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Life Drawing Classes

Life Drawing Classes

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Do you know what all great fine artists have in common? Every famous and skillful artist in the history of fine arts had a talented art tutor. There is no such thing as a self-taught Old Master. What has worked in the previous 2,000 years will work for you today. If you really want to develop good drawing skills and become a professional fine artist, you have to have a professional art tutor.

Life Drawing Academy is your unique chance to learn from accomplished fine artists and art teachers—Alexander Ryzhkin, Vladimir London, and Natalie Richy—who can personally teach you strong drawing skills step by step. All three teachers have exceptional art education and spent many years practicing and teaching art. The drawing techniques and methods we teach are the same as students learn in the best art academies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. To enter one of these academies, you would have to learn Russian and spend at least seven years practicing, just to get prepared for entry exams, under a teacher who graduated from such an academy. More than 50 students compete for every place available, so there is no guarantee you would ever have a chance to enter one of the best Russian art academies. However, there is a solution. You don't have to learn Russian, and you don't have to relocate for seven or more years. You can study in the comfort of your home, and your top-quality art education can start today, right now.

We offer you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sign up for personal tutoring within the Life Drawing Academy.

Here's what you will get:

In addition to all the benefits you already have as a Life Drawing Academy member, you will also receive personal tutoring that is custom tailored to your current level of drawing skills.

This means that academy tutors will evaluate your drawing skills and will prepare an individual, step-by-step curriculum for you.

This curriculum will include up to 100 drawing tasks that you will do, one by one, under the guidance of the tutors. You will receive a detailed description of how to do every task and what to pay attention to.

Such drawing tasks will push your drawing skills to a higher level.

Here are just few examples of topics that we will cover in personal tutoring:

  • How to use contours in life drawing
  • How to avoid common mistakes in portrait drawing
  • How to achieve likeness in portraits
  • The geometrical forms of a head
  • How to place facial features correctly
  • How to use constructive principles when drawing portraits
  • How to use perspective and foreshortening in portraits
  • How to achieve a three-dimensional look in portraits
  • How to draw facial features in various angles of view
  • How to draw children's portraits
  • How to depict emotions in portraits
  • How to avoid common mistakes in figure drawing
  • How to use perspective and foreshortening when drawing figures
  • How to achieve a three-dimensional look in figure drawing
  • How to use constructive drawing principles when drawing figures
  • How to render tonal values
  • Drawing figures in motion
  • How to depict gravity in figure drawing
  • How to draw the folds and wrinkles of draperies
  • How to draw clothed figures
  • How to learn to draw quickly—gesture drawing

Depending on your level of skills, you will also receive tasks on constructive drawing, tonal rendering, proportions, composition, and so on.

Here's how personal tutoring works:

  1. When you sign up, you will get a dedicated art teacher, who will provide one-on-one tutoring, teach you how to do every drawing task, and assess your progress.
  2. There are no entry exams, but before tutoring begins, you will have to make several drawings as instructed.
  3. Your drawings will be assessed and in-depth detailed critique provided. This critique will explain the gaps in your drawing skills and what personalized curriculum you will need to follow to learn the missing knowledge and skills.
  4. Drawing tasks will be given to you one by one, and a tutor will explain in detail what to do and how.
  5. Your timing will be very flexible. You can study at your own pace, practicing drawing in the comfort of your home or a studio.
  6. When ready, you will send photos of your drawings to us.
  7. We will assess every artwork you do within your individual curriculum, and we'll provide detailed instructions on how to improve.
  8. The next tasks will be given upon successful completion of previous ones.
  9. There is no way to fail. This personal tutoring is unlimited and comes for a lifetime, until you achieve your personal goals in drawing skills.

By now, you might have some questions, and we can answer the most asked ones here.

Question:

What is a "personal tutoring" course you offer?

Answer:

We offer the Life Drawing Academy Correspondence Course. It is a unique, self-paced, distance education under the personal guidance of academy tutors. Here, you will learn traditional drawing techniques by following a curriculum tailored to your skills and needs.

Question:

Can I really learn how to draw without sitting next to the tutor?

Answer:

If you expect that an art teacher in some contemporary art college will show you how to draw by his or her own example, or explain how to improve every line you do, think again. This is not how contemporary art education is delivered. Having a dedicated Life Drawing Academy tutor is your unique chance to get far better art education than any contemporary art college or university in the West would ever provide. With access to the Internet, you don't have to sit next to us to learn the best drawing techniques. With the help of video lessons and written instructions, you will get all you need to improve your drawing skills.

Question:

What topics does the Life Drawing Correspondence Course cover?

