50+ Free Art Lessons!

All 490+ art lessons on my website are authored and richly illustrated by professional artists and art educators. Choose your passion! Draw with graphite and colored pencils; paint with acrylics; learn about art history and art therapy; and more!

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Lessons are categorized into 8 modules (and 18 topics).

Module 1: Introduction to Drawing

Module 2: Contour Drawing

Module 3: Shading Techniques

Module 4: Composition and Perspective

Module 5: Diversity in Visual Arts

Module 6: People and Animals

Module 7: The Lighter Side of Art

Module 8: Creating Art in Color

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Explore the Art of Self Discovery!

Express Yourself through Art Therapist Judith Campanaro!

My dear friend, Judith, gently provides guidance for an inspirational journey toward self-empowerment through creative expression.

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Art therapy is a unique experience based on using the medium of art as an instrument of change. Rather than learning conventional techniques and modalities, art therapy approaches the medium in a natural experiential way.

Here’s four of the 46 lessons authored by Judith on my website:

Introduction to Art Therapy (5.3.R1 – 10 Pages and 7 Illustrations)

Understanding art therapy and how creating art enables you to enhance your well-being



Exercises to Build Confidence (5.3.A6 – 8 Pages and 13 Illustrations)

Gift yourself with enlightening activities to help enhance your personal growth, physical well-being, and self-esteem



Exploring the Art of Self Discovery (5.3.R2 – 8 Pages and 7 Illustrations)

Embracing the powers of clarity and choice as instruments for enriching personal growth



Voyage of Discovery (5.3.A8 – 2 Pages and 4 Illustrations)

Create a contour drawing with glue, add bright colors with watercolor paints, and outline shapes with a black marker



Free Lessons: The Great Masters!

Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo are long gone but their drawings live on and serve as teachers of classical techniques developed during the Renaissance. As a child (during the early 60’s), I studied the Great Masters while spending Saturdays at my local public library in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. These books were the beginning of my journey as a self-taught artist.

Fast forward to the 1990’s and the dawn of the Internet! This exciting new venue enabled me to share my skills with other aspiring artists through simple, step-by step illustrated lessons. These lessons now enable you to draw in the styles and techniques of great masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. You can recreate their masterpieces and/or create your own original drawings based on their techniques.


Study for the Head of a Girl

Employ the drawing techniques of Leonardo da Vinci to create a soft, delicate portrait of a beautiful girl. Leonardo was a master of hatching; his shading is mostly made up of lines that are drawn at an angle of around 45 degrees.

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Study of a Rosebud

Draw a gorgeous rosebud with basic hatching lines in the style of Leonardo da Vinci. As a left-handed artist, his diagonal hatching lines were drawn downward (from the upper left to lower right) and/or upward (from the lower right to the upper left).

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Sketch of a Youth

Use basic hatching techniques to sketch a portrait of a youth in the style of Michelangelo ‒ the ultimate perfectionist. During his lifetime, he destroyed several of his own drawings and even scrapped his original painting on which the Sistine Chapel version was based.

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Secrets for Drawing Caricatures

You have no doubt seen caricatures of politicians, celebrities, and other famous people in the media and online. These artworks are obviously cartoons ‒ yet they still look like the person on which they are based. How is this accomplished (you may ask)?

The facial characteristics of most people wander outside generic guidelines. These deviations from what is considered “average” are used by artists to create caricatures. For example, if the eyes are far apart, draw them even farther apart. If his or her eyebrows are heavy, thick and dark, draw them heavier, thicker, and darker! If he or she has a big chin or nose, draw it larger! If the hair is thin, make it thinner and if it’s thick, draw it thicker!

But, that’s not all! Professional caricaturists also exaggerate the following facial spaces:

  1. The vertical distance from the hairline down to the eyebrows.
  2. The horizontal distance between the eyes, from one inside corner to the other.
  3. The width of the face from the outside edge of one cheekbone to the outside edge of the other.
  4. The vertical distance from the bottom of the nose to the top of the upper lip (as an aside, this distance is considered the most important distance on the face).
  5. The length from the edge of the bottom lip to the bottom of the chin.


Draw a caricature of someone you know, such as a family member or a friend, either from life or a photo! Choose a good photo or find a patient model. If you work from life, be prepared for a few giggles! A brief overview of the process is as follows:

  1. Observe the overall shape of the head and face, and exaggerate it as you draw.
  2. Lightly sketch the location of each individual feature. Constantly refer to your model for unique or unusual aspects of their features that you can exaggerate in your drawing. (Remember, this person may draw your caricature someday, so be nice!)
  3. Continue adjusting and changing until you are happy with your drawing.


Free Lessons: Create Art in Color!

Draw with colored pencils and markers, and paint with acrylics and watercolors. Until Thursday, April 28, 2016, you can download three free lessons authored by Drawspace authors/artists.

