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ART 22 — Beginning Drawing

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Oct 4—Dec 6
Time: 6:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 27
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $670
Instructor(s): Trevor Tubelle
Limit: 17
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 22
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6:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Oct 4—Dec 6
9 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 27
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Trevor Tubelle
Please Note: No class on November 22
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Within a supportive, friendly, 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, erasers, and blending stumps to explore a variety of techniques such as crosshatching, gesture, gradation, contrast, and blending. We will also explore various kinds of subject matter, including still life, landscape, drapery, and abstraction, and we will cover the fundamentals of composition and layering. Special attention will be paid to managing the mental and emotional challenges that many beginners have, such as overzealous perfectionism and having a harsh inner critic. One-on-one and group discussions will touch upon the creative process, including embracing play and imperfection as well as the varying benefits of control vs. spontaneity. Technical demonstrations, slide lectures, 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. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $40–$60 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.