Mixed Course

Drawing Painting & Illustration classes

This course offers original, contemporary and constantly renewed workshops around the art of drawing and illustration. Students develop their sensitivity as well as their ability to create and express themselves in colour, lines and materials. The workshop programme is based on the culture of art, its history and current events. They allow students to acquire the culture, the gestures and the essential tools to be able to express themselves and create.


Learn and develop your artistic expression using different tools: pencils, brushes, watercolour, felt-tip pens, pastels, gouache, neocolours, pens, graphite, charcoal, etc. So many techniques to discover and to deepen! Students develop their skills through creations, drawings and illustrations on themes suggested by the teacher. Accompanied by the teacher, they will be able to develop, grow or perfect their artistic practice.

For Apolline, the possibility of accompanying the children in the realisation of a concrete project is essential. The teacher therefore proposes, in line with the courses given in visual arts, the possibility of carrying out an exhibition or micro-publishing project. Through a playful, social and enriching experience, the children will understand the context of a real project and its implementation.

Objectives and skills

Techniques covered

  • Work of the proportions
  • Outlook work
  • Light work
  • Working with colour
  • Use of various techniques (pencils, felt-tip pens, gouache, neocolours, charcoal, etc.)

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

Age : 

  • 6 to 10 years old - 60' weekly
  • 10 to 16 years old - 90' weekly


Courses Weekly duration Monthly price* One price**
Drawing 6-10 years - 1 year 60 minutes

79.00 CHF

900.00 CHF
Drawing from age 10 - 1 year 90 minutes

99.00 CHF

1'150.00 CHF
Drawing adults aged 16 and over - 1 term (quarter) 90 minutes N/A 395.00 CHF

* 12 monthly instalments to be paid from September to August (see our règlement).
** Price for full-year course payment in a single instalment

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).

Registration by term (quarter) is only possible for adult courses.

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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 creative tools. Indeed, at the end of this course, you will have developed concrete 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 stakes 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.

The materials needed for drawing classes will depend on the type of class. However, here is a general list of drawing materials commonly used in Apolline's drawing classes: Pencils: a variety of hardness is recommended, ranging from 2H (hard) to 8B (soft). Felt Pens: a selection of fine and broad tip felt pens for outlining and filling in areas. Gouache: a gouache palette, brushes of various sizes, and water to thin the paint. Neocolors: brightly colored oil chalks that can be used for drawing, shading and filling. Charcoal: for charcoal drawings, it is recommended to have charcoal sticks, charcoal powder, drawing paper and a fixative to protect the drawing. Paper: an assortment of drawing papers, including papers of different textures and weights. Eraser: an eraser for corrections and a breadcrumb eraser for blending and textural effects. Ruler: a ruler for measuring and drawing straight lines. Compass: a compass for drawing circles and arcs. In general, the use of pencils, markers, gouache, Neocolors, charcoal, etc. is encouraged in drawing classes to help students experiment and discover different ways to create interesting and creative drawings.

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 start with the basics of drawing. The basics include sketching, a quick drawing technique to capture the essence of a scene or subject. Beginners can start with 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 students. Moreover, learning is a continuous process for even the most experienced artists. They can always learn new approaches and 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. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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 professionalization needed to succeed.

The representation of the human body has been a staple of drawing for thousands of years. Like still life, human anatomy is a classic for every artist in every field of drawing. 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 classes with us, we will study portraits, so that we can acquire the proper skills to draw eyes, noses, mouths and hair realistically.

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 material handling or control. For example, using oil or acrylics can be more difficult because of 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 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 training in the field of 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.

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 art, if you were to get into illustration for example. All in all, a dedicated space for your creations is obviously recommended!

There are several basic principles in painting, but here are the six most commonly recognized: Color: Color is one of the main elements of painting. It can be used to create contrast, harmony or emotion in a composition. Value: Value refers to the brightness or darkness of a color. It is important to create contrast and volume in a painting. Form: Form is the visual representation of an object or element in a composition. It can be created with lines, contours or colors. Texture: Texture is the tactile or visual quality of a surface in a painting. It can be created through painting technique or by using different materials. Space: Space is the dimension in which the elements of the composition are placed. It can be created using perspective, color planes or blurring effects. Composition: Composition is the arrangement of elements in a painting. It can be created using the rule of thirds, symmetry, balance or movement. These six principles can be combined and used in different ways to create different artistic effects and help express the painter's intentions.

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.

They 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, that is, a 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.

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 these two areas as part of the curriculum could be beneficial for several reasons. First, it would allow students to develop their creativity, self-expression, and appreciation of art. Painting and illustration can help students explore their ideas, express their emotions and develop their own artistic style. In addition, teaching painting and illustration can help students develop their understanding of composition, color, light and shadow, and other fundamental concepts of visual art. It can also help students develop their ability to observe and analyze their visual environment, which is an important skill in many academic and professional disciplines. Finally, teaching painting and illustration can help stimulate students' interest in art and culture, as well as their understanding of different artistic traditions and styles. It can also help develop their appreciation of different forms of artistic expression and develop their ability to communicate visually.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to follow our illustration and painting 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

Great instructors! The manga teachers at our school are true professional artists who are committed and passionate about their craft. They love to share their knowledge and expertise with students and are very comfortable with children and teenagers. They offer exciting activities that allow students to discover new techniques and express themselves creatively. Each of them has their own professional specialization and emphasizes it, which means that each class is exciting and offers a discovery experience for students. Our teachers are dedicated to helping each student achieve their goals and develop as an artist. With their expertise and passion, our school's teachers are exceptional mentors for students who want to learn to draw manga or improve their skills in this discipline. They are also very popular at summer camps, where they offer an exciting and fun workshop with expert advice!