3rd February to 30th April 2020
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

(During the course there are excursions outside the school on a different time)


3 months, 104 hours

› Fluent understanding of English
› You must be at least 18 years old

Program fee 1245€ in total.
(Payment can be done in two installments)
Includes all materials used in class.

After completion of this course students will receive a certificate of participation from ESDIP Escuela de Arte.

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This study programme covers the fields of traditional painting and drawing.

The aim of this course is to learn and develop the basic skills of drawing and painting. Students will learn how to take real-life objects or imaginary images and put them onto paper, how to develop the techniques necessary to create illustrations and paintings. The students will also learn how to develop their abilities to interpret their own ideas visually.

The students will be educated in a variety of techniques, including traditional drawing, figure drawing, and painting
For this course no prior knowledge is needed!

In this course, you will develop an understanding of the basic visual language of illustration, exploring drawing, composition, framing, and colour theory. You will learn the basic principles of human figure drawing while working from a live model. You'll be introduced to watercolour and acrylic. Sketchbooks are an important tool here for developing your creative thinking, visual research and idea development.
After this you will further develop your practical skills, extending your understanding of illustration and will begin to define your own style. You’ll get a deeper insight into human anatomy, will learn how work with light and shadow, recognise different levels of tone, and replicate them in both monotone and colour. You'll learn colour techniques used by professional illustrators to create elaborate images.

(Full program breakdown below)



At ESDIP's headquarters in Berlin (which doubles as a coworking space and an art school), students will have the opportunity to work in an engaging location, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere surrounded by professional creatives.

› Figure Drawing
› Portrait
› Shading
› Perspective
› Movement and gesture
› Acrylic
› Watercolour

At the end of the course, students will have the chance to show their work in a collective exhibition at ESDIP Berlin's Gallery. 



The main focus of the first few lessons will be on the basic skills needed to draw from a live model. Learn to translate what you see, and the tools and techniques necessary to do so. Everyone needs to know these skills as they form the base for your future artistic path. The main focus will be on proportions, measurements, body axes, composition, dimension, light & dark and we will even be doing some 'blind drawing', to help advance your way of 'seeing'.


Bones and meat. The full body scan with Mr. Skeleton.
We will work from models of various body-types. You will learn in a playful way why our joints are connected in a specific manner, and why the creation of mankind is so unique. 


We will examine the individual body parts and work through them, so that you get a feel for the detail. Hands are by far the most complicated part of the body and therefore the most challenging (and fun!) to draw. We will be focusing on the construction of our parts and their movement. By knowing the movement of the body parts, you will come to understand their form better and it will help the way you approach your life drawing.




In this class, we examine the portrait in detail. The overall features of the skull, the positioning of the facial features, and how to draw facial expressions.
We will learn how to create a drawing of a face from scratch, and why it is important to smile and not to use botox! Our facial expression shows us so much more than the singular features.

In a portrait drawing, all these elements; eyes, nose, cheeks, chin and lips; are connected. The face is the first impression we get when we see someone - but after this class, you will never look at a face the same way again.


Short and longer poses. 
The focus here will be on translating what you see, not what you think you see. Here is where we will be implementing the basic skills that we learned in the first week. We will delve deeper into working with light and shadow, how to recognize different levels of tone, and replicate those tones through the application of different materials, including pencil, charcoal and conte crayon. We will further advance our drawing techniques and examine how to position the model, the angle of the light and where to position yourself. The focus will be on using all the tools you have gathered in the prior lessons to create your own unique drawing style and language.





The painting module of this course will begin with a comprehensive exploration of acrylic painting techniques. Students will dive headfirst into the world of colour theory; learning how to mix colours, master brushwork, deal with light and shadows, create still life scenes and understand acrylic paint.


The second part of the painting module will comprise of lessons in watercolour painting.
A very different medium to acrylic; with their newly acquired colour-theory knowledge, students will learn how to approach painting skin tones and figure painting in watercolour.
Students will also experiment with mixed media, in attempting to find their own painting personality and style within watercolour painting.


The program content given is indicative; the course material is subject to change throughout the duration of the course. 
ESDIP reserves the right to make changes as appropriate for aptitude reasons or due to unforeseen circumstances.


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