A Unique Art School in Chicago…

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MAKE BETTER ARTWORK.

Effective Instruction in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Anatomy. In Chicago and Online.

Drawing: "Dalawn" by Vitruvian instructor David Jamieson

MAKE BETTER ARTWORK

Effective Courses in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Anatomy. In Chicago and Online.
Drawing: "Dalawn" by Vitruvian instructor David Jamieson

Start Learning Today!

Our 6 page Drawing Materials Guide

Simply enter your name and email address to join our community of artists, students and teachers. Receive periodic updates on courses and workshops in realist drawing, painting, sculpture and anatomy, including our latest online courses. Sign up now and get a FREE download of our Drawing Materials Guide – a catalog of the materials we use in the studio and as seen in our time-lapse videos on YouTube!

Start Learning Today!

Our 6 page Drawing Materials Guide

Simply enter your name and email address to join our community of artists, students and teachers. Receive periodic updates on courses and workshops in realist drawing, painting, sculpture and anatomy, including our latest online courses. Sign up now and get a FREE download of our Drawing Materials Guide – a catalog of the materials we use in the studio and as seen in our time-lapse videos on YouTube!

Start Learning Today!

Simply enter your name and email address to join our community of artists, students and teachers. Receive periodic updates on courses and workshops in realist drawing, painting, sculpture and anatomy, including our latest online courses. Sign up now and get a FREE download of our Drawing Materials Guide – a catalog of the materials we use in the studio and as seen in our time-lapse videos on YouTube!

Our 6 page Drawing Materials Guide
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Teaching is Doing.

We take a “show don’t tell” approach to teaching at Vitruvian Studio. All our instructors are working artists and we practice what we teach. Our courses feature lots of demonstration so students can actually see what to do, not just hear about it.

Teaching is Doing.

We take a “show don’t tell” approach to teaching at Vitruvian Studio. All our instructors are working artists and we practice what we teach. Our courses feature lots of demonstration so students can actually see what to do, not just hear about it.

Drawing Demonstrations on Youtube

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A Supportive Environment.

Learning to draw and paint is difficult, and making mistakes is part of the process. We work hard to ensure both the studio and website are supportive, friendly places where students are encouraged to mess-up, try again... and improve.

A Supportive Environment

Learning to draw and paint is difficult, and making mistakes is part of the process. We work hard to ensure both the studio and website are supportive, friendly places where students are encouraged to mess-up, try again... and improve.

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Learn at Your Own Pace

Everyone learns at different rates. Both the studio and website offer ways for students to proceed at their own unique pace as they develop their skills over time.

Learn at Your Own Pace

Everyone learns at different rates. Both the studio and website offer ways for students to proceed at their own unique pace as they develop their skills over time.

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The Chicago Studio

Students in Chicago can get the full studio experience and work with us on site. We offer courses in drawing and painting, and our instructors frequently work along side students, providing ongoing examples of how to execute the techniques we teach.

Students in Chicago can get the full studio experience and work with us on site. We offer courses in drawing and painting, and our instructors frequently work along side students, providing ongoing examples of how to execute the techniques we teach.

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Online Courses

Our online courses offer an alternative for students outside Chicago, or for those who would prefer to learn in the privacy of their own home. In fact, online study offers some clear advantages over in-studio courses, including anytime access and the ability to pause or re-watch demonstrations at each student's convenience.

Our online courses offer an alternative for students outside Chicago, or for those who would prefer to learn in the privacy of their own home. In fact, online study offers some clear advantages over in-studio courses, including anytime access and the ability to pause or re-watch demonstrations at each student's convenience.

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We're Proud of Our Students!

We have students at all levels of experience and ability, but we're all working steadily at the studio toward the same goal: producing beautiful, skilled artwork that captures what we see with fidelity. Wherever they may be on their journey, we're proud or what our students accomplish. Here's a sampling of drawings and paintings by Vitruvian students, all of them executed from direct observation, or "from life".

We're Proud of our Students!

We have students at all levels of experience and ability, but we're all working steadily at the studio toward the same goal: producing beautiful, skilled artwork that captures what we see with fidelity. Wherever they may be on their journey, we're proud or what our students accomplish. Here's a sampling of drawings and paintings by Vitruvian students, all of them executed from direct observation, or "from life".

Our Worldwide Community:

Learn with us online and join thousands of other students from all over the world.

Our Worldwide Community:

Learn with us online and join thousands of other students from all over the world.

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What Our Students Say...

I am really enjoying this online art course. It has provided me with valuable keys for achieving an accurate translation of subject and form. I’ve been struggling with understanding the methods of sighting and triangulation as well as scale and framing. The instruction is simple and very effective. After just one evening of watching the videos, I experienced many “AHA!” moments which allowed me to correct my approach to estimating the dimensions and landmarks of my subject. I am very pleased with the material Mr. Jamieson has provided and feel that it was worth every penny. I look forward to seeing more courses offered by your studio. Thank you, Mr. Jamieson.

