Beginning Drawing

In this class students will learn to use various materials to explore the world of drawing! Through the study of line, shape, and form, they will learn to draw what they see accurately, and expressively.

In Part 1 (Fall Semester--12 weeks), the course begins by exploring the 7 crucial steps in drawing: Line, Shape, Form, Tone, Shading, Cast Shadow, and Texture. It will also cover the 4 basic forms found in the natural world: Cube, Sphere, Cone, and Cylinder. Then continues, focusing on the Principles of design, and composition.

Through their exploration of the 7 drawing steps, students will learn new techniques such as: Gesture Drawing, Contour Line, Value Scales, Crosshatch, Cast and Core Shadows, Chiaroscuro, Subtractive drawing, Pentimenti, and more.  The class will also cover various measuring methods and techniques used by artists to acquire accuracy in their drawings: Comparative, Sight-size, Triangulation, View Finders, Mapping, Linear Perspective (1, 2, and 3-point), and use of a Grid. 

At the end of each class students will be given assignments to practice these techniques in their sketch books, and they have one week to complete the assignments. The goal is for each student to acquire some real tools for drawing with accuracy, feeling, and aptitude.

In Part 2 of this course (Spring Semester--12-weeks) students will continue to receive weekly assignments based on furthering our skills and techniques, also applying the design and composition principles we've learned through a variety of art genres and styles. Such as Landscape, portrait work, still life, and abstract expressionism. 

Students who complete this course are encouraged to register for Intermediate Drawing, which builds on Beginning Drawing and advances students to a higher level of artistic knowledge and skill. Please note that this is a two-part, 24-week class. 

Required Materials: please see the list below.

"Both of my sons have thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Jennings' drawing classes. Her patient and reassuring style encourages even the most reluctant artist. She brings her vast knowledge of art, her skill as an artist, and her experience as a homeschool mom into her teaching. We love Mrs. Jennings!"
-Christina T., California

2019-20 Registration for this Course Opens on February 11.

Section A

(Please note Section age level information)
Prerequisites: Monart and Markers
or meets age requirements
Instructor:  Christine Jennings, B.A. 
christinejennings.clrc@gmail.com
Age Level: 10 - 13 years
Minimum Enrollment: 3
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $250

 Class Meets:
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific 
Class Dates for Fall '21: 12 weeks, beginning September 8
Class Dates for Spring '22: 12 weeks, beginning January 12
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Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

Section B

(Please note Section age level information)
Prerequisites: Monart and Markers
or meets age requirements
Instructor:  Christine Jennings, B.A. 
christinejennings.clrc@gmail.com
Age Level: 14 - 17 years
Minimum Enrollment: 3
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $250

 Class Meets:
Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:00 PM Pacific 
Class Dates for Fall '21: 12 weeks, beginning September 8
Class Dates for Spring '22: 12 weeks, beginning January 12
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(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Christine Jennings, B.A.

Christine Jennings was homeschooled by her mother and began taking interest in drawing and art through Charlotte Mason-inspired nature journaling. In high school she continued her education through an independent study program with the local high school, where she attended her first course in fine art.  In college she continued her education as an art major, received a 4.0, and joined  the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She received several first-place awards for life drawings and fine art, and her art was published in the college arts journal.

She has a variety of skills and experience in painting public murals, mounting canvas icons in churches, training in the art of iconography, and commissioned art works such as portrait work. She has also exhibited her art in local Fresno Art Galleries.

Christine developed a classical curriculum to teach students the elements and principles of art and design through drawing and painting. Uniquely, she teaches her students how to make their own materials such as artists vine charcoal, and ancient gall ink.

Christine enjoys living with her family in the beautiful Sierra foothills of Fresno county, CA. Her husband Matthew is a carpenter, and small business owner. He is currently an apprentice training to become an electrician. They have five lively children whom Christine homeschools through a local charter school. Christine loves to make time for following her many other interests. If she’s not cooking a big meal, she can be found exploring the creeks and hills, gardening, making ink, singing, researching ecology, foraging for mushrooms, and general shenanigans, all with her children in tow!

Beginning Drawing Materials:

  • Sketch book: Strathmore 9 x 12 inch
  • Charcoal pencils (two of each): soft, medium, hard
  • white chalk pencil (or white chalk pencil)
  • compressed charcoal (a couple pieces)
  • vine charcoal
  • kneaded eraser
  • rubber eraser
  • pencil sharpener
  • ruler
  • cloth sham
  • large newsprint paper pad (18 x 24 in)
  • Large thick drawing pad (18 x 24 in Canson or Strathmore)
  • large drawing board (with clips for hold your paper)