My Foundation Drawing Course spans 20 years of teaching and has been developed and changed over the years to accommodate all fundamental concerns of observation, understanding and practice. It is built on repetition of these basics but challenging you with more difficult issues that gets added every time you start a new lesson. The Online Drawing Course has also been amended to suit the internet-based platform. 

Lesson 1

Purpose: This lesson will teach you the MOST BASIC considerations of drawing. Materials: What you will need for the course.

Warm-up and Orientation (LIVE): To alleviate stress and to get you focused. Proportioning (LIVE): Learn to observe and regard forms and space.

Tonal Value (LIVE): Learn to observe darks, mid-tones and light. Shading (LIVE): Learn to shade correctly for a realistic effect.

Observation (LIVE): Learn to really ‘SEE’ something in front of you.

Project (LIVE): Turn Form to Dimension through a step-by-step method.

Lesson 2

Purpose: Change your perception on observation and the world around you. Learn to draw a live object.

Materials: Same as Lesson 1.

Warm-Ups (Live): Proportional and Shading warm-ups. Observation (Live): Object observation and drawing in the air. Mapping and Shading

Corrections and Final Touches (LIVE): Learn how to add professional touches

Lesson 3

Purpose: Learn to draw from a picture - Landscape

Materials: Same as Lesson 1, image will be sent to you. Printing required. Warm-Ups (Live): Proportional and Shading.

Observation (Live): Learn to interpret an image correctly. Drawing (Live): Learn to measure and place masses Shading (Live): Learn to shade and to regard harmony.

Texture and Detail and Final Touches (Live)

Lesson 4

Purpose: Learn to draw from a picture – Object Purpose: Learn to Block

Materials: Same as Lesson 1, image will be sent to you. Printing required. Observation (Live): Interpret your image.

Blocking (Live): Learn to proportion correctly from a photograph, step by step.

We continue with the steps of blocking and drawing (Live) x 3

Lesson 5

ART MAKING BASICS:

Materials: As with Lesson 1 with a few added supplies.

Composition (Live): Learn to arrange elements in your painting. Includes exercises.

Scaling (Live): Learn to draw from small to large (without a calculator!). Includes exercises.

Perspective (Live): Learn to understand one point, two point and atmospheric perspective. Includes exercises.

Harmony (Live): Learn to integrate and create a collective arrangement of elements within an artwork. Includes exercises.

The Elements of Art (Live): Explore how line, shape, colour and other elements

can create a thought provoking art work.

Lesson 6

Purpose: Learn to draw symmetrical shapes and objects Materials: Same as Lesson 1

Observation (Live): Learn how to observe symmetrical shapes.

Drawing, proportioning and mapping and shading (Live): Learn how to approach and systematically implement a system to make drawing easier. The feared ellipse will also be dealt with.

Corrections and finishing touches (Live)

Lesson 7

Purpose: Expanding your drawing repertoire and improving your drawing skills through different drawing media.

Materials: Lesson 1 plus charcoal and different papers.

Drawing large and upright (Live): A major advancement for budding artists is to radically change the way you perceive and execute your art work.

Composing a still life (Live): Learn to compose and to consider how space creates harmony.

Drawing, mapping and shading with charcoal (Live): Learn to sketch and cope with charcoal.

Finishing Touches (Live)

Lesson 8

Purpose: Continue to explore more drawing media through finger drawing. Materials: Lesson 1 plus white pastel and Fabiano Paper. Choice of images will be sent to you.

Drawing, mapping and shading (Live): This process was introduced by me in 1998. It involves the shared use of your eyes (optical), your fingers (touch) and your brain (perceptive) all at the same time to create a striking art work.

Progress (Live)

Finishing Touches (Live)

Lesson 9

Purpose: Colour introduction and Live Drawing Materials: Lesson 1 and Soft (Chalk) Pastels

Planning (Live): Set-up and lighting, drawing and mapping

Using Pastels (Live): Learn to draw and shade and blend with pastels. Background: Earth your object by inserting the correct background.

Finishing Touches (Live)

Lesson 10

Purpose: To recap on everything you have done and studied in the previous lessons, and to determine and discuss problems, necessary exercises, practices and solutions. We will also discuss your way forward and you will receive a certificate.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR LESSONS 1 - 6

Drawing:
  • Pencils:         - Two B's and one B6
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser:          - Vinyl, preferably a grip eraser
  • Paper:           - Cartridge sheets – like copy paper is fine, not                             grainy, textured or absorbent
  • Paper stumps

Studio:

  • White polystyrene ball:    -      Buy at a craft shop
  • Small box, sides cut off
  • Spot light
  • Prestik
  • An Apple or simple fruit

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR LESSONS 7 - 10

  • Materials listed above
  • Good quality charcoal stick - thicker variety
  • A3 to A2 Cartridge paper - about 20 sheets
  • 2 Fabriano Tiziano Paper - Perle or light coloured
  • Clear base 50 x 65 cm and 4 small bull clips (optional)
  • White soft pastel - also called chalk pastel, not oil pastel
  • A long ruler
  • Small set good quality soft (chalk) pastel
  • Fixative spray