Lessons for Adults
6-LESSON BEGINNING DRAWING COURSE FOR ADULTS
Beginning adult students are taken through a series of six introductory drawing lessons.
This six lesson series is an introduction to drawing in a realist manner from observation using black charcoal on white paper. Working from increasingly complex still-life set-ups, lessons are focused on interpreting what you see and translating and rendering three dimensional space into two dimensions and onto paper. We start with drawing a block-in and finding form and cast shadows, then continue on to seeing light and shadow, understanding and utilizing negative space, simple visual perspective, and mark-making. Integrated into the lessons are free-form exercises to help you with hand-eye-mind coordination and expression.
During each lesson I demonstrate, lecture, and draw alongside you. After your lesson, in an email, you will be given lesson notes, information about your next lesson, and optional homework in the form of suggested drawing practice and reading from the book, Lessons in Classical Drawing, by Juiliette Aristedes. (Purchase of the book is optional; see the supply list for details.)
PORTRAIT DRAWING LESSONS FOR ADULTS
I offer classical portrait drawing for students already versed in drawing, or who have taken my 6-lesson introductory series. Students work from reference photos and/or draw self-portraits working from a mirror. Portrait students use black charcoal, but also begin using white charcoal along with the black on toned paper. These lessons are focused on building skills and expressing artistic voice.
STILL LIFE DRAWING LESSONS FOR ADULTS
I offer classical still life drawing for students already versed in drawing, or who have taken my 6-lesson introductory series. Students work on drawing increasingly difficult objects and still life set-ups. Still life students use black charcoal, but also begin using white charcoal along with the black on toned paper. These lessons are focused on building skills and expressing artistic voice.
Lessons for Children
6-LESSON BEGINNING DRAWING COURSE FOR CHILDREN
When giving drawing lessons to children, I generally take the same approach as I do with adults (please read the description for my 6-lesson course for adults above), but the lessons focus more on drawing expressively while still building skill. My youngest student was seven years old and I’ve given lessons to numerous teenagers.
PORTRAIT AND STILL LIFE DRAWING LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
I've found that most children desire a broader range of subjects and want to learn about different mediums after taking introductory lessons, so generally I don't offer Still Life or Portait lessons to children. I do occasionally give advanced lessons to children after they have taken my 6 lesson beginning course, and if they are dedicated enough to commit to focusing solely on still life or portrait drawing using charcoal.
-Private lessons are given in my Ann Arbor, Michigan home basement studio. Lessons are individualized and go at the student's pace.
-I only teach drawing using charcoal on paper.
-Lessons are weekly and one hour long.
-I give lessons 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, or 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 for group lessons are $40 per hour, per person. (You will need to organize a group yourself.)
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.
Download my Beginning Lessons Supply List here. (For both adults and children)
Download my Still life and Portrait Drawing Lessons Supply List here. (For both adults and children.)
VIDEO DOWNLOAD LESSONS — COMING IN 2019
I'm currently working on a downloadable video version of my 6-lesson Beginning Drawing Course, which will be available for purchase. If you'd like to stay updated about this project, or would like to contact me about in-person lessons, please fill out the form below.
CURRENT LESSON OPENINGS
Currently I have open lesson times on Thursdays and Fridays. Please send an email via or the form above if you are interested in taking drawing lessons or in being added to my list for future lessons. Thanks!