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Drawing for Dummies . . . "a really, really basic drawing tutorial" with FRED OSTHER



Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th , 2019, 9:30 am to 3:00 Saturday, 9.30 am until 12.30 pm Sunday

$180 per participant

Instructor:  Fred Osther


Title: “Back to Basics – A Drawing Tutorial”




This tutorial will help students understand the basic skills an artist uses to create accurate and expressive drawings.  It’s a hands-on session working through a proven approach of four basic steps.  Absolute beginners and more experienced artists who are interested in a structured approach will enjoy this course.


Drawing is an acquired skill that is best learned one step at a time starting with simple basic shapes and progressing to complex line work. It is an essential tool for any artist whether they want to sketch on holidays, compose a painting or create fine artistic drawings.


Of course, practice is essential and this course will help the student identify their strengths and weaknesses and what to practice on their own to improve their drawing skills.


Over the 3-day session, we will work on:

1.     The Right Size:  Proportion and construction lines are the foundation of any good drawing.

2.     The Right Place: Composition and perspective create a sense of space within the flatness of our page.

3.     The Right Shape:  The correct outline may be a finished drawing, a plan for adding values or preparation for painting colours.

4.     The Illusion of 3D:  Values create form and mood as the artist decides how the final drawing will tell its story.


Fred Osther:  I have been drawing almost all my life.  Over the past 10 years, I have had the luxury pursuing a personal program of art instruction, mentoring and painting in watercolour and oils.


Many workshops with excellent instructors and courses at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Angel Academy of Art, Florence and Gage Academy of Art, Seattle provided a sound foundation.  Over the past 3 years, Dene Croft has mentored me through the challenges of painting in oil.  This drawing course was first developed and taught at Dene’s studio.


For me, drawing and painting is a visual journal of places, people and things I’ve seen.  I can’t imagine enjoying the process or outcomes without first learning “basic” drawing. 


I strongly believe drawing is an acquired skill like riding a bicycle.  It’s easy to forget the first steps we took.  After a few scrapes, we finally get past the driveway and onto busy streets.  Now it’s second nature.


Many professions use drawing as a communication tool such as engineers, architects, interior designers, fashion designers and fine art students.  Most do not start their training already knowing how to draw.  It takes lessons, often many…but they all get there and so can you.




·      11”x14” sketch quality drawing pad

·      4B, 2B, HB, 2H pencils

·      sharpener

·      vinyl eraser

·      12” ruler