Basic Drawing skills at the highest level (15 classes)

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Why Drawing?

This Drawing Course is based on a French 19th century Classic Academic drawing training. It builds up your abilities to draw realistic drawings. Not many people realize drawing is needed to learn how to build 'form' in order to PAINT form. This course is set up to help you build form in a relatively short time.

This course teaches how to:

  • use a consistent procedure to set up your drawings.
  • use skills like measuring and rendering in a realistic manner
  • really see with an artists' eye
  • lay a solid drawing foundation for every drawing or painting
  • measure your results through excellent exercises!
  • perform self control and improving your own artwork
  • use timeproven principles for any future drawings to get spectacular results!

We start with relatively simple drawings that soon grow into more complicated ones.

The course is set up with:

  • Beautiful example plates of eyes, profile and ears.
  • 12 instruction video's that demonstrate how to do it. Watch while you draw!
  • 25 excellent exercises to work from
  • Clear Instructions for step by step learning to help you grow your drawing abilities
  • You log in to the online school once per week, watch and read the lesson and do the exercices
  • But most important: to learn a consistent procedure on how to draw, built on timeless principles

Isn't reality what we want? We want to be able to render a drawing as we see it in reality!

Don't wait any longer, but enrol now in this fantastic course!

'Drawing 1' will teach you a lot. You will start with basics and end up with drawing portraits. But more, you will internalize to really look closely to each detail. This course will take quite some of your time and you have to be willing to be patient and repeat a process again and again. For me, it was quite challenging. However, if you are willing to put some effort into it, it will have a great impact on you, and is one good tool to prepare for great drawings and also can function well as a prestage for excellent paintings. I can really recommend the course and the Weekly Coaching."

- Natalie Schwarz, Schlangen, Germany

"For me it was valuable to have completed the drawing course of Dutch Art Academy. Although I sometimes reached my "artistic" limits, sometimes had to stifle a tear from time to time and then thought I would stop now, I am very grateful to Marion de Jong today. Because in retrospect I have to say that the structure of the course is very well thought out. I was able to train the importance of the procedures, the exact work and the sharpening of the eyes very well.

When I now work in my studio, I notice again and again that I have learned more patience to work more precisely. Now I notice more quickly when a distance is wrong or a line is not straight.

Marion de Jong takes it very seriously and invests a lot of time in the evaluations, so buy the extra Weekly Coaching. She also has the courage to make corrections in the pictures of my work. The corrections are always well explained and justified. Sometimes also on the basis of examples. Just as well she can encourage and motivate to persevere."

- Marlis Hotz, Switserland

Course Curriculum

  1. Preparation
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  2. Measuring
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  3. Eyes
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  4. Profiles
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  5. Profile and Freehand Sketch
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  7. Small Ears
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  8. More to come
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'Good Art is Built on a Good Foundation'

Your Instructor

Marion de Jong
Marion de Jong

At age 4 Marion held grandpa's watercolor pencils for the first time. They came in a metal tin, with all the colors of the rainbow. This was the first time Marion was really attracted to color and drawing. The pastel portraits made by her grandfather awakened her artist's heart. This first experience with 'art' at a young age never let go of her. After learning a 'solid profession' as a secretary, she started a long-lasting learning curve that brought her artwork further.


She started her artist aspirations with watercolour painting and then switched to acrylic and mixed media. In her early years she mainly worked in a modernist style.

'I have made many inspired works based on my personal faith experiences. From 2013 there was a greater need for realistic works. I started to focus more on realism and the technique that is needed for this.

I developed a love for drawing and started to paint in oil as well, in the tradition of the Old Masters: I made master copies or preliminary studies of them in order to investigate and master the techniques. From this foundation of realism, being able to grasp form, tonality, and expressiveness, my mission is to revitalize the Dutch tradition of drawing and painting. It would be so beautiful if this Dutch legacy were to be preserved for future generations.'

Marion is the founder of Dutch Art Academy online school to facilitate realistic art education.


Marion studied at the Gooische Academie in Laren, NL for 5 years and took lessons in watercolor, acrylic, and oil. She did several portrait and model courses, among others with Humphrey Bennett, Svetlana Tartakovska, and Anatomy/écorché with Per Olof Penrick (former Florence Academy of Art anatomy teacher). And portrait, landscape, and still life at the Russian art academy in Florence. In addition, she is constantly engaged in self-study.

Marion has been teaching drawing and painting in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany since 2006.

Marions work

Isn't this a fabulous course? This is what you get:

  • Example plates of ears, eyes and profile
  • Clear instructionvideo's
  • Practical directions
  • Excellent exercises
  • But most important: to learn a consistent procedure on how to draw built on timeless principles!

Next to doing great drawings you will also gain a lot of understanding about anatomy. Don't wait any longer and enrol today. Estimated length of the course is 3 months (on 1 lesson per week). Time dedication: 3 hours per week to view the course lecture and do the exercises.

You can grow very fast! This is depending on:

  • the time you are willing to give to this course,
  • the skillset you already have, and
  • your commitment to doing your exercises (3 weekly hours)

You can start right now and stop any time you like!

We recommend taking Weekly Coaching to further boost your results:

Through Weekly Coaching Marion will give you personal feedback on your drawings.

Get started now!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will this course take?
When taken one class per week this course will take you about 4 months to work through all the exercises. The course materials and exercise will take you 2 to 3 hours per class.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 29 days and we will give you a full refund. However when our records show you have consumed more than 4 lessons during that time, unfortunately we cannot refund anymore.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts whenever you enrol! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You finish when the full course is done. It is up to you how fast you learn.
What materials do I use for this course?
Graphite pencils Koh-i-noor, Faber Castell or Staedler brand: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B (at east 2 pieces of each, please buy one brand) 1 T-ruler of at least 40 cms length (please buy this, it is essential to create straight angles). 1 hobby knife in a small size (the break of type of knife) 1 piece of sanding paper 200 grain 1 large wooden BBQ- pin or a thin knitting needle without cap 1 block transparant paper A4 size 1 A3-size sketchbook fine drawing paper smooth, minimum 120 grams 1 role painters tape suitable for wallpaper (Tesa Pink is wonderful) 1 pen eraser TOMBOW Mono Zero which has an ultra fine eraser tip 2.3 mm (or similar) 1 geo triangel ruler or another triangular ruler 1 kneaded eraser 1 easel 1 wooden drawing board of 70 x 90 cms
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course as long as your subscription runs - across any and all devices you own. Just login with your emailaddress and password used during subscribing.
Is there any help from a teacher with my homework?
There is always an opportunity to for Weekly Coaching. Please refer to the homepage and read all about it at Weekly Coaching.
Is this a one-time payment or a subscription?
This is a monthly subscription. This means you will be billed monthly as long as you are enrolled in the course. Once you finish, you unenrole through Your Profile.