Foundations of Drawing

Beginner Drawing Class for Adults

Foundations of Drawing
Ages 16+ 


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In this beginner drawing class for adults, participants will develop their use of the elements of art through several design principles. We will experiment with different materials and tools during the course. We will explore several drawing techniques, including gesture, contour lines, and shading with values. Each artist is encouraged to work from subject matter that inspires self and celebrate their own unique drawing style.

Note: This class is open to beginners with no experience and students with experience who want to continue their studies and increase their skills.


Dates:  Saturdays, September 24 – November 12, 2022 (8 weeks)
Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Supplies: Students are responsible for purchasing supplies. See supply list here.
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building








Kate Parsons
Art Educator in Fairfax County, VA
Read about Ms. Parsons

Kate Parsons is the studio art teacher for MCAA’s Drawing for Adults course. Ms. Parsons is a Fairfax County art teacher with 16 years of classroom experience. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Radford University and holds a teaching certificate in Art K-12.

In the Summers, Ms. Parsons continues to teach visual art classes with the Institute for the Arts, where she has been working since 2012. Her classes range from Foundational Drawing to Fused Glass, Jewelry & Metals, and Fiber Arts. Ms. Parsons has also taught at a summer sewing camp in Fairfax for The Handwork Studio, based out of Pennsylvania. This year, Ms. Parsons has transitioned to online classes for both MCAA and The Handwork Studio, as well as online distance learning for her art classes in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Ms. Parsons lives in Fairfax County with her two adult children (and their two dogs). She is also a non-medical volunteer for the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corp. Ms. Parsons has participated in trainings, exercises, and drills since 2009, and is proud to help out in Fairfax during 2020’s quarantine due to the Coronavirus.









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