Faculty Profile: Meet ACA’s gifted drawing teacher Helen Payne

Anyone can learn to draw with Helen Payne!

Helen Payne is a master at helping students learn to draw with confidence.  Whether you’re just starting out, or if you have some experience and are ready to take the next step, Helen’s drawing classes are for you!

Nuts and Bolts: Basic Drawing Skills  is a wonderful class for anyone who has ever desired to draw realistically.  Anyone can learn to draw!   In each class you will learn methods to sharpen your eye and improve your hand eye coordination so you can draw with confidence.  You’ll focus on proportion, line, shading, and composition.  Both portrait and figure work will be introduced.

The Body and Context: Figure Drawing – New Class!  In this fresh approach to figure drawing, students gain core fundamentals while exploring how artists’ visions of the body were shaped by their time and place.  You’ll gain great seeing skills, anatomical understanding, proportion, tone and more, all the while gaining insight into how that innate human urge to draw the human body has evolved from the paleolithic to the present.  Each class starts with a slideshow that introduces the week’s theme, followed by drawing from the model.  The class will have a companion website.


Chair drawing by Helen Payne

Helen Payne, Drawing for Frazier, with Radiation

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