Mini Art Lab: Drawing Basics with Allison Luce


Drawing Basics is a quick, step-by-step tutorial on the fundamentals of drawing and sketching, from holding the pencil to shading and mark-making techniques. This 30-minute art lesson, led by McColl Center alumna artist Allison Luce, is a jump-start for anyone who wants to learn basic drawing skills or keep a sketchbook.

What you’ll learn:

  • Types of pencils and the marks they make
  • Value scales and blending
  • Hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and scribbling techniques
  • Structural sketching
  • Contour drawing
  • Ways to hold the pencil

What you’ll need to draw:

  • A sketchbook
  • Pencils (the lab will cover HB, 2B, and 4B grades, but you can use an everyday No. 2 pencil to start as an HB equivalent)
  • An eraser (gray, pink, or white)

Enjoy Drawing Basics? Check out our other Mini Art Labs.