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Drawing Classes

These courses focus on building fundamental drawing skills. Students will learn basic techniques such as shading, controlling tones, composition and drawing methods. Additionally, we learn how to see with an artists eye and capture what we see on paper. I teach anyone who has the desire to learn the art of drawing. Classes are kept small to ensure individualized attention and instruction. My classes are “skills oriented” and not “project oriented” so my methods are particularly well suited for students who want an arts curriculum that goes beyond crafts. My classes are best for students age 14 to adult; however accommodations may be made for gifted and/or mature students.

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Introduction to Drawing

Beginning Drawing I

Beginning Drawing II

Intermediate Drawing series

Outdoor Landscape Drawing

Evening Drawing Classes

Advanced Drawing

Intro to Drawing Course Description: In Intro to Drawing we will explore the basics of working with graphite. Supplies are kept simple to keep costs down. Students will learn line and contour drawing, value scales, and laws or creating depth.  Geared for anyone who wants to learn to draw or give drawing a try.

Winter 2017

February

Wednesday Afternoon

4 – Weeks course, 4 sessions, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm

Feb. 1 st – Feb. 22 nd

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Beginning Drawing 1

Course Description: This is course aimed at teaching the most fundamental drawing skills. Like learning scales and keys in music, in this class we will cover the building blocks for great drawing. We will learn the differences between contour drawings (line drawings) and drawing with value. Other fundamentals will be taught such as understanding different drawing tools, creating gray scales, different techniques for creating value, reductive drawing, various paper surfaces for effect, and many other tips and insights. Unlike many classes we will draw everything from life. This is the best way to learn drawing.

*Supplies List for Beg. Drawing I *

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Art Supply Packages Offered

Upcoming Beginning Drawing 1 Classes:

Winter

January 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Jan. 12th – Feb. 7th

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February 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Feb. 14th  – March 9th

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March 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

March 14 th – April 11 th (No Class April 6th)

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April  2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

April 18 th – May 11 th

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Outdoor Landscape Drawing

Course Description: This course is conducted outside in the landscape. Our classes will be held at nearby parks and along the green belt. We will explore the landscape how to capture the landscape in line and value. With the light constantly shifting we will learn to capture the impression of the light before it fades. We also study perspective and how to create depth in in drawing.

*Supplies Needed for Outdoor Drawing*

Art Supply Packages Offered

More Classes to be offered Spring 2017

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Beginning Drawing 2

Course Description: This course is aimed at building on the skills learned in Beginning Drawing 1. If you already have experience in drawing contour drawings and value drawings but want to learn more about the art of drawing this would be a great class for you. In Beginning Drawing 2 we will hone our skills with line and value but also explore local value concepts, one and two point perspective, and ideas for creating the illusion of depth working with detail. We will further explore using basic shape and lines to understand the basic form of an object.

*Supplies List for Beg. Drawing II *

Art Supply Packages Offered

Upcoming Beginning Drawing 2 Classes:

Winter

January 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Jan. 12th – Feb. 7th

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February 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Feb. 14th  – March 9th

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March 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

March 14 th – April 11 th (No Class April 6th)

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April  2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

April 18 th – May 11 th

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Evening Drawing Class
Course Description: This drawing class is a little different from my other drawing classes. This class still has individualized attention, and lectures but is open to drawing students of all different levels beginning students, intermediate and even advanced. The instruction is taylored to the students at each level.

January 2017

4-Week course, 4 sessions, Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Jan. 11th – Feb. 1 st.

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February 2017

4-Week course, 4 sessions, Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Feb. 1st – Feb. 22nd

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March 2017

4-Week course, 4 sessions, Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

March 8th – March 29th

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April 2017

4-Week course, 4 sessions, Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

April 5th – May 3rd (no class April 12th)

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Intermediate Drawing 

Course description: Intermediate painting is comprised of 5 different and independent revolving drawing classes the build on the basic concepts of drawing. Each class focuses on a different concepts such as portrait drawing, drawing people, intermediate perspective, landscape drawing and rendering. These classes are designed to take your drawing to the next level and help you develop your ability to capture structure, value and form in your drawing. Contact me directly about which class is being offered such as a. Intermediate 1 or b.  Intermediate 2  and so forth, note: the cost below is for one class not all five.

Upcoming Beginning Drawing 2 Classes:

Winter 2017

February 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Feb. 2nd  – Feb. 28th

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March 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

March 14 th – April 11 th (No Class April 6th)

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April 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

April 18 th – May 11 th

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Advanced Drawing Series

Course Description: These are studio type classes, where the student decides to work on a drawing project at their own pace and choose their own subject matter. The instructor gives constructive feedback and insights to help you complete your project.

Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with the skills taught in Beginning Drawing 1 and 2, or receive prior approval from the instructor. Feel free to contact me with questions and I’ll be happy to discuss your readiness for the current class.

*Supplies List for Beg. Advanced Drawing*

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Art Supply Packages Offered

Course Dates:

Winter 2017

January 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Jan. 5th – 31st

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February 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Feb. 2nd  – Feb. 28th

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March 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

March 14 th – April 11 th (No Class April 6th)

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April 2017

4-Week course, 8 sessions, Tues. and Thurs., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

April 18 th – May 11 th

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Kevin McCain is a professionally-trained artist whose Impressionistic Plein Air paintings have appeared in galleries across the Western United States. He has over 20 years experience as a professional artist, illustrator, and teacher. To see Kevin’s gallery work visit kevinmccainstudios.com

To see his published illustrations visit mccainillustration.com

Contact: For more information, call Kevin at 480-309-0039 or contact me

Drawing is a Human Instinct

From the time of our earliest ancestors we have left our mark with drawings, whether engraved in rocks, painted on cave walls, or even carved in trees. Drawing, or mark making, is a desire that is within every one of us. As children, before we learned to read or write, we made drawings on paper, the floors, or even the walls. Drawing brings so much satisfaction. To know that we made that mark is very satisfying. As an artist, I try to draw with the same joy that motivated me as a child.

I believe everyone enjoys drawing or at least the idea of drawing. It brings satisfaction and accomplishment. As one grows, the expectation of what drawings should look like may change. We want to draw in a way that is more representative of an object, or perhaps express a certain idea. There are approaches to help you achieve those artistic goals. I offer drawing lessons designed to help those who want to improve their skills and draw better.

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Why I Teach Art

As a young man in high school I had always wanted to learn how to draw and be an artist. I felt I didn’t have the natural-born talent to become an artist. While in high school I took an art class to avoid taking some other class I didn’t want to attend. Little did I know that the decision to take a Sophomore beginning drawing class would change my life forever.

My art teacher, Mr. Holmes, let us know as students that anything we wanted to do in art was possible if we put our minds to it, worked hard in class, and learned from the best artists. He told us that it didn’t matter what natural ability you had; it mattered how hard you worked. I latched onto that idea. I was inspired by the idea that if I only worked hard and learned from the best artists, I could do the type of artwork I wanted to do. I began working several hours after class and many more still at home. All these years later I have achieved my dream to become a professional artist. It was far from easy, but it was worth the effort. I hate to think how my life would be different if I hadn’t taken that art class. That class was the first step towards achieving my dream.

Creating art gives me so much joy. It is a never ending adventure. It is because of my experience I believe arts education is so important. As an artist, I enjoy mentoring and teaching others how to improve their art skills. I believe it is important, for everyone who has the desire to learn more about drawing and painting, to have opportunities to learn from professional artists.

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