Beginners Drawing Course with Campbell Buchanan
Wednesdays 1 pm to 3 pm
Session: April 7 to May 5
Members $10/ Non Members $12
Drawing is not only fun, but it is also an important art form in itself. One of the great things about drawing is that you can do it anywhere, and the materials are very inexpensive. The purpose of the course is to teach basic drawing concepts and techniques that can be further developed with practice.
Session 1: Choosing Drawing Materials and Making Marks & Lines
All young children draw, but why do they stop drawing when they become adolescents? Many people believe “they cannot draw” but drawing, is not a “talent” – can be learned.
For this session only a graphite (“lead”) pencil, white paper, a ruler and an eraser will be required. Various products and aids that can be used for drawing will be reviewed. Please show-and-tell any drawing items that you like
Session 2: Shading Techniques to Produce 3-D Shapes Nearly all objects can be broken down into boxes, spheres and cylinders. Learn how to draw shapes that “pop” out of the paper in 3-D. Materials: graphite pencils (HB and ideally softer pencils such as 2B and 4B), white paper, a ruler and an eraser. Also a permanent ink marker (such as a 0.5mm Sharpie or even a ballpoint pen). Have handy a small box, an egg and a cylindrical can.
Session 3: Perspective & Ellipses How to add depth to your drawings. Materials: white paper, pencils, ruler and eraser.
Session 4: The Human Figure Basic proportions of a human face and body. Details of an eye. Materials: white paper, pencils and an eraser.
Session 5: Turning on the “Drawing Brain”
Learn some composition rules to produce a pleasing drawing and some pitfalls to avoid. Using a grid to transfer a photograph image. “Seeing” in three dimensions by drawing a simple still life. Materials: white paper, pencils, and eraser (you also use permanent ink markers).
born and grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), which was then a British colony in Africa. He loved drawing from a very young age and spent hours copying cartoons from the daily newspaper, hoping to be a cartoonist when he grew up. His school programs were very rigid and he was placed in a science and math path at high school and university, eventually graduating as a Metallurgical Engineer, so he never had an opportunity to take any formal art classes. However Campbell continued drawing in his spare time. In 1999 Campbell entered some cartoons in a competition sponsored by a national hobby magazine (Scott’s Stamp Monthly) and, to his surprise, the editor called to say he had won eight of the ten prizes, including both 1st and 2nd prizes, and asked him to contribute a cartoon for each monthly issue which he continued to do for a few years. Campbell planned to focus full-time on art when he retired and so he enrolled in an art school (Shoreline School of Art & Music, Branford, CT) in 2006 where he received formal training in drawing and watercolor, acrylic and oil painting; I continued to attend weekly evening adult art sessions at the Shoreline school right up to my move to Florida in 2018.