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Analytical Sketching

Learn the most effective drawing technique for depicting any subject!

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Analytical Sketching

In this course, you will learn a step-by-step method for drawing practically anything! You will learn to visually break down any subject into its basic shapes and depict it with proper perspective from any angle.

This method of analytical sketching has been passed down for centuries through the great European academies and is an efficient and effective drawing method.

By the end of this class, you will have greatly increased your confidence, accuracy and speed in line drawing and will have the tools to accurately sketch objects and living things from observation or your imagination!

  • Course Type Traditional Drawing Classes
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 1
    Level 1

    Strong fundamentals in traditional drawing, painting and sculpting are the foundations to create amazing artwork.

    This level is about solidifying the fundamentals, getting a refresher on the most important art principles, and learning tricks to create realistic drawing and paintings.

  • Language English


Note: This class will be offered online only

Class Timings: Fall 2023

Date of first class: TBD

Duration: 10 weeks


It should be noted that students should set aside a minimum of 3 hours per week to complete assignments for this class. Students may even require a bit more time (4-5 hours per week) depending on how quickly they can work through assignments.



Skill requirements 

To enroll in this course you should have: 

  • A foundation in the basics of realistic drawing, such as basic perspective, proportions and shading.
  • Ideally completed our Foundations of Drawing class or have equivalent practice/experience.

If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact [email protected] for additional guidance.


Language and age requirements

You should have at least intermediate level English to take this class. Please be advised that there could be artistic nudity in our classes. Students should be 14 years old to enroll.

Required Materials

Material List:

  • Eraser (any brand)
  • Kneadable eraser (any brand)
  • Mechanical eraser pen (Tombow recommended)
  • Pencil sharpener (any brand)
  • Sketching Pencils: 4H, HB, 4B (any brand)
  • Colored Pencils: 1 white and 1 black (KOH-I-NOOR or Prismacolor recommended)
  • Fabriano Spiral Sketchbook 9"x12" or similar
  • Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper Pad 11"x14" or similar
  • A drawing board (26” minimum)
  • Bull clips

Optional materials:

  • Canson Tracing Paper Pad, 11"x14”
  • Brown Craft Paper Sheets 18"x14"
  • A blending stump

The teacher for this course allows students to use digital tools to complete assignments if they wish. Please note that no digital or technical assistance will be provided in class.



Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes 
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome 
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10


Syn Studio Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.

Course Outline

*Please note that the following outline is subject to change slightly at the teacher's discretion.

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: Learn to apply your analytical sketching skills to the human figure so you can sketch people with proper form, depth and perspective.

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

Week 9: Understand how to use your analytical sketching skills to accurately represent realistic environments

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

Check out the entire outline

Questions and Assistance

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

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