Course Description

If you've always been interested in drawing but don't really know how to get started, then this is the course for you. Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the basics of drawing and become the artist you've always dreamed you could be! You'll become intimately familiar with paper types, drawing styles, rendering techniques, and the basic principles of perspective, layout, design, lighting, volume, and space. If you have an interest in learning what it's like to draw or would love to increase your current knowledge in the field of art and illustrating, then this course aims to fulfill all of your needs.

Course Outline

Lesson 01 - Equipment and Studio
  • Have you ever wondered what kind of tools you would need to become an artist? Going into an art store can sometimes be overwhelming, so in the first lesson, you're going to take a look at the basic tools and supplies an artist needs for various projects. After you understand the tool set, you'll be prepared to confidently go to your local art store and start experimenting with supplies!
Lesson 02 - Basics of Drawing
  • With your art supplies in hand, it's time you get a firm understanding of drawing basics. In this lesson, you'll look at the importance of the silhouette and the outlining shape. When beginning to draw, it's so important that you understand the shapes you look at and how to put them onto paper. You'll also learn an amazingly fun one-eye drawing trick!
Lesson 03 - Drawing From Life and Photographs
  • This lesson will go over the two major components of drawing for the beginner. You'll find that the first challenge you're faced with is drawing from things you see. This is, after all, how people learn to draw. You'll gain lots of great tips on how to draw what you see, how to set up scenes for photographs, and much more.
Lesson 04 - Lighting and Shading
  • Did you know that there are five forms of light? That's right! In this lesson, you'll learn how to illuminate the scene and change the mood all at once. The lesson will go over lighting and shading so that you'll have all the knowledge a beginning artist needs when learning how to sketch (and more). Have you ever drawn a picture and realized that it looked quite flat? Well, that might be because you never added light to your images. The lesson will show you how to add light, and more importantly, shading!
Lesson 05 - Perspective: Unraveling the Mystery
  • Perspective has always been a necessity for anyone drawing pictures with depth. If you wanted to draw a set of buildings and have the viewer looking down the road, how would you do it? One, two, and even three-point perspective is how! In this lesson, you'll learn how to find the horizon line, create depth in your page, and even find the vanishing points of your lines.
Lesson 06 - Rendering Techniques
  • It's time to make a spoon "feel" like a spoon and a rock "feel" like a rock. When you're drawing objects, it's important to create the sense of realism with line work. So in this lesson, you'll go over some important rendering techniques that will give you a jump start toward understanding gradation, line weight, and stylization, all of which will get you on the road to finding your own style and creative expression.
Lesson 07 - Layout and Design
  • It's all about telling your story! If you see a drawing of a big arrow pointing to the right, you'd probably look to the right, wouldn't you? In this lesson, you'll look at what it takes to persuade your audience to look at certain spots on your images at particular times without a big arrow. Sounds tough, doesn't it? Don't worry, because the lesson will show you some great methods and proven techniques for controlling everything you draw.
Lesson 08 - Landscape and City Rendering
  • It's time to put your skills to the test! In this lesson, you'll work up an entire scene with thumbnails and then begin working on a first draft. A discussion on creating landscapes will help you gain confidence in your skills that you've been working on up to this point. You'll also look at how to render your scenes with realistic lighting and shading while keeping the flow entertaining and informative.
Lesson 09 - Introduction to Color
  • Do pink and blue go together? Great question! What about the shadow color on an apple? What's the complement to green? Creating images in color requires you to take your artistic understanding to a whole new level. This lesson on color composition will be one of the most exciting and rewarding lessons in your art education!
Lesson 10 - Techno/Futuristic Drawing
  • This lesson will walk you through the future. That's right—you're going to look at and draw the techno future. You know those cool robots in movies and orbital vehicles flying around in space? Well, after you complete this lesson, you'll have a great understanding of how to create your very own future.
Lesson 11 - Introduction to Animals
  • This lesson is a great chance to get up close and personal with animals because it's packed full of measurements, proportions, and basic shapes for many of the animals around you. You'll be using a lot of what you've learned from the previous lessons in this course in order to bring your animal together. You'll also look at step-by-step techniques and sketches you can use to help draw monkeys and other crazy animals. It's time to stop monkeying around and start drawing!
Lesson 12 - Creating Things on Your Own
  • In the final lesson, you'll explore the human brain and how it functions to create art, memorizing and interpreting the world around you and keeping everything slightly straight in the process. You'll take those images and thoughts in your head and put them down on paper for everyone to see and enjoy!

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify basic tools and supplies an artist needs for various projects
  • Understand the importance of the silhouette and outlining shape
  • Draw what you see and set up scenes for photographs
  • Illuminate the scene and change the mood all at once
  • Find the horizon line, create depth in your page, and find the vanishing points of your lines


This is an asynchronous online course offered through the third party vendor ed2go. This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook. The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online. There are twelve lessons in the course, and two lessons are released each week on Wednesdays and Fridays. You do not have to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such, we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release. The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your coursework, including the final exam.
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Section Title
Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
Online, Asynchronous
May 15, 2024 to Jul 05, 2024
Contact Hours
  • Central Campus / CPCC
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $129.00
Drop Request Deadline
May 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
May 08, 2024
Section Notes

This is a fully online class. 

ACCESSING YOUR CLASS: On or before the start date of your class you will receive an email from “Sarah Shearer via ed2go” which will include a link to your ed2go classroom. This class will not be on CPCC's Brightspace, so you will not use your CPCC login for the class. If you have not received the email with the link by the start date of the class please check your junk/spam folder for the email, or visit: http://www.ed2go.com/cpcc/classroom.html to login using your email address as your login name, then create a password. 

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