Drawing - Intermediate

Drawing photo - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College


Peter is an excellent teacher and led us expertly through the steps necessary to create a wonderful drawing. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning drawing skills.

Class Overview

Drawing is the fundamental basis of all visual art, and it can provide a lifetime of enjoyment! In Intermediate Drawing, you’ll begin to learn more advanced drawing techniques and subjects.

Practice drawing animals and people in motion, portraits, interiors and exteriors, vehicles, landscapes and anatomy. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to work in black and white, as well as color, through graphite and colored pencil.

You’ll be surprised how quickly your skills will improve by observing and drawing along with step-by-step class presentations, which make it easy to understand and put these techniques into practice. Once you learn these skills, you’ll find them becoming second nature, and you’ll greatly increase your ability to represent the world around you.


Supplies Needed

  • Pencils (graphite):
    • 2B pencil
    • 4B pencil
    • 6B pencil
    • 8B (Optional)
  • Woodless Pencil (6B or 8B) optional
  • Drawing paper pad - either 9"x12" or 11"x14"
  • White vinyl eraser
  • Mechanical eraser (optional, a Tombow Mono Knock 3.8 is best for drawing and erasing small lines- can be ordered online or places like Blick.) - or pink eraser on back of pencil (for detail erasing and drawing white lines on gray areas)
  • 3-4 (variety sizes) Paper blending stomps (or paper towel/ tissues for blending, if you can't find these for first day)
  • Pencil sharpener (preferably with shaving collector)
  • 24 to 72 (or more) colored pencil set: Prismacolor Recommended- Because they blend much better than other brands.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Draw portraits, facial features, landscapes
  • Depict complete objects and scenes in perspective such as vehicles, buildings, interiors, and exteriors
  • Portray animal and human anatomy (including specifics like line of action, gesture drawing, body masses, hand, feet, and clothing)
  • Draw animals and people in motion with a variety of action poses
  • Continue to expand the ability to draw three dimensional objects 
  • Use of proportions better
  • Apply the use of atmospheric perspective in scenes and landscapes
  • Have more understanding of color, layering, and transparent/ translucent media through colored pencil
  • Maximize the use of value, contrast, line, mark making, and details to draw with expression


Who Should Take This Class?

  • Students from Drawing - Beginning, though that is not required
  • People who draw who would like to improve their drawing skills and apply those skills to draw anything they want in the future
  • Anyone with some drawing experience, interested in enriching their lives with the joy of drawing 
  • Anyone who would like to learn to express themselves through the medium of drawing
  • Artists or anyone who would like to gain the foundational skills of drawing to apply to any visual art


Class Details