Drawing the Human Form

Traditional Classes > Drawing > Drawing the Human Form

    Teacher Information

    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 to draw spontaneously, energetically and accurately and demonstrate a structured approach to drawing the human figure.

    Week 1 – Know all about the basic proportions and methods for constructing the human body.

    Week 2 – Create the human form in 3 dimensions and grasp reference points and measurements.

    Weeks 3 and 4 - Create a convincing silhouette and learn to draw the leg, arm, torso and head easily.

    Week 5 and 6 – Continue realistic rendering of parts of the body and learn the basic 3-tone shading system for convincing modelling and cast shadows.

    Week 7 and 8 – Develop proficiency in drawing the hands and feet from all angles and increase your modelling and rendering skills.

    Week 9 and 10 – Create finished drawings for your portfolio and present completed work in a professional manner.


    Saturdays from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

    Date of first class: July 13th

    Duration : 10 weeks

    Language: English 

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


    In this studio course, working mainly from live models, you will learn a step-by-step method for accurately and beautifully representing the human form.

    Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction you will go from a drawing composed of basic shapes to a fully rendered piece of art.

    Areas of focus will include the proportions of the human body, points of reference on the body that aid with developing a drawing, drawing a body in motion, and foreshortening.


    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 (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something).


    This is one of our most popular classes and tends to fill up well before the deadline. $470. $430.

    Late registration still available for this class if there is a "Register Now" button below.


    • Become comfortable, confident and competent drawing live models
    • Truly understand the human body in three dimensions so you can bring out the form no matter what the model's position or how foreshortened the pose.
    • Learn some tips and tricks for drawing a more convincing and life-like silhouette that even many professionals don't know!

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