Intermediate Drawing

“A painting that is well composed is half finished” ~Pierre Bonnard 

Intermediate Drawing is designed to build on the work of Beginning Drawing, and will advance students to a higher intermediate level of artistic knowledge and skill. Lessons will build upon the concepts students have previously learned, like the Elements and Principles of Design, which are the building blocks of all artful composition.

The Seven Basic Elements of Art are: Line, Shape, Color, Value, Form, Texture, and Space. The Principles of Art represent how the artist uses the Elements of art to create an effect and to help convey the artist’s intent. These include: Balance, Contrast, Dominance/Emphasis, Movement, Pattern/Repetition, Rhythm, Harmony, Unity, and Variety.

Having studied the framework of all forms of artwork, students will now set out to create a body of work that reflects their knowledge of composition, and will come to know their materials even better.

Please note that this is a two-part, 24-week course. 

In Part 1 (Fall Semester--12 weeks), the course will devote three weeks to each of these art-forms: Still life, Portrait work, Landscapes, and Architectural art. Students will practice drawing techniques, use 1, 2, and 3-point perspective, develop better compositions, practice working general to specific, use shading techniques, make thumbnail sketches, apply triangulation and mapping, use toned paper, and more.

For example, the course will begin by introducing the art of Still life, in which students will learn to use a viewfinder, learn cross hatching techniques, and practice creating compositions before they choose a final piece. Students will focus on creating beautiful still life for three weeks before moving on to Landscapes, where they will discover landscape art through various materials–such as pen and ink, pastel, and charcoal–using both additive and reductive methods of applying material. Students will be inspired by the concept of Notan to create compositions, and begin to see the world through the lens of the four basic forms.

In Part 2 (Spring Semester--12 weeks), Students will explore four or more genres of art. For three weeks we will compose drawings in the genre of "Expressionism", then for another three weeks; Historical genre, followed by the genres of Symbolism and Abstraction. Apply all of our composition and drawing techniques as we go. 

Students will be given weekly assignments and encouraged to practice in their sketch books (thumbnail sketches, pressure control exercises, etc.), which will receive a grade and positive feedback. 

The goal of this course is to lead students into Advanced Drawing, where they will learn how to create a series of work that reads as a whole, and continue drawing in a variety of genre. 


"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: Beginning Drawing or permission of instructor
Instructor:  Christine Jennings, B.A.
christinejennings.clrc@gmail.com
Age Level: 11 - 13 years
Minimum Enrollment: 3
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $300

Class Meets: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM 
Class Dates for Fall semester:  12-week class begins September 9.
Class Dates for Spring semester: 12-week class begins January 13. 

Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

Section B

(Please note Section age level information)
Prerequisites: Beginning Drawing or permission of instructor
Instructor:  Christine Jennings, B.A.
christinejennings.clrc@gmail.com
Age Level: 14 - Adult
Minimum Enrollment: 3
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $300

Class Meets: Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM 

Class Dates for Fall semester:  12-week class begins September 9.
Class Dates for Spring semester: 12-week class begins January 13.
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Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

(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!

Intermediate Drawing Materials:

Please Note: Try to acquire all the necessary materials, as part of the course will be focused on getting to know our mediums.

 Large Drawing Pad: 18x24 inches
 Newsprint paper Pad: 18x24 inches
 Drawing Board (to hold 18x24 paper)
 Sketch book: Strathmore, 9X12 inches
 Charcoal Drawing Pencils & White chalk pencil
 Graphite Pencils
 Vine Charcoal
 Chalk Pastels
 Toned Paper
 Erasers (rubber and Kneaded)
 Copic Markers or Colored Pencils
 Card stock (for use making view finder)
 Plastic Sheet Cover (for view finder, and practice negative shapes etc.)
 Dry Erase Markers ( for drawing on the plastic sheet cover)
 Ruler (large 3’ and small 12” )
 Blue painters tape (or masking tape)