Beginning Observational Drawing (Online)

This class will cover the fundamentals of line, shape, value, texture, gesture, perspective, and many other tricks of the drawing trade. Developed specifically for the remote learning environment, the course includes clear, step-by-step demonstrations and instructions. Some art history topics, which directly relate to drawing, will also be covered in this course. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

This online course will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous. Students will meet together online for synchronous class meetings on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (CST) via Zoom. Class meetings will include lectures, demonstrations, group discussions and individual critiques. Asynchronous activities may include readings, lectures, videos, demonstrations, and written feedback on submitted work from the instructor.

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work.

Required supplies: Extra soft VINE (not willow) charcoal; 18 x 24” drawing paper pad; 18 x 24" drawing board; eraser-pens; Kraft paper/ packing paper; 6B soft charcoal pencil; white charcoal pencil; 3B drawing pencil; kneaded erasers; Q-tips. Students should expect to spend about $50 on supplies. 

Suggested supplies: An easel would be helpful but is not required

Recommended textbook: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook, Betty Edwards, ISBN: 1585421952 / ISBN13: 9781585421954

Register Before: June 4
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings
Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSFA 1002 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Date End: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
6:30–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Drawing and Painting
Online Classes