South Pomfret, Vermont
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Basic Drawing

Join this virtual class to learn how to observe and draw in a “realistic” style.

Learn how to observe and draw in a representational (“realistic”) style, a fundamental skill for working in any media, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Using graphite and charcoal and working from still life, self portraits, landscapes, and photographs, you will explore several types of line and tonal drawing as well as key concepts such as negative space, relative measuring, and perspective. Each class features a directed drawing exercise to teach a specific skill, with each new skill building upon the previous skills learned. Basic Drawing will be held online. 

This class will be live-streamed. We will send you details about how to access your class before the class meeting. Technology requirements for participants:

1. High speed internet connection

2. Electronic device (laptop recommended) with working camera, microphone, and speakers

 For more information about Artistree virtual classes, please contact Karen Rodis at 802-457-3500 and

Supply List

All of these materials can be purchased online at Dick Blick or your local craft store.

Charcoal pencils: 2H, 4H, 6H, HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B

Vine charcoal: medium and soft

Graphite (pencil): 2H, 4H, 6H, HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B

A pad of 18”x24” drawing paper

Drawing board

Drawing board clips

Masking tape

Emily Rose Hirtle is from Westerville, Ohio. She attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and received her BFA and Certificate in Painting in 2017. Emily received her MFA in Drawing from The New York Academy of Art in 2019. Her work is in numerous collections including The Linda Lee Alter Collection in Philadelphia and collections owned by model Brooke Shields and actor Aidan Turner. Emily is a practicing artist and a drawing and painting instructor for numerous institutions in Philadelphia, PA. For more about Emily, please visit her website.