Spring 2023 Youth Learn to Draw I

8 Week Course:  5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16,  and 6/23.

Fridays 4-5:30pm

Cost: $420 plus supplies

Max: 8 Students
Min: 4 Students

The age range for this class is from 8 years old through 12 years old.

Location: First Parish in Wayland
225 Boston Post Road, Wayland MA
Youth Room

A list of suggested materials is provided below

Instructor: Mei-Ling Ellerman

Local Wayland artist and drawing teacher Mei-Ling Ellerman will be teaching her drawing course, Learning to Draw For Life, for children through Arts Wayland. She has adapted her adult course for children, because she believes that if children this age are interested in drawing, they will really benefit from professional instruction. This course will help build their knowledge, techniques, skills, and confidence.

She keeps her classes small so each student can receive the individualized feedback that will help improve both their ability to observe and draw more accurately. These skills of observation and drawing will help them in many other disciplines and areas of art and life. Students will draw subjects ranging from animals, to fruit, and still life, using graphite pencils, colored pencils, and conte crayons. They will learn about contour drawing, negative space, proportions, perspective, and shading techniques.


Cancellation Policy

Testimonials from the Youth Drawing Course

My ten-year-old daughter had the pleasure of taking Ms. Ellerman’s Learning To Draw For Life – Level 1 this past spring. We were amazed at the quality of the instruction and the work that our daughter produced in the class. The class was the perfect introduction to drawing technique for someone of her age and ability level. Ms. Ellerman created a supportive environment in which young artists could feel comfortable and confident sharing their work. At the same time, Ms. Ellerman knew precisely how to offer constructive criticism and push students to improve and tweak their work in a non-threatening, productive way. The course was well-organized, well-taught, and fun! I would recommend this class for students who already enjoy drawing and want to take their skill set to the next level.  My daughter looks forward to continuing to cultivate her love of drawing under Ms. Ellerman’s direction.

Kristin Heres, Wayland Parent

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 as well as Dick Blick)

~ Strathmore (or other brand) Toned Gray Sketch Journal or Toned Mixed Media Pad 11”x14”

~ Plastic and kneaded erasers

~ Graphite pencils: 2H, HB, 2B, 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.   

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

~ Tortillon/blending tool  

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