Bargue plate drawing in graphite by instructor Ian Hurtado

Sadie Valeri's Online Atelier offers a historic system of drawing training, one that was largely abandoned by art schools in the 20th century.
The study of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture formed the basis of Western art education from the Renaissance through the 19th century, and today's ateliers seek to continue the tradition.

Sadie teaches freehand block-in method with comparative measuring, no sight-size.

 

For students who can devote 10-20 hours per week, the online drawing program takes about a year to work through all the lessons.
 

All lessons below are accessible to members of the Online Atelier. Some are also available for purchase for Digital Download or shipped on USB card.

Weekly Feedback

Once registered, members have the option to upgrade for personal feedback, offered as written critiques, for an additional $30/month.
Pandemic Update 2020: We are currently offering Weekly Feedback twice each week instead of the usual once per week for no additional fee, as our way to offer extra support during this difficult time.

Image: Drawing by instructor Ian Hurtado Zafra

Intro to Classical Drawing 

Starting with the basics, students of all levels first learn to sharpen a graphite pencil to atelier standards - a very long, sharp point - and then begin a series of exercises to refine pencil control and sharpen visual perception. Students experience significant skill development within two months.  

This course is currently only accessible by joining the Online Atelier.

Image: Drawing by student Harriet Pearson

Sphere drawing in graphite by student Harriet Pearson

Bargue Plate Master Copy 

Bargue's lithographic plates, reproductions of drawings by artist Jean-Léon Gérôme, became the standard course for every art student in 19th century France. Reprinted in the early 2000's, the Bargue Drawing Course is again the basis for classical atelier programs today.
 

This course is currently only accessible by joining the Online Atelier.

 

Image: Drawing by student Jenny Israel

Bargue plate drawing in graphite by student Jenny Israel

Cast Drawing: Graphite 

Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture was the foundation for art instruction through the 19th century. Plaster casts of sculptures were collected by ateliers and academies so art students could study them as preparation for figure study in the life studio.
Our students begin their cast drawing studies by creating a refined graphite drawing of an affordable "Feature of David" cast. Students are directed where to buy casts online, from the US or Europe.


This course is currently only accessible by joining the Online Atelier.

Image: Drawing by instructor Ian Hurtado Zafra

Cast drawing in graphite by instructor Ian Hurtado

Drawing Drapery with Charcoal and Chalk 

Students apply the concepts they have learned from the graphite exercises to make a drawing of drapery with charcoal and white chalk. Students copy a hi-res image file of Leonardo's drapery study, provided with the course, or set up a white sheet to study the folds from life.

This course is available in the Online Atelier, or as a Video Download, or on USB card
 

Image: Drawing by student Lanny James

Master copy drawing in charcoal and chalk by student Lanny James

Cast Drawing: Charcoal and Chalk 

Applying everything learned about classical drawing, students are ready to do a cast drawing with charcoal. Students draw from a feature of David, or they invest in a more complex cast.

This course is available in the Online Atelier, or as a Video Download, or on USB card

Image: Drawing by instructor Derek Spieker

Cast drawing and charcoal and chalk by instructor Derek Spieker

Figure Drawing: Charcoal and Chalk 

Figure drawing is the ultimate culmination of everything learned in the Classical Drawing Program. Sadie demonstrates the classical approach to drawing from a live model. Students who don't have access to a model practice by copying master drawings.

This course is available in the Online Atelier, or as a Video Download, or on USB card

Image: Drawing by Sadie Valeri

Figure drawing in charcoal and chalk by Sadie Valeri

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