I teach private, classical representational (realist) drawing, starting with a block-in, using charcoal on paper.  Image above is one of my demonstration from a beginning first lesson: drawing the block-in and finding shadow.

I teach private, classical representational (realist) drawing, starting with a block-in, using charcoal on paper. Image above is one of my demonstration from a beginning first lesson: drawing the block-in and finding shadow.

BEGINNING DRAWING LESSONS  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 observe and rendering three dimensional space into two dimensions and onto paper. We start with drawing a block-in with form shadow, and continue on to understanding light and shadow, seeing and utilizing negative space, visual perspective, and creating the illusion of depth. 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. Afterwards, in an email, you will be given notes about your lesson, 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. The 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. The lessons are focused on building skills and expressing artistic voice.

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. The youngest student I've taught was seven years old when she took lessons. 

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 these lessons to children if they are dedicated enough to commit to focusing solely on still life or portrait drawing using only 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 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 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.

Basic Supply List for All Lessons

Download my basic supply list here: 
Supply List

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

Example of a still life set up for a lesson focusing on creating the illusion of depth.

Currently I have open lesson times on Thursdays. Please send an email via the contact page if you are interested in lessons on Thursdays, or otherwise interested in being added to my waitlist. Thanks!

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