02) Observational Drawing and Still Life

This is an introduction to drawing primarily using pencils, expanding to ink, color pencils, or oil pastels. Participants will learn tips for measuring relationships in scale and space. The topics covered will include basic color tips, effective compositions, and setting a still life.

Class Outline

Please note that this schedule is flexible and may change according to needs arising.

1. Introduction to drawing and materials – view a wide variety of drawing examples. Students will be introduced to essential drawing skills, such as line weights, value scales, mark making, and measuring skills
2. Introduction to how to set up a still life and tips for making preliminary sketches based on observation
3. Discussion on how to create realistic shadows
4. Analysis on art and design elements
5. Building professional vocabularies for critique by viewing a variety of still life drawings
6. Exploration of varying tones and shades with color inks and color pastels
7. Tips for adding details
8. Critique and documentation

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

 Still life objects (Bring three objects: preferably fruit, for example, a banana, an orange, and a pear or an apple)
 A3 drawing paper pad
 A3 watercolor paper pad: cold-pressed 140lb, approx. 20 pages slightly textured
 Watercolor brushes: No.12 or No.14 synthetic round, 1- or 2-inch flat (a large hake), No. 2 or No.4 flat synthetic with stiff bristles for scrubbing, a rigger or one of No.2 or No.4 round synthetic

 Watercolor palette for color mixing (ceramic or plastic with wells, with a lid if possible)
 Drawing pencils (2B, 4B, & 6B), a soft eraser, 2 plastic water containers (with a lid if possible)
 Artist-quality color ink including black
 Set of color pencils and set of color pastels

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Mon, 19 Feb, 2018
Mon, 9 Apr, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
VCUQatar, Room 255
QAR 850


Yang Soon Ju

Yang Soon Ju is an interdisciplinary designer and entrepreneur with a Masters of Fine Art in Design studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design minoring in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar). Besides her design practices, she has many years of experience in watercolor painting, drawing, oil painting, and fashion illustration. She worked for the Hazawi project by Doha Film Institute, the Mshreib project with Tim Makower, and the Sidra uniform project with VCUQatar (VCUarts Qatar now). She has various teaching experiences around the world as an artist, designer, and applied scientist.