Drawing Level 1 with Michelle Caithness

5-week Short Course

Level: Beginner
Ages: This course is designed for adults, and is suitable for age 14 +

  • Dates: TBC
  • Time: TBC
  • Location: MAC Hawthorn Studio, 817B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
  • Course fee: TBC

Drawing is fundamental to any artistic practice. This course introduces the key elements and techniques of drawing and will help beginner students, and artists who would like to revisit the fundamentals.

During this course, you will explore line, tone, proportion and value and discover effective ways to see and use these elements in a drawing.

Ivana Dash, MAC student, charcoal on paper

Over the five weeks, you will be drawing from Still Life to help understand the subject’s structure, proportions and the placement of its compositional elements.

Students will be encouraged to adopt the techniques being used to enable a retraining of how they perceive the subject they are drawing.

During the course you will learn about:

  • Structural sketching or basic line drawing
  • Proportion
  • Value or tone (light and dark)
  • Composition

Classes are restricted to about eight places to ensure one-on-one tuition.

Enrolment details

Dates: TBC
Time: TBC
Location: MAC Hawthorn Studio, 817B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Materials: All included
Course fee: TBC

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    Feedback from previous students

    “I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is at the beginning of drawing journey. 10 out of 10. I learned a lot about perspective, shapes vision, light and shade, variety of art materials. Michelle is an attentive and thoughtful teacher. She spends as much time with each student as it is required, she helps, gently coaches without diminishing student’s creativity. Michelle is an encouraging and wise teacher. 10 out of 10.” – Linda, 2021

    “It was a true beginner’s course – exactly what I needed. There was always plenty of materials to use. Charcoal not my favourite but was good to have the experience. I really enjoyed Michelle’s class, she is so patient & encouraging.” – Bebe, 2019

    “This course is great for someone like myself who had zero knowledge about drawing. It’s a great foundation and gives the student an understanding of drawing with charcoal, perspective and light and dark.

    The content covered starts from the basics (which is what I needed) and builds up over the 5 weeks. This course gave me everything I needed to know to be able to break down objects into shapes and put them into perspective.

    The course is 5 weeks and not a huge commitment. I was able to fit the classes around my life and I left each class learning something new. I researched beginner art classes in Melbourne and this one was one of the very few that offered materials included with the price.

    As someone who was a little nervous about having zero drawing experience, I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed and welcoming each class was. I really enjoyed the relaxed, supportive environment Michelle created.” – Brooke, 2019

    “I really enjoyed my Level 1 Drawing Class with Michelle. I enjoyed having the opportunity to explore how the different tools and materials can be used to create different effects. The change in focus from linear drawing to tonal was a real challenge for me, but I liked that we got to develop different skills even in such a short course.

    I found Michelle to be highly knowledgeable and encouraging, and I enjoyed having such a passionate teacher. I would certainly recommend the class to others, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.” – Eleanor, 2019

    “For an introductory course, I think the length/content/materials were all great. It’s nice that it wasn’t a huge commitment, only 5 classes, but still covered a lot of material, and getting to try two different styles (linear and tonal) was really useful. I loved using the charcoal, and getting to use some colour pastels in the final class was cool too. I had an awesome time and proud of myself for what I achieved!” – Luke, 2018 

    “The course gave me everything I needed to re-ignite my drawing passion.” – Tim, 2018

    “Firstly, I would like to tell you how I decided to enrol into your art classes. There were a couple of things that swayed me this way – one is that I was looking for a pure drawing course, after hours as I still work full time. The other and more important one was Marco’s (and others) posts and thoughts on your website that convinced me that Melbourne Art Class was a right place for me – I was not disappointed, on the contrary, the class atmosphere and going back to what I did very long time ago but loved doing.

    The course does start from the basics (which is what I wanted) and even though I knew I could draw, I have learned a lot in just six classes.” – Nada, 2018