You Can Draw! Here’s How

You Can Draw! Discover the Simple Way to Draw Like Great Artists

Saturdays, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

September 11 – October 16, 2021

John Tullis, Instructor

Tuition: 5 Classes $125

*see below for syllabus and materials list

To Register or for Information:

email John Tullis at
or at my new email
you can also sign up and pay at my website,

The first step in learning to draw is discovering how to see your world with the eyes of an artist.  I’ll introduce you to the same principles that have guided the greatest artists of all time.

These five classes are designed to be a hands-on experience that allows you to learn at your own pace.  At each meeting I will briefly explain the basic principles and then give you fun and interesting exercises.  Watch yourself get better and better!

September 11

Class One – The Geometry Of Art

You will discover that everything visual is made of points, lines and planes.  You will learn how to see these relationships and connect the dots!

September 18

Class Two – Composition 

Your unique visual language needs a framework.  You will learn the basic principles of design and composition so you can create artwork with impact.  Additional materials for this class: construction paper and glue for collage.

October 2

Class Three – The Power Of Light

You will see how light defines every surface and every object.  You’ll discover the value scale and learn why it’s more important than color!

October 9

Class Four – Perspective and Plein Air

I’ll show you the magic of understanding Spacial Coordinates X, Y and Z.  Then you’ll step outside and draw a scene in real time, using all the tricks in your bag!

October 16- NEW!

Class Five – Color Gets All the Credit but Values Do All the Work!  

We’ll take the first step into the world of color and I’ll introduce you to the Color Wheel.  I’ll discuss the pros and cons of different drawing and painting media, and you’ll learn why every warm color has a cool cousin!  


Charcoal pencils, vine charcoal and compressed charcoal sticks. White charcoal pencil or sticks. Kneaded rubber eraser. Large 18” x 24” pad of rough newsprint, or white bond option- al. Large 23” x 26” drawing board with clips. Construction paper and glue for Class Two. Ma- terials for Class Five color session to be announced.


We’ll be drawing or painting with colors. I would strongly suggest using paint over colored pen- cils or pastels, because it’s easier to blend colors with paint.

Michael’s and Hobby Lobby have most of these materials. If you have trouble finding anything, I will bring enough of my own supplies to get you by. But try to pick up as much of your own materials as you can because they will last you a long time!

Paint Options:
Oils or acrylics — cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, cerulean blue hue, ultramarine blue
Odorless paint thinner if using oils.
Smallcanvaspanels—7”x5”upto 8”x10”
Brushes — synthetic or bristle: #2 round, #4 bright, #4 filbert

Gouache and watercolor: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow or gamboge, lemon yellow, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue
Watercolor paper — small block (pad) 9” x 12” or smaller
Brushes — synthetic or natural hair: #2 round, #4 bright, #4 filbert

Pastel or Colored Pencils:

A warm and a cool of each primary color — 2 reds, 2 blues, 2 yellows White drawing pad — good paper, not newsprint.



Figure Drawing Workshop at the Lynn House 

This non-instructed monthly workshop is the perfect complement to my course.  Apply the drawing skills and principles you’ve learned to the exciting challenge of creating figurative art in real time with a live model.

There is a separate model fee for this workshop — contact Doug Riggs at the Gallery for dates and details.

John Tullis earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and followed that with 40 years’ experience in the graphic arts industry. About 15 years ago he returned to his love of fine art and took up oil painting in plein air. About the same time he resumed his study of the human figure in weekly life drawing studio sessions. Now retired, he’s launching his third career as an art instructor.

Please see his website: for his gallery of fine art drawings and paintings.

51 thoughts on “You Can Draw! Here’s How”

  1. I was looking to sign my 17 year old up for a class she wants to be a artist. She is unsure of the direction she wants to go in. This seems to be a good class to begin with. I see the list of materials. Where would be a good place to pick up the materials?

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