Upcoming Classes in 2020 and 2021

All classes run twice a year.

All students have the opportunity for a web presence on the SIDP website

Program and Fee information

Blog posts


Session I-Graphite     10 weeks Mondays

          September 7-November 9, 2020 1:00 or 7:00pm ET

          January-March, 2021 1:00 or 7:00pm ET

This course builds drawing skills using graphite. We cover perspective, proportion, rendering textures, scientific conventions, lighting, and transferring drawings. Pen and ink is introduced. Students become comfortable with computer and technical skills for proper scanning, uploading and preparing artwork, as well as video conferencing and creating files. Professional and business practices are introduced. Fee covers all assignments, tutorials, handouts, video conferencing and emailing. Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to apply.

Session II-Ink     10 weeks

           January-March, 2021 1:00 or 7:00pm ET

          March-May, 2021 1:00 or 7:00pm ET

Session II builds on skills learned in Session I. Students become proficient in pen and ink and crowquill. Technique, composition, scratchboard, anatomy, professional practices, final projects, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing and email are included as above. In all Sessions, we work from live material as much as possible.

Session III-Color and Composition     10 weeks Wednesdays

          September 9-November 11, 2020 1:00 or 7:00pm ET

          March-May, 2021 1:00 or 7:00pm ET

Students explore watercolor and colored pencil and may include digital media. We develop advanced compositions, including info-graphics. Students complete three portfolio pieces and prepare for internships/independent studies, if desired. Professional practices, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing, email.

Session IV-Internships, Independent Studies

           January-December, on-going. Flexible meeting times

Internship or independent study. Students in this Session have completed Sessions I-III. The Program helps students with these studies and acts as a mentor and sounding board. Students learn to write contracts and work in real life settings. At the end of their internship or independent study, students are rewarded a certificate of completion.

New mini-workshops!

              These mini workshops kept us sketching in April. Check them out here and request an encore if they sound fun. For past, present, and future students.

Social Hour!

              For past, present, and future students. Email for dates and times. Free.


Private Sessions and Consultations

Do you need help preparing for a portfolio review or job application? Would you like a critique of your artwork? Do you need help with a contract? Details and services can be found here.