This site is for people who would like to learn how to create beautiful detailed drawings. It is suitable for beginners and those wanting to improve their skills.

Vanessa Joret has been teaching people how to draw for over 18 years.  In this new online course she will take you step by step along the journey of learning how to draw.  This course is particularly ideal for those just starting out on that journey.  It is also great for those who have done some drawing but find themselves often feeling frustrated/disappointed with the results.  If you would like to draw detailed realism then this course will give you the skills and techniques you need.

If you are a beginner, are you wondering if you could learn to draw?  

You do not need any special talent or ability to learn to draw 

This 10 minute video will explain the 4 simple things you do need:

Watch Intro Video

How does the course work?

This is an intergrated course where the skills you develop in one module will then be built on in the next.  As you progress through the course you will learn many aspects of drawing such as how to draw an accurate line drawing, how to use tone and colour, how to create texture, drawing animals and fur, composition, perspective and much more.  New modules will continue to be added regularly.

It is a self-study subscription course giving you complete flexibility (no zoom classes, exams or deadlines).  All modules are pre-recorded so you can watch them anytime, anywhere on your phone, tablet or laptop.

The course is made up of  'Key Units' where you will do the major learning, and 'Projects' where you will do the artwork. The drawing process is always clearly explained and demonstrated, making it easy to follow.

Key Unit 1 is the foundation stone of the course and in that module Vanessa's unique Dot&Grid Method is introduced. This is a great help to those who find getting an accurate line drawing in challenging (see the Free Course Preview for more info on this).

There is also "The Materials Manual".  This is a useful resource for students, full of demonstrations on how to use the different art materials.  It will continue to be added to.  

The materials needed to start the course are minimal, to make it easy and affordable to get started!  We start with graphite, and later in the course will cover drawing with coloured pencil, charcoal and watercolour pencil. 

There are three types of membership:

  • FREE Membership
  • Full Membership
  • Basic Membership

FREE Membership is ideal for those wanting a bit of a sneak-peak at the course.  You will have access to the Free Course Preview as well as all the Project Preview videos!

FREE Membership

This is a great way to try-before-you-buy. There are lots of videos and previews from the course and it is free forever!

The Subscription Options

Free Membership or Basic Membership. What's the difference?

In both Full Membership and Basic Membership you will have unlimited access 24/7 to all Key Units and Projects and you will receive all new releases.  The modules are pre-recorded so you have complete flexibility to do the course at your own pace.   There are no long term commitments, you can unsubscribe at any time (payments are monthly).

The big difference between the two options is that in Full Membership you also become a member of the "Show & Tell" community group (a bit like a closed Facebook group but it's within the site not on Facebook). This is where you can connect up with other students, share your artwork and ask Vanessa questions!


The course is great for kids who want to learn how to draw detailed realism.  It is best for older children and is ideal for teenagers.  Go to the Basic Membership page for more info.  (Full Membership is not for children because of the online community).


Special Discount

If you are currently in Lock-Down I understand that this can be difficult, perhaps getting engrossed in some drawing may help - a nice creative place to escape to!  So I have created a special Coupon Code you can use if you are enrolling during Lock-Down, it will give you 20% Discount off your first month.

The Coupon Code is:  ESCAPE

Stay safe, Vanessa

Do you have a Coupon Code?

Use it here!


A range of start up kits are available to suit all budgets. Free delivery within Australia

Online Course Reviews

5 star rating

Well presented course

Lee Jones

This is the course to start you on your drawing journey. Clearly providing and explaining the foundations needed.

This is the course to start you on your drawing journey. Clearly providing and explaining the foundations needed.

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5 star rating

loved it!

Danielle Bruna

It's great Vanessa, I loved it. Takes me back to when I first started in your class so many years ago! I highly recommend Vanessa's drawing classes, I have s...

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It's great Vanessa, I loved it. Takes me back to when I first started in your class so many years ago! I highly recommend Vanessa's drawing classes, I have seen her work wonders with bringing out the artist in very skeptical beginners!

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Your instructor

Artist and Art Teacher

Vanessa Joret

Vanessa has a great passion for sharing her love of drawing. She has been teaching children and adults how to draw for 18 years. Prior to Covid19 Vanessa was running eight classes per week at her home studio in The Blue Mountains Australia. During lock-down Vanessa decided to use the opportunity to build an Online Drawing Course, something she would never have had time to do normally. Vanessa has always loved teaching "raw beginners" and has developed her "Dot&Grid Method" to make it easier for beginners to be able to master the skill of drawing accurately. Vanessa is known as a patient teacher who always takes the time to explain things clearly. Vanessa's artwork is owned by people all over the world. She has a sensitive realistic style which covers a broad range of subjects. Her artwork can be seen at The Argyle Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney and The Bay Tree Gallery, Berrima NSW.

Some of Vanessa's artwork

Graphite pencil:



Watercolour & pencil

Some testimonials from Vanessa's face-to-face art classes

by Madeleine Robson

"My mum and I have had lessons with Vanessa and always enjoyed them! She’s a fantastic teacher and we both saw our skills develop so much - and neither of us thought we could draw at all at the start! She has a great teaching technique and is so knowledgeable. I would 100% recommend her classes!"

Joanne King

"Vanessa is a wonderful teacher and I'm improving all the time under her guidance, doing work at a level I never thought I was capable of. I love getting to try all the different media."

Lucy Barnham

"My daughter has been learning from Vanessa for just over a year, and she just loves it! Her art class is a highlight of each week. She has learned so much, and it's so exciting to see her passion and confidence with her artwork grow. Vanessa provides a rich and positive learning experience in her classes, and is incredibly kind, encouraging and calm in her interactions with the children. I am amazed to see how my daughter is using the skills and strategies she learns with Vanessa to produce a whole lot of other beautiful art at home and school. She really is blossoming!"

Amber Hay

"I’ve been going to Vanessa’s classes for about two years now. I am a much much better artist now because of Vanessa. It’s a fun social atmosphere where serious art and learning happens. I’m still very much a novice but am proud of the work that I’ve completed in her classes. I’ve recommended Vanessa to many people and I am so very pleased to recommend her here. 5 stars. "

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