Academic Drawing Course

Academic Drawing Courses in Lausanne

A course to sharpen your eye and technique in drawing, thanks to individualized teaching according to your interests, aptitudes and needs. In this way, you develop both your technical skills and your perceptive intelligence.


In order to acquire the necessary tools for drawing from a model, the teacher will teach you techniques that above all allow you to exercise your gaze. He or she will suggest a path adapted to your objectives and will accompany you in your stylistic quest by transmitting strategies that will give you the possibility to find a way to draw that suits you.

Objectives and skills

By the end of this course, you will have developed technical skills (construction of space, structure of the human anatomy, distribution of light and shadow, dynamics of the moving body) and identified the issues involved in this approach.

The practice of observational drawing will also lead you to a better understanding of your perceptual intelligence. Finally, it will invite you to use faculties that are usually little mobilized, thus making the link between body and mind more fluid.

This course is intended for both novices and initiated people. You can bring your own equipment, but you will also find what you need on site. The price includes a fixed price for the engagement of the models.

How can you start learning to draw today and unleash your creativity? With Apolline, a Swiss art school based in Lausanne.


from 18 y.o. (from 16 y.o. with the parents' permission)


Course Weekly duration Price
Academic drawing - 1 term (quarter) 120 minutes 595.00 CHF

All fees are included in the prices shown. Enrolment during the term is possible (price calculated on a pro rata basis according to the number of lessons remaining).

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There is obviously no age to start drawing! If you have young children, you have certainly already made a compilation of the most beautiful drawings made by your little one. Concerning the academic drawing at Apolline, we advise your children to wait until they are 16 years old to start the courses. Our courses require a certain maturity and a grasp of the tools of creation. Indeed, at the end of this course, you will have developed technical skills (construction of space, structure of the human anatomy, distribution of shadows and lights, dynamics of the body in movement) and will have understood the challenges of this approach. The practice of observation drawing will also lead you to a better understanding of your perceptive intelligence. Finally, it will invite you to make use of faculties that are not usually mobilized, thus fluidifying the link between body and mind.

Absolutely! Our classes are suitable for all ages, including adults. Apolline's classes include artistic activities, discoveries and initiations, suitable for adults of all levels. Whether you are a beginner or already have some experience, our classes will meet your needs and interests. The courses are designed to provide an enriching and stimulating experience for all adult learners.

First of all, we need to understand what drawing is. It is an art form that allows artists to express themselves visually through shapes, colors and textures on a flat surface such as paper or a computer screen. To create accurate and expressive drawings, any beginning artist must learn and master the basics of drawing. The basics include sketching, a quick drawing technique to capture the essence of a scene or subject. Beginners can start by learning the basics of drawing such as proportion, perspective and shading before moving on to more advanced projects. Our classes cover these different stages of learning, for novices, amateurs and advanced. Moreover, learning is a continuous process for even the most experienced artists. They can always learn new techniques, new approaches and new styles to improve their work. Finally, hard work is an essential part of learning to draw. As in any field, artists must practice regularly to improve their skills and creativity.

If you like drawing, there are several artistic professions you could consider. First, you can become an illustrator, creating images for books, magazines, advertisements or products. You can also pursue a career as a painter, creating artwork for art galleries or collectors. To prepare for these artistic careers, you can take classes with us at Apolline for our pre-professional courses. In addition to illustration and painting, you can also consider careers in other drawing-related fields, such as video game design, animation, character design or comic book creation. Drawing skills are also useful in fields such as architecture, fashion and industrial design. All in all, if you love drawing, there are many career options in artistic and creative fields, and art schools can help you develop the skills and techniques needed to succeed.

The representation of the human body has been a staple of drawing for thousands of years. Like the still life, the human anatomy is a classic for every artist, whether in painting, drawing, illustration... For many beginners, the portrait can be a difficult part of drawing. Specifically, the eyes and proportions of the face are often considered the most difficult parts to master. The eyes, in particular, require special attention to capture their shape, depth and expression. The proportions of the face must also be drawn correctly to achieve a realistic likeness. By taking a class with us, we will study portraits to learn the proper techniques for drawing eyes, noses, mouths and hair in a realistic manner.

