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FALL 2023 
Saturdays 9am - 3:30pm
First Day of Class: 9/2/2023
Last Day of Class: 12/16, 2023

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This Fall 2023, I will be teaching ART120, Beginning Drawing at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. If you have a passion for art, but have never had the chance to learn basic foundational skills, then this class is for you. You will learn all the drawing skills necessary to bring your imagination to life. We will cover basic observational contour drawing, linear construction, cross contour, perspective and shading. This class meet every Saturday from 9am to 3:30pm, with a 45-minute break in the middle. We are in-person, so you'll get plenty of one-on-one attention.

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Meet the Instructor

James Galindo (b. 1983) is a Southern California oil painter and a graduate of Laguna College of Art & Design’s bachelor’s and master’s programs. He is currently represented by Dawson Cole Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA, where he exhibits three dimensional paintings on glass and acrylic. James has a long and distinguished career as a figurative artist and instructor. Notable commissions include paintings for the Nolet Distillery in Schiedam, Netherlands, Green Valley Hospital in Tucson, AZ, and artwork featured in various shows and advertisements in the Los Angeles TV industry. James has taught at a number of art studios and colleges in Southern California, including Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Brentwood Art Center, Kazone Art Academy, FT Art Academy, Rio Hondo College, Saddleback College, Orange Coast College and Laguna College of Art and Design.


Course Outline

Week 1: Orientation, Review Syllabus, Supplies, Terminology, Slideshows, Add Codes

Week 2: Contour Line Drawing of Organic Forms

Week 3: Geometric Construction Drawing Using Transparency

Week 4: Negative Shapes and Cross Contour Drawing

Week 5: Linear Perspective - Intro To 1, 2, and 3-Point Perspective

Week 6: Interior Spaces in 1-Point Perspective From Imagination

Week 7: Observational Drawing in 1-Point Perspective

Week 8: Observational Drawing in 2-Point Perspective

Week 9: Observational Drawing in 3-Point Perspective

Week 10: Introduction to Tonal Drawing - Sphere

Week 11: Tonal Still Life on Gray Toned Paper

Week 12: Tonal Still Life Applying Lift-Away Technique


Week 13: Tonal Still Life on Black Paper


Week 14: Begin Final Assignment - Skull Drawing on Black Paper


Week 15: Final Critique

Supply List

  • Strathmore 400 Drawing Paper Pad 18x24 inches

  • Drawing Board with Clips 23 x 26 inches

  • General's Charcoal Pencils (3 of each): 2B, 4B and 6B

  • Two White Charcoal Pencils

  • Three sheets of Mi Teintes Canson Steel Gray or Dark Gray Toned Paper (19 x 25.5 inches)

  • Two sheets of Mi Teintes Canson Black Paper (19 x 25.5 inches)

  • Kneadable Eraser

  • Mars Lumograph 6 Piece Pencil Set

  • Canvas Portfolio Case

  • Three piece blending stump set

  • Utility Blade

  • Pencil Extender

  • Pencil Carrying Case

If you have any additional questions about supplies not covered here, please send me a message through Canvas or email me at

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