Fundamentals of Perspective
A 10 week course where you learn to believably depict architectural objects, props, vehicles, indoor and outdoor spaces and living things in proper perspective.
Teacher Artwork by André Pijet
Fundamentals of Perspective
Have you ever had trouble drawing in proper perspective? Are you unable to quickly and accurately sketch people, buildings and vehicles in perspective, such as in an urban scene? Perspective drawing is a method that will let you draw realistically with a proper sense of space and depth. Drawing in perspective is one of the most fundamental skills for a visual artist and it will allow you to create realistic and lifelike images. In this course, you will learn to believably depict architectural objects, props, vehicles, indoor and outdoor spaces and living things in proper perspective.
Throughout this 10 week course, you will learn via live demonstrations of perspective drawing, essential exercises and personalized feedback on your artwork from your instructor. By the end of this class, you will have a thorough and complete understanding of perspective and its various techniques which will enable you to effectively create the illusion of depth and space while drawing 3D objects on a 2D plane. You will be well equipped with an arsenal of perspective tools and techniques which will help your artwork gain a proper sense of scale, accuracy, depth and solidity. You will have several pieces for your portfolio and a solid foundation for reaching a professional level of drawing.
- Course Type Traditional Drawing Classes
- Duration 10 Weeks
Level 1Level 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
Section A) Starts: Wednesday, January 12th and is once a week from 6 PM to 9 PM, Eastern Standard Time (EST or UTC-5h) - English - André Pijet - This section is full
Section B) Starts: Friday, January 14th and is once a week from 11 AM to 2 PM, Eastern Standard Time (EST or UTC-5h) - English - Dmitry Sorokin - This section is full
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.
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.
- pencils: 1 H4, 1 HB, 1 4B
- 1 BOND white & mat paper pad (18 x 24 inches) (no glossy finish and no newsprint paper)
- White and black pencil KOH-I-NOOR (recommended) or Prismacolor (optional)
- Kneadable special cleaning rubber
- White eraser (Staedtler or other company)
- White Bristol Vellum paper pad
- Kraft paper, 3 pages, (18 x 24 inches)
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
- 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.
Drawing in perspective is one of the most fundamental skills for a visual artist and it will allow you to create realistic and lifelike images.
*Please note that this outline is from the last time we held this class and we may make some updates and improvements for the coming term.
Weeks 1 and 2: Learn the essentials of perspective drawing so you can represent 3-Dimensional objects on a 2-Dimensional plane. Understand how to represent various forms in orthogonal projection and in correct perspective, which is a key skill for artists.
Weeks 3 and 4: Become proficient at drawing objects and scenes in one-point perspective which is used when you are looking at an object or scene straight on (imagine staring down train tracks vanishing into the distance).
Weeks 4 and 6: Acquire expertise drawing various forms in 2 point perspective, which is essential for all artists who want to represent concepts and scenes where the objects and people are seen from different angles that aren’t exactly straight on (example: the widely used ¾ view).
Weeks 7 and 9: Learn to draw in 3 point perspective, essential for cityscapes, as well as multiple point and curvilinear perspectives which will allow you to represent all types of scenes and points of view. This will allow you to create fish-eye, distorted perspective and other dynamic and interesting effects in your artwork.
Week 10: Gain the skills required to analyze a complex object and break it down into smaller, easier to draw forms and then represent it all in an exploded view drawing. This skill, essential for industrial designers, architects and concept artists will allow you to effectively deconstruct and represent any object or architectural structure in proper perspective with a high level of accuracy.
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