Draw by Drawing has been made possible by the generous funding of the

Victoria Foundation and the Y.P Heung Foundation:

Draw by Drawing is a weekly on-line drop-in session via Zoom sponsored by the Vancouver Island School of Art and is hosted by artist and educator Wendy Welch. They take place every Monday evening, 6:30-8:00pm or Wednesday 10-11:30am.

Participants do not need any drawing experience to attend and while these are not “how-to-draw” sessions, instructional information will be provided to complete each week’s projects. These are not step-by-step drawing instruction sessions. But rather it is an opportunity for a group of like-minded individuals to draw together. The facilitator, Wendy Welch, will present a drawing “prompt” each week and the participants will draw together.Each week there will be a different prompt to get you drawing. By attending these sessions on a weekly basis (or as often as you can), you will quickly realize that you learn to draw “by drawing”. This is a great way to have a relaxing evening and get away from all your day-to-day troubles. The main focus of each session is to draw together in a group. The facilitator will be doing the projects alongside the participants. When the facilitator is talking, there will often be music playing while you draw.

Each week will have a specific theme or project. The theme and materials will be announced the week before each Monday session. You need to register in advance and once you have made your payment, you will receive a Zoom invite.

A note about Draw by Drawing
The drop-in sessions involve drawing in a group with a facilitator who provides a drawing prompt or project each week. The idea with these sessions is that you learn to draw, by drawing. While the facilitator will give basic information about how to approach the project and use of the materials involved, these are not how-to-draw classes. There is not time for individual feedback and one-on-one guidance in these 90 minute sessions.

If you are looking for step-by-step drawing instruction, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is highly recommended as a way to start. Alternatively, we encourage you to sign up for one of our 12-week drawing courses which are offered in-person and online.

Each session will involve a different project including drawing from objects, photographs and your imagination. Subject matter will be provided by instructor and/or by the participant. When participants are required to provide subject matter, there will be advance notice of this on the blog. Examples of subject matter participants would provide will be focussed on natural objects such as rocks, plants, shells, kitchen utensils, photographs, etc. If you don’t have any of the suggested subject matter for that week, you can work from from your imagination or from observing facilitator’s screen.

Payment is $10 per session and must be made before 4pm on the Monday of each session or 4pm on Tuesday by the Wednesday session. The office closes at 5pm so any late registrations will not receive the Zoom invite. If you make a payment after the 4pm deadline, the payment will be applied to the following week. Payment also includes access to a recording of the session. At this point we can only accept payment for one session at a time in order to make sure we send out the Zoom invites to everybody signed up for the week. Zoom invites will be sent after 4pm on Monday or Tuesday.
To pay for a session: Payment


A list of materials needed for the week’s session will be posted the week before (to get an idea of the materials we will be using see items in kit below.

For your convenience the school will be selling Draw by Drawing Art Supply Kits for $149 (tax included). The kits will contain enough supplies for at least 25+ drop-in sessions and for practice drawing in-between sessions. The advantage of having the kit is that you will have all the materials at hand for each session. These kits are available for purchase at the school. A list of the materials in the kit include:

-set of graphite pencils

-white eraser plastic (Staedler)

-pencil sharpener (metal)

-set of chalk pastels

-2 black conte crayons (2B)

-1 white conte crayon

-pkg vine charcoal (medium)

-Island Blue sketchbook 11 x 14

-pad of high quality pastel paper 14 x 17

-2 sheets of black paper (Fabriano)

-black India ink

-plastic pen nib holder

-drawing nib, bowl point

-bamboo brush #10

-craft scissors

-glue stick

-watercolour set

-watercolour brush

-pad of watercolour paper (11 x 14″, 30 pages)