Similar to the sewing class last week, drawing is something I had briefly done when I was younger. I took a few drawing & cartooning classes when I was very young, and had one semester of Grade 9 art in high school. But otherwise, that’s it. I’ve always wanted to be able to draw really well, and I do believe that there’s a finite amount of drawing that you can actually teach and the rest really is your own artistic ability.
As I mentioned earlier in the month, my friend Flo and I had signed up for a “Learn Something New” drawing class at Michael’s. The class itself is free, plus supplies which consisted of a sketchpad, HB and 6B pencils and a kneaded eraser. Even though the class is complimentary, you do still have to sign up for it at the cash register. There, they hand you your list of supplies – with a coupon code for 10% off your purchase of those supplies. I think it all came up to about $20 or so. You can also bring your own if you already have any of these items.
The two hour class on Tuesday evening was a small group of 5, which was very nice. It looked like there might have been more that had signed up but, since it’s at no cost, I guess some may have had something come up or not feel as obligated to show up. Either way, it worked out well for our eager group with our patient teacher Michelle. As this was a “basics” of drawing, we started the class by practicing our shading with different pencil types by shading in a bar of squares. We then moved onto something that, in theory, shouldn’t be that hard but was surprisingly difficult. There was a styrofoam ball in the middle of the table, and we had to draw it with shading. Unfortunately given that the main classroom was in use for another class, we were out on the side of the sales floor and the fluorescent lights were probably not the greatest to illustrate the light & dark parts of a sphere. That being said, I think we all did well with it. Once we were done the one ball, we learned about one-point perspective, so drawing lines towards a point on the horizon line, we practiced drawing more of those darn shaded spheres into the distance. I also realized this is where my detailed perfectionist side gets to me and I take way too long to get it JUST perfect, rather than go with the flow and be “artistic” about something.
So while I was still trying to “perfect” my circles, the class was moving onto the next lesson: 2-point perspectives. This was a lot of ruler-use, where we drew a horizon line, marked two points on either end and drew a building landscape in perspective. This was actually pretty fun and interesting to do (probably on account of the ruler making everything DETAILED and PERFECT.) The toughest part was deciding what I wanted to draw and once I got the framework and windows down, I looked over and, weirdly enough, Flo had drawn a very similar-looking building! It then dawned on me that I would draw my favourite things, all in one block: Books, coffee, and Kate Spade. 🙂
How quickly two hours went by! Just before we left, Michelle had let us know about their other classes that are offered including ones that she teaches drawing floral, still life and steampunk(!). Those ones, because they’re not beginner, do have a class fee (the floral one is $25). Overall, I’m really pleased with the results and the refresher on some skills I really haven’t put to regular use since over 20 years ago. I highly recommend going to your local Michael’s craft store and seeing what kind of classes they offer. You might find your hidden talent and/or your new fave hobby. Week 2 of the Year of Art & Creativity – success!