Online Class

How to Draw

by The Great Courses
$99.99$334.99

Learn the drawing techniques every beginning artist should know. Build skills for composition, proportion, perspective, value, texture, color and more!

Skill Level

Beginner

What You Get

  • 36 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Printable resources, including a complete class guide with drawing exercises
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Closed captioning available (web only)
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Learn how to draw through engaging lessons and fun exercises alongside art professor David Brody. At the beginning of class, you'll see how to use contour lines, construction lines and cross-contour lines to draw objects with dimension. Next, find out how to use focal areas, focal points and compositional balance to improve your compositions. Take your skills further as you learn how to bring a lifelike sense of space to your work with perspective techniques, use value to establish a mood for your drawing and create the illusion of light, volume and space and texture. David will take the mystery out of color theory and push your figure drawing forward with essential anatomy knowledge and proportion techniques.

Lesson Breakdown

1. An Introduction to Drawing
32:30
Meed Professor David Brody and start by exploring the fascinating history of drawing. You'll also work on your first drawing exercise as you retrace the subject matter our ancestors drew 80,000 years ago.
2. Drawing Materials for Line
32:45
3. Drawing Fundamentals & First Exercises
30:15
4. Line & Shape: Line & Aggregate Shape
31:49
5. Line & Shape: Volume & Figure-Ground
33:03
6. Line & Shape: Positive & Negative Shape
28:26
7. Composition: The Format & Its Armature
30:15
8. Composition: How Artists Compose
28:57
9. Line & Shape: Line Attributes & Gesture
29:55
10. Composition: Shape & Advanced Strategies
29:42
11. Proportion: Alberti's Velo
29:44
12. Proportion: Accurate Proportion & Measure
28:17
13. Creating Volume & Illusionistic Space
29:40
14. Six Complex Drawing Projects
30:08
15. Linear Perspective: Introduction
32:38
16. Linear Perspective: The Quad
27:21
17. Linear Perspective: The Gridded Room
28:10
18. Linear Perspective: Ellipses & Pattern
30:35
19. Linear Perspective: Advanced Topics
29:04
20. Value: How Artists Use Value
28:52
21. Value: Drawing Materials for Value
29:08
22. Value: Black & White & a Value Scale
29:39
23. Value: Eight Complex Drawing Projects
29:03
24. Value: Side Light & Cast Shadow
29:10
25. Value: Oblique Light & Cast Shadow
29:49
26. Texture: Mark Making & Optical Value
31:08
27. Texture: How Artists Use Texture
29:22
28. Color: Color Theory & Color & Light
30:07
29. Color: How Artists Use Color
30:59
30. Color: Color Drawing Projects
30:46
31. The Figure: A Canon of Proportions
29:42
32. The Figure: The Head, Hands & Feet
30:51
33. The Figure: Artistic Anatomy
29:53
34. The Figure: Drawing Projects
33:39
35. Advanced Concepts: Pictorial Space
29:27
36. Advanced Drawing Projects
32:28

Recommended with this class

  • Vine or willow charcoal
  • Graphite
  • Drawing paper

Taught by

David Brody
David Brody
David Brody is a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Washington in Seattle. He did his undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College and received his graduate degree in painting from Yale University. David's paintings and drawings have been shown in close to 100 exhibitions in the U.S. and in Europe. He has also lectured or been a visiting critic at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, The University of Chicago, Harvard University, Capital Normal University in Beijing and at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou.

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