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RS101 Beginner
Traditional Shading
with Mike Sibley
4 credits over 6 weeks
DS105 Beginner
Learning from the Masters
1 credits over 4 weeks
DF104 Beginner
Drawing Faces and Figures
1 credits over 6 weeks
DT105 Beginner
Enhancing Your Visual Intelligence
1 credits over 3 weeks
DF101 Beginner
Drawing Portraits of Children
1 credits over 3 weeks
DS103 Beginner
Shading Different Textures
1 credits over 6 weeks
DT104 Beginner
Drawing with Perspective
1 credits over 5 weeks
DS101 Beginner
Shading with Squirkling and Hatching
1 credits over 6 weeks
DC101 Beginner
Contouring Cartoons
1 credits over 5 weeks
DT101 Beginner
Seeing Spaces, Shapes, and Lines
1 credits over 3 weeks
DG101 Beginner
Getting Started
1 credits over 3 weeks
RS102 Beginner
Hatching Techniques for Realistic Subjects
with Brenda Hoddinott
4 credits over 6 weeks
DG201 Intermediate
Drawing from Line to Life
with Mike Sibley
0 credits over 8 weeks
DG104 Beginner
Drawing from Line to Life
with Mike Sibley
8 credits over 8 weeks
MO105 Beginner
What is Expressionism?
with Judith Campanaro
3 credits over 5 weeks
RS101 Beginner
Introduction to Shading
with Brenda Hoddinott
4 credits over 6 weeks
RC103 Beginner
Drawing on the Classics
with Brenda Hoddinott
4 credits over 6 weeks
PT107 Beginner
Introduction to Watercolor
with Judith Campanaro
5 credits over 5 weeks
RC102 Beginner
Drawing on Your Brain
with Brenda Hoddinott
4 credits over 6 weeks
RC101 Beginner
Introduction to Drawing
with Brenda Hoddinott
4 credits over 6 weeks
DF302 Advanced
Figure Drawing
with Lance Richlin
0 credits over 9 weeks
DT103 Beginner
Colored Pencil Stew
with Eileen Sorg
6 credits over 8 weeks
MO104 Beginner
The Cubist Movement
with Judith Campanaro
3 credits over 4 weeks
DF301 Advanced
Introduction to Figure Drawing
with Lance Richlin
0 credits over 9 weeks
MO103 Beginner
Working With Your Creative Muse
with Judith Campanaro
3 credits over 5 weeks
DF201 Intermediate
Portrait Drawing
with Lance Richlin
0 credits over 9 weeks
PO103 Beginner
Compose Original Art
with Tannis Trydal
8 credits over 7 weeks
MO102 Beginner
An Artful Adventure In Self Discovery
with Judith Campanaro
3 credits over 5 weeks
DT102 Beginner
Perspective and Proportion
with Tannis Trydal
7 credits over 7 weeks
DF103 Beginner
Introduction to Portrait Drawing
with Lance Richlin
6 credits over 8 weeks
DF102 Beginner
Portraiture Foundations
with Tannis Trydal
5 credits over 7 weeks
DS102 Beginner
Shading and Form
with Tannis Trydal
7 credits over 8 weeks
PO102 Beginner
Painting and Mixing Colours
with Tannis Trydal
7 credits over 14 weeks
DC102 Beginner
Outline Drawing
with Tannis Trydal
6 credits over 7 weeks

Drawspace Beginner Certification Program

Drawing is the integral component of all visual arts, and the primary focus of this foundation-level, asynchronous learning-based program, which emphasizes peer-to-peer and teacher-student interactions. Our philosophy on teaching art is to focus primarily on the enjoyment aspects while gently introducing the technical and academic. Hence, in creating a passion for the subject matter, the quest for knowledge also becomes enjoyable.

The Drawspace Beginner Certification Program provides adult level courses, teaching the fundamental skills and techniques needed to support whatever further academic aspirations students may have. Students, who satisfactorily complete all the requirements of this program, thereby demonstrating evidence of beginner-level educational and artistic competence, are awarded a certificate of completion.

About Drawspace Online Education

Drawspace.com is one of the largest art education websites on the Internet, featuring high-quality courses authored by world-renowned artists, art educators, and authors.

