Drawing Foundation

Drawing can be an extremely satisfying activity that permits us to visualize ideas, copy a subject faithfully and express aesthetic concepts. But drawing can also be extremely frustrating, if we lack the essential technical and methodological elements of this activity.

This course, part of the New Renaissance Atelier Academic Program, is designed to provide the students with a solid drawing foundation, through a variety of exercises aimed to practice measuring, tonal rendering, light on form, elements of perspective, drawing techniques, drawing on white and toned paper with graphite, charcoal and chalk, colored pencils, pen and ink, silverpoint, monochrome watercolor washes.


We will practice copying a variety of subjects starting from basic volumes such as a cube, a sphere, a cone and a cylinder, perfect subjects to study light theory, and gradually moving on to more complex ones, like photos of Casts, reproductions of Masters works and photos of the human figure, to study and practice measuring, tonal rendering in graphite and charcoal and chalk. We will also be drawing landscapes, working from photos and Masters works, practicing perspective, composition, how to use a grid to replicate, enlarge or reduce a subject.


Material for Drawing foundation:


For the first class:

  • A pad of drawing paper, such as Strathmore or Canson Drawing in vellum or medium finish, 11” by 14” or so.
  • Graphite Pencils (wood casing or lead holder) in HB-B-2B gradations


For the rest of the course

  • A pad of Strathmore Charcoal in assorted tints, 9” x 12” or bigger
  • Colored pencils (Faber Castel, Derwent, Stabilo or Caran d’Ache) in red earth, brown dark blue, black
  • Charcoal pencils and/or sticks, in medium and soft gradation, (General’s makes very good compressed charcoal pencils and Nitram makes excellent charcoal sticks), white chalk in pencil or sticks, Conte, Cretacolor or General’s pastels in red earth.
  • Erasers and sharpeners, sand paper.

Availability of Courses' Recordings

As part of the services offered by the New Renaissance Atelier, you will have access to the recordings of the video sessions of all the courses you purchased for one year.
You will find the links to the videos in your Personal Video Library that has been set up specifically for you. Please keep this Video library link on your desktop or in your browser for easy access.

In case You missed a course You are interested in, You can purchase the recording of the video sessions, by clicking on the menu above

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.
Drawing Foundation
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