Answer:

This depends on your level of skills and goals. A unique curriculum will be created especially for you. If you are a beginner, your individual curriculum might include fundamental basics such as rules of perspective, constructive drawing principles, techniques of tonal rendering, and so forth. If you are an intermediate student, we will give you drawing tasks to cover any areas you are missing. These might be proportions and anatomy of a human body, how to use perspective when drawing figures and portraits, how to drawing hands and feet, and so on. If you are an advanced student, your curriculum will concentrate on the areas you would like to develop further; for example, how to depict emotions in portraits, how to draw dynamic figures, and how to portray personality. Your drawing tasks will grow with your skills. Tasks will advance from simple to more complex topics. Your curriculum won't be set in stone. If you decide to learn specific topics, they will be incorporated into your studies.

Question:

How does communication happen between my tutors and me?

Answer:

All communication will be via email. This will help to keep track of all correspondence, drawing tasks, images and artworks. You will have all communication in writing, so you will never lose or forget what was said, what advice given, and what critique provided.

Question:

Can I talk via Skype or over a phone to a tutor?

Answer:

Verbal drawing instructions and answers might be forgotten by the next day, but written guidelines will stay with you forever. For this reason, we won't waste your time over a phone or Skype call but will correspond in writing.

Question:

How can I learn life drawing in a correspondence course?

Answer:

Good life drawing skills have to be based on a strong foundation of constructive drawing, anatomy for artists, and proficient drawing techniques. It is perfectly possible to learn all this with our distance tutoring, by doing the drawing tasks you will receive.

Question:

Will I need to hire models or purchase some extra materials?

Answer:

Before hiring any models, there are many things you will need to cover to be ready for life sessions. You don't have to hire models unless you want to. There are many other free ways to draw figures and portraits from life, and we will cover those possibilities in the course. Regarding art materials, this course is not about drawing mediums, but skills. A drawing board, a few graphite pencils, a couple of erasers, a crafts knife, and access to the Internet are all you need for this course.

Question:

When will my personal tutoring be completed?

Answer:

There will be up to 100 drawing tasks. Your study will be accomplished when you do all of the tasks, one by one, with the required quality. This is a self-paced art course. You can take as much time as you need to complete it.

Question:

How long does it take to learn drawing under your guidance?

Answer:

It depends on you. If you do one drawing task per week, it would require two years. There are no deadlines, no time pressure. Even if you have only 20 minutes a day, that will be enough to keep going.

Question:

Will I receive a diploma at the end this course?

Answer:

Yes, a diploma in your name will be issued to commemorate the completion of the Life Drawing Academy Correspondence Course.

Question:

What would happen if my dedicated tutor became unavailable?

Answer:

There are several art tutors in the Life Drawing Academy. Your art education will go smoothly regardless of what tutor is available at any given time.

Question:

Will personal tutoring work for me?

Answer:

The question is actually the other way around: "Will you work to achieve your goals?" Generations of fine artists were taught the same traditional drawing techniques we offer you. As long as you follow our guidance and tutoring, your drawing skills will grow from task to task.

Question:

Can I purchase one or several individual lessons?

Answer:

The Life Drawing Academy Correspondence Course is one unit, designed to advance your skills to a professional level. It is not divisible into isolated lessons to be purchased separately.

A lesson you would like to receive might require other drawing skills you don't have yet. That is why we offer one continuous sequence of drawing tasks to ensure that you receive all the necessary knowledge and skills in each task to progress to the next ones.

Question:

Can I cancel this correspondence course at any time?

Answer:

We value our time very highly; it is the only commodity that cannot be duplicated. That is why we would like to have like-minded students who are serious about becoming professional artists and have self-motivation and a burning desire to learn drawing. If you are thinking about signing up and dropping out later, you would better look for other opportunities. Because our time is limited, places are limited. Please do not take someone else's place if you are not sure whether you want to go to the end and complete the Life Drawing Academy Correspondence Course.

Question:

How much does individual tutoring cost?

Answer:

When it comes to pricing, consider this. A contemporary art college or university will cost you anything up to $100,000 with no guarantee that you will graduate with good drawing skills. The Life Drawing Academy Correspondence Course is different. Here, we teach drawing the same way art students learn in the best Russian art academies. In this course, you will receive one-on-one personal guidance from academy tutors, who will teach you traditional drawing skills in 100 drawing tasks. Every task will have in-depth instructions, including several discussions, critiques and pieces of advice on improvement. The value of such tasks is $99 each, which is $9,900 in total. However, for a limited number of students, we offer this course for only $997. When the places are filled, we will suspend enrollment or put the price to its real value.

This is your unique chance to get a lifetime academy membership and a dedicated team of art teachers.
Such unlimited personal tutoring is not available anywhere else.

Enroll in the Life Drawing Academy now!

Online Course

Lifetime membership
One-time payment: $297 USD

ENROLL NOW

Correspondence Course + Online Course

Lifetime membership
One-time payment: $997 USD

ENROLL NOW
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