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Designed for children ages 9-13.


Freehand drawing is a special language for children to express themselves; sketching pen to paper, your child will develop a passionate hobby away from computers and screens.


This After School virtual class is intended children 9 to 13 years old

  • Session Format: Virtual, in real time.

  • No drawing skills are required. Each child can learn at their own pace.

  • Drawing Subject: The Chicago River

  • Age Range: 9-13 years old.

  • 5 one hour sessions. 3:45 - 4:45 pm Central; 4:45-5:45 pm Eastern. Wednesdays: October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11.

  • Course are in English.

  • Cost for 5 session class:  $150.00.

  • Teacher: Architect Joel Berman. Your child will be taught by an expert: a seasoned architect with 34 years of professional and teaching experience. Joel's Bio | Joel's CV | Joel's architectural practice | Questions: Email Joel

  • Your child will receive immediate one on one feedback during the session and a certificate of completion on the last day of class.

  • If your child misses a class, we will grant access to a video recording of the session. Your child will be able to email sketches to Joel for written feedback.

  • Sessions are limited to 20 students. ENROLL NOW to secure your spot before the class is full.


Berman Sketching's After School Arts Programming will enrich your 9-13 year old with the same creative tools we share with college students and licensed architects.


Our sessions are fun, intimate and interactive; we teach the fundamentals of drawing, starting with Week 1: composition, Week 2: value (light and dark), Week 3: contour (edges), Week 4: perspective, and Week 5: bringing it all together. Joel will demonstrate drawing techniques in real time for your child.


Students will draw during each session - we ask that your child photograph their drawings and email them to us so Joel can give focused, collaborative and personal feedback during each class. The program works best for your child when their drawings are uploaded for open discussion and review.

Arts programming for children is lacking in most schools. Arts programming enriches your child in the following ways:

  • Arts programs allow kids to express themselves in a right-brained, creative manner.

  • The arts develop problem solving ability, critical thinking skills, and focus.

  • Drawing builds kids’ confidence and pushes them out of their comfort zone.

  • Students gain skills in visual learning: they perceive spatial relationships, composition, proportion, and visual hierarchy.

  • Drawing develops kids’ motor skills.


  • Drawing pad, 5.5" x 8.5”

  • Drawing pencils: 2B, HB, and 2H

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • Black Sharpie marker

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"It was fun and I learned how to draw better. The videos made drawing more fun."

- Liam, Evanston,  6th Grade

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