iPad Art School: Figure Drawing from the Live Model via Zoom
Carla as Frida
Saturday, September 26, 2020, 9:30am – 12:30pm PST

Playful Color – Inspired by Frida Kahlo

Enjoy a structured Zoom figure drawing art class with instruction on the technical and artistic aspects of drawing and using the iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate app as your tools. Other media are also okay, all instruction will be via use of Procreate. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists. This is part of an on-going series of monthly Zoom figure drawing classes featuring top-notch professional models. I share a loose, gestural and expressive approach to drawing from the model. This class will train your eye, sharpen your observational skills and equip you with the technical and artistic experience to make the most of your iPad as an amazing art tool. The model may be nude and therefore this class is for students 18+ and for participation where the computer will not be seen by children under 18. No photography, recording or screen capture is permitted.

The cost is $45 for the three hour class, including the model fee. To register please click on donation link below. You can also point an iPhone or iPad camera at the QR code to get to the same link.

See work from earlier classes on this Padlet gallery


The class is run very similar to a traditional figure drawing class with shorter poses in the first half and worked up to longer poses in the second half. It is a small class with the opportunity for everyone to receive guidance from the instructor.

On September 26th we will have the wonderful model Carla joining us from London. Carla will be dressed in clothes inspired by the colorful style of Frida Kahlo. This will be a great opportunity to play boldly with color! This theme fits in well with the exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, that was scheduled to happen at the de Young Museum here in San Francisco (and is now delayed due to the pandemic).



9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT – Settle In and Intro. You may arrive anytime from 9:15 AM onwards and take the extra few minutes to settle in and socialize before class formally begins at 9:30 AM.

  1. Welcome & Introduction

  2. Inspiration & Ideas

  3. Zoom Protocol

  4. Procreate “Mise en Place”

Shorter Poses – Gesture Warm-Up, Taking a Line for a Walk, & Getting into Shape

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM PDT


11 AM – 11:10 AM English-Style “Tea Break“(get your tea ready)

Longer Poses – Comparing, Complexity, Form & Focus

11:05 AM – 12:00 PM PDT


12:00 PM – 12:30 AM PDT – seminar style round up and review, discuss what we learned, the challenges, Q&A and wrap.

Please note this is a guide only. The syllabus content and timings are subject to change and may vary depending on the theme and topic of the class. There will be Gallery View “instant exhibitions” with instructor feedback and Q&A between some of the exercises.

Class Preparation Instructions

  1. All instruction will be using an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Procreate app. If you are using an iPad and Apple Pencil please make sure they are both fully charged before class.

  2. Install the latest version of the Procreate app on your iPad. If you already have Procreate make sure you have updated the app.

  3. For greater range of brushes, I recommend visiting my iPad Art Tools page and purchasing the recommended Procreate brush sets mentioned on that page.

  4. Go to the App Store and update all apps to be sure you’re current.

  5. Go to Settings / General / Software Update and make sure you have the latest iOS.

  6. Make sure you have updated your Zoom app to the latest version. If you’re not familiar with Zoom please visit Zoom 101 for an explanation and guide.

  7. Take photographs of a a variety of drawing papers and other surfaces (not drawn on, though they can be dirty, distressed, messed up and have torn edges) of various colors and values (lightness/darkness). The more uniform the lighting on the surface the better. You can use your phone to take the pictures but transfer them (via AirDrop if you’re using an iPhone) to your iPad once taken. As an advanced option we can open up or import these photographs as backgrounds over which to draw.

  8. Open this Padlet url on your iPad browser and practice adding an image saved in your recent photos (Camera Roll) on your iPad. Just click on the Padlet background or the “+” symbol in lower right of the Padlet gallery, and choose the upload symbol (looks like an upward arrow over a horizontal bar, or a mountain scene profile) to add a drawing from your Photos. Please include your name in the post title or description so we know who made the drawing. Click “Post”. Once you’ve tested adding an image to the Padlet then please delete it by clicking on the three small dots in the top right of the post and choose “delete”.

Here are some examples of iPad life drawings from recent sessions, all created using Procreate:

“Amanda Playing Guitar”, 2020, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Procreate

And here are some examples of life drawings created using traditional media:

Caran D’Ache Neocolour II water-soluble wax oil pastels over acrylic wash on paper, 36″ x 24″

Drawing from the model is the way artists have honed their drawing skills for thousands of years. This workshop follows a semi-traditional structure, with short gesture and moving poses early on to warm up with and then progressively longer poses. We’ll explore gesture, shape, movement, value, composition and the use of positive and negative space.

Your instructor, Jeremy Sutton, has been life drawing for over thirty years and will be sharing his insights and expressive approach to drawing the model. This is a class that all levels of drawers can benefit from. The workshop is run “British-style” which means there is a tea break in the middle!

This class is run remotely on Zoom.

Do I need any training or experience in drawing or painting?

No prior art experience is needed. Jeremy teaches with encouragement, patience and enthusiasm. All you need is an open mind and willingness to explore.

Small Class Size

The class size will be kept a maximum of approximately twelve students.

Students must be 18 years or older. No photography, screen capture or videography by students is permitted in this workshop. Please note the registration is final and non-refundable. If you find you unexpectedly can not make it, then the value of the registration payment can be applied to a later class or workshop or any other product or service offered on PaintboxTV®.

Jeremy Sutton

Originally from London, I studied drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University (while earning a degree in Physics), and subsequently studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands. I\'ve been using digital paint since 1991, including every version of Painter. I love teaching and have taught workshops and given presentations all over the world for the last twenty years. I create commissioned fine art paintings and perform live action painting and digital portraiture. I founded PaintboxTV in February 2009. Thank you for being part of this creative community!

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