Drawing I: Still Life – Winter 2020

Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns

To draw does not simply mean to reproduce contours; the drawing does not simply consist in the idea: the drawing is even the expression, the interior form, the plan, the model.  Look what remains after that!  The drawing is three fourths and a half of what constitutes painting.  If I had to put a sign over my door [to the atelier], I would write: School of drawing, and I’m certain that I would create painters.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Winter Drawing Series – Instructed by Sarah F. Burns
2 – 5 pm Thursdays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20

This class focuses on the essential, foundational principles and tools of drawing and painting representationally.  These key elements are broken down and covered in-depth.  Each class will cover on one principle or tool and they will build logically as the class continues.  This class is ideal for beginners, but it could be wonderful for advanced artists who desire to push their work to higher levels as well.  This deep focus on drawing  foundations enables profound growth at all levels.  It is an essential pre-requisite for Painting, Life Drawing or Landscape class with Sarah.

The class will cover:

  • Proportion, Measuring
  • Angles, Shapes and Placement
  • Perspective
  • Construction
  • Values
  • Light Effect
  • Modeling, Turning Form
  • Composition


  • Drawing Paper 14″ x 18″ pad – Strathmore is recommended.
  • Pencils – HB, H, 2B – must be able to get them very, very sharp.
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Sketch book

Each day will begin with a lecture/demo on the principle. Then each student will have their own still life station and will work on an exercise designed to practice the principles of the day.  Sarah will check in with each artist individually to assist their assimilation of each concept.  There will usually be handouts, homework and sometimes slide show with examples from art history.

The subject of the class is still life — it is important to note however, that still life is the best and easiest way to practice the tools and principles that apply to the figure and the landscape as well.  Still life is wonderful because the objects hold still and the light doesn’t move.