There is no technique in drawing that is inherently more complicated than the others. It all depends on the person doing it, their skills, experience and working style. Nevertheless, some techniques may present specific challenges in terms of handling materials or mastering techniques. For example, using oil or acrylics can be more difficult due to the need to master layering, glazing and texture techniques. Charcoal can be difficult to control because of its soft, crumbly texture, while using watercolor paint may require an understanding of color transparency and opacity. Each technique has its own set of challenges, it's up to you to learn how to master them!

Sketching can vary depending on your skill level and the tools you use. However, there are some general steps you can follow to make a successful sketch. The first step is to choose your sketching tool. If you want a quick, spontaneous sketch, you can use a pencil. If you want a more expressive and dramatic sketch, you can opt for a charcoal. If you want to add color, you can use watercolor. Then you can start drawing the outline of your subject. If you are sketching a portrait, start by drawing the outline of the face. If you are drawing a landscape, start by drawing the outlines of the main shapes. Once you have the outline of your subject, you can start adding details. If you are drawing a portrait, add details such as the eyes, nose and mouth. If you are drawing a landscape, add details such as trees and clouds. Finally, you can add texture and value shades to give your sketch depth and dimension. If you are using a pencil, you can add texture using techniques such as blending and hatching. If you are using charcoal, you can add texture using techniques such as smudging and blending. Sketching may seem intimidating to beginners, but it's a great way to develop your drawing skills. Introduction to drawing can be done by learning the basic steps to sketching and practicing regularly. By attending introductory classes or following online tutorials, you can learn the skills necessary to make successful sketches.

Training in the field of manga is a dream perspective for some aspiring artists. Excellent opportunity for those who wish to discover this world and improve in this discipline. We offer a wide range of training courses for all levels, whether you are a beginner or advanced. We have weekly classes, operating on a year-round registration basis, or by week-long workshops during the vacations that we call vacation workshops. Classes are open to both boys and girls, for those who are new to the sport and want to learn the basics, as well as those who want to deepen their knowledge and improve their technique. If you are interested in learning about manga, please contact us for more information and to register. We look forward to welcoming you to our schools and helping you achieve your goals.

We provide all the necessary materials for our courses so that our students can concentrate on their learning and creativity. They will also receive the necessary advice for optimal use. We provide pencils, pens, paint, alcohol markers, light tablets, iPads and graphic tablets, India ink, rotring, colored pencils, and more. We have everything our students need to express themselves creatively and have everything they need to make quality drawings.

It is not necessary to have a studio to draw, don't imagine that you need to have a studio of a great painter like Picasso or Monet. Having a dedicated space for your practice can however help you to concentrate and fully immerse yourself in your universe. Drawing gathers all kinds of skills and is divided into many categories. If we talk about manga drawing for example, it can also include painting, character design, visual storytelling and layout. All of these areas may require a bit of equipment, including a set of drawing supplies, pencils, markers, quality paper, erasers and rulers. You may also need a computer or graphics tablet to create digital artwork, if you should get into illustration for example. All in all, a dedicated space for your creations is obviously recommended!

It is possible to determine if your son or daughter has a talent for drawing by observing his or her behavior at school, if he or she prefers to spend time drawing rather than listening to lectures. If your child is often absorbed in his or her drawings and shows remarkable creativity, this may be a sign that visual arts are his or her forte. You can also talk to his teacher to get his opinion on your son's abilities. If your child shows a sustained interest in drawing and continues to improve despite difficulties, this may indicate a passion for art. Finally, if your child receives positive feedback on his or her drawings from classmates or family, it may suggest that he or she has a talent for drawing. Don't hesitate to encourage your child to pursue his or her interest in the visual arts by enrolling him or her in classes or by providing high-quality drawing materials to develop academic skills.

When you have an idea, it is sometimes not so simple to turn it into a comic strip, a cartoon or a movie. To do this, before launching into the final result, we can go through several stages that allow us to gradually specify what we would like to do. For example, if I have the idea of a sheep that skis, I need to have a sheep, skis and a camera to make a film or paper and pencil to make a comic strip. But it's useful to go through a drawing first, a sketch. Well, the storyboard is, in a way, the sketch of the comic strip or the film. It consists of drawings and sentences, placed side by side. "Story" means "story" and "board" means "guidance". The storyboard is a dashboard, a guide. So the producers, actors and production workers of the film have an overview before shooting, the designers have an idea of what it might look like, what problems they might encounter, what is worth drawing, before they go to the final board.

