Free Drawing Lesson #1: Pencil Sharpening

The first three lessons in my Intro to Classical Drawing course are posted free here on my blog, so you can get a feel for the type and quality of training you can expect from all my online instruction.


Classical drawing starts with a specific way of sharpening our pencils, which may seem strange at first. In this first video you’ll watch me demonstrate how to sharpen a pencil to atelier standards, and I’ll also be giving you a short introduction to my program while you watch.

The reason I call this course Introduction to Classical Drawing is to differentiate it from the way most drawing classes have been taught over the last century.

Before 1900 or so, drawing was taught very differently than it is taught in most art schools today. From the Renaissance up through the 19th century, artists studied the way a doctor studies today, with about 10 years of extremely rigorous training.

As a result artists of the past developed very refined control of their materials, and more importantly they were trained to see shapes and light and color to a very high degree of sensitivity.

CONTINUED…… Preview the whole lesson over on our Course Page

To continue with the program

These first three lessons are offered free as an introduction to our program. If you would like to continue you can purchase this whole course on the Courses page, or you can become a member to access all of our courses with the option to upload your work for feedback from our instructors.

Free Drawing Lesson # 1: Pencil Sharpening
Free Drawing Lesson #2: Intro to Bargue Plates: The Eye
Free Drawing Lesson #3: Constructing a Circle

Angelia S. Rico

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