In this eight-week course, students will explore the fundamentals of drawing.   The course will explore methods of drawing and painting from observation as a way of understanding the organization of pictorial space and the rendering of objects convincingly within that space.  Students will become acquainted with a variety of techniques presented in online class sessions and further developed in weekly homework assignments.  Relevant principles and elements of design will be discussed, and historical examples of artists’ works will regularly be presented to accompany course instruction.


Sample Course Content:

Understanding and Using the Value Scale

Contour Drawing

Still Life in Grayscale: Rounded Objects

Using Color Effectively

The Portrait


Instructor Bio:

Trained as a painter, Richard Moninski received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Fine Arts from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He completed additional study in surface design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Moninski is strongly influenced by historic textiles and other decorative arts traditions. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally. Awards include a grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation for research in Norway, and artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Prior to joining iArt Institute, Moninski taught for 19 years in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.