Drawing II: Developing Techniques and Styles

Instructor: Robin Adair
Mondays 1-4pm
10 weeks: April 13 to June 22, no class May 18
Room TBD Williams Building
$370 supplies extra
Prerequisite: Drawing I or equivalent experience

This course is designed to help students develop the material, perceptual, and conceptual processes of drawing through projects that encourage investigation, experimentation, and critical thinking. This course is recommended for those who have experience creating two-dimensional images with dry media, as well as those who are returning to drawing after a long hiatus. In each class, Robin will lead you through prompts and exercises that hone fundamental skills while fostering personal expression and the development of an individual style in a safe and empowering environment. Please note that Robin will be also be teaching Drawing I during this class.


  • Course introduction and warm-up exercises.
  • Mixed-media reductive drawing.
  • Abstraction series using vertical balance, figure ground reversal, endotopic/exotopic treatment, and hard and soft edges. 
  • A Vanitas of Style: exploring various styles and methods in art history using a chosen subject.
  • Symbolic representation:creating visual analogues and narratives with gestural line, value, shape, and pattern.
  • Hybrid creature drawing: exploring shape, value, and textures with various media.
  • Still-life portrait drawing: utilizing a sighting grid to construct a complex drawing.
  • Drawing from a live model: building towards a sustained work in multiple mediums. 
  • Independent work.

This outline is subject to change in response to class dynamics and development.


  • Vine Charcoal
  • Graphite Sticks
  • Pencils (2B to 8B) Staedtler Mars Lumograph brand is recommended
  • Erasers: 2 kneaded and 1 gum
  • Blending sticks (assorted sizes)
  • Conte (brown, black, and white)
  • Blending stumps (various sizes)
  • Metal ruler
  • 2 bamboo ink brushes
  • Nib pen holder
  • 1 fine tip nib and 1 large line nib
  • Container of India Ink
  • Roll of rice paper
  • Pad of newsprint (18”x24” or larger)
  • Pad of white bond paper 
  • Bulldog clips (two)

Note: During the first class, we will discuss options for other drawing papers.