Use Impasto to Paint with Texture (Beginner to Advanced) by Cailin Green

Create a richly textured painting with tissue paper and a painting knife. This project is fun, easy to do and requires only a few supplies. The dazzling three-dimensional forms catch light and create shadows in the peaks and valleys of the paint.

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The Ancient Art of Creating Mandalas (Beginner to Advanced) by art therapist, Judith Campanaro

Explore the history, art, and science of the sacred Mandala as inspiration to design your own symbol for inner harmony. Suggested media include colored pencils, markers, and/or watercolors.

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Draw a Vibrant Red Poppy (Beginner to Intermediate) by Tannis Trydal

Use layering, juxtaposing, erasing, impressing, and the grid method to render a colored pencil drawing of a red poppy.

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Understanding Talent Part 5

The act of drawing produces a physical reward: art.

It really doesn’t matter why you draw or who sees your drawings. Maybe you hope to one day publicly exhibit your drawings. Or, you may choose to only share them with family and friends. You also have the option of keeping them all to yourself.

Your drawings serve as a journal of your artistic journey. Have you ever thought about writing a book? Why not use your own drawings to illustrate your literary art?

You can also use your drawings to decorate your surroundings with your own personal touch. Have some of your drawings framed and hang them in your home or workspace.

Family, co-workers, and friends easily become quite fascinated by artistic creations. Don’t be surprised if they soon request some of your drawings for their own homes. Of course, this is a good time to encourage them to take up drawing themselves.

Draw in a way you really love.

Every artist seems to have a unique approach to drawing. Some love big, bold, loose drawings; while others like little tiny drawings with lots of intricate details.

Deciding which style label applies to a specific drawing is not easy. Many artists choose to not label their drawings at all. Your personal style evolves each time you attempt new and diverse methods of drawing, so keep an open mind while carefully noting which of your drawings you prefer. Styles are neither right nor wrong… they just are. With time, your style(s) develops automatically.

You have already taken the first step!

Just by reading this, you are already on your way to becoming an artist. Perceived personal limitations are not obstacles; your only challenge is making a commitment.

For most of my adult life, I have chosen to share my love of art with both children and adults by teaching art.

Whether it is your desire to learn the very basics of drawing or to improve the drawing skills you already have, my tutorials will hopefully have something of interest to you.

Art has become very accessible in recent years.

Galleries, the Internet, art books, and your own community provide vast art resources.

By carefully observing the drawings of other artists, you gain invaluable information which you can apply to your own drawings. Take time to examine and appreciate a diverse range of art and artists.

Investigate and participate in some of the wonderful drawing e-groups, where international artists share tips, critique one another’s work, and openly exchange various art techniques and resources.

Check out your local community-based educational facilities and recreational centers for drawing programs in your area. You can always benefit from drawing classes and workshops, where you’ll meet others within your community who also want to improve their drawing skills, techniques and styles.

As you uncover local art resources, you’ll meet diverse artists, and have opportunities to become involved in art groups. Many art groups organize incredible workshops, taught by prominent artists, and the camaraderie and enjoyment is well worth your time.

With an interest in self-expression, you CAN develop exceptional drawing skills.


Learn 24 Skills for Free in 2014!

Naturally, I think everyone should feel very comfortable using a sketchbook and pencil!

However, did you know that drawing is one of the 24 skills that can supplement your current career, make your resume more impressive, and /or enhance your life.

Checkout all 24 skills that you can learn online for free in 2014!


Browse almost 200 free drawing lessons on Drawspace.com!



FREE! Drawspace Pro Lesson 10!

Free until Jan 6, 2014!

Dewdrops on a Tulip: Employ contour hatching graduations and blending to render a realistic drawing of dewdrops glistening on the textured surface of a tulip.

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Learn to draw in 2014! Upgrade to Pro to download 215 pro lessons and three recent e-books by Brenda Hoddinott for only $49.



Dewdrops on a Tulip!

My most recent drawing employs contour hatching graduations and blending to render a realistic drawing of dewdrops glistening on the surface of a tulip.

The tulip in this drawing was standing proudly in my neighbor’s front garden a few years ago. I simply couldn’t resist capturing it with my camera. (Thank you Wilma!) Needless to say, I used my artistic license to add a few extra details that weren’t in the photo (shown below the drawing).



Shading Makes the Magic!

Writing and drawing enable me to be creative, enjoy solitude, and temporarily escape the real world. And – I don’t even need a Tardis!

Drawing with lines places an object on a sheet of paper and is every bit as enjoyable as writing. However – shading breathes life itself into a drawing! Creating a realistic, three-dimension subject on a flat sheet of paper is absolutely magical!


My joy of drawing shines from the many new drawings created for my latest book: Introduction to Shading.


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