Helping you make the most of every glance in just 15 minutes a day.

Did you know that each time you look away from your subject you have to rely on your visual memory.

It only makes sense to train it.

A trained visual memory helps you to:

  • Seize essentials

  • Focus on the big-look

  • Make the most of your time

  • Make the most of your model's time

  • Stop chasing the model and effect

Memory drawing practice does all that,
in only 15 minutes a day.

What is Memory Drawing?

Memory drawing is doing a series of progressive exercises designed to help improve your visual memory.

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Like scales for a musician, memory drawing is practice. The benefits of the habit occur subtly, over time, and yet directly impact your performance.

And now, from the author of the only contemporary book about Memory Drawing, comes a one of a kind online course.

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3 Days of Memory Drawing!


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But a habit is not built in only 3 days!

The full Memory Drawing Course consists of 32 weekly lessons that you can do daily, as recommended, or at your own pace. In it you'll begin with simple line and shape memory exercises. You'll then progress through more complex shapes, to value spotting of full scenes, and color matching.

Since technology often separates us from the experience, you'll actually draw most of the exercises. When the intended result is not possible through manual means, you'll play digital games created specifically for the course.

Each exercise takes no more than 15 minutes a day, but has benefits that can last a lifetime.

What others have said about memory drawing . . .

I think in almost all modern training in art there is a lamentable neglect of the training of the memory. I have frequently been astonished to find that artists of great ability have apparently no visual memory and are unable to do anything without the immediate presence of the model. I should feel that half the value of a sound training in drawing was lost if it were not made to include a training of the memory as well as of the eye and hand.

-Kenyon Cox (1856-1919), student of Carolus-Duran and Gérôme. Early instructor at the Art Students League.

Memory training must be integrated into a mature painter’s working method if his or her talent is to be truly fulfilled. I myself, when doing a portrait commission, will spend up to three times as much time on memory work as I do on direct observation. Much of the weakness of contemporary realism done from nature comes not only from poorly trained eyes, but also from poorly trained memory.

-Richard Lack (1928-2009), student of R.H. Ives Gammell, founder of Atelier Lack. He coined the term Classical Realism.


About Darren R. Rousar, founder of Atelier Rousar | online
My name is Darren Rousar and I teach people how to see so that they can draw and paint whatever they see..
I spent eight years studying in ateliers in the States and Florence, and have been teaching people how to draw what they see since 1987. Eventually I became an assistant director at Charles Cecil Studios, in Florence, Italy, and later a vice president of The Minnesota River School of Fine Art.
In 2013 I wrote the first and only contemporary book about Memory Drawing. Now I've combined that book with my in-person instruction into a one-of-a-kind online course!
I hope you will join me so that I can help you remember every glance in just 15 minutes a day.
See well,

Memory Drawing

Helping you make the most of every glance in just 15 minutes a day.

Memory Drawing Course

  • 32 weekly lessons
  • Lifetime course access (as long as the course is online)
  • Plus, at three select points in the course I give you the opportunity to connect with me for a critique!