Adult Drawing – Ages 16+ years (Introductory to Advanced Level) – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Adult Drawing – Ages 16+ years (Introductory to Advanced Level)

Adult Drawing – 16+ years (Introductory to Advanced Level)
Date: April 27 – June 22, 2023 (Thursdays, 8 weeks)
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Instructor: Emma Whaley
Fee: $114.40 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $131.56 plus HST (Non-Members)

This class offers an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing, the elements of art, the principles of design, and techniques to improve drawing skills. You are invited to explore a variety of drawing mediums in this hands-on workshop designed for adults seeking drawing practice. (No class on June 15)

Emma Whaley is a Graphic Designer from the small town of Brighton Ontario. Today, they are an Illustrator based in Cape Breton. Whaley enjoys exploring new mediums and techniques. A skilled drawer, painter, and fiber artist, Whaley appreciates many forms of art and design. They are also knowledgeable of relief, screen, and intaglio printmaking. Recently Whaley has taken up beadwork and is pursuing a career as a secondary school educator at Cape Breton University. With a background in Atlantic and Art History, Whaley is devoted to the application and appreciation of historical and cultural impacts on contemporary arts and makers.

Unit 1 Getting to Know You
What interests you? What do you like to draw What is a critique? Workshop expectations and creating a healthy creative environment. Introduction to the sketchbook, history, and use.

Unit 2 Research and Appropriation
Research strategies to eliminate plagiarism/appropriation. Originality and inspiration to generate your first sketchbook sketches. Warmup exercises and tackling the empty page.

Unit 3 Elements and Principles
Working with and applying the Elements of Art; Color, Form, Line, Shape, Space, Texture, and Value. Working with and applying the Principles of Design; Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Applying the Elements and Principles to your own work.

Unit 4 The Portrait
Drawing the human face. The value scale and proportions. Drawing and shading hair. Proportions of the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. How to create an effective composition. The compositional study.

Unit 5 Animals: Scales and fur
Working with a grid to create accurate scale and proportions. The proportions of an animal. Using anatomy references. Working with texture by drawing fur, feathers, and, scales. Composition continued.

Unit 6 Perspective
Drawing in perspective. 1 and 2, and 3-point perspective. Fish eye perspective and the reflection. Giving an image depth. Bird’s eye view and worm’s eye view. Dynamic poses.

Unit 7 Color and Aquious Mediums
Working with color, greyscale, and monochrome. How does the color change how we feel about a drawing? Introduction to watercolor and ink drawings.

Unit 8 Color continued
Working with colored pencils. Light and how it affects space. coloring texture: water, fur, wood, and stone.

Materials List:
Paper pad (sketchbook)
Watercolor or mixed medium paper pad
liquid ink and brush (no. 2 and no. 6 rounds will do)
Fine tip markers or Sharpies. (black)
Pencils (HB 2B 4B and 6B)
Erasers (white and or gum)
Color Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor is ideal but Crayola works fine)
Two plastic paint trays (I will provide watercolors to add to one of these trays)

Advance registration for members begins April 3.

General registration for non-members begins April 17.

For more information on this program or to register, email