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ART 119 W — Drawing Inspiration: Developing a Creative Practice

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 6—Aug 7
Drop Deadline: Jul 9
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Trevor Tubelle
Limit: 70
Status: Closed
Please Note: The full tuition refund deadline for this course is July 9 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 14 at 5:00 pm (PT)
Jul 6—Aug 7
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 9
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Trevor Tubelle
Please Note: The full tuition refund deadline for this course is July 9 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 14 at 5:00 pm (PT)
From 40,000-year-old cave paintings to the latest digital symbols on our phones, drawings are a fundamental form of communication and creativity. As children, we have an innate ability to access creativity through drawing, but as we get older we learn to judge what we do (usually harshly) and to leave art to the “experts.” Many people find themselves cut off from their own creativity. This course is designed to reignite a capacity for creativity through an exploration of drawing. The heart of this online course is a daily drawing prompt that can be responded to anywhere with minimal supplies. Unlike a studio course, our focus is not on learning to draw or gaining technical proficiency; rather, it is on the process of drawing and how it can support creativity in our lives. At first we will work on jumpstarting creativity, tapping into our imaginations, and circumventing the critical tendencies that can inhibit us. Later, we will experiment with different ways to make marks, observing the world and exploring the inventive possibilities of drawing. Our emphasis will be on engendering a sense of enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness toward the creative process within a supportive online community. By the end of the course, students will possess some of the tools and experience necessary to maintain their own creative drawing practice.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 70 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. Click here for more information about our course formats, including FAQs.

This course is designed for anyone, regardless of skill level; beginners, people with limited drawing experience, or those who want to build a creative outlet into their daily lives are welcome. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $25–$35 on these materials. Because of the higher enrollment compared with a traditional art studio course, students will not receive instructor feedback on every daily drawing post. Students may request light instructor feedback on two finished drawings during the quarter. The course also includes instructional videos, interactive exercises, and discussion with fellow students, as well as optional online videoconferencing sessions.

Trevor Tubelle, Artist

Trevor Tubelle is an interdisciplinary artist working with hybrid forms of drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and performance. Tubelle received an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work can be viewed at tubelle.com and @trevortubelle on Instagram.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.