Youth Drawing, Ages 7 to 12 years (Introductory to Advanced Level) – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Youth Drawing, Ages 7 to 12 years (Introductory to Advanced Level)

Youth Drawing, Ages 7 to 12 years (Introductory to Advanced Level)
Date: September 21 – November 8, 2023 (Thursdays, 8 weeks)
Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm
 Instructor: Emma Whaley
Fee: $66 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $75.90 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 youth seeking drawing practice.

Unit 1: Getting to Know You and Application
What interests you? What do you do for fun? What do you like (Nature, animals, sports, fantasy, architecture)? Appropriate communication in and outside of the studio. Workshop expectations and creating a healthy creative environment. Introduction to the sketchbook. Paper preparation and different paper weights, surfaces, and applications. From the sketchbook to the final draft.

Unit 2: 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. Identifying the elements and principles in our sketchbooks. When and how to use each element and principle.

Unit 3: Figure and Value
Drawing the human face. Evaluating your drawing. How to make conscientious decisions and changes based on research, elements, and principles. The value scale and proportions. Working with shadows and highlights.

Unit 4: Texture
Working with texture by drawing fur, feathers, and scales. Drawing curly or straight hair. How to draw different textures. Wood, water, grass, and glass.

Unit 5: Perspective and Line
Working with different types of line. The vanishing point. Paper illusions and line. Organic and geometric drawings. Drawing in perspective. 1-point and 2-point perspective. The cityscape and drawing of the inside of a room. Giving an image depth.

Unit 6: Monochrome and Working with color – greyscale
How does the color change how we feel about a drawing? What is your drawing saying to you and the viewer? Introduction to watercolor drawings.

Materials List:
Paper pad (sketchbook), Watercolor paper pad, Pencils (HB 2B 4B and 6B), Erasers (white and or gum), Color Pencil Crayons (Crayola works fine), Two plastic paint trays (Emma will provide watercolors to add to one of these trays)

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.

Advance registration for members begins August 21

General registration for non-members begins September 11

For more information on this program or to register, email