Due to COVID-19 our staff is tele-working. For questions, email academy@gmu.edu. All private lessons and classes are now online.

Intro to Drawing

Fall 2020 registration is open!



Open to Art Lovers of All Levels.

In this online course, emphasis is placed on points of view and the illusion of depth in still life and landscape drawing. Instruction will include 1-point, 2-point, and 3-point perspective in landscapes/cityscapes as well as multiple points of view in still life drawings. Students practice using size, placement, overlapping, multiple ground lines, value, and texture to enhance the illusion of depth in pencil and charcoal drawings. Previous drawing experience is welcomed, but not required for this course.


Ages:  16+
  Saturdays, Oct. 3 – Oct. 24, 2020 (4 weeks)
Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  $200 (A $10 late fee will be added after Wednesday, September 30)
Location: Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Sample Schedule

10:00 am – 10:15 am
Welcome and Introduction to Activities
10:15 am – 11:00 am
Technique and Skills Workshops
11:00 am – 11:45 am
Guided Projects and Instructor Check-ins
11:45 am – 12:00 am
Wrap up and Discussion




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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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