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Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

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.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting March 13 | April 17

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner


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Course Code: drw

What You Will Learn
  • Gain an understanding of the basics of drawing
  • Become familiar with paper types, drawing styles, and rendering techniques
  • Learn the basic principles of perspective, layout, design, lighting, volume, and space
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain the confidence you need to experiment with new art supplies and techniques
  • Learn to create realistic drawings with the color, light, depth and perspective of a professional artist
  • Develop a new hobby that will allow you to experience the world around you in new ways
  • Learn to tap into your creative thoughts and put them on display for the world to see in you artwork


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Week 1

You’ll start by looking at the basic tools and supplies an artist needs for various projects to prepare you to confidently go to your local art store and start experimenting with supplies. Then, you’ll look at the importance of the silhouette and the outlining shape as well as an amazingly fun one-eye drawing trick!

Week 2

Learn two major components of drawing for the beginner and gain lots of great tips on how to draw what you see, how to set up scenes for photographs, and much more. Then, you’ll discover everything you need to know about lighting and shading so you'll have all the knowledge a beginning artist needs when learning how to sketch (and more).

Week 3

Perspective is a necessity for any artist and 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. Then discover important rendering techniques that will give you a jump start toward understanding gradation, line weight, and stylization.

Week 4

Gain an understanding of what it takes to persuade your audience to look at certain spots on your images at particular times. Then, it’s time to put your skills to the test! Gain confidence in your skills that you've been working on up to this point, and look at how to render your scenes with realistic lighting and shading.

Week 5

Learn everything you need to know about color composition and take your artistic understanding to the next level by creating images in color. Then, take a look at and learn to create techno future drawings.

Week 6

Receive and introduction to drawing animals with a lesson that’s packed full of measurements, proportions, and basic shapes for many of the animals around you. Finally, 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.

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Instructors & Support

Chad Walker

Chad Walker is the conceptual designer and artist of several award-winning games, including “Age Of Empires, “Age of Kings,” and “Age of Conquerors.” He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts Inc. and has worked as a computer game artist, comic book illustrator, and instructor. He teaches both traditional art courses and courses in 3D modeling for computer games. Walker co-wrote the popular gaming book “Game Modeling Using Low Polygon Techniques” with his twin brother Eric. They are the co-founders of Walker Boys Studio, which produced the highly acclaimed “Civil War: War Between the States.”


Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

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 plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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