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This site is about learning to draw and improve your drawing. It is built on the belief that drawing is a skill that anyone can learn with effort and practice, and can become a lifelong pursuit providing years of satisfaction.

This site was created and coded by myself, Ben Rathbone. I also produce all the content and artwork (unless otherwise specified.) I've found enjoyment in drawing and art my entire life. After childhood drawing classes, my first formal adult art classes were at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia.

My serious art training was at the (now closed) School of Representational Art in Chicago, Illinois. I completed the School's four-year, full-time, highly integrated curriculum of training replicating the Atelier method of art instruction modeled after the academic painting schools of 19th century Europe. The instructors at The School of Representational Art were part of a lineage of instruction that goes back to Richard Lack in Minneapolis, R. H. Ives Gammell of Boston, William Paxton, of Boston. Additionally, I studied at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago.

I hope this site is of value to you. Feel free to use the Contact page to reach out to me with any questions, suggestions, or feedback. 

All the best, 

Ben Rathbone