F R E E H A N D  D R A W I N G
Kevin Coffey, Instructor

Kevin is a new instructor with Acorn Arts. His background is in illustration, animation, and design. A few of his clients include George Lucas, Cartoon Network, Disney, Comcast, Tim Burton, Hasbro, Hanna-Barbara, Bette Midler, The Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Angels and many others. Kevin currently has more than 20 children's books he's illustrated on Amazon. He has designed this class specifically for Acorn Arts, to help calligraphers understand the basics of drawings.
A most popular part of Kevin's first class was the time spent on freehand drawing.
This is the theme of Kevin’s second class and will be the main focus.
Attention will also be placed on the coloring of these wonderful freehand drawings.
We will learn how to draw and color beautiful objects found in nature specifically designed to enhance the value and beauty of your calligraphy projects.
You will learn methods for freehand drawing, using photographs/ nature as your models, that you can use and apply immediately.

Kevin’s freehand drawings will ALWAYS start with a “line of action”-
you will learn to see this as a “spine”, or the “core” of your drawing.
The placement of all other parts of your drawing will be relative to this all- important “line of action”.

How it works

This is a live Zoom class over two days, May 14th & 15th.


The lessons will be 2 hours with an optional 30 minutes for questions afterwards.


The Zoom classes will be recorded and available through June 15th.

Here are a few things that will be covered in the course



  • learning to draw freehand from photos, nature and your imagination  (no tracing)
  • begin to create a library of drawings that you can use to enhance calligraphy projects of your own
  • setting up (supplies, how to practice…)
  • looking at nature and learning how to see the underlying shapes 
  • how to use those shapes when you begin to draw
  • trouble shooting: most common mistakes
  • beginning to use colored pencils to give shape and form to your drawing
  • blending colors properly
  • finishing the drawing

Eunice Carwile

This is the most practical drawing class ever. Kevin taught me how to see differently and gave me a simple way to draw elements I can use in my calligraphy. No muss, no fuss! 

From the beginning drawing class


Elizabeth Morgan

This is exactly what I needed. I really appreciate how Kevin explained looking for shapes in things and the importance of tracing in the beginning to help yourself see like an artist.

From the beginning drawing class.

Drawing for Calligraphers - Intermediate


Live online class via Zoom

May 14 & 15, 2022

1:00 pm Eastern Time (Michigan)

Each session will be 2.5 hours
with time for questions and answers.

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