Drawing Lessons from Art History

How do we find our own voice as artists in a sea of creative ideas and with so much richness of art history behind us? In this inspirational and beginner-friendly course, American painter Danny Galioete helps you to analyze to the great masters of the past and extract drawing and painting lessons from their example to combine that knowledge with our own contemporary sources.

26 Lessons 39h 48m 38s of videos

Level 1

In this lesson draftsman and painter Danny Galieote will demonstrate drawing a variety of heads from many different angles, giving you a consistent approach to drawing the head. You will learn how to relate the structural alignments of the brow to the ears, nose, mouth and chin to help orient your heads in space. Once […]

Level 2

Master draftsman and painter, Danny Galieote demonstrates techniques and concepts on how to approach drawing the male and female torso. First you will see how the anatomical landmarks can help you find the major structural planes within the torso. Then you will build on the structural components as you begin to see how the tonal […]
Danny Galieote will demonstrate how to draw a reclining female figure using the NMA Reference Image Library. You will start by seeing how to draw your lay-in with your opposing rhythms, action and spirit of the pose and finish with line, tone and final highlights on the toned-paper. Materials CarbOthello Pencil – Burt Sienna and […]
In this lesson, master draftsman and painter Danny Galieote will demonstrate a variation on the traditional trois crayons, or three-color chalk drawing technique. You will learn how to block in a gesture of the figure, establish three-dimensional structures, and add core shadows and rhythms using your primary color. Next, you will discover how to work […]
In this series, artist Danny Galieote tackles a challenging topic that everyone eventually faces: how to find your personal voice as an artist. Danny will cover his various influences throughout his artistic career and explains how they helped shape his personal style. In this fourth and final lesson, Danny looks at the work of Venetian […]

Level 3

In this lesson, master draftsman and painter Danny Galieote executes an analytical study of Michelangelo’s drawing technique used in his famous study of the Lybian Sibyl. First you will see how to block-in the rhythm, anatomical landmarks and structure, followed by how to develop the subtle forms with a hatched-line technique. Materials Prismacolor Colored Pencil […]
In this lesson, master draftsman and painter Danny Galieote demonstrates a technique for creating preliminary drawing studies for his personal work for fine-art galleries. You will learn how to use a combination of vine charcoal, kneaded eraser, black conté and white charcoal on a mid-toned paper. First, you will learn how Danny begins with a […]