Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

September 21, 2023 - December 14, 2023



Do you want to learn to draw but don’t know how to get started? This is an ideal course for people with little or no experience in drawing. The course involves drawing from direct observation with an emphasis on the line quality, value, shading, negative space and perspective. Students will create texture in their drawings as they explore the aesthetics of mark making. The skills necessary to make a good drawing are developed through basic materials such as pencils and charcoal. Source material will include still life arrangements, working from nature, a live model and photographs. This course will also include a couple of field trips so that the students can experience drawing on location. By the end of twelve weeks you will have the confidence to sit down in front of any subject and start to draw. Suitable for all levels.

Registration Details

Visit the Vancouver Island School of Art website to register online, or phone 250-380-3500.

Suppy List

Items required for the first class:
- sketchbook (8" x 10" or larger)
- at a minimum: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B pencils
- white soft eraser
- pencil sharpener
- large pad of newsprint paper (18" x 24") 30-40 sheets to start
- cartridge paper (24" x 36") 10-20 Sheets to start
Additional Supplies to be discussed at first class:
Drawing Materials:
- compressed charcoal
- willow/vine charcoal
- charcoal pencils
- kneaded eraser
- blending stumps (3-4 in various sizes)
- small set of soft chalk pastel sticks
- scissors
- glue (white or stick)
- drawing board
- bulldog clips
- white charcoal/pastels paper: pad or loose sheets (9"X12" approximately)

September 21, 2023 - December 14, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Vancouver Island School of Art
302-733 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 3C7