This class is the first of a six-session course designed to develop foundational drawing skills, including explorations of line, proportion, contrast, tone, and perspective. Each class begins with drawing vocabulary, theory, and principles of drawing, and is followed by drawing exercises that translate what we see: objects, the figure, interiors, and nature.
*As this course is designed as an incremental, skill-building series, a commitment to the full, six-class course is required. Makeup classes and drop-ins will not be offered.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION
In this class, students will explore composition using cropping and the viewfinder technique. The class will include a 20-minute break and end with an open class discussion on what was covered/learned.

Required Materials:

  • 18 x 24 Newsprint pad for drawing/charcoal
  • Compressed charcoal sticks, medium
  • Drawing pencils
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Small notebook

 

About the instructor:
Harryet Bynack: Graduate of HS of Music and Art,NYC; School of Visual Arts, NYC, Foundations in art therapy and art history, minor in Printmaking; NYU: Major: Art Education, Minor: Printmaking and Graphic Design and Illustration

Full course description:
1. Introduction to Composition: cropping using the viewfinder technique.
2. Gesture and Line: drawing from life, and still life: Foreshortening and capturing a pose.
3. Development of Composition: understanding contrast and tone.
4. Proportions, Textures, Foreshortening, and Depth of Field. Includes a home assignment.
5. Rendering and Crosshatching: developing techniques. Includes a home assignment.
6. Finished Drawing: Students will create a completed composition using skills learned, and also bring in completed home assignments for review.