – Learn essential principles of composition: Figure and/or portrait drawing exercise, and sketching and gesture drawing with a live model.

Week 7 - Perceive form, negative space and shadow shapes easily with a live model.

Week 8 and 9 - Analyze angles, proportions and perspective and practice with live models.

Week 10 - Unite all the basic skills of drawing to create a harmonious finished drawing with wholeness and personality.

Check out the entire outline

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Feel free to send us an email at [email protected] or give us a call at 514-998-7625
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