Art Classes - “Artspiration”


All students will begin with the basic drawing class. The length of the course will depend on the student’s progress or on their desire to move on to another medium. A minimum drawing course will last six weeks.

•Step  1- seeing, what to look for before the pencil touches the paper. The power of observation combined with eye hand coordination allows the artist to see correctly and the hand to draw whatever they see. The initial instruction will be focused on fundamental elements required in putting together a pleasing composition.  Some of the terminology that will be used is: focal point, repetition of pattern, value, line, balance, form, 90% rule, viewfinder, and much more.

•Step 2- gesture drawing. The student will be taught how to place the subject onto the picture plane using quick pencil lines. At the same time, using the knowledge learned from step 1 subconsciously helps the artist to develop an instinct for good composition. 

•Step 3- contour, drawing what you see not what you think you see. Being sensitive to the ins and outs, ebbs and flows is called contour and cross contour. Perspective is also introduced in this step.

•Step 4- adding value. Students will begin by making and exploring values with the value scale. When value is added to the drawing discussion will include value shifts, value rhythm, balance, weight, mass.

•Step 5- critiquing. Although I have put critiquing as the last step of the drawing process, it is in fact used throughout each step. As well, it is used throughout all the courses I teach and in whatever medium the student is working in.



With encouragement and guidance my students decide for themselves when they are ready to begin painting and which medium they will paint with. Some of my students come with no experience at all while others come to me with a lot of experience. This doesn’t matter; I work with the student from the level they are at. My students also learn from each other.

The course will begin with an overview of the materials needed and techniques particular to the medium of choice. You will choose your own subject whether you are influenced by one of your photographs or from a concept in your imagination. You will learn color theory before you begin to paint. You will be guided to make a thumbnail sketch focusing on composition, subject, mass, and form. You will apply the knowledge incurred through critiquing regarding, focal point, colour theory, repetition of pattern, value rhythms and much more.