Jake, Murphy, TX

I just completed my first time through the lesson! I am totally impressed and inspired. I first thought I would watch the lessons through a couple of times and then attempt a portrait drawing on my own using my newly learned skills. After the detailed instruction, I believe I can begin after one time through and use the lessons as a reference in the process. I can’t wait to begin. I have sought portrait instruction through the years in books and classes but have not found one that offered so much material and so easily followed. I am a self taught artist. You have added a whole new dimension to my learning curve. Thank you.

Jo, Porter, TX

I am currently only about 1/3 thru the course and it is everything I had hoped! It is broken down into small/short snippets of process that I find easy to learn and apply. Sometimes instructors can get a little ‘moonbeamish’ with their presentation, but not David. Nothing better than concrete/useful cookbook ways of proceeding thru the process of blocking in…the most important piece of getting a likeness.

Mike, New York, NY

Somehow, much to my surprise I’ve become 66 years old. I’ve been trying, with minimal success to learn the mechanics, as well as the Feel (which comes more naturally) of how to draw faces. Triangulation, comparative measurement seemed like cold mathematical systems, antithetical to real Expression and Soul. Wrong ! I’m getting So Much out of your teaching:systematic, clear, precise and concise with wonderful results in your finished, or at least “that’s It .. I’m Done ! drawings. You’ve shown me that, as with music, Soul /Discipline/are proven tools,allowing one to keep moving unveiling and peeling away layers…..working towards the heart of some kind of Mystery that connects us, are Important and Necessary. Ah, it appears that you Can, teach an Old Dog new tricks. Deep thanks.

David, Palm Springs, CA

Thank you for the Portrait Drawing Course; it is incredible. The way everything is broken down and explained in such detail is a must for someone new to drawing, like myself. Needless to say, that’s not something that I’ve ever found available in this type of format. Even if it was, I wouldn’t want to think about how much it would cost. The amount of video and instruction available with this course is quite simply the best drawing tuition I’ve seen on the internet (at any price), and believe me, I’ve looked.

Thank you for making a product that is exactly what you say it was. I’ve seen your competitors claim things like, “complete portrait drawing lessons, from start to finish.” The actual content they offer is laughable compared to what is offered here. I’ve spent the last 8-9 months scouring the internet for exactly this kind of drawing tuition, but I simply did not believe that it was available; at any price. I hope you sell a million of these.

Sam, Knoxville, TN

What Our Students Say...

I am really enjoying this online art course... The instruction is simple and very effective. After just one evening of watching the videos, I experienced many “AHA!” moments which allowed me to correct my approach to estimating the dimensions and landmarks of my subject. I am very pleased with the material Mr. Jamieson has provided and feel that it was worth every penny. I look forward to seeing more courses offered by your studio. Thank you, Mr. Jamieson.

Jake, Murphy, TX

I am totally impressed and inspired... After the detailed instruction, I believe I can begin after one time through and use the lessons as a reference in the process. I can’t wait to begin. I have sought portrait instruction through the years in books and classes but have not found one that offered so much material and so easily followed. I am a self taught artist. You have added a whole new dimension to my learning curve. Thank you.

Jo, Porter, TX

I am currently only about 1/3 thru the course and it is everything I had hoped! It is broken down into small/short snippets of process that I find easy to learn and apply. Sometimes instructors can get a little ‘moonbeamish’ with their presentation, but not David. Nothing better than concrete/useful cookbook ways of proceeding thru the process of blocking in…the most important piece of getting a likeness.

Mike, New York, NY

I’m getting So Much out of your teaching: systematic, clear, precise and concise with wonderful results in your finished, or at least “that’s It .. I’m Done ! drawings. You’ve shown me that, as with music, Soul /Discipline/are proven tools,allowing one to keep moving unveiling and peeling away layers…..working towards the heart of some kind of Mystery that connects us, are Important and Necessary. Ah, it appears that you Can, teach an Old Dog new tricks. Deep thanks.

David, Palm Springs, CA

Thank you for making a product that is exactly what you say it was. I’ve seen your competitors claim things like, “complete portrait drawing lessons, from start to finish.” The actual content they offer is laughable compared to what is offered here. I’ve spent the last 8-9 months scouring the internet for exactly this kind of drawing tuition, but I simply did not believe that it was available; at any price. I hope you sell a million of these.

Sam, Knoxville, TN

“Going Dark” With a New Kind of Pencil

By David Jamieson

Before we get started, I have to say that I’m a little late to this party. The “new” pencils I’m about to discuss here have actually been available in some parts of the world for over a year already, and I’ve had a set lying around the studio for some time. Life being what it is, […]

New Drawing, Familiar Face.

By David Jamieson

Today I published a new video to Youtube – it’s one of the time-lapse portrait drawing demonstrations I do from time to time. What I like about this one is the model. We’ve worked with DaLawn Simpson at the studio since we opened nearly 11 years ago, and he’s one of our favorite models. He’s […]

We Built Our Own Easels, and You Can Too! (Maybe…)

By David Jamieson

The Problem Our studio is already full of easels. We have somewhere between 12 and 15 of them depending on whether we’re counting the slightly broken ones that we use only in a pinch. That sounds like a lot but it isn’t because there’s not one of them that I get to call “mine”. My wife […]