Learn to Draw in a Day

  • In this fun, step-by-step workshop, aimed at total beginners, you’ll learn the fundamentals of drawing, even if you’ve never drawn before.
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Class #162474: Learn to Draw in a Day -
This class will be back in 2019! But a date has not been set yet. In the meantime, feel free to sign up for the "Drawing For Absolute Beginners" class, which covers the same information.

"A one-day version of our popular 'Drawing for Absolute Beginners' class. Learn the basics of drawing in a day!"

hand54322In this class,you’ll learn to how to draw objects based on simple shapes, then add shading and textures to make your drawings look real and three-dimensional.

Plus, how to use the “jigsaw puzzle” technique to make things look more accurate when drawing from a reference photo.  

“Learn to Draw in a Day” is a good introductory workshop for people who have not drawn before, and a helpful re-introduction for students who have done some drawing but would like a refresher in the basics. You’ll have fun, learn a lot, and get off to a good start. Instructor: Nils Osmar

Frequently asked questions

Why are there two versions of this class? (“Drawing for absolute beginners” and “Learn to draw in a day”?)
Students whose schedules made it difficult to do a weekly class requested a one day version.

What’s the difference between this class and the weekly version? The classes are very similar and are both good introductions to drawing, but the weekly version, “Drawing for Absolute Beginners,” has more practice exercises and more hours of instruction. Students in “Drawing for absolute beginners” have more practice time in and out of class, including homework assignments. But the core class is very similar.

Should I take the weekly version or the one day version? If your time is tight, Learn to Draw in a Day lets you take the “heart” of the class in a single meeting.  If you like having more time to learn and practice each step, the five week version may work better for you.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORNils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, and has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College and other programs.  He has worked as a fine and commercial artist, and done book and magazine illustration, design, book covers and interiors. His artwork has been internationally published.

Student comments about Drawing for Absolute Beginners

…Just wanted to let you know that I completed my application to the Game Animation Certificate program, and as of a week ago received notice of my acceptance. One of my portfolio pieces was a charcoal figure based upon one of the exercises from class – and of course, I’d never touched charcoal before meeting you… Your classes really helped polish my skills and boost my confidence a great deal. — J.C. (Seattle)

Thanks for taking some time before the class to help me figure out which class I should take… – M.J. (Seattle)

… You really have something going if you can take someone like me and turn me into an artist, well, a beginning artist anyway! But that’s way ahead of where I was. Thanks again Nils! – R.M. (Tacoma)

The class was well organized and you took us along step-by-step. – Mary J. (Redmond)

I liked the opportunity to learn the basics in a non threatening environment. (unsigned)

I was looking around for Seattle drawing classes, and  found yours in the Experimental College catalog, then checked out the Classesandworkshops.com web page…  I have to tell you that I’m honestly amazed. I couldn’t draw anything before the class. The first drawing on the first day was a revelation – it actually looked like the object it was supposed to be! The successive classes were also very helpful.  I’ll be back for another class in the fall. – Shel K., Seattle

For more Seattle drawing classes, see the Art Classes in Seattle page.