Foundations: Drawing From Observation
A twelve-week drawing class for homeschoolers ages 10-14 (and up)
Led by Stephanie Krause, teaching artist with extensive experience in museums, schools, libraries, and private instruction.
WHERE IS THIS CLASS?
Thursday afternoons, 12:15-1:30pm, in the West Village.
October: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26
November: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30
December: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21
TAKE THIS CLASS?
Kids ages 10-14* who want to learn to render more skillfully from observation. This class would work for drawing beginners, as well as those who already have some experience but want to increase their skill. Please note, we will not be doing any drawing from imagination - this is all about learning to draw what you're looking at.
*(There's some flexibility in this age range, particularly the upper end.)
IS THIS CLASS ABOUT?
Anyone can learn to draw! The most important skill you need to draw accurately from observation is a well-developed sense of perception - from that, all else follows. In this class, students will hone their perceptual skills as they explore drawing's basic building blocks - contour, negative space, value (light/shadow), perspective, composition - to greatly enhance their ability to draw what they see. We'll follow the basic principles from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Students will work from still life as well as using mirrors for self-portrait work. I'll encourage students to sketch during the week in between class meetings to maximize their learning. Class size limited to 8.
NOTE ON ART MATERIALS:
I will provide all necessary drawing materials for use during class, but each student must bring their own 11X14 sketch pad to every class session. A good source for affordable sketchbooks is Dick Blick, either online or at brick-and-mortar locations throughout the city; their house brand is good. Please make sure that the paper for any sketchbook you buy is at least 60lb weight.
HOW MUCH IS TUITION?
$300 for the twelve-week session; 20% sibling discount. Includes all materials except a sketchbook. Payment will be requested online via Chase Quickpay (fee-free), or PayPal (3% processing fee - I will invoice you and include the additional 3%). Please do not send payment before you submit a registration form and receive a tuition invoice from me.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
I will only run this class if I get a minimum of four students.
If interested, please email me at and I will email you the registration form to fill out and return. Once I've received your completed registration, I will invoice you for payment.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Once I receive enough registration to run the class, tuition is non-refundable, unless a replacement is found to take your child's place. If the the enrollment minimum is not met and the class is canceled, I will refund your tuition.
TEACHING THIS CLASS?
I'm a teaching artist with a BFA in illustration from Washington University in St Louis, and a masters degree in art education from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). Since 1997, I've taught in art classrooms as well as for numerous libraries and museums throughout NYC. I was the featured artist at the Center for Book Arts in 1995 and make artist books (you can see some examples here). Ron D, a parent from my Met Museum class last year, had this to say about my teaching: "...And though her classes are always well thought out and organized, the real gem is how passionate she is about the material and how much she cares as a teacher." You can find out more about me here.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? Please contact me by emailing