Drawing Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

In this class, students will learn drawing techniques and find new ways of seeing and thinking about drawing.

Working through exercises, students will learn drawing techniques such as: line, shape, form, expressive lines, blind contour and tonal value. Instruction in pencil will include demonstrations and examples of all techniques and exercise, as well as positive feedback.

This class is intended for beginners and not recommended for those who have previous drawing experience.

Details & Registration

In-Person Class

Ages: 16+

Dates: Friday - March 31 to April 28, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Sessions: 4

Holiday: No Class on April 7, 2023 (Good Friday)

Price: $130 for non-members, $117 with a membership

Materials: Additional Purchase Required - See Materials List

Skill Level: Beginner

Note: This class is offered with your choice of in-person or online instruction. Instruction will be provided in-person and online simultaneously.

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What Students will Learn

  • Line into shape and form - blind contour drawing
  • Shading techniques to create form in pencil and pen
  • Using visual tools for proportion and perspective
  • What is negative space and why it is important

About the Instructor

Stephanie Schirm

Stephanie Schirm began her career as a fashion designer, studying in Europe. While designing in the Toronto fashion district, she also created a number of fashion illustrations for catalogues, storyboards, and advertisements for current Canadian Designers.

She eventually left the fashion industry to become a graduate of OCAD in Communication and Design. Only then to enter the Liturgical world of Design, where she established Labyrinth Studios Inc, designing and manufacturing religious garments and sanctuary d├ęcor for Churches across Canada and the US.

Her passion for drawing, painting and designing lead her to sharing her knowledge, over 10 years ago with the Continuing Education in Guelph and as Fashion Illustration instructor for Mohawk College in Hamilton. Since then she has taught in a number of different establishments thorough out the GTA area.


We ask that students have:

  • A sketchbook or blank paper
  • A set of drawing pencils (H, HB, B and above)
  • White Eraser
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Xacto Knife
  • Piece of Sand Paper