Classical DrawingClassical Drawing

Course content

Our approach to classical drawing
At The Drawing Academy, we approach drawing as a craft with reference to baroque and renaissance masters as well as to more recent artists working with representing and interpreting reality. During the semester course TDA Classical, we train the student’s ability to draw the human body and the world around it in different ways.

The students will be educated in different elements of classical drawing:

  • observation
  • composition
  • dynamics and movement
  • proportions
  • light and shadows
  • anatomy
  • construction and volume


"TDA is a brilliant start to a career in animation - no matter what path you follow - as you gain a solid foundation of knowledge in anatomy, how to capture movements and environment studies. Plus it will be the most fun you will ever have! (No I am not biased at all ...)"

Marie Thorhauge, concept artist
We often use a life model, where the student have a variation of both very short and longer poses depending on the purpose of the exercise. Many of the exercises aim at teaching the student how to understand, draw and construct the actual shapes that objects, bodies, heads etc. consist of, so that the student can work with values, tones and light.

Other very important topics are movement and mood, practiced both with the life model and through sketches in town. At The Drawing Academy we are interested in teaching the student a deep understanding of form, construction and movement rather than how to make a nice and glossy surface. This understanding is relevant not only for animation but for all kinds of artistic disciplines. Thus, the semester course is an excellent base for further visual studies. It is also relevant for visual professionals wishing to improve their drawing skills.

The semester course is open to everybody no matter at which level they are. Everybody is taught according to their skills at any given time.

The students learn to draw with different tools which enable them to vary their expressions. Pencil, coal, pen, ink and paint brush are all used in the exercises.

Daily schedule
Monday-Thursday: 9-15.00
Friday: 9-12

Students should be prepared to do homework.

Guest teacher workshops
Additional to the classical drawing classes, the semester course contains 3 to 4 guest teacher workshops. The content varies from semester to semester, but mostly the workshop have various topics within animation, comic, illustration and/or fine art.

Extracurricular activities
When attending The Drawing Academy, the student will be part of the highly professional study environment of The Animation Workshop that cultivates an extensive international network of skilled professional guest teachers. The student will get access to many extracurricular activities such as inspirational talks by artists, illustrators and animators, evening life drawing, sport and social events.

In addition, for the students of the semester course who wish to apply for The Bachelor Department at The Animation Workshop, we organize a number of evening talks by professionals or students in animation, comics and computer graphics who introduce the student to their area of specialization. These talks give the student a first-hand insight into the craft and working life of these fields and help the student understand how to create a good portfolio. BAC applicants in The Drawing Academy are also offered personal portfolio feedback sessions by The Animation Workshop staff or students, and a portfolio talk by staff from the Bachelor Department.

All extracurricular activities are generally free and without registration.