Adult Beginner Level II Drawing

VIRTUAL Drawing Class

Adults, Max 5 students

Fridays 11am-12:30pm
10 Week Course: December 17, 31, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
1.5 hr. class  $450 for 10 weeks ($45/week)

(Note: there is some flexibility in dates, such as near holidays, if all students agree to a make-up session.)

Beginner Level II is suitable for students who have taken Level I or who have some prior experience drawing. Local artist Mei-Ling Ellerman will teach fundamental concepts and techniques through classes on drawing landscapes, portraits, and figures. 1-2 classes will be designed based on the specific needs and interests of the students. Mei-Ling will offer support and feedback throughout the class, which will really help students train their observation skills and improve their drawings. Students will have the opportunity to draw a polished portrait of their own choosing, such as of a family member, and can see how far they have come!

A list of recommended supplies is provided below. It is recommended to order or buy immediately to have for the beginning of class. There is also instruction on making a viewfinder.


Bio: Mei-Ling Ellerman, of Mei-Ling Ellerman Studio in Wayland, has a formal background in drawing and sculpture. She is an artist and printmaker, and creates art inspired by nature, wildlife, and Asian design. She really enjoys teaching drawing to youth and adults and seeing their enthusiasm as they improve their drawing skills.

To see her work, please visit:
Instagram: (work in progress)

Testimonials: “Mei-Ling is a wonderful teacher. While focusing on the fundamentals of drawing, she more importantly takes you through exercises that allow you "to see" your subject in a new, more realistic and authentic way. Starting with a detailed explanation of some aspect of drawing (tone, composition), Mei-Ling shows examples of pictures, both from the masters and contemporary artists. She takes you through a series of smaller exercises, where you are drawing, culminating in a larger project, always pointing out what you have done well and where you need to work a bit more. She is patient, kind, knowledgeable, while encouraging you to work harder and deeper for maximum results and satisfaction. I look forward to continuing to learn from her.” ~ Carrie

“I started my first ever drawing class with Mei-Ling about 8 weeks ago and when I started I could barely draw a decent stick figure. I expected to learn how to draw basic shapes, but my expectations were far exceeded. At the beginning of each class I was certain that I’d never be able to draw what we were assigned, but thanks to the excellent coaching of Mei-Ling I was able to get a good start. Then as I continued to work on the piece, I’d send it to Mei-Ling for feedback a couple of times and based on that I was able to draw some things I was really proud of. I’m surprised, delighted and completely hooked thanks to Mei-Ling.” ~ Peg

Supply List

Supplies: If you have time to order, the least expensive source is Dick Blick. They have stores in Boston or you can order online. Some supplies will be available on Amazon or at Michaels.

~ Strathmore 400 Drawing Pad (or a similar pad) 9”x12”  or 11”x14” (available on Amazon or Michaels/Craft stores)

~ Strathmore (or other brand) Toned Gray Sketch Journal 9”x12”

~ Plastic and kneaded erasers

~ Graphite pencils: 2B or 2 HB, 4B, 8B

~ Graphite stick (like #4 General’s)

~ Pencil sharpener 

~ Conte crayons in Pencil form (not just the crayon)– Black, white, and at least two red/skin color pencils. You can buy a set like Conté à Paris 6-Count Sketching Pencils Set, $16 on Amazon. 

~ Colored pencil set, with at least 24 pencils, such as Prismacolor or Faber-Castell Polychromos. If you are interested in learning realistic or botanical colored pencil drawing, you may do better with Faber-Castell. If you want to pursue botanical drawings, later on I will suggest specific pencils for you to buy individually, so you don’t have to buy a very large set. 

~ Small mirror for self-portrait, either a small standing mirror or a mirror you can prop up at face level. 

~ make a viewfinder (we will start using this in the second week)


~ Hot press paper pad or Bristol paper for colored pencil drawings (could be used in at least two classes)

~ Tortillon/blending tool  

Making a Viewfinder Device


1 piece of approximately 8x10 inch glass/acrylic/transparent & stiff material – this is your picture plane. You can use a larger piece of glass but create a wider frame from black paper which still reduces your viewing area to approximately 6x8 inches.

Note: If you are using glass from a frame, you may want to fold pieces of masking/painter’s tape around it to protect yourself from the edges and to make it slightly less breakable.

1 Erasable marker (preferably black)

1 Sharpie (ideally medium to fine tip because if you have very thick permanent center lines, it will obscure some of the image. You can use the erasable marker if you don’t have this, and redraw your center lines each time)

Piece of black or dark paper  

1) Draw a line down the center horizontally and vertically, like crosshairs, (use a ruler) with the permanent marker (or the erasable marker if you don’t have a permanent marker). If you use the erasable marker, then flip the glass over when you attach the black frame. 

2) Cut the black paper to the same size as your picture plane, 8x10 etc. 

Draw an X on the paper, so that each line starts at one corner and runs to the corner diagonal to it. 

Then, if you have an 8x10 piece of paper, measure one inch from the edge on all sides, but connect the lines where they touch the X. This will form a rectangle, that you can cut out, and it will leave you with approximately a 1-inch rectangular frame for the viewfinder. You can just tape it on.