I'm a big believer in the value of learning to draw well for all artists. Starting in the fall, I will be offering a Classical Drawing class for adults.
The classical way to learn how to draw realistically as it used to be taught in art academies and ateliers was based on first copying two dimensional references, then drawing from plaster casts, and finally, drawing from life. That's the method I will use in my Classical Drawing class for adults.
Since the 19th century ateliers have often used drawings by Charles Bargue as the references to be copied.
The lessons learned from the Bargue exercises extend far beyond learning how to draw. They teach greater skills, such as how to actively observe the world and how to complete a project with painstaking accuracy, leading students to become competent and confident in their work, whether that work is drawing, painting, or something else entirely.
From The Bargue Method: Learning to Draw the Traditional Way by Fernando Freitas, The Drawing Magazine, Fall 2013
The Bargue Drawing method emphasizes copying the references as perfectly as possible. This teaches artists to see distances, lengths and angles as well as some seeing and depicting the light. The references are gorgeous and build up skills in a logical way.
Below are some of the Charles Bargue images we will use in this drawing class. And here is the entire article that ran in The Drawing Magazine about this very method of learning to draw. To register for the class, just click here.