Young Artists Learning to Draw for Life II (Classes 9-16)

Date: Fridays - 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/8 and 4/28 (8 Week Course:)
Time: 4-5:30pm

Cost: $420

Max: 8 Students
Min: 4 Students

First Parish in Wayland

225 Boston Post Road, Wayland MA
Youth Room

Instructor: Mei-Ling Ellerman

A list of suggested materials will be provided, and will cost approximately $90.

Depending on the levels of covid and the flu during the winter, the teacher may require masks.

For the first time, local artist and teacher Mei-Ling Ellerman will be offering the “Young Artists Learning to Draw for Life Course II” (Classes 9-16). The course is for children ages 9-13 who have had some prior experience drawing, or who have taken my beginner course. The new course will be taught in person at First Parish, Wayland. It will offer the opportunity for students to hone their observational and drawing skills while drawing subjects ranging from horses and butterfly koi, to botanical drawings, and an imitation of an Old Master drawing with conté crayons. Students will put their growing knowledge about tonal values, contour lines, proportion, and color into practice and will continue working with conté crayons, graphite pencils, and colored pencils. Parents will be amazed at how much progress their children can make in 8 weeks!


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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 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

Students that took the first class and have all the materials do not need to purchase anything more.

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 whiteboard marker (preferably black)
1 Sharpie (ideally medium to fine tip. You can use the erasable marker if you don’t have a sharpie, but draw on the other side of the glass)
Piece of black or dark paper

1) Using a ruler, draw a line down the center of the glass horizontally and vertically, like crosshairs, 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.

Supply List

Supplies: A good online resource with discounted prices is Dick Blick. They also have stores but with a limited supply. Some supplies will be available on Amazon or at Michaels.

~ Strathmore 400 white Drawing Pad (or a similar pad) 11”x14” (also available on Amazon or Michaels/Craft stores)
~ Strathmore Toned Gray Mixed Media pad 11”x14”
~ 1 rubber or plastic and 1 kneaded eraser (square grey)
~ 5 Graphite pencils: 2H, 2HB, 4B, 6B, 8B
~ Tortillon/blending tool
~ Pencil sharpener
~ Conte crayons in Pencil form (not the rectangular crayon sticks)– 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 Premier or Faber-Castell Polychromos. Prismacolor pencils are more affordable, rich in color, and are fine for everyday art. My students tend to buy Prismacolor. Artists who focus on animal and botanical drawings tend to use Faber-Castell Polychromos, which are significantly more expensive, but layer better and are likely more erasable. Either are fine.
~ Small mirror for self-portrait (first class), either a small standing mirror or a mirror you can prop up at face level.
~ Viewfinder Tool (you will make one to use starting the second week). Requires a sheet of 8x10 glass (such as from a cheap photo frame), erasable black marker (whiteboard marker), a sharpie (indelible marker), and a sheet of black paper/construction paper.
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