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Drawing for Beginners

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Turn your stick figures & doodles into artwork. It's not hard & in this class you'll get plenty of attention & encouragement. We'll introduce you to basic drawing by studying a variety of objects, styles & techniques. The skill you develop in this class will increase your ability to draw quickly, accurately & to your satisfaction. You too can develop realistic, imaginative & expressive drawing skills.  $35 Materials...

Tuesday Jun 6th, 6–8pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)


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Edgewater, North Side
1141 W Granville Ave
Btwn N Broadway & N Winthrop Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60660
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this beginner drawing class:

Our introductory course is designed for absolute beginners. In this course students will acquire an understanding of basic concepts and begin to develop their drawing skills. We shall start at the rudimentary level by understanding the potential of the materials we’ll use, namely pencil and charcoal.

We shall further study elements and principles of design and other crucial concepts through various exercises; these include: Point, line, value, shape, form (volume), texture, as well as composition, balance, rhythm, and symmetry. Students will also learn measuring technique (the means to achieving accurate proportion), how to understand three dimensional space in two dimensional terms by learning one-point and two-point perspective and foreshortening, as well as classical ways of achieving depth, such as through aerial perspective.

The study of color is excluded from the introductory drawing course.       


  • Pencils (6H, 2H, H, 4B, 6B)
  • Vine charcoal (optional)
  • Eraser (regular eraser, kneaded eraser aka ‘putty rubber’)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Drawing pad (recommended size: 12x18 and up)
  • Fixative (hairspray will do)
You will receive an email with more in-depth information about materials when you register.

Arrivals: Please arrive 10 min early to set up your working space; instructors will start their lectures promptly at the beginning of each class.

What to bring and what to wear: Please bring your supplies as instructed. Please try not to come in nice clothes. We have aprons, but accidental splashes do occur.

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Refund Policy

You may cancel your reservation up to 11 business days prior to the start time of the course.

  • You may choose to be fully refunded (minus fees we paid for the initial transaction).
  • Or to get Credit valid for six months.
  • Or to attend another course of the same (or lower) value.
  • No one will be refunded after this. No one will be refunded twice in a row.

Please note: You cannot transfer your classes to a next session, or get a credit for missed classes. Attending classes you signed up for is your responsibility, and we offer options (and open studios) allowing you to make up for the class(es) you missed during the session in question.

Special cases: If you are prevented from attending more than 2/3 of a course for which you registered on account of prolonged serious illness or grave personal calamity, we will try to accommodate you by giving you credit. Keep in mind that non-timely cancellation may result in taking someone else’s spot; thus you will need to demonstrate the seriousness of your circumstances.


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Reviews of Classes at Aartwerk Studio (12)

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Drawing I
Reviewed by Carol B. on 12/24/2022
B is a great teacher. She makes drawing accessible by focusing on teaching specific skills. I plan to take another class with her.
Drawing I
Reviewed by Anonymous on 9/4/2018
Great class, instructor made the material very accessible
Drawing I
Reviewed by Laura H. on 5/27/2018

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