Understanding Perspective Drawing...finally!

"Getting ready for your plein air painting workshop"

   Live online drawing classes with Prof. Yves M. Larocque

 

Summer 2021 (8 classes)

United States & Canada > Wednesdays (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., New York, Eastern Time) from July 7 to August 25, 2021

Australia > Thursdays (8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Melbourne, Australian Eastern Time) from July 8 to August 26, 2021

 

Fall 2021 (TBA)

 

CA$ 320 (US$ 240  AU$ 340)

 

 

To Register > No more than 12 students

Description

An essential online art course for plein air landscape artists. “How sweet is perspective,” wrote Paolo Ucello, when he was applying perspective to his painting, during the Florentine Renaissance. In fact, it is really “sweet” when we can master this discipline. This is what this live virtual drawing class is all about. Of course, there are thousands of short video clips on the Net and many how-to books on the question, but perspective drawing is a discipline that you will certainly enjoy with an instructor on your side, for it will be much easier to comprehend.

This being said, this online art class aims to provide you with a solid notion of perspective drawing, so you can become a confident plein air landscape painter. A series of exercises and problems will sharpen the visual perception of various drawing components: horizon line, vanishing points, proportions, the reality, the virtual, etc.  At the end of the course, you will be able to immediately transfer ideas directly on paper from your imagination. The notion of depth will be more than accurate, making your art more lifelike.

This live virtual drawing class is essential for the student intending to paint the landscape, getting ready for a plein air painting workshop, applying to an architectural or animation college program, or who simply enjoys drawing and the rationale behind the discipline. Media presentations will complement the session.

Below, thumbnails of our short video clips created for your class.

 

What you will acquire in this class

Drawing techniques | Culture | Reasoning | Abstract Thinking | Critical Thinking

APPROACH

  • A live virtual art class (synchronous) with in-depth human interaction.
  • A blend of art history, art theory, group discussions, and of course the action of drawing itself.
  • With Zoom v. 5
  • Pencil and paper
  • Each class is 2 hours.
  • Certificate of completion remitted at the end.
  • The syllabus is the compass until the knowledge is well acquired by everyone. However, if we see that it is possible to venture into the next lesson, we will do so, hence leaving some breathing room for more difficult classes.
  • It is of utmost importance that you attend the class every week since all the components of the classes are intimately interrelated. However, all classes will be saved by Zoom and will be accessible on our website if you miss a lesson.
  • We will send you the syllabus upon registration.

Your Instructor

Yves M. Larocque holds a B.F.A. from the University of Ottawa, and a Doctorate in Art History from La Sorbonne (Paris) and has been teaching painting and art history in Ottawa (Canada) for more than 30 years. He has exhibited widely and today, his art teaching takes most of his time. He was a guest professor for Canadian and American colleges. He gave many conferences mostly in France and the United States. He has published in peer review art periodicals in France and Canada; he is fluently bilingual (English and French). His strength is listening, making him one of the most sought-painting instructors in the Canadian national capital. Many of his students have become accomplished artists and show in reputable galleries.

 

Syllabus

The approach to this virtual class is different.  You arrive in your makeshift classroom as if you were arriving in the real college or art school classroom. All you need is a table with the material listed below. Your instructor is always beside you for any questions, any comments.  Draw with confidence.

The class will be divided into two sections: 1) the content of the class that lasts approximately 60 minutes, and 2) given exercises and a question and answer period that last another 60 minutes.

