DrawingPlantswebNext class starts Spring 2018

Cost: $129     

* Please note that if you are taking this class during the winter months you will need to work from leaves and plants found at the grocery store and floral shops.

In this 8 week class learn to break down the basic components of the plant world one step at a time. Each week a new aspect of plant anatomy will unfold through precise    demonstrations via videos and printable handouts. Topics include:

  • Leaf Anatomy and Taxonomy
  • Measuring & Dissection
  • Atmospheric Perspective
  • Scientific Lighting
  • Composition
  • Root Systems
  • Nature Journaling and Accurate Note Taking

This course is designed for beginning as well as advanced artists who want a thorough progression in drawing using graphite. I recommend taking Foundation Drawing   prior to taking this class. Many of the essential techniques, vocabulary and skills for this class are covered in Foundation Drawing. If you have any questions please email me at: Mlighthipe@mac.com

How the course works

  • There are 16+ lessons given over a period of 8 weeks. Each week you will have 1 to 3 videos to watch at your leisure. You can review them, stop and start them as well as repeat them as much as you like. There are assigments for you to do after each lesson.
  • Each week a new series of videos will be posted on Wednesday mornings approximately 10:00 am EST.
  • The lessons are posted on a private tab on this website to the participants in the class and is password protected. If you lose the password, don’t worry! Email me and I will send it to you again!
  • Each lesson will have the videos and additional workbook pages for you to print out from your home computer, or view on your computer screen or iPad.
  • Each lesson remains on the site after posting — so that by the eighth week,  all 16 lessons will be posted beginning with the most recent. Earlier lessons are still posted, you simply scroll down the page.
  • When the class officially ends all videos will be removed from the website.


How much time do I have to finish the course? 

The class starts for 8 consecutive weeks, in a progressive manner. At the end of the 8 weeks you have 2 more months to continue to watch the videos, take part in the Facebook Group Page and receive personal feedback from me.

Do I have to start the class on the start date?

This course is designed so you can work at your own pace. I highly recommend you work in the order the lessons appear, rather than jumping around. The lessons are designed as building blocks and you will make the best progress if you work in sequence.

Can I get feedback on assignments? 

As complete assignments are completed, I can provide feedback via private email. You will need to either take a digital photo or scan your work and send it to me in the form of a .jpeg at: Mlighthipe@mac.com make sure you LABEL Subject Line: Drawing Feedback

Can I ask questions?

Yes! I want you to feel confident in what you are learning and welcome questions. If there is something confusing you or you don’t understand something please feel free to contact me with your questions at: Mlighthipe@mac.com make sure you LABEL Subject Line: Drawing  Question

Is there a way to connect with other people taking the course? 

Yes! I believe it is awesome to share, nuture and support one another while going through this process. Communicating and sharing your work with others will make the experience extra special. There is a private facebook group just for people enrolled in this class. A link will be sent one week prior to the class so you can join.

Do I have to post my work on Facebook?

It is not mandatory for you to participate. The group is a closed group and only people enrolled in the class will see your posts. I encourage people to participate because it is super fun to see what everyone else is up to. You can even just look at the posts and not post anything if you are feeling shy.

How much time should I plan to devote to assignments per week?

It is entirely up to you how much time you can spend per week drawing. I know for many of us there is never enough time in a day! The class will become more complex as each skill builds from the previous lesson. I recommend to get the most out of the class that you devote between 1-5 hours a week drawing. Remember that you have  4 months to do the class. You can review any of the lessons during that time.

      Cost: $129