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Foundations of Drawing 2

A 10 week course where you learn the advanced drawing skills required to take your artwork to the next level

Teacher Artwork by Donna Shvil

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Foundations of Drawing 2

Do you possess a decent understanding of drawing fundamentals and are comfortable drawing from life? Do you wish to learn the advanced drawing skills required to add more complex textures, forms, and materials in your drawings, and thereby enhance its overall visual appeal? 

This course is a follow up to our popular Foundations of Drawing Course. Taught by accomplished figurative artist, Donna Shvil, this course will provide you with all the resources required to boost your life drawing skills and enable you to create engaging and well defined artwork.

This course features lectures, demonstrations and drawing exercises aimed at improving your observation, composition and perspective skills as well as augmenting your value and tonal knowledge.  You will strengthen your compositional skills and learn how to effectively place key elements within your drawing so you can generate complex compositions that draw the viewer in and best showcase the desired mood of your artwork. You will gain a deeper understanding of values and gain proficiency manipulating tonal ranges so you can effectively create the illusion of depth and space in your drawings and make them appear more realistic. In addition, you will also acquire the skills required to accurately render a variety of materials, textures and drapery using traditional mediums like a professional! 

By the end of this course, you will have taken your traditional drawing skills to a whole new level, giving you the confidence and ability to generate complex drawings, be it still life, portraiture, costumed or nude. You will have gained a powerful set of drawing methods that will provide you with a solid foundation for more advanced traditional drawing classes as well as digital concept and illustration classes

  • 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



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Note: This class will be offered online only

Class Timings: Saturdays from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h)

Date of first class: January 14th

Duration: 10 weeks

If you are unable to attend the class during the times listed above, you will still have access to video recordings of the class lectures and will still receive personalized feedback from your instructor.



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 note that Syn Studio’s classes are targeted towards adults and students should be 16 years or older to enroll.

Required Materials

  • 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 (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 Castell Polychromos
  • Toned Sketch Pad, Grey (9X12)


Optionally, you may draw digitally if more convenient for you.

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


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.

Weeks 1 and 2:

Gain a thorough understanding of value and light. Learn how to effectively render a variety of surfaces, textures and materials in your drawing using extended value studies

Weeks 3 and 4:

Gain proficiency in breaking down the human face and constructing the head from multiple angles. Learn to analyze facial features and expressions and incorporate them to your life drawings so they can display a variety of convincing emotions

Weeks 5 to 10:

Learn to analyze the basic proportions and subtle differences in the male and female bodies so you can accurately construct convincing partial and full body portraits of the human form in costume.

Gain proficiency in rendering a variety of materials and textures to your drawings to make them appear visually appealing

Create finished drawings for your portfolio and present completed work in a professional manner.

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