I teach private, classical representational (realist) drawing, starting with a block-in, using charcoal on paper.  Image above is one of my demonstration drawings from a beginning lesson focusing on drawing a block-in and finding form and cast shadows.

I teach private, classical representational (realist) drawing, starting with a block-in, using charcoal on paper. Image above is one of my demonstration drawings from a beginning lesson focusing on drawing a block-in and finding form and cast shadows.

Lessons for Adults

6-LESSON BEGINNING DRAWING COURSE FOR ADULTS

In this course I guide you through a series of six drawing lessons which will introduce you to concepts and skills I believe are important for learning to draw. My drawing lessons won’t turn you into an expert draftsperson — that takes dedication and lots of practice — but you will learn how to interpret what you see and begin to express yourself through drawing.

The lessons focus on concepts needed for drawing in a realist manner from observation using black charcoal on white paper. By drawing simple still-lifes, you will work on 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, and continue on to understanding and utilizing negative space, understanding simple visual perspective, and finally we work on mark-making and expression. Integrated into the lessons are free-form exercises to help you with hand-eye-mind coordination. 

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

If I have lesson time available, 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

Based on available time, 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 Portrait lessons to children. Based on available time, I do very occasionally give advanced lessons to children, but only after they have taken my 6 lesson beginning course, and if they are dedicated and ambitious enough to commit to focusing solely on still life or portrait drawing using charcoal.

General Information

-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 or PayPal.

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.

Supply Lists
(Updated February 2019):

Beginning Lessons Supply List - click here for download. (For both adults and children)

Portrait Drawing and Still Life Lessons Supply List - click here for download. (For both adults and children.)

Charcoal drawing by a still life student from a lesson focused on rendering light and shadow.

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

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

VIDEO DOWNLOAD LESSONS — AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN 2019

I'm currently filming and editing downloadable video versions of my 6-lesson Beginning Drawing Course.

In these video lessons, each under 30 minutes, I demonstrate the core concepts I teach in my private 6-lesson course. The videos will be affordable and available for purchase via download (and possibly streaming) individually and as a group.

Interesting in being a Beta tester? I’m looking for up to 6 Beta testers to try out one or two of the lessons. If you’re interested in Beta testing and telling me your thoughts after doing the lesson, please contact me via the form below.

Likewise, if you'd like to stay updated about this video project, or would like to contact me about in-person lessons, (or anything else) please fill out the form below.

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CURRENT LESSON OPENINGS

Currently I have open lesson times on Thursdays and Fridays. Please send an email via or the form above or on the contact page if you are interested in taking drawing lessons or in being added to my list for future lessons. Thanks!

Example of a still life used in a lesson.

Student work example, Portrait Drawing, (2nd year). Black and white charcoal on toned paper

Instructor example of portrait drawing; black charcoal on toned paper. For more examples of my classical drawings, click here .

Instructor example of finding negative space