Youth Drawing – Ages 8 to 15 years (Introductory to Advanced Level) – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Youth Drawing – Ages 8 to 15 years (Introductory to Advanced Level)

Youth Drawing – Ages 8 to 15 years (Introductory to Advanced Level)
Date: April 27 – June 22, 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. No class 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 do for fun? What do you like (Nature, animals, sports, fantasy, architecture)? Warm-up exercises. What is a critique? Appropriate communication in and outside of the studio. Workshop expectations and creating a healthy creative environment. Introduction to the sketchbook.

Unit 2 History and Application
We will start the first hour with an introduction to drawing and line application. We will discuss paper preparation and different paper weights, surfaces, and applications. From the sketchbook to the final draft.

Unit 3 Research and Appropriation
Research and the sketch: Reflect on your interests. Research strategies to eliminate plagiarism/appropriation. Originality and inspiration to generating your first sketchbook sketches.

Unit 4 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 5 The Portrait
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.

Unit 6 Animals: Scales and fur
Working with a grid to create accurate scale and proportions. The proportions of an animal. Working with texture by drawing fur, feathers, and, scales.

Unit 7 Perspective
Drawing in perspective. 1 and 2 point perspective. The cityscape and drawing of the inside of a room. Giving an image depth. Bird’s eye view and worm’s eye view.

Unit 8 Monochrome and Color
Working with color, greyscale, and monochrome. 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)

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