Introducing Drawing and Sketching

An Online Course
with Marla Baggetta

This course provides a solid foundation in drawing and sketching, for artists of all ages and levels of experience. Once equipped with a deep understanding of the principles of drawing, you can progress in any direction that you dream with your artwork. Like anything that you pursue, developing drawing skill takes practice, and this course will guide you in establishing a successful structure for that practice. Watch the below video and keep reading to learn more about all the features of this wonderful new workshop.

Over 15 Hours of Video

We have worked hard to bring you high quality instructional videos that provides easy to follow, clear and detailed instruction.  You’ll have lifetime access to all the videos enabling you work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home from any device for a seamless and modern online experience.

Beautifully Illustrated PDF

Our 81 page detailed coursework presents you with an illustrated guide to materials, theory and wisdom from an expert instructor and professional artist covering everything you need to get started with Drawing and Sketching.  Divided into 11 highly structured chapters, Marla will guide you through all of the necessary groundwork, reinforced with exciting exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, providing you a roadmap to becoming an accomplished artist.

Private Facebook Community

 You’ll also have access to a private Facebook group where you can share your progress, ask questions of Marla and a community of your fellow students who are also taking the course to keep you motivated and inspired along the way. 

Course Contents

Each chapter focuses on a Study or a Step By Step Demo

Chapter 1:

We’ll take a journey into the realm of great draftsmen before us to help us to see through our artists’ eyes. I hope you’ll find that your “eyes are in love” as much as I do! Why do we draw and why does it seem so hard? What’s the difference between drawing and sketching? How can we get oriented for success? We’ll tackle these questions right away in this chapter.

Chapter 2:

One of the joys of drawing is it’s simplicity. If you have some paper and a writing instrument, you’re ready to draw! We are going to keep things simple in this workshop and ease into a variety of pencil and paper choices. It’s amazing what can be achieved with just paper and graphite. I’ve taken a lot of time to get to know my tools and become familiar with them, so my intent is to give you a little head start and point you in some directions that will speed your path to your own recipes of materials.

Chapter 3:
Warming Up

Warming up before you start to draw in earnest is always a great idea! We are going to kick off our study with some play time. Then we’ll do some more organized exploration of what our tools can achieve. Studying the basic shapes without the influences of texture and color gives us a chance to see how light affects the forms. Study the form principle and then practice the basic shapes on white with blending and again on toned paper using layering and hatching.

Chapter 4:
Light and Shadow

Translating what we see into value will lend form, volume and texture and make your drawings more realistic. Studying the predictable way light falls on objects or the Form Principle will guide our work in this chapter.

Chapter 5:
Shapes Not Things

One of the secrets to drawing is seeing everything in the visual field as a shape not a thing. We don’t need to know the “what” of anything to be able to draw it. In fact, it’s not at all helpful! This chapter will give you plenty of practice in shifting to a “shape, not thing” orientation. We’ll start with simple household objects, then see how complicated objects can actually be easier. We’ll do a classic “Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain” exercise, then practice seeing subjects as silhouettes.

Chapter 6:
Construction Methods

The progression of a drawing from initial stages to finished rendering can be accomplished in a variety of ways. The construction method is usually not obvious or visible in a finished drawing; it’s been erased or obscured by the rendering of the finished piece. We will explore several ways of constructing your drawings, giving you a sound strategy with which to approach each and every thing you draw! We’ll study contour and cross contour, scribble, spiral, tracing, tonal, grid and measuring and finally Planar Analysis.

Chapter 7:
Rendering Methods

Often, you’ll want to bring a drawing to a more finished state beyond a sketch or study. It’s helpful to concentrate on a few techniques. Eventually you’ll be able to combine them for a more spontaneous and free approach. Sometimes a subject will dictate how a drawing should be completed. During this chapter we will explore just some of the possibilities. I’ll cover, uniform outline, accented outline, sketchy outline, shading with line, shading by blending and using a toned ground. I also touch on line quality and three methods of transferring your drawings.

Chapter 8:
Drawing Nature

Finding wonder in the natural world around us is one of the true joys of being an artist. Even the simplest of moments and the humblest of flowers is a source of enchantment for the observant and open-minded artist. Sketching and drawing nature can be as intricate or simple as you want to make it. Your work can be for the sheer pleasure of it or used for research or study. In any case let yourself delight in the simple coordination of hand and eye. Don’t be daunted by the complexity in the visual field! We’ll do two projects; first a sculptural and textured tree stump, and an urban garden with a lovely mix of foliage, flowers and trees.

Chapter 9:
Drawing Animals

Not only are our four-legged friends dear to us, but they are also beautiful and fascinating! With some practice we can depict their fluffy fur, the details of their sparkling eyes and even their gesture and movement.