Painting and illustration are two visual art forms that share some similarities but also have some important differences. Here are some of the main differences: Purpose: Painting is often created to be a stand-alone work of art that is designed to be viewed in its own beauty, while illustration is created to serve a specific purpose, such as to accompany a text, story, message or communication. Medium of execution: Painting is often done on traditional media such as canvas, paper, wood or stone, while illustration can be done on a variety of media such as paper, cardboard, fabric, etc. Content: Painting can be a representation of anything that can be seen, imagined or expressed, while illustration is often related to specific content, such as a story, article, advertisement, etc. Target Audience: Painting is generally intended for a broader audience, while illustration is often intended for a more specific target audience, such as children, professionals, or enthusiasts in a specific field. In summary, the main difference between painting and illustration is their purpose and context. Painting is often created to express a personal vision, while illustration is often created to meet a specific need or to accompany a text or story.

Drawing is a very rich artistic field, which offers many possibilities of expression and creation. Among the different artistic fields related to drawing, we can mention painting, which can be done with different types of paint, such as oil, watercolor or acrylic. Painting can be used to create figurative or abstract paintings, playing with colors, textures and shapes. Drawing is also related to the graphic arts, such as comics, illustration, printmaking or screen printing. These arts allow us to tell stories, to represent characters or landscapes, using specific techniques and particular styles. Drawing can also be done with different tools, such as pencil, charcoal, pastel or pen. Each of these tools offers different possibilities of expression, playing with lines, shadows and textures. Drawing is also about observation, creation and discovery. By drawing, we can learn to observe the world around us, to capture the moment, to explore new horizons. We can also express our creativity by drawing freely, letting our imagination and emotions speak. Finally, drawing can be used to create portraits, which allow to represent the features and expressions of a person, or to play with colors, shapes and textures, using techniques such as watercolor or pastel. In short, drawing offers many possibilities of expression and creation, and allows everyone to find their own artistic path. Whatever your level or interests, the art school is here to accompany you on your artistic journey and help you develop your creativity.

Teaching manga drawing can be beneficial for students, but it depends on the school context. If a school wants to integrate the teaching of manga drawing into its curriculum, it could be an opportunity for students to develop their creativity and visual communication skills. However, it is important that the teachers who teach manga drawing are qualified to do so, and that they have the appropriate training and experience to teach this technique. It is also important that this specific teaching is not considered a substitute for teaching the fundamentals of drawing. Students need to learn the basic techniques before they can explore more specific styles. In addition, it is important that students understand that manga drawing is an art form specific to Japanese culture, and that it should not be used as a universal representation of visual art. If manga drawing instruction is added to the curriculum, it could be offered as an additional training or workshop, rather than a required course. It could be offered to interested students as part of a club or a special week of training for the visual arts. Ultimately, the decision to incorporate manga drawing instruction into the school curriculum depends on the school's educational goals and its ability to provide adequate training. Otherwise, you enroll your child with us!

Unfortunately, it is not possible to follow our illustration courses online or via webcam. Since the classes are in groups, attendance is essential to the progress and smooth running of the class. The children exchange with their teacher who immediately corrects them. Giving the lessons online, in this context, is therefore of no interest.

Yes, we do! Visit our website to discover our vacation camps, workshops and courses. Based in several cities in the French part of Switzerland, Apolline offers comic book/manga drawing courses during the school vacations in your canton. This is not a vacation camp as such, as the children do not sleep on site. The activity focuses on 3 hours of intensive classes per day from Monday to Friday. The courses can be taken in the morning from 9am to 12pm, or in the afternoon from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Cities where we organize our drawing courses : Geneva - Etoy - Lausanne - Montreux - Yverdon - Sion - Neuchâtel - Delémont - Fribourg - Bienne

Concerning the academic drawing courses given by our teacher Christian, they do take place in Lausanne and not in other cities of French-speaking Switzerland like Geneva or Montreux. You can consult our website to discover all the cities in which we carry out our activities.