I teach classical representational (realist) drawing using charcoal on paper. 

BEGINNING ADULTS

Beginning adult students are taken through a series of six introductory drawing lessons.

These lessons are for a beginning artist who is interested in learning to draw from observation in a realist manner using black charcoal on white paper. Working from increasingly complex still-life set-ups, lessons include interpreting what you observe, rendering light and shadow, understanding mass, positive and negative space, and visual perspective. Integrated into the lessons are free-form exercises to help you with hand-eye-mind coordination and expression.

CONTINUING ADULTS

If I don't have anyone on my waitlist, adult students are given the option to continue with more advanced instruction, focusing specifically on either still life or portraiture after their initial six lessons. Continuing still life students work on drawing increasingly difficult objects and still life set-ups. Students continuing with portraiture work from reference photos and/or draw self-portraits working from a mirror. All continuing students use black charcoal, but also begin using white charcoal along with the black on toned paper. Continuing students work on skills, but also towards finding their own artistic voice.

ADVANCED ADULTS

I offer short-term advanced lessons to adults already well versed in drawing but who want to hone specific skills in still life or portraiture using charcoal on paper.

BEGINNING DRAWING LESSONS FOR CHILDREN

When giving drawing lessons to children, I generally take the same approach as I do with adults, but the lessons focus more on drawing expressively while still building skill.

Advanced lessons for children. I've found that most children desire a broader range of subjects and want to learn about different mediums after their introductory lessons, so generally they don't continue on with me. I do occasionally give continuing lessons to children if they are dedicated enough to commit to focusing solely on still life or portrait drawing using only charcoal.

  Free form drawing exercise example: Eye/Hand Synchronicity: The Hand that Sees

Free form drawing exercise example: Eye/Hand Synchronicity: The Hand that Sees

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Private lessons are given in my Ann Arbor, Michigan home basement studio.

I give one-hour long, weekly lessons.

Lessons are on Thursdays and Fridays.

Lessons are conducted standing at easels. If you can't stand at an easel, we will work together to find you a comfortable way to draw. 

Pricing and Payment For All Private Drawing Lessons

Lessons are $50.00 per hour and can be paid for traditionally with a check or cash, and digitally via ApplePay, PayPal, or Square's Cash app.

For friends who want to learn together. My studio can accommodate up to 3 students at once per lesson. Fees are $50 per hour, per person.

Cancelling a Scheduled Lesson

If you need to cancel a lesson, I ask you let me know as soon as possible, but at least one day in advance. If you cancel or miss a lesson for any reason other than illness on the same day your lesson is scheduled, I ask you pay for that missed lesson.

Basic Supply List for All Lessons

Download my basic supply list here: 
Supply List

  Charcoal drawing by a 7-year-old beginning student from a lesson on visual perspective

Charcoal drawing by a 7-year-old beginning student from a lesson on visual perspective

  C  harcoal drawing by a 13-year-old student

Charcoal drawing by a 13-year-old student

  Instructor example of a beginning adult classical drawing lesson: simple still life in charcoal

Instructor example of a beginning adult classical drawing lesson: simple still life in charcoal

Currently I do not have any open beginning or advanced lesson times. Please send an email via the contact page if you are interested in being added to my waitlist. Thanks!

  Portrait drawing, black and white charcoal on toned paper, by a continuing adult student

Portrait drawing, black and white charcoal on toned paper, by a continuing adult student

  Instructor example of portrait drawing; black and white charcoal on toned paper

Instructor example of portrait drawing; black and white charcoal on toned paper