Drawing Fundamentals

2020 Drawing Fundamentals

Everything starts with drawing! Drawing is all about looking, making a mark and learning how to refine that mark to express emotion and re-create a reality or feeling.

About our class format: 



Our full-year classes run for 9 months.  Our half-year schedule runs for 5 months.  Students sign-up for the entire course and remain with the same teacher and small group of students (10-12 maximum).  Fees may be paid monthly or in full.  A non-refundable deposit, consisting of the first and last months’ payment, is due at the time of registration. Our withdrawal policy requires 1 full months’ notice, and no refund of deposit paid at the time of registration is provided.

Drawing Fundamentals 1: Learn to draw

Drawing Fundamentals, I: Learn to Draw is for students who are beginning their artistic journey; no previous experience required.  It is also suitable for students who love to draw and wish to improve their drawing technique and enhance their creativity.  

Our classes provide students with a unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of drawing in a sequential and progressive process through explanation, demonstration, regular practice and mentorship.  Students begin to learn to “see how an artist sees” along with the visual vocabulary for line and contour drawings. From there, they are taught a variety of ways for drawing independently, embellishment techniques and how to add volume for a 3-dimensional look.  Regular and consistent practice allows students to refine their mark making and explore a wide range of coloured media to bring their drawings to life.  This builds skill, expands creative problem-solving and increases confidence in the student’s own abilities.  The breadth and depth of our program are unmatched.  Students learn new skills each and every class that they can take home and continue to use independently in their daily lives, school and just for fun!  Students receive a personal sketchbook, and all materials needed for each class are provided at the studio. Their sketchbooks become a treasured portfolio!

Although it is a myth, society and peers often see realistic drawing as the gold standard in whether a person is considered an artist or not. Having said that, learning realistic drawing does build artistic confidence. Students are taught not only realistic drawing but different types of drawing, as illustrated in the photo of the abstract flower. This helps students understand that not all drawings are realistic and that we can always change our mistakes into an abstract work of art.  This allows students to begin to develop a personal style of artmaking.  We provide a rich art education by teaching our students colour theory, art history and vocabulary.

Drawing Fundamentals 1 is best suited for students 7 and older. There are 3 class times from which to choose.

Cost (incl GST):  $120/mo for 9 months ($1080); Material fee: $42.00; New Student Registration fee: $25  (waived for returning students)

Drawing Fundamentals 2: Next Steps in Drawing

This course is for the students who have taken Aliki’s Drawing Fundamentals I (Beginner Drawing) or Beyond the Basics Summer Camp. New students with past drawing experience are encouraged to inquire. 

Having established a strong understanding of the foundational visual vocabulary and drawing techniques, students build on these introductory skills and vocabulary. Projects include more complex drawings, application of colour theory, exploring abstraction, advanced shading techniques, gestural drawing and drawing from life.  Teens find this class engaging & challenging. Subjects are age appropriate.

Drawing Fundamentals 2 is best suited for students 8 and older. There are 2 class times from which to choose.

Cost (incl GST): $120/mo for 9 months ($1080); Material fee: $42.00; New Student Registration fee: $25 (waived for returning students) 

Drawing Fundamentals 3: Advance Drawing Practice

Longer, more involved projects with stunning results! In this course, students will be challenged to use their drawing skills in new ways: learn more about colour theory, tackle more professional media, learn about adding tone with line and markers, and complete more intricate pencil drawings. Students develop their own unique style as they apply their knowledge and drawing skills.

This class is for students who have taken two or more years of weekly art classes.  New students, without past Aliki’s instruction, may be accepted if they have prior art experience.  Please inquire.

Ages:  9 years and older.  Teens find this class engaging & challenging.  Subjects are age appropriate.

Cost (including GST):  $120/mo for 9 months ($1080); Material fee: $42.00; New Student Registration fee: $25  (waived for returning students) 

Teen Drawing & More

(12 years & older)


(10 years &older)

Arts Combo ~ Gem Journals & Sculpting

(8 years & older)

Private Art Lessons

(All ages)

Drawing Workshops

(7 years & older)

Homeschooler Programs

(5 years & older)

Mini Masters

(5 to 7 years)

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