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Drawing for Beginners

Discover the art of drawing with pencil, eraser, and paper in this introductory course at 92nd Street Y. Expert teachers will guide you through the fundamentals of art, including line, shape, shadow, and perspective. Perfect for aspiring artists looking to build a solid foundation in drawing.

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Notes Room: S370,3rd Fl, S Bldg
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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this beginner drawing class:

This class focuses on the basics of drawing with pencil, eraser, and paper.

Expert teachers guide students through the elements of art, including line, shape, shadow, value, tone, form and perspective, demonstrating and offering critiques of work. This course is ideal for beginner and intermediate-level students who seek a foundation in the fundamentals of drawing.

Materials are not included. For the supply list, click here.

School Notes:  

Online programs: An access link will be emailed to you after purchase.

Refund Policy

In the event that some or all of the meetings of the program cannot happen in person, programs will be held at the scheduled time in a virtual format via a video conferencing platform. The programs will continue through hands-on, at-home activities, lectures, presentations, and/or group discussions. No refunds will be issued should any portion of a course be held virtually.

We are not responsible for providing makeup classes or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control.

There are no refunds for outings, classes or workshops that meet fewer than three times per semester.

If you are unable to attend, you may contact [email protected] prior to the first date for a receipt that enables you to claim your contribution as a tax-deductible gift.

Unless otherwise noted in program description, the following schedule applies to programs which meet three times or more per semester:

  • To receive a 95% refund, written request must be received 14 business days prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 75% refund, written request must be received at least 2 business days prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 50% refund, written request must be received at least 2 business days prior to the second session.
  • After that, refunds cannot be granted.

All refund requests must be submitted in writing to [email protected]

Refunds are computed from the date written notice is received. To receive a refund, you must enclose the original of your confirmation letter.

Please allow three to four weeks for processing of your refund request.

Processing fees, membership fees, auditions fees and class or exercise cards are not refundable. No cash refunds.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at 92nd Street Y (1,084)

(4.5-star rating across 1,084 reviews)
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 7/8/2024
    I loved everything about the class, the space, the assignments, the homework But what was a real downer was the instructor’s attitude. While he was very punctual, professional, and excellent at drawing and did create fun assignments, he was unfriendly and seemed to hate his job. He would only reluctantly put his phone away to help if one of us asked for assistance and then would provide very good help but it felt begrudging. Overall I was put off by his attitude.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 4/6/2024
    Really enjoyed this class! The instructor was great and I enjoyed it a lot. Only wish there were more classes (especially for the price)
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 10/29/2023
    Chelsey Pettyjohn was a great teacher that fostered a fun class environment. She teaches you a lot, and encourages you to do your best work and to experiment with different techniques and materials.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Rosemary S. on 5/23/2023
    Eva was a great teacher. The class was a good mix of interesting challenges, examples of techniques, and very low key, relaxing exercises. Great way to get an overview of introductory concepts.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Victoria S. on 3/28/2023
    Eric is a patient and insightful teacher. He meets his students at whatever level they are at (in my case a total beginner) and his input over the course really improved my capabilities. I liked the course so much I immediately signed up for the next one. We covered placement, blending, shading, adding volume, shapes, figures and abstract - all essential cornerstones for good drawing.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Joseph C. on 2/22/2023
    Perfect for beginners!
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 2/14/2023
    Didn’t find the structure very useful. Would have been good to have a recommended study list included with the course citing works of relevance. Instructor Eva was kind
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Dionne S. on 12/26/2022
    Unfortunately two of the classes had to be cancelled due to work being done on the building. The class itself was good and I learned a few techniques that helped with how I approach what I see and and actually put on paper. Realized that I need to practice more.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Carol S. on 9/14/2022
    Drawing for Beginners” was an engaging opportunity to get back into drawing. The instructor (Zach Seeger) was adept with the technology and made the experience seamless. He was responsive outside of class too. The pace was manageable, and many upsides to online drawing instruction! I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the privacy of my own home experimenting with different media and styles. Highly recommend!
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Sophie D. on 5/19/2021
    I learned a lot, improved so much and loved Victoria's class and the other students. Highly recommended class.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Melania L. on 5/13/2021
    Victoria is meticulous and cheerful. A wonderful artist, a wonderful teacher. I highly recommend this class.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Shelley C. on 4/8/2021
    Great teacher! Loved the class snd learned so much!
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Cindy K. on 2/4/2021
    Perfect for a beginner with real time interaction with the instructor
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Dana F. on 12/17/2020
    Zach was a great teacher and always responsive and helpful when I emailed him on non-class days.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by June B. on 11/8/2020
    I look forward to this class. Even to arrange time in Saturdays to do it. Zack is excellent, well prepared and I learn things every week. Appreciate this offering!
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students have generally positive things to say about the classes at Drawing for Beginners. Many students praised the teachers for creating a fun and relaxed environment. They appreciated that the instructors encouraged experimentation with different techniques and materials. Additionally, students mentioned that the classes covered important foundational skills such as placing objects, blending, shading, adding volume, and drawing shapes and figures. Some students mentioned that they saw improvement in their capabilities as a result of the course and that they learned a lot. Quotes: - "The class was a good mix of interesting challenges, examples of techniques, and very low-key, relaxing exercises. Great way to get an overview of introductory concepts." - "Eric is a patient and insightful teacher. He meets his students at whatever level they are at (in my case a total beginner) and his input over the course really improved my capabilities." - "Zach was knowledgeable and innovative. Highly recommend this course and this instructor!"

