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Teaching methods

Practical approach
The course focuses on practical methods of teaching rather than theoretical. The students will draw most of the time, under the guidance of the teacher. This approach offers students the chance to learn while they work, facing challenges as they evolve at their own pace.

The students will draw from observation of nude models or still lifes and will be taught to focus on different aspects, e.g. certain parts of the body, light and dark values on the surface of the body or on still life, composition or dynamics. This is how the students are educated in the different elements of classical drawing. As the semester progresses, the student will be able to handle more and more of these elements in the same drawing.

"If you want to be able to draw on a professional level, the Drawing Academy is without a doubt one of the best places in Denmark to learn. The universal principles taught here can be used for a wide variety of drawing styles."

Mark Tholander, fine artist
Teaching techniques
Learning and guidance takes place in two ways, as an individual approach and as a group process. The teacher will give guidance and feedback to every student personally, but the students will also be taught as a group. This method of teaching assures that the student evolves regardless of his or her initial drawing skill. The teacher also offers feedback in front of the class. Students will be challenged to progress individually, in their own way and at their own pace, while not being left out of the group dynamic, wherein they learn and improve together.

Being critiqued by the teacher can be frustrating for some students at first, but it is also the best way to develop as a draughtsman. As the semester progresses, most students learn to think of the feedback as a necessary precondition for mastering classical drawing.

The homework is usually the same for everybody.