  • MATERIAL > Your phone or tablet: tripod and mount |any type of paper | Pencils: hb, 2b, 4b, 6b | 18-inch ruler | Color pencils [x3] | 1 STAEDTLER eraser

 

Week

 

Part 1 > Topic to be discussed
  around 60 minutes
Part 2 > Exercices and questions
around 60 minutes

Week

1

July 7 (USA-CAN | July 8 (AU)

Fundamentals I > Premises, and introduction to scale and proportions

Without logical premises, perspective is unforgiving. Understanding its basic principles well, then the discipline is a breeze. Therefore:

  • You will learn the basic proportions of the human figure.
  • What is the Horizon Line (HL) and, the ViewPoint (VP)
  • What is the difference between the horizon line and the ground line? A viewpoint and a vanishing point?
  • What is the “ambulatory axis”?
  • What are the differences between isometric, axonometric, and “primary school” perspectives?
  • Without a scale, the drawing is inaccurate. Intro to the scale and proportions > “x” = to?
 

Suitable exercises
Questions and answers
Evaluation

Week

2

July 14 (USA-CAN | July 15 (AU)

Fundamentals II > Scale and proportions – “x” = to ?

  • You will deepen your knowledge on scale and proportions, how to create an intimate relationship with the surrounding objects (trees, roads, telephone poles, architecture, etc.).
  • “Landscapes with the road”: the road going straight
  • A bit of pencil rendering (from a PDF).
 

Suitable exercises
Questions and answers
Evaluation
Homework

 

Week

3

July 21 (USA-CAN | July 22 (AU)

 

One vanishing point perspective system (1VP) I

  • The road seen from the airplane pilot cockpit.
  • Landscape with a curvy road.
  • Landscape with road going up and down the road going up and down.
 

Suitable exercises
Questions and answers
Evaluation
Homework

Week

4

July 28 (USA-CAN | July 29 (AU)

 

Determining depth

This class will be just dedicated to various methods in dividing spaces and surfaces.

 

Suitable exercises
Questions and answers
Evaluation

Week

5

Aug 4 (USA-CAN | Aug 5 (AU)

 

One vanishing point perspective system (1VP) II

From the outside world for indoor perspective drawing.

 

Suitable exercises
Questions and answers
Evaluation

Week

6

Aug 11 (USA-CAN | Aug 12 (AU)

 

Curves in perspective

Understanding the difference between the circle and the ellipse. Then cylinders, cones, vessels, arcades, and bridges will not hold any more secrets when you will be confronting them.

 

Suitable exercises
Questions and answers
Evaluation

Week

7

Aug 18 (USA-CAN | Aug 19 (AU)

 

Two vanishing point perspective (2VP) I

  • When and why should I use the 2VP perspective system? From drawing the cube, you will be able to draw any objects.
  • Integrating the 2VP and 1 VP systems in one drawing.
 

Suitable exercises
Questions and answers
Evaluation

Week

8

Aug 25 (USA-CAN | Aug 26 (AU)

Two vanishing point perspective (2VP) II and Conclusion

  • Advanced notions, such as shade and shadow, distortion, and inclined planes.
  • Conclusion: The Subjective Truth, and farewell drinks
 

Suitable exercises
Questions and answers
Evaluation

Many of our classes and workshops have been accredited by colleges, universities, and art schools, the Singapore National University, Université de Sherbrooke, and Minnesota College, to name a few.

Testimonials

“I am in awe of all you juggle to make our class successful.  Of course, your knowledge of the subject is superb. But as you teach it you are dealing with Zoom issues, the program with the colored lines that helps explain things, and 12 students with varying personalities who want to ask (or answer) questions sometimes before you finish your presentation. And then you can do it in two languages! Thank you for all of this and especially the patience you model for us.” (K. Thomas, DE, USA)

“You’ve given me so much to think about! Your philosophy was impactful and thought-provoking!” (S. Sohn, Detroit, MI, USA, 2018)

“Thank you for your teaching, encouraging words, new insights… I look forward to a new direction in art.” (L. Hiesley, Adelaide, Australia, 2012)

“Yves is a teacher who knows how to get the potential of his students. He makes us dive in the depth of who we are.” (Le Droit, Feb. 26, 1999)

« Thank you for opening my mind to the world of art and further possibilities to extend myself.” (M.L. Egar, Adelaide, Australia, Atelier Provence 2012)

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