Painting and Drawing - Level 1

Learn the fundamentals of painting and drawing techniques and practice new skills in an exciting online studio environment designed to inspire creativity and teach you—as a beginning artist—how to express yourself through artistic practices.


Students enrolled in this online Studio course will balance a variety of expert-led live sessions with self-guided practice to build new artistic skills in an exciting and dynamic virtual setting. Taught by practicing contemporary artists and with guest appearances by leaders in the contemporary art world, this Studio course provides beginning students with the guidance, techniques, and support to encourage them to find and develop their own creative vision. In this course, students will learn basic drawing techniques through a hands-on, multifaceted approach that motivates them to learn new skills as well as deepen their knowledge of visual communication.


This course is ideal for students who are creatively inclined and searching for a supportive and instructional environment to help them develop their drawing and painting talents. This program is geared towards students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From hands-on studio sessions to virtual site visits, with online activities led by expert practitioners, the Studio program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies.


Students will be provided with a list of materials they should purchase before the start of the course.


Virtual site visits may include:

  • The drawing collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Interactive virtual exhibitions at the Tate Modern in London
  • Online viewing rooms of top international galleries, such as David Zwirner and
  • White Cube
  • Artists’ studios


Guest speakers may include:

  • Artists
  • Contemporary art gallerists
  • Contemporary art curators


Projects may include:

  • Learning a series of foundational drawing techniques practiced under self-guided studio time, with individualized feedback given by the instructor on the student’s work
  • Practicing a chromatic exercise to understand color theory and the ways complimentary colors can be used to create innovative visual effects
  • Starting a sketchbook diary to experiment with different media and techniques



Tech Fee: $75


Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Term Dates

Term dates and course availability depend heavily on instructors’ schedules.

  • Term 3 July 5 to July 16

All courses are open to rising 10th – 12th graders and graduating seniors. Explore the full online summer schedule.

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What is a Studio Course?

Studio courses provide students with an immersive and virtual exploration of traditional studio art-making practices alongside a survey of the history, markets, and theory for a single subject area. This hands-on approach to learning enables students to develop deeper appreciation for art and insights about the field. Over the course of a two-week Institute term, students will create original works of art.

Course Highlights

Summer Institute enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional careers. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

  • 1

    In an exciting and interactive online studio practice, students will develop core drawing skills and receive individualized feedback to help them both technically and conceptually. Instruction will include a variety of drawing techniques that students will use to create a finished work of art, which they can use to start a portfolio at the end of the course.

  • 2

    Students will work with a variety of water-based media to understand fundamental concepts of painting, including approaches to color, line, value, composition, and scale. Self-paced studio exercises will allow students time to develop their own approaches to expression using the techniques studied in class.

  • 3

    Under the guidance of studio art faculty, students will start a sketchbook diary for visual experimentation that will also help students to see their progress throughout the two weeks of the course.

Summer Institute Faculty

Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders and professional experts in the international art world who have extensive online teaching experience. Each faculty member structures their course around real-time conversations defining their professions and helps students master the unique forces at play in the art world.

Summer Institute Faculty

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