Class Description:

Join Elody Gyekis for an exploration of drawing methods using animals as the subject.

In Animal Drawing I, students will learn various strategies to translate what they see onto paper accurately and explore the subtlety and depth of charcoal and graphite. Through demonstrations, lectures, and individualized feedback, Elody will cover gestural techniques exploring motion, posture, and proportion, the skeletal structures of vertebrate animals, and refined drawing methods to capture the surface textures found in the animal kingdom. Elody will teach additive and subtractive drawing techniques, and working quickly versus building up a longer drawing up over time. Additionally, students will learn about drawing from life versus photographic references, methods of translating what you see onto a two-dimensional surface, and how to capture facial expressions in an animal portrait. For an optional final project, we will explore strategies for integrating animals into invented scenes with other animals, humans, or landscapes using light to unify the composition. Throughout the class we will look historical art depicting animals from ancient, medieval and renaissance periods.

Spring Session I | Dates:

Scheduled occurrences for the next session of this class are as follows:

Week 1:
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 2:
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 3:
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 4:
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 5:
2 - 5 pm ET
Week 6:
2 - 5 pm ET

  1. Before Class - Welcome & How to Prepare for Class

  2. Week 1 - Introduction: Class Overview and Gesture Drawing

  3. Week 2 - The Animal Skeleton

  4. Week 3 - Drawing by Measuring Angles & Drawing from Life Vs. Drawing from Photos

  5. Week 4 - “Sculptural” Drawing in Charcoal

  6. Week 5 - Animal Portraits

  • $270.00
  • Online
  • 6 Weeks
  • Beginner to Advanced

Meet Your Instructor

Elody Gyekis


Elody Gyekis is a painter, animator, and sculptor who uses visual storytelling to reinvent traditional gender roles. Elody earned her MFA in Painting at the New York Academy of Art in 2019 and her BFA in Painting and Ceramics from Penn State University in 2009. Her paintings have been exhibited in many solo and group shows in Pennsylvania and New York, and also across the USA, Central America, and Europe. She completed artist residencies in Sibiu, Romania in 2014, and Giverny, France in 2018. Elody has taught painting workshops in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Honduras, and Costa Rica. In addition to her fine art, she has been a community arts organizer of murals and other public art projects in Pennsylvania and beyond. Elody splits her time between living in Pennsylvania, Central America, and Brooklyn.

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Join us to discover traditional skills and contemporary practice