Chapter 10:
Still Life

till life gives us an opportunity to work from direct observation and lets us have great of control over subject, composition, eye level and lighting. Although still life can be very traditional, you can also be very creative and innovative with unique juxtapositions of objects and interesting placements. Before we start, we’ll practice ellipses which are all around us but especially common in the still life. Then as our final project, we’ll spend time to bring a traditional still life to a rendered finish with a combination of our rendering methods.

Chapter 11:

At the end of the workshop, give yourself a pat on the back, but get right into your own pieces. Keep a sketchbook! Draw every day if you can. I suggest selecting some subjects that are very similar to ones we did, so you have an entry into them. But draw everything and anything. Goodbye for now!

24/7/365 Lifetime COURSE aCCESS

Get started mastering Drawing and Sketching in this incredible Online Workshop!

Beautifully Designed Ebook

80+ pages of in-depth content

In Depth Theory and Guidance

Marla isolates the complex principles of painting and investigates them practically and simply so any student can comprehend and execute even the most difficult problems. Moving from simple to more involved concepts, each lesson builds on the previous so you’ll gain a sound foundation to further your study and practice of painting.

Step by Step Guided Demonstrations

Marla guides you through the time-tested fundamentals step by step, stroke by stroke from the very beginning stages of a painting to the finish line in a logical and enjoyable path. Marla  stresses the need to develop your own judgement and individual voice as an artist.

A Lifetime of Artist Experience
At Your Fingertips

Over 30 years as a professional artist and teacher

Stunning Artwork, Photographs and Illustration

Following Marla's Instruction is a Pleasure and A Breeze
thanks to Creative and Beautiful Design

Marl a Has Thousands of Satisfied Students

What people say?

I am loving the Drawing and Sketching class. The course materials are all easy to access and use. Best of all I can go at my own pace. When life gets too busy work on my drawing, I can stop for a while and come back to where I was or repeat earlier lessons if I want a refresher. The FaceBook group is really supportive and even if I’m not working on the course at present, they inspire me to get back to it. I would highly recommend this course to others as I feel drawing is a foundational skill that will improve all my other artwork.
This is a amazing course for any level of artistry. Marla Baggetta’s Sketching & Drawing course that provides in-depth educational material and her live demonstrations to give students the opportunity to reach their optimum results.
I have been so impressed with your online painting lessons. You put so much work into presenting the concepts clearly with your teaching, examples, and demos. There is so much content on your site and I’m still scratching the surface of your offerings but I feel that every exercise you suggest helps me grow in depth and breadth. Thank you for your commitment (and perfectionism) to giving us the best learning experience.

World Class Video Instruction

Like having a teacher at the easel with you, no matter where you are

Fun and Easeful Instruction

With a lifetime of experience as an artist and educator, Marla brings an unparalleled combination of joy and wisdom directly to your home. We have worked hard to offer beautiful and clear video instruction, providing valuable education and insight, that will keep you inspired for months and even years.

Up Close and Personal at the Drawing Board

Following along while learning has never been easier! The demonstration view shows the progress of each painting, the reference photo and thumbnail when appropriate, so you get to see how each piece is built from start to finish. Marla narrates her progress in real time as she is painting, so you won’t miss a thing!


Get started mastering Drawing and Sketching with this incredible Online Workshop!

Frequently Asked Questions

You need to log into the site to participate in the workshop so you will need an internet connection. Workshops and Subscriptions are accessible on iPads, tablets, computers, laptops and even phones – any device you can watch access the web on.

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Sure, you can open a support ticket and we’ll help you right away. Just Email Suport  and we will reply within 24 hours! If we don’t know the answer to your question, we’ll ask Marla and she’ll reply as quickly as she can.

The workshop assignments are online accessible 24×7 – you can take the lessons any time you want. You are not required to complete the course in a specified amount of time. You get access to all the assignments in the workshop at once in a secure member’s area on PaintingLessonsWithMarla.com

When you register for the workshop, you’ll get a Student Account which gives you access to the My Courses area on the PaintingLessonsWithMarla.com website. Your Student Account will allow you take lessons and complete assignments any time you want.

You get lifetime access to the workshop and lessons you pay for so you can finish your painting any time.  It’s fun to keep up with your fellow artists and see how they are doing too but you can stop and come back to it any time, 24×7.  Assignment reminders are sent via email but you can complete them at your own pace – no problem at all! 

100% Digital Online Course

Works With All Devices

24/7 Access No Matter Where You Are

Easy To Follow

Our Site has been carefully designed to be easy to follow. Our simple learning system tracks your progress and takes out the hassle, allowing you to focus on panting!

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