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 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 have open lesson time available, after their initial six lessons adult students are given the option to continue with more advanced instruction focusing specifically on either still life or portraiture. Continuing still life students work on drawing increasingly difficult objects and still life set-ups. Students continuing with portraiture work from reference photos and 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 also offer 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.

DRAWING LESSONS FOR CHILDREN

When giving drawing lessons to children, I take the same approach as I do with adults, (see description above, For Beginning Adults) but, depending on the age of the child, the lessons may involve drawing more expressively while still focusing on the basic skills.

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 with me for advanced lessons. I do occasionally give advanced lessons to children if they are dedicated enough to commit to focusing solely on still life or portrait drawing using only charcoal, and I have open lesson time.

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 studio.

I give lessons on Thursdays and Fridays.

For beginning students, I have found one-hour long, weekly lessons to be best. However, that doesn't work for everyone. A lesson once a month, or once every two weeks, for example, may be better for your schedule. We will find a schedule that works. 

Pricing For All Private Drawing Lessons

If paying by check or with cash: Lessons are $40.00 per hour, per person.

If paying with PayPal: Lessons are $42.00 per hour, per person.

For friends who want to learn together. My studio can accommodate up to 3 students at once per lesson. Fees are $40 (PayPal, $42) per hour, per person.

Basic Supply List for All Lessons

Download my basic supply list here: 
Supply List

And a few other things...

Because I often get asked....

• I don't teach drawing with any medium other than charcoal on paper.

• I don't teach painting or sculpture.

• I only teach basic drawing and continuing drawing of still-lifes, or portraiture of people.

If you cannot attend a scheduled lesson, please let me know as soon as possible, but at least two days in advance.

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.

 

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

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 have an opening on Thursdays for one late afternoon/early evening lesson. Please send an email via the contact page if you are interested in taking a lesson at that time.

Portrait drawing, black and white charcoal on toned paper by an advanced adult student

Portrait drawing, black and white charcoal on toned paper by an advanced 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