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How our classes are listed

Classes are divided into three tiers of skill based on difficulty: Foundational, Intermediate, and Advanced. Read over the descriptions below to determine what tier of class difficulty is best for you.


You may have enjoyed sketching from time to time and have always enjoyed art but never taken it seriously or received formal education of the fundamentals of drawing and painting. You are hobbyist or beginner with a general idea what perspective is but would not know how to construct an accurate 3-point perspective view of a subject. You have not memorized the proportions of the human face and body, and you stick to drawing faces from front view only.


You have received a scattering of art classes and education or poor formal teaching. You have general understanding the fundamentals but know there are significant gaps in your knowledge. You struggle with color, lighting, and realistic rending. If given a direct reference to copy, you can make a reasonable replication but struggle to adapt that knowledge to new drawings without direct reference. You have made decent images of single subjects such as a tree, face, or vase, but struggle with more complex subjects and your images often feel flat.


You've spent years learning the fundamentals and have a good, but not perfect, understanding of perspective, forms, shading and values, basic anatomy, color theory, and composition. You can render simple subjects well and are now learning design with characters and environments. You still struggle with complex scenes and realistic lighting but you may be ready to begin putting together a portfolio to join the industry. Conversely, you may have a portfolio which isn't getting traction and are looking to level up your portfolio quality or want to learn a new skill or subject.

If you are still unsure if a particular class is a good fit for you, feel free to contact us at clint@swatchesacademy.com with a link to your work online, which class you're interested in, and we'll get back with you.