This Is Who We Are

THIS IS WHO WE ARE.

7 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT VITRUVIAN STUDIO

WE DO THIS BECAUSE WE LOVE IT.

Drawing and painting is difficult, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. The experience of really capturing what you see with your own two hands is exhilarating. We’re addicted to it. We think you will be too!

EVERYONE CAN LEARN.

A beautiful drawing or painting is not the product of talent but of ability. “Talent" is something you have to be born with, but "ability" can be learned and developed. Not everyone will become a master, but we’ve never had a student who simply “can’t draw” – those who persevere, improve.

LOGIC IS YOUR FRIEND.

Well-crafted realism is not about being “artsy”. It’s not the product of instinct or intuition, nor is it about spontaneous "self-expression”. Instead, realism requires the application of logical principles, married with observation. It’s the product of thought, not emotion.

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.

NO JUDGEMENTS.

We’re all here to learn. Some of us are further down the road than others, but no one’s work is flawless. We love to help our students with constructive insights, and we’ll always point out what you did right, as well as what you should work on.

GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME.

Creating an illusion can't be done quickly. Building structure – then lighting it convincingly – takes time, thought, and patience. That’s why our online courses run full-length with very little edited out of the demonstrations. We want our students to see that careful work unfolds slowly, despite how it may appear on instructional DVD’s or time-lapse videos.

PRACTICE IS PARAMOUNT.

A good teacher can tell you what to do, explain why, and show you how. But nobody learns to draw by just watching and listening. Like any other skill, drawing ability is developed through practice, patience, and perseverance. We'll show you what to work on, but the work has to come from you.

STAY IN TOUCH.

Keep up to date on what we're working on at the studio, and receive info on our latest courses and workshops. Vitruvian is a community, and we'd love to have you join us! Your first lesson? We'll send you a FREE list of what drawing materials we prefer to use and why.