Drawing from Life

Traditional Classes > Drawing > Drawing from Life

    Teacher Information

    Black and white photo of Andre

    Diana Van Damme is a freelance illustrator best known for her fantasy illustrations. During her career, she has created artwork for various clients in the video game, comic book, tabletop and publishing industries such as Hex Entertainment and Aethera RPG. Diana’s artwork has also been featured in ImagineFX and Infected by Art.

    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.

    Donna Shvil is an accomplished figurative artist with over 25 years of experience, specializing in figure studies and realistic-style painting. Her paintings and drawings can be found in public and private collections in Canada and internationally. Recognized for her skill as a first-rate image-maker, her artwork has been featured in art magazines in both Canada and the United States.


    Course Outline

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

    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.


    Section A) starts Tuesday January 15th and is once a week from 11 AM to 1 PM - English - Diana Van Damme

    Section B) starts Thursday January 17th and is once a week from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - English - André Pijet

    Section C) starts Thursday January 17th and is once a week from 8 PM to 10 PM - French - André Pijet

    Section D) starts Saturday January 19th and is once a week from 11 AM to 1 PM - English - Donna Shvil

    Section E) starts Saturday January 19th and is once a week from 2 PM to 4 PM - English - André Pijet

    Section F) starts Saturday January 19th and is once a week from 5 PM to 7 PM - English - André Pijet

    Section G) starts Sunday January 20th and is once a week from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM - English - Donna Shvil

    Duration : 10 weeks

    You can register at the bottom-left of this page.



    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.


    This class is for beginners and there are no prerequisites.


    This is our most popular class and many sections fill up well before the deadline. $340 $310.

    The Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 19th of Dec at 11:59 PM

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    • Learn the five basic skills of drawing
    • Our blend of traditional and modern teaching styles helps everyone learn to draw realistically
    • Draw in a warm and cosy atmosphere
    • Our innovative teaching methods are recognized by the English Montreal School Board where we've trained dozens of art teachers

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