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Perspective Drawing Basics

May 2 @ 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Perspective Drawing Basics


Title: Perspective Drawing Basics

Type of Course: 2 Day Workshop

Dates: May 2nd and 3rd, 2024

Running Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm

Audience: Beginner/Intermediate Adult


Course Description: In the course we will cover basic principles of one and two point perspective drawing. We will practice with pencil and pen and ink drawings.

What Students will Learn: 

  • We will learn about and practice fundamental principles of one and two point perspective
  • We learn how to establish horizon lines and vanishing points
  • How to deal with things like roof lines in perspective or curved/linear objects
  • How to deal with a scene that has multiple vanishing points such as looking up a hill or dealing with buildings on a curved street scene
  • We will practice each of the principles in our sketch books using pencil and / or felt pens

Student Supplies:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Water bottle and lunch
  • Sketchbooks – no SMALL sketchbook – minimum 9” x 12”
  • Pencils – variety of H and B pencils
  • Erasers
  • Felt pens – Fine tipped Sharpies or an equivalent marker
  • T square
  • Drafting triangles
  • A long straight edge – something like a yard stick. I use a four-foot-long T-bar that is used for suspended ceilings
  • Tape to tape down your drawing paper
  • Drawing board – the board needs a good straight edge along the left side for use with the T-square. We can use the glass drafting tables as well but there may be more students than glass tables


  • As a watercolorist, I use tracing paper to work out my drawings so that I don’t have to erase and mark up my watercolor paper where I plan to do my finished artwork. I find that I often use 3 or 4 layers of tracing paper as I move things around to lay out my composition and construction lines. I then use carbon paper to transfer the image onto my final piece of paper. Students are welcome to do the same. It eliminates all the preliminary linework on your finished drawing that we need to do as we build and plan the piece using all our perspective lines etc.
  • Tracing Paper
  • Carbon Paper
  • If you would like to do larger drawings feel free to bring larger pieces of paper or larger sketchbooks.


Instructor Bio: Brian Turner recently moved to Cochrane from the Ottawa area where he has taught watercolor for the past 5-6 years. He is an elected member of; The Society of Canadian Artists, The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, and The Federation of Canadian Artists.

His experience with perspective drawing goes back to his teenage years when he worked as an architectural draftsman for an architectural firm in British Columbia. During his university years he worked as an illustrator for the New World Archeological Society at Brigham Young University where he illustrated numerous publications featuring perspective drawings of Mesoamerican structures.

Brian has won numerous national awards and has had paintings featured on the cover of publications by the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists. He was chosen as a finalist for the Artist Magazine’s ‘Splash 25 – The Best of Watercolor’ and will be published in the July 2024 edition of the Artist’s magazine. His work has been sold in numerous galleries in eastern and western Canada. His professional career was as a teacher and educational administrator, and he is as passionate about teaching as he is about watercolor painting.

Class Minimum: 5

Class Maximum: 14

Registration Fee: $130.00

Registration Cut off Date: April 30th, 2024



May 2
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Route 22 Artist Collective Gallery
312 Fifth Avenue #18
Cochrane, Alberta T4C2E3 Canada
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