Developing Your Drawing Skills

Starting with the basics, you will get an in depth understanding or refresher on the fundamentals of drawing.  You will develop your drawing practice through these steps:

  • Explore drawing medium – graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, eraser, paper, pen

  • Use the elements of value, contrast, texture, form, shape, pattern, space and color to create compositions in black & white & color

  • Look at the drawings that have stood the test of time

  • Learn 1, 2, and 3-point perspective and how to use it in building your compositions

  • Learn how to observe and draw from life

  • Learning the magic of making marks and using erasers as drawing tools

  • Drawing the human face and figures

  • The compositional sketching of still life and landscape

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Lynne DeBeer, Drawing, Portsmouth Arts Guild

It all started when…

I was old enough to hold a crayon, scissors, paper and explore backyard haunts.  My early creative and fantastical adventures in the basement included building cities out of cardboard, designing names and nametags for my friends, creating the big fort, painting masterpieces, creating and delivering circus festivals to raise money in the neighborhood and organizing everything that could be organized but didn’t need it.  With a lot of gratitude for my loving grandfather who drove me everywhere, I started taking art classes at 7 years old and have not stopped since.


My early private studios with Henri Senneur and classes at the Art Students League of NYC and Pratt University gave me the confidence to move on to earn a BA at Skidmore College and pursue further studies at the Vermont Studio Center, Bennington College and UMASS Dartmouth in printingmaking, bookmaking and painting.

A 40 year career in graphics, art directing and design gave me food, clothing and shelter; while I always pursued my advocation of painting, teaching and volunteering as board member at museums, art schools and art agencies.

I have been an arts administrator (museum), fine arts consultant (Dumont Landis-NYC) and have worked with youth and artists for over 30 years to develop and market their work.  I am currently experiencing the joy of teaching visual art and design part time at Sophia Academy (an independent middle school for low income girls) in Providence RI as well as assisting this institution in developing and executing an arts expansion plan to include music, dance, theater, visual technology and design.

My personal work as well as student work can be found on my website