Drawing 1

  • Dates: Monday, 5:00-7:00pm, 10 Weeks
  • Tuition: $90
  • Instructor: Stan Stroh


My primary objective for this class is that you have fun or engage with drawing mostly from perception but some through play. I consider it somewhat of an active meditation, whereby you’re losing yourself in the process of discovery. We all know the experience of getting lost in time. Hopefully this will happen often!

We will be focusing on learning various approaches to drawing from perception: you will leave this course with a clearer sense of both how to see and how to create rich drawings.

This class will emphasize not so much the drawing of things, but rather the drawing of relationships that add up to a whole in which each shape, whether positive or negative, and the weight of its lines, become essential. Some of this learning may ask you to do a bit of “unlearning”, which will mean different things to each of you. And yes, you will end up with a “thing.” A cup will be a cup but not in isolation, and hopefully you will look at space, forms and the world in a new light.

Drawing means different things to different artists: we will be addressing how forms make space and sit in it; the interconnectedness between forms; how the eye travels in a composition; how volume is created. You will gain an internal sense of how to create powerful drawings and formats. On some deep level this notion of the “interconnectedness” between forms is not different than the interconnectedness of all creations. If we can accept that we are not in isolation as living creatures then the same will apply to drawing. Not only apply to drawing but help give us greater awareness of this notion.


Course of Study:

Please note that we will have weekly assignments, to be completed both in and out of class. I understand that people have busy lives and drawing outside of class might be demanding. However, since this is not about me but about you, the more you put in, the more you get out. Try and draw a little everyday, even just for a few minutes. I promise you at the end of this class you’ll see a difference in your drawing, and hopefully how you see things.

  1. Line
  2. Gesture (movement) and composition: Learning how lines or form counterbalance other forms. Point-counterpoint.
  3. Relative Observational Measuring: point-to-point drawing.
  4. Touch on Perspective. Rudiments of Perspective: Horizontal line, vanishing point, some discussion of perspective.
  5. Creating space: scale; foreground; middle ground; background
  6. Measuring: lengths and angles.
  7. Shapes: negative and positive.
  8. Contour and Cross Contour
  9. Studies from Masters: compositional structure