Drawing for Absolute Beginners

Anyone can draw… this means you! In this fun, step-by-step class, aimed at total beginners, we’ll work our way through a number of exercises designed to train your eye, hand and imagination to work together as a unit, or a team.  Whether your goal is to be able to draw from life, photos, or imagination, the class will help. You can bring your own materials or buy an inexpensive materials kit in class.   Instructor: Nils Osmar

  • If you’re looking for the 5 week version of this class, sign up below.
  • If you’re looking for the 1-day workshop version, click here.
  • (The 5 week class and 1 day class are very similar, but the 5 week version goes into more depth about composition and perspective)
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Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Saturdays 10am-12noon
Five meetings: July 9-August 6
University of Washington campus (Seattle)

Drawing for Absolute Beginners is a good beginning-level class for people who have not drawn before, as well as students would like a refresher in the basics.

You’ll learn to how to draw objects based on simple shapes, and how to add shading and textures to make your drawings look real and three-dimensional.

You’ll have fun, learn a lot, and get off to a good start. Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork as the class moves along.


Student comments about Drawing for Absolute Beginners

I was the redhead who drove in every week from Tacoma. It was worth it. You really have something going if you can take someone like me and turn me into an artist, well, a beginning artist anyway! But that’s way ahead of where I was. Thanks again Nils! – R.M. (Tacoma)

The class was well organized and you took us along step-by-step. – Mary J. (Redmond)

I liked the opportunity to learn the basics in a non threatening environment. (unsigned; comment submitted online)

STUDENTS-drawing-and-paintingNils, Just wanted to let you know that I completed my application to the Game Animation Certificate program, and as of a week ago received notice of my acceptance. One of my portfolio pieces was a charcoal figure based upon one of the exercises from class – and of course, I’d never touched charcoal before meeting you. Thanks again for all the tips and encouragement! Your classes really helped polish my skills and boost my confidence a great deal. — J.C. (Seattle)

Your teaching style was a pleasure to learn by and I enjoyed your class very much.. – Ruth B. (Seattle)

Thanks for taking some time before the class to help me figure out which class I should take. You weren’t just trying to “sell” me a class, you helped me find the one that would be a good next step for me. – M.J. (Seattle)



Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, and has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s Exp. College,  Antioch University’s Heritage Institute, Shoreline Community College, and Classesandworkshops.com.  His visual art classes and workshops include art classes, drawing classes, painting classes and more.  More information

Nils has worked as a fine and commercial artist, and done book and magazine illustration, design, book covers and interiors. His artwork has been internationally published.

For more Seattle drawing classes, see the Art Classes in Seattle page.

About the Materials

A pre-made KIT is available for this class. It includes a high quality drawing pad, and professional drawing pencils, blending tools and erasers.  It can be purchased at the Artist and Craftsman supply located at 4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105. The cost of the kit is $15.92 plus tax=$17.43 total. This is a greatly discounted price. To view the list of materials in the kit, click here: GENERAL USE DRAWING KIT

NOTE: If you can’t make it to the store to buy the kit, you can call the store and prepay for one, and they will deliver it to the classroom on the first day of class.  The store’s contact information is on the page that lists the materials:  GENERAL USE DRAWING KIT

Looking for fun, affordable art classes in Seattle?  Checking out what the local art schools and training programs have to offer Classesandworkshops.com is an art school, acting school, writing school, and film school, all rolled into one.  Our classes are fun, provide hands-on instruction and training in a classroom environment, and won’t break the bank.  You can take a class just for fun or work toward a certificate in drawing and illustration.  

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