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Drawn to Painting

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Join artist Rob Zeller for a dynamic, comprehensive introduction to creating a drawing based on a cast, then use your drawing skills as a springboard to create a painting.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Rob Zeller
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Discover the captivating world of value and composition as you add dimension, light and form to a charcoal drawing. Then transform your sketch into an expressive oil painting. Simple drawing exercises will train your eye to break large objects into basic geometric shapes. Then venture into an exploration of the classical concepts of beauty and form.

What You'll Create

* A value-rich charcoal drawing based on a cast of your choice

* A stunning oil painting of your cast, using a copy of your underdrawing as a template

What You'll Learn

* Assessing how to break up large shapes into smaller pieces to render accurate proportions

* Understanding the value scale and implementing shadows and highlights

* Transferring a drawing onto your canvas with ease and accuracy

* Working from general to specific to create a highly detailed drawing with veiling, hatching and shading

* Classical oil painting techniques

* Painting value transitions as well as hard and soft edges

* Refining a painting and adding details, even after your painting has dried

What You'll Love

* Training your eye to find geometric elements, light and shadows in your subject

* Creating value scales that will serve as road maps for your work

* Blending classical techniques with your own creative touches

* The consistency and control that comes with working from a cast

* A thorough, easy-to-follow overview of oil painting that will inspire and excite artists of all levels

* Applying your new skills to all types of future works in portraiture, perspective, composition, drawing and painting

* Accessing the class at any time from any web-connected device, allowing you to fit the class into your own schedule

* Interacting with Zeller for expert tips, helpful feedback and professional critiques all along the way

* Downloading class materials that include visual references of the cast and various stages of drawings and paintings, in addition to helpful supplies and resources

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet Rob Zeller
Meet Zeller, learn about skull proportions, portraiture and how to draw from a cast.
2. Blocking In the Drawing
3. Adding Value to Your Drawing
4. Transferring the Drawing
5. Painting a Value Scale
6. Starting Your Painting
7. Building Up the Painting
8. Finishing Touches

Taught by

Rob Zeller
Rob Zeller
Rob Zeller is an artist and teacher based in New York City. Founder of the Teaching Studios of Art and a two-time Posey Fellowship recipient, Zeller has exhibited his art nationwide and is passionate about teaching traditional techniques with a modern flair.

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