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I. Foundations of Drawing

We desire to draw and paint the world around us, but where do we begin? We begin with the most basic building blocks, the foundational principles of classical drawing. In this video series, Kevin takes you step by step and opens up the world of drawing, giving thorough demonstrations of which pencils to use, how to grip the pencil, and introduces you to key fundamental concepts such as geometric essence and light source. With these lessons, you are given the tools to see simply, and to draw the world around you.
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Learn to see light and draw three dimensional drawings.

30 Hrs

This course should take half a school year to complete if the student does 2 lessons a week.  It fulfills 1/4 credit, which is 25-40 hours of school work.

Step by Step Instruction

24 lessons that will easily fit into your schedule

Art History

Incorporated into the lessons

Onscreen Instruction paired with offscreen drawing.

Course review

The detailed instruction is great for serious art students. McEvoy says that the skills taught in this course are the “geometric essence of all of drawing and painting,” and aspiring artists will begin to identify the geometric shapes in almost everything….The instruction and the pacing are excellent. I found it easy to follow along, usually working on my own drawing while watching and occasionally pausing.” 
Cathy Duffy
Cathy Duffy is best known as a curriculum specialist. As the author of the two-volume Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual (Elementary Grades and Junior/Senior High) she researched curriculum and methodology for all subjects and all grade levels.
What you are going to learn

Lessons Consist of:

Watch: Each lesson begins with an instructional video demonstrating the concept being taught. Leading by example, Kevin draws the concept out for you to see while also explaining the reasoning, vocabulary and concepts behind the method. You will find the lesson both approachable and filled with useful information.
Art History: Many lessons have art history lessons interwoven into the instruction, and so an Art History Reference page is provided for you to remember all the artists and images. This is intended to give you the context for the concept being taught, in order to provide a well rounded understanding as well as to help you develop. The ability to draw and paint from life is built on the shoulders of the giants, ranging from Michelangelo to Sargent. By incorporating Art History into every lesson you will begin to learn in a very natural way how something as simple as drawing shapes connects to the most influential artwork of the past and also the present.
Vocabulary: Each lesson either introduces new vocabulary, or refers to vocabulary used in prior lessons. The Vocabulary page helps you remember these key terms and concepts
Activity: At the end of each lesson an activity is presented for you to practice what you have just learned. If helpful, you can do the activity while re-watching the lesson. Keep in mind that your activity should take longer than the video length of the lessons I offer. Each activity can take from twenty minutes to two hours, depending on you as an artist, and the speed at which you work. In the art world, there are no points for speed, only for mastery.

You will learn:
  • Which materials you need to begin drawing
  • How to use and care for the materialsPencil Gradations- when to use the right pencil
  • A new way of holding your pencil while drawing simple shapes
  • Geometric Essence concepts- the building blocks for all art
  • Relative Values- the interplay of rich darks, delicate greys and brilliant lights
  • Deciding on your light source while drawing a cube
  • A system of transitions that help you “see” the light and shadow patterns on any form
  • How light flows over a cylinder
  • How light flows over a cone
  • How to see the Geometrical Essence Shapes that make up everything in your world

Materials Needed for this course (keep it simple, and get your things together before starting).



We recommend starting with at least two different type pencils.  But ideally get 6 pencils of different gradation:
6-Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 7B, 8B
A small pencil roll is a nice way to store your supplies, but you can use any pencil bag of choice.


Again, you can keep this simple and use computer paper or get a sketchbook to keep track of your drawings.  It's a good practice to keep all your drawings together so you can see your progress.

Erasers & Sharpeners

2- Erasers: 1 Kneaded , 1 Hard
1-Metal Sharpener

Kevin McEvoy

Fine Art Painter
Kevin’s paintings draw on the classical methods he acquired in Florence, and are applied in a contemporary context to the world around him. Interested in the sublime that is to be found in the mundane, his paintings speak to us in common terms, the poetry of everyday life.