Drawing Studio - April/May 2021 (Live Course)

Building your “value” knowledge and confidence in drawing. Wednesdays 6:30-9(ish) pm ET, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26 & 6/2

Drawing Studio - January/February 2021, Live Course

Eight-week course
Wednesdays 6:30-9(ish) pm ET, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, & 6/2
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This is a Drawing Studio practice course, it is for those students who have taken the first section of Robert's Drawing Fundamentals Course (a recorded version of that course will be available in a few months) or students who already understand the very basics of graphite drawing, continuous tone technique and its materials. The sole purpose of this practice course is to continue to build confidence in your drawing ability.

Drawing Studio is the follow-up course for Robert’s Drawing Fundamentals course. This course’s objective is to continue to build your “value” knowledge and the ability to create solid values within your drawings. You will continue to develop confidence in capturing what you see and rendering it on paper by drawing a still life with Robert. During this course, we will be drawing a still life of apples, titled "An Apple a Day” Your drawing will start with a contour drawing. After checking the positive and negative shapes for accuracy, you will begin the layering process of building value moving through the lightest pencil, 4h, up to the darkest pencils, 4b and 6b. By the end of this course, you will have a finished realistic drawing with solid values giving your drawing the illusion of three-dimensional space.

"An Apple a Day" our reference for the April/May course.

You will notice that the scheduled time for this class is 6:30-9(ish), the “ish” is because sometimes we will reach a stopping point that is before 9 or after 9. Each class due to what we are drawing, the complexity of the subject will determine how much we are able to accomplish. It is my goal to never end a class with a part of the drawing half drawn.

If we finish the planned drawing for this course before the end of the scheduled classes, we will work on drawing very simple singular objects for any remaining scheduled classes.

Each lesson will be recorded and uploaded to the lesson curriculum page within a couple of days giving you the chance to revisit the lesson or to catch up if you missed the class.

This is a live online drawing course using Zoom Meeting Rooms. Robert will be working from his studio, where he has several cameras set up to help him give you the best learning experience from the comfort of your studio. You will be able to draw along with Robert during each lesson and ask Robert questions.

Before enrolling, please visit the Technology Needs page to ensure you have everything needed to participate in the online class, ensuring that you have a great experience.

Materials for this course

View the materials for this course. To have the best experience possible, Robert highly recommends purchasing the same materials on the list as those are the materials he uses in his instruction. You can visit the link on the Drawing Materials page, which will take you to Blick Artist Materials, where you can purchase everything you need. Allow two weeks for delivery and always check the top promo banner on the website for special purchase codes.


  • Pencils: 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B (Highly recommend purchasing Faber Castell 9000 Graphite Pencils - Please do not buy Artist Loft pencils.)
  • 11 x 14 drawing pad
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Rub eraser
  • Value finder
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pencil lengtheners

Your Instructor

Robert Louis Caldwell
Robert Louis Caldwell

Artist and Instructor
ARC Associate Living Master
Signature Member, The Society of Animal Artists

Robert Louis Caldwell is an award-winning artist, internationally renowned for his wildlife and architectural oil paintings. His work has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions, including the Society of Animal Artists, Art of the Animal Kingdom and Birds in Art, and is represented in the permanent collection at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Robert graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. and is the author of the drawing instructional book “Draw Realistic Animals, Wildlife, Pets & More.”

Read more about Robert’s instructional approach, philosophy and credentials.

Visit Robert’s website rlcaldwell.com to view examples of his drawings and paintings.

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