Academy of Realist Art

Figure Drawing at Home (Thursday evenings)

13 May, 2021
29 Jul, 2021

Instructor: Suwhan Lim
Full Price: $550

Figure Drawing at Home (Thursday evenings)



Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method. Students will work from professionally-shot contemporary photographs of real models from multiple sightlines to mimic the experience of a live life drawing class. Instructor Suwhan Lim will teach the basics of blocking in, gestural and completed constructs, comparative measurement, proportion, division of light and dark, and articulation.

Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of finishing their drawings in carbon or charcoal through big form and small form modeling. The end effect is a dramatic three-dimensional figure.

This 12-week virtual workshop will meet for instruction and critiques through Zoom video conferencing on Thursdays, 7:30-10 pm ET.

Full workshop price is $550, payable up front to save your spot.


Drawing Instruments

  • Graphite – 2B, HB, and 2H. Brand – Staedtler
Either Carbon or Charcoal Pencils (choose one):
  • Carbon – 4B, 2B and B. Brands – Wolff's or Conte Carbone
  • Charcoal – Hard, Medium, Soft.  Brands – Generals or Grumbacher
  • Nitram charcoal (optional) – 1 pack of each: Nitram charcoal sticks in H, HB; and 6 or 8 mm extra soft round-petit batons (6 mm preferred)

Drawing Board

  • 1 – 18X24 inches


  • Pad of cartridge or bond paper, 18X24 inches
  • You will also need one sheet of good paper (cut to 18X24 inches) of your choice. Some suggested brands – Canson (Ingres, or Dessin), Fabriano (Ingres, Artistico, or FA5), Strathmore 400 series (for graphite only), Strathmore Ingres, Arches (90 lb or 300 lb hot press), Somerset, Mayfair, Fabriano Roma paper (for Nitram), St Armand (for Nitram)


  • Sanding block
  • Knitting needle 2.5 to 3.5 mm thickness
  • Masking tape
  • Eraser - one white, one kneadable
  • Pencil extender
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Stomps


Please bring filbert brushes. Flats and rounds not necessary. Note – do not buy expensive brushes for life drawing.
  • 2 synthetic bristle hair brushes - sizes #2 or #4, and #10
  • 2 synthetic soft hair brushes - sizes #2 or #4, and #10


About ARA Workshops

Each participant gets lots of one-on-one attention from our superb instructors. ARA instructors teach year round so, unlike many artists who offer summer/holiday workshops our instructors are professional teachers as well as accomplished artists. Whether you are an award-winning experienced artist or have never painted before, our instructors will tailor to your skill level. If you have any questions or are having trouble with online registration, please contact us.