Life Drawing ONLINE

Ages 14–18

Sundays 1:30 - 3 pm 
October 17 - November 7

Members $175 / General Public $205 (4 weeks)

Instructor: Jason Deary

Life Drawing is a fundamental drawing skill. Drawing the human form in its various shapes and postures deepens observational skills and helps students develop methods to create volume, texture and movement, as well as emotional responses such as empathy. Life drawing inspires students to future careers as far ranging as game design, healthcare and more.


Week 1: What is Life Drawing? An introduction to how it can be used and the various techniques involved. Warm up exercises working from still life objects and the skeleton mannequin.
Week 2: Exploring the details of drawing techniques and observation. Gesture drawing and setting up your own still life scene. Introduction to figure drawing.
Week 3: The human figure and drawing from a live model – gesture drawing to extended pose drawing using techniques learned in week 1 and 2.
Week 4: Introduction to portraiture. How to capture the human head and face. Working from images and then a mirror, students will learn to draw a creative, expressive self-portrait.


  • A variety of soft drawing pencils: 2B, 4B, 6B, and/or 8B
  • Pencil sharpener and eraser
  • Newsprint or bond paper pad 40 sheets, 18”x24” or larger
  • Sketchbook – any drawing sketchbook, approximately 8 x 10”

Weeks 3 and 4:

  • Coloured drawing materials for colour and shading. (i.e. conte, charcoal, pastels, colour pencil, markers)
  • 1 sheet of large multi-media paper, 18 x 24 inch or larger. For example: 170gsm drawing paper

Optional: Bring to class anything else you want to draw with!

These are the recommended materials for this course. All sizes are approximate. On your first day of class, your instructor may recommend additional optional materials. Our Instructor’s will do their best to accommodate alternative materials whenever possible. 

Some suggested retailers for purchasing your art materials:
Aboveground Art Supplies (discount code: AGOSTUDENT10), Curry’s, DeSerres, Gwartzman’s, Michaels, or any other art supply or discount craft store.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, delays are very possible.

Please review the Terms and Conditions of Participation for course experience optimization.


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