Stuart Balcomb - Mastering Perspective Drawing, Part I (Online); Mondays & Thursdays, June 1-June 15, 2020 (5 sessions)

Date: Mondays and Thursdays, June 1-June 15, 2020 (class meets twice weekly)
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM PST
Level: All
Medium: drawing
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Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an IPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.

Learn one-point perspective drawing step-by-step in this 5-week online class with multi-talented artist Stuart Balcomb. Stuart will teach a very fun, mechanical method to learn perspective basics, then show you how to apply these methods to free-hand work, plein air painting, and illustration. Being versatile in perspective is a crucial skill for all forms of art, be it technical drawing, illustration, lettering, landscape painting, cartooning, graphic novels, or architectural design. The applications are endless.

Class 1 – One-point perspective explained. Vanishing point, centered on horizon. History of perspective in art. Analysis of photographs and various artworks. Students print examples and draw lines to vanishing point, then do some initial exercises.
Class 2 – Drawing cubes above, below, and crossing horizon, and left, right, and middle of page. Light and shadow. Expand cubes to open structures.
Class 3 -Block lettering to vanishing point and shy of vanishing point (no rounded letters yet). Apply same technique to buildings (street level and from atop looking down). Analysis of photographs and similar technique in graphic novels. Block lettering with rounded edges.
Class 4 – Room interiors – pictures on wall, tables, chairs, rugs, bookcases. Examples from paintings and photographs. Exteriors, street scenes. Importance of positive/negative space. Have students identify vanishing point and pos/neg space in BA photograph, then fill in the rest.
Class 5 – Tile grids and fence posts. Can apply to checker boards, rows of desks, mixing board, corn field, windows on skyscrapers. Examples from paintings and photographs. Curved paths to vanishing point.


Stuart Balcomb
Primarily a composer by trade, Stuart taught at Boston’s Berklee College of Music before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. For 23 years he was a music supervisor at Universal Studios and has composed and orchestrated for film and television. Born to two artists, he likes to say that he grew up in the darkroom and on both sides of the easel, with experience in oil/acrylic/watercolor painting, silkscreen and linocut printing, etching, ceramics, illustration, book design, and graphic arts. He also publishes books ( and a popular arts journal (

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