Spring term classes begin on April 7th.

Foundations of Drawing

Build essential drawing techniques while learning to draw people and objects.

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Foundations of Drawing

This course covers the most essential drawing fundamentals that every artist should know; depicting light, shadows and forms. You will also learn the basics of human proportions and anatomy through studying portraits and nude figures.

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

This class is perfect for beginners and serves as a building-block for our other classes. Everyone can learn to draw!

  • Course Type Traditional Drawing Classes
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 0
    Level 0

    This class is for people who have never taken art courses before, or would like to solidify the techniques they already have.

  • Language English

You can now combine 3, 4 or 5 classes to avail a 5, 10 or 15% discount on your purchase and get a free spot in a webinar this term!

Schedule

Note: This class will be offered online only

Term: Spring 2024

Class Timings: Saturdays from 2 PM to 5 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h)

First Day of Class: April 13th

Duration: 10 weeks

 

Please note that our classes times are listed as EDT (GMT-4) but that starting on Sunday, November 3rd, 2024, all class times will go into EST (GMT-5).

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.

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.

 

*Please note that this class' duration is subject to change (to either 1.5 hours or 2 hours) depending on the number of enrolled students.

These shorter class formats are conducted with more of a personalized mentorship style, allowing students to have more time devoted to their assignments' critiques and the ability to ask more questions in class, while still maintaining all of the theory and planned curriculum for the regular class length.

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Prerequisites

Skill requirements

This class is for beginners and those looking to refresh their drawing skills; there are no prerequisites.

 

Language and age requirements

You should have at least intermediate level English/French 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 (Staedtler recommended)
  • Sketching Pencils: HB, B, 2B  (any brand)
  • Sketchbook with removable pages 11"x14” (any brand)

 

Optional materials:

  • Canson Tracing Paper Pad, 11"x14”
  • A blending stump

 

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

 

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.
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Course Outline

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

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.

 

Week 7

Perceive form, negative space and shadow shapes.

 

Week 8 and 9

Analyze angles, proportions and perspective.

 

Week 10

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

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You can now combine 3, 4 or 5 classes to avail a 5, 10 or 15% discount on your purchase and get a free spot in a webinar this term!

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