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Questions & Answers (12)

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Question from Mia T.
Is this course online ZOOM or in person only?
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Mia! This is an in-person class. :)
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Question from Ambar R.
Do we bring our supplies or are they provided?
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Ambar! You will need to bring your own supplies to the class. The list is linked to the class description.
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Question from Anonymous
Can anyone with no drawing talent take this course? And Where can you buy the supplies? Thanks
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there, yes this class is good for absolute beginners. The instructor will advise where you can buy the supplies in the first session.
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Question from joanna m.
Hello, I would like to learn illustration/drawing mostly figures easy pictures for a children's book I am writing. Do you think these classes would benefit me?
Answer from Christine C. Verified Student
No. This class focuses more on fine art type drawing (think still lifes of fruit and small objects) using pencil and charcoal. You won’t draw anything (or draw in styles) that would match a children’s book.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Joanna. The school would recommend the Intro to Illustration class.
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Question from Shari S.
Do students draw using easels or just a table?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
This class use easel.
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Question from Seenu S.
There are several Drawing for Beginners classes at the 92nd St Y close to this date but they are not listed on the CourseHorse website. Would you be able to add them so that I may enroll through CourseHorse instead of directly? Thanks,
Answer from anonymous
Hi Seenu! The dates posted on this page is the same on what is on 92nd Street Y's schedule. If the date is no longer available here, it is possible that the class date is already full for CourseHorse. Hope this helps.
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Question from Sherry M.
What do I need to purchase for Eric Hibit's class?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Sherry! You may check the materials list here https://prnt.sc/5roSTbRsd1QS. Thanks!
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Question from Phyllis D.
I am an absolute beginner for Erick Habits drawing for beginners class. Is this going to be a good fit for me?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Phyllis! Yes, this class is for beginners so this will be a good fit for you. Hope this helps!
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Question from Carolina B.
What do you need to purchase of Josh Bayer's class?
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Hi - Here's the link to the class supply list https://prnt.sc/8ptgd7B0WwQK
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Question from Anonymous
Is this class OK for someone who has never taken a drawing class before? AKA I'm an absolute beginner
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! This is the perfect course for a beginner.
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Question from Jane F.
What supply list is required for Zach's class?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Jane! Here's the supply list for Zach Seeger's class: • 18” x 24” white paper (Strathmore or Canson) drawing pad • 18” x 24” Newsprint Pad • 2-3 Kneaded erasers (Design) • Plastic white eraser (Staedtler) • 2 large binder clips (to hold pad onto drawing hoard) • Drawing pencils – 2B, 4B, 6B • Compressed charcoal (soft) • Chamois cloth
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
• Tortillons (paper stumps) • India ink (2 oz. bottle, black)** • Synthetic Watercolor Brush #6** • Plastic cup for water* **not needed for the first class
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Question from Anamaria D.
Do you accept 4 year old kid? Thank you.
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi, Anamaria! This class is for 18 years old and up only.
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