24SPR All levels Life Drawing in Pastel, Charcoal or Graphite MON 9:30AM (03/18-04/29)

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Instructor: Carol Peebles / 6 Weeks / March 18 - April 29 (No class April 1)  / Monday / 9:30AM-12:30PM
Class Size: 6-10

Description: Come learn how to capture a likeness in a portrait or figure. Starting with gestures of 20 minute poses, we will slowly work up to1-3 hour poses, all taught in the Classical Realist Tradition. Learn how to draw from life and best utilize limited time with your subject. Models will be nude and students must be at least 18 years of age. We will also discuss how to apply these observational drawing techniques to still life, landscape & pets, learning how the importance of gesture is found in all subject matter.. See class demos on each lesson with instruction on figures, portraits, hands, feet, the skeleton, muscles, basic shading and measuring techniques and more. Work in charcoal, graphite or pastel. Happy Drawing!

Prerequisist: None. This course is open to all levels, beginners to advanced students.


Bring either charcoal, graphite or pastel. You could also try all 3 if you like! The first day I will review supplies with you, but at least bring some of the following.

  • PASTELS: A small basic Nupastel or Cretacolor Hard Pastel Set works well. One or two pastel pencils, any color, any brand. I will discuss other options on the first day.
  • CHARCOAL: If you would rather draw with charcoal instead of pastels, bring vine charcoal and charcoal pencil.
  • PAPER: bring any paper you already have. If you have none, get any pad of pastel paper, preferably one with a variety of colors. No need to get the most expensive paper, get whatever pad is on sale because we will go through lots of paper. I will discuss other paper options the first day.
  • SKETCHBOOK: an 11x14 sketchbook, preferably Strathmore hardbound, but any other will do. This is for homework and taking notes in class.
  • any regular pen or pencil to take notes
  • two large bulldog clips
  • a kneaded eraser


Studying Life Drawing with Carol Peebles has truly been an exceptionally pleasurable and rewarding artistic experience.  Carol is a highly skilled and insightful instructor and an extraordinary artist, who is clearly committed to and passionate about drawing.  This passion shines through her instruction, step by step, providing her students with the tools to effectively learn to see, and draw, the human figure. Her focused encouragement provides clear explanations of what works well in a drawing and next steps for improvement. Her own work is a celebration of life and is incredibly inspiring.  I feel deeply fortunate to have studied with Carol.  -Darlene

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December 18, 2023
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