Course Description

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and sketching, which you can apply to other mediums. Using a unique and highly effective approach, the instructor will guide you through drawing simple objects from real life. Working primarily with pencil, you will develop composition, shading, and one- and two-point perspective skills. You will develop an understanding of light and shadow while drawing various objects of various materials. This course is designed for beginners but also suitable for artists seeking a refresher. This class is online.


Course Outline

In each session, the instructor will explore different artists’ methods and present examples of their works.

1st week Introduction to tools and materials. Introduction to linear one point and two point perspective. Rules of composition explained. Start drawing simple geometric shapes, i.e., cone, sphere, cube, etc. B and W treatment of color with light to dark gradations of tone. Difference between tone and line drawing explained.

2nd week Creating a composition. Drawing of a fruit or vegetable, yellow apples, pears, bananas, onions work the best. Using erasers as drawing tools explained.

3rd week Drawing different Still life textures, glass. Continuing tonal theory as it applies to draw.

4th week Drawing different Still life textures, fabrics.

5th week Drawing different Still life textures, metals.

6th and 7th week B and W thumbnails and sketching comps for the final project. Class suggestions for improvement.

8th week Finishing final projects. Students and instructor comments, a class critique of final projects.



Ages 16+

Supply List


Great art class with immediate drawing results, straight to the point. Great instruction with personal comments made to improve and guide. Nonna is able to share knowledge and skill clearly. J. L.

I really liked the focus we had each week - fruits, glass, fabric, metal. Nonna did a a great job demonstrating techniques for each. One-on-one time with her was so valuable. She always has helpful advice. A. B.

I enjoyed this class and learned a lot from it. The relaxed atmosphere was a good introductory learning environment. A. H.

I learned more in this course than in four years in high school. T. B.

I enjoyed the class tremendously. Being a very beginner in drawing, I feel my skills improving with each class. It's a fun class with great interactions between students and teacher. Nonna is capable to handle students at different skill levels and enhance the skills to the next level. D. K.

I was very intimidated by trying out drawing for the first time, but under Nonna's instruction, I found out that I really enjoy it. I strongly recommend this class to anyone interested in trying a new art class or needs a refresher of the basics. M. G.

I'm taking this class because I eventually want to learn how to paint some pictures I took at Giverny.  
I want to thank you for helping me to discover how to draw!  
As I child, I would try to recreate cartoon characters from a book and sometimes I would doodle simple trees in class. 
Since then, I have not touched a pencil that wasn't mechanical in the last 20 years so I am amazed at how much progress I made!


Thanks for all your guidance in this class. Very helpful and I learned a lot! 

Ms. Nonna:
I really enjoyed your classes.
I learnt  many concepts. 
I appreciate the time you took and helped  me learn from my drawings.
Will continue to practice on the lines of what you taught.
Thank you and see you at the next  class.
Dr. C. Y.


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Section Title
Drawing for Beginners
Online: Self Paced
Aug 26, 2024 to Oct 11, 2024
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $249.00 Click here to get more information
Section Notes

Minimum 5 / Maximum 12


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