Drawing instruction at the AAC covers the following sets of exercises which teach the student to draw fluidly and confidently at a high level of skill. Although mechanical accuracy in a fairly literal sense is the emphasis in the outset, it is important that this not become an end in itself and that the student learns to develop their visual memory and powers of observation, orchestration and selection.

 Relying not only on 19th century reference material, but also copy work from over four hundred years of art history, the student also develops an understanding of the differences and similarities in materials, treatment and most importantly, concepts.
 It also emphasizes the idea that drawing is an investigative instrument and is done in different ways for requisite problem solving purposes. For example, compositional sketching is not the same thing as a finished anatomical study.

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