Introduction to Drawing

Learn the basics of composition, value, contour lines, negative and positive space and perspective and practice a variety of pencil, charcoal and ink techniques to bring your drawings to life.

Man drawing on table with art instruments

With the right techniques, you can bring a drawing to life. In this introduction to drawing—the foundation of all art—learn the basics of composition, value, contour lines, negative and positive space and perspective, all while practicing a wide variety of techniques. Try new methods using pencil, charcoal and ink and receive feedback and advice from the instructor.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU1009.S18.1 Laura Spector On-campus 1–3:30 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2018

Instructor: Laura Spector

Laura Spector is a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was an  exhibitor at ArtPrize8 at Grand Rapids Art Museum in 2016, FotoFest 2014 and Lawndale Center for the Art’s “Big Show” in 2013. Her work has been published in The Harvard Review, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and in the book, “The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art.” She has studied fine art at both the Flemish Classical Atelier and Virginia Commonwealth University, and she was a resident artist at Atelierhaus Hilmsen in 2016 and a presenter at the Representational Art Conference in 2014. Her artwork with her collaborator, Chadwick Gray, can be seen in exhibitions and collections around the world.  

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Feb. 26, 2018

End Date: Apr. 16, 2018

Schedule: 1–3:30 p.m.

Length: Eight Mondays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $315 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $75.)

Rice Alumni: $284

CEUs: 2.0

Note: Limited enrollment. Supply lists will be available two weeks prior to the course start date. For more information, please contact

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