Art instructors will always be integral to art education; virtual classrooms are simply alternatives to traditional venues. Online education promotes the dissemination of high-quality curriculum to international student populations. Flexibility, low costs, and superior curriculum are other advantages of online art education. Recent Internet research asserts that art students in online learning environments generally achieve the same (or higher) levels of technical competence as students in brick and mortar institutions of learning.

As a student, you work toward your Drawspace certification:

  • By building a knowledge base of online, art-education technology within state-of-the-art, socially-interactive, classrooms specifically designed for visual art pedagogy.
  • In your home, according to a self-regulated time schedule, without the pressure of showing up in traditional learning institutions at specific times.
  • Under the guidance of highly-qualified instructors who are also practicing artists (rather than "theory-only" instructors).
  • Without the expenses of traditional learning venues (for example: textbooks, student fees, travel, child-care, and accommodation).
  • Through a "learn by doing" approach to curriculum.
  • With curriculum choices based on your individual preferences.
  • With a goal of acquiring the skills, confidence, and motivational tools to pursue more advanced art studies.

Certification Requirements

The Drawspace credit system is designed to ensure that each student has the same basic drawing (D) skills upon completion of the certification program.

Courses include units of curriculum called modules, which are made up of resources and assignments. Resources contain information (such as text, photographs, and drawings) that enhances comprehension of curriculum, exercises, and projects. Assignments are either a major drawing project, or a group of exercises and small projects. Each successfully completed assignment is worth one credit.

Drawspace Beginner Certification requires the completion of a total of 80 credits in the following six areas of study:

  • RD100: Required (20 credits)
  • DC100: Contours (10 credits)
  • DS100: Shading (15 credits)
  • DT100: Technical (15 credits)
  • DF100: Figurative (10 credits)
  • DO100: Open (10 credits)

Receiving Certification

If you have previously taken courses, you only need to contact your instructors and those credits will be retroactively assigned to your certification program. You have no time constraints or deadlines; you can complete the program in one year or more (one of the perks of this online program). When you have completed all the certification requirements, your certificate and official transcript will be prepared and sent to you by mail.


Classroom Guide

Teaching yourself to draw has its frustrations, but works well when you simply want to have fun.

Drawspace.com now offers an alternative to self-education. Dedicated artists can begin their artistic journey or improve their current skills with guidance from accomplished art instructors.

Drawspace invites you to join one of our virtual, socially-interactive classrooms. Study from home without the pressure of showing up in traditional learning institutions at specific times. Receive high quality curriculum, helpful tips, and individual feedback from world-renowned artists, art educators, and authors. It's the best way improve your drawing skills!

A quick guide to joining classrooms at Drawspace!

Step 1: Choose a course

Start by finding a course that interests you. All courses are adult level unless otherwise stated in the course description. If you are considering purchasing a seat for a younger student, you should ask the course teacher if the subject matter is suitable before proceeding. For this or other specific questions about a course, you can ask the teacher directly by clicking the "E-mail" link located on the right-side of every teacher's bio page.

Step 2: Choose a classroom

Each course will contain one or more classrooms that have different start dates. Pick a classroom with a timeframe that suits you. Some courses are offered in permanent classrooms, meaning you can register and begin your first assignment immediately.

Step 3: Enroll

  • Click the "Register" link next to the classroom you would like to join, and follow the payment instructions.
  • A permanent link to your classroom will be provided on your 'My Drawspace' page.
  • Even when your class is over, you will be able to return to the classroom to review work, feedback, and re-download assignments if you choose.

Step 4: Classroom start

  • If you joined a permanent classroom, you can begin your first assignment immediately, otherwise, you will need to wait until your classroom start date to begin.
  • Your assignments will be in Adobe PDF format, and will be accompanied by detailed instructions from your teacher.
  • Download your first assignment and if you prefer to work from a paper copy, simply print it off. Your teacher will be communicating with you continuously and will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Step 5: Complete your first assignment

  • Follow the instructions in your assignment and scan your finished work. (You can use a digital camera if you prefer).
  • When you upload your work, you have the option to make each piece "public" or "private". Public work can be seen by everyone, where as private work can only be seen by you and your teacher.
  • Try to complete your assignment in advance of the due date in order to receive prompt feedback from your teacher.
  • Check your classroom page to see when your next assignment will be available.

Step 6: Keep going

Complete each assignment, learn from your feedback, and you will be amazed at the progress you make!

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