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ART 22 W — Beginning Drawing

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Apr 17—Jun 2
Refund Deadline: Apr 20
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $500
Instructor(s): Trevor Tubelle
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Apr 17—Jun 2
7 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 20
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Trevor Tubelle
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Within a supportive, relaxed, and sociable atmosphere, we will approach drawing as a powerful method of expression involving physical dexterity, mental flexibility, and emotional courage. In this course, we will use pencils to explore a variety of techniques, such as crosshatching, gesture, gradation, and contrast. We will also explore various kinds of subject matter, including still life, landscape, and drapery, as well as cover the fundamentals of composition and layering. Online discussions will touch upon the creative process, the importance of play, embracing imperfection, and the balance between order and disorder. Step-by-step image demonstrations, information on artists and techniques, and short writing projects will complement our studio work. The goal of this course is to give students the basic physical, mental, and emotional skills necessary to begin their own drawing practice.

This course is designed for beginners and those with minimal drawing experience. Because of the higher enrollment compared with a traditional in-person art studio course, students will not receive instructor feedback on every drawing post. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $35–$55 on these materials.


Trevor Tubelle works with hybrid forms of drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and performance. He has taught at the Stanford Arts Institute (Honors in the Arts program), UC Santa Cruz, and elsewhere. His work is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tubelle received an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work can be viewed on Instagram @trevortubelle and at tubelle.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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