Accurate sight begins with cast drawing.

And now you can do it in your own home, through Atelier Rousar | online and the
Sight-Size Cast Drawing course.


What is the Sight-Size Cast Drawing course?

The Sight-Size Cast Drawing course was created
to help you learn how to see through cast drawing.

The course approximates the same training you would receive in ateliers that base their instruction on the Sight-Size approach. The process begins with Sight-Size cast drawing because it is the best way to learn how to accurately draw what you see.

You will learn how to draw by first learning how to see.
And you'll do that through Sight-Size.


Is this the right course for you?

The course is for anyone who wants to learn how to draw what they see, regardless of age* or current ability. It will help you:

  • Set up a home studio on a limited budget

  • Learn how to accurately see

  • Perceive and capture a likeness

  • See the whole, rather than simply the parts

  • Use charcoal as a drawing medium

  • Properly critique your own work

*Upon instructor approval, children 12 years and older may be allowed to participate in the course.
Those under 18 must do so with adult supervision.
All instruction is given in english.

You can learn how to draw.

Are you ready to learn how to see?

The Sight-Size Cast Drawing Curriculum


Section 1 - Practicalities

To learn how to draw what you see you will need a subject from which to draw, a studio in which to draw it, along with certain materials. All of these things can be acquired on a limited budget. You will learn how to setup your space and prepare your materials.

Section 2 - The Guess and Check

Integral to learning to accurately see and draw is the Guess and Check. Once the importance of first making a naked-eye guess is understood, all visual and mechanical measurement techniques are then explained. You will also learn how to critique your own work.


Section 3 - The Art of Starts

The Art of Starts is the means by which you keep the learning process progressing at a continuous rate. The lessons in this section will teach you two ways to begin a cast drawing (the block-in and the curve-in), described using three different casts.

Section 4 - The Bedbug Line

Sight is divided into the world of light and the world of shade. Separating the two is the bedbug line. Accurately representing that line has a profound impact on whether your drawing appears three-dimensional or not.


Section 5 - Oops, I Made a Mistake!

Sometimes our skill with our materials just isn’t up to snuff and a transfer is needed. This section walks you through the process of transferring your drawing to another sheet of paper - just in case you have to.

Section 6 - Darkest Dark and