Drawing Lesson 6: Stacking Tables

Drawing Lesson 6: Stacking Tables

We are continuing our weekly drawing class. We are using Mark Kistler’s book, You Can Draw in 30 Days. Instead of completing the book in 30 days, we plan to take 30 weeks, doing a new lesson each week and then spending time during the week practicing what we have learned. Although I am teaching the class, I am also student and learning every bit as much as the wee ones. Michelle has a degree in fine arts and she adds tons of helpful hints. It is a very exciting time for us all. If you would like to join us, simply pick up the book You Can Draw in 30 Days, and start at Drawing Lesson 1 :: The Sphere, and follow along at your own pace. Each Lesson will be linked to the first Lesson, the previous lesson and the next lesson. Happy Drawing! 

Lesson 1 :: The Sphere

Lesson 5 :: Hollow Cubes

Lesson 7 :: Coming soon.

Last week in Lesson 5 :: Last week we continued our study of cubes by exploring hollow cubes and boxes. Our homework was to continue working with cubes and to attempt the bonus activity of drawing a treasure chest with a rounded lid. Below are some of our favorite drawings from the week.

Pixie’s favorite from last week.

Fairy’s favorite drawing from the last week.

Bug’s favorite drawing from last week.

Close-up of a ninja marshmallow Bug drew. 


This week we continued our study of cubes, this time learning how to stack them.

Of course, in all our drawings we are ever mindful of fundamental laws of drawing.

The Nine Fundamental Laws of Drawing – from Mark Kistler’s book :: You Can Draw in 30 Days

1. Foreshortening: Distort an object to create the illusion that one part of it is closer to your eye.
2. Placement: Place an object lower on the surface of a picture to make it appear closer to your eye.
3. Size: Draw an object larger to make it appear closer to your eye.
4. Overlapping: Draw an object in front of another object to create the visual illusion that it is closer to your eye.
5. Shading: Draw darkness on an object opposite the positioned light source to create the illusion of depth.
6. Shadow: Draw darkness on the ground next to the object, opposite the positioned light source, to create the illusion of depth.
7. Contour lines: Draw curving lines wrapping around the shape of a round object to give it volume and depth.
8. Horizon line: Draw a horizontal reference line to create the illusion that objects in the picture are varying distances from your eye.
9. Density: Create the illusion of distance by drawing objects lighter and with less detail.

Here is the classwork from today’s lesson.

Pixie’s Stacked Cubes

Fairy’s Stacked Cubes

Bug’s Stacked Cubes

Michelle’s Stacked Cubes


Before each drawing session, warm up by practicing slants and lines.

Practice drawing stacked cubes using our foreshortened compass for reference lines.

Using the bonus challenge in the book draw a monster table tower. 

Have a wonderful week drawing and we will see you next week for Lesson 7!


Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art

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