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Introduction to this resource

This web resource was designed for use by teachers of drawing. It was the result of a collaboration between Martin Constable and Yanyun Chen and features contributions from some of the best drawing teachers from around the world. Questions may be directed to Martin Constable at: martin.constable (at)

A short overview of contents

Teachers may use this resource to construct their own drawing course from scratch, or refresh a course they have been running for years. This resource does not present a sequentially ordered ‘drawing system’, and can therefore be dipped in and out of as the teacher requires.

  • Mechanical Transference Skills gives an overview of the skills needed to transfer what is seen onto a sheet of paper. It is important to stress that these are mechanical skills, which require physical practice and physical demonstration.
  • Studio Equipment lists all key items needed when setting up a drawing studio.
  • Contributors lists all the wonderful professionals who contributed to its development.

Here are linked the categories that relate to teaching.

  • Of major importance is Exercises, which links to the many exercises which are the core feature of this resource.
  • Course Structure sugests a way that a typical 101 drawing course might be structured.
  • No drawing course is complete without Critique.
  • Lesson Structure address ways in which a lesson may be introduced. This has a few cool teaching tips.
  • Self Directed Practice shows what can happen when the student takes the lead in designing their own long-term project.
  • Sketchbooks offers a small section of student sketchbooks.
  • Suggested Reading offers a long list of books, papers and websites. Currently this is a bit raw and is awaiting future editing.

Here are the appendixes of this resource. Each item in the appendixes links to relevant exercises, and vice versa. This facilitates the planning of lessons.

  • Calling heavily upon the work of George Bridgeman, Drapery addresses the topic of drapery.
  • Line is where drawing education begins. This section details various types of lines.
  • Miscellaneous is where everything else goes.
  • Perspective is a drawing system that gives the impression of space to a drawing. However, it is important to remember that it is not the only way.
  • Tone (sometimes called shading by the neophyte) is normally taught after line. We find that tonal drawings lead naturally to picture-based notions such as composition.

This web resource was made with the support of the following:

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This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.

Pages in category "Introduction"

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