Draw What You See: An Introduction to Still Life Drawing

Course Description: This course will give students an introduction to the fundamental skills and knowledge that is life drawing. Students will learn techniques for drawing and seeing which form the foundation of all great works of art and will allow them to view their world both abstractly and objectively. This course will examine great artists of the enlightenment and beyond into the 21st century including: Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, David Hockney and more. Students will learn the techniques of these artists used to create their works of art and get a brief understanding of how the history of art evolved into present day contemporary art. They will learn how life drawing is an integral piece of that history and how contemporary art continues to contend with the tradition of life drawing and its relationship to conceptual freedom in art.

About the Instructor: Graham is a fine artist based in Montreal, QC who specializes in life drawing with my main genre of focus being still-life. I graduated from the Studio Arts program from the University of Guelph in 2013 and since then I have continued to pursue my artistic practice creating paintings and drawings from life. Examples of my work may be viewed at: www.grahamraganart.com

Location: University Centre (in-person) – Classroom TBD

Required Materials: (Shop online or in-store: DeSerres, Michaels, Hachem Art Supplies, Avenue Des Arts, La Cohop Saint-Laurent des Arts, and Dollarama). 

  • Computer, laptop or tablet
  • Pad of white paper, preferably larger than 8 1/2 x 11 or the bigger the pad the better
  • Charcoal
  • White eraser
  • Ball point pen
  • Pencil, HB is fine
  • Scissors and clear scotch tape
  • (1) Dark colour of watercolour paint (eg. Black, Blue or Purple for doing tonal studies)
  • (1) Watercolour brush
  • A variety of household objects including: white foam balls, fruit, pillow cases to simulate drapery, mugs, plates and glasses, flowers or household plants, (these can be plastic) *objects we will be working from before the lesson.