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Drawing Fundamentals: Cross Contour Lines and Ellipses

with Amy Wynne

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About The Class

Anyone can draw

This beginner-friendly class will teach you essential techniques for drawing realistically. Understand the three dimensional form and curved objects. Instructor Amy Wynne teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and exhibits her work nationally, winning numerous grants and awards.

This class covers:

  • Turning 3D forms in space & using cross contour lines
  • Learning how to draw and measure height to width of ellipses
  • Applying knowledge of ellipses to drawing eggs, cylinders, coffee cups, & bananas

A series of practice pages will be provided to get you started. You’ll draw 3D forms such as an egg and a cube, and build up to drawing hands.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Using Cross Contour Lines To Create 3-Dimensionality

  3. 03

    Draw and Measure Height to Width of Ellipses

  4. 04

    Drawing Coffee Cup With Ellipses

  5. 05

    Drawing Eggs and Cylinders With Dimension

  6. 06

    Demo: Drawing Bananas


Meet Your Expert

Amy Wynne

Amy Wynne received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan and her BA from Smith College in Art History and Cultural Anthropology. She has been teaching painting and drawing for over 25 years. For 10 years, she taught full time at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

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  • AShley

    July 2017

    A great course to learn how an artist visualizes objects to make their drawings look 3-dimensional on a 2-dimensional surface (such as your paper). Awesome!

  • user-7963ec

    July 2017

    Clearly explained concepts. Well thought out for the building blocks of drawing, from shape to line quality to shading. Gave me confidence and desire to keep on drawing.

  • Rebecca Saylor

    Rebecca Saylor

    July 2017

    This was one of my favorite classes. Amy is a very patient and thorough instructor. I have taken many drawing classes but I really loved her approach. I'm looking at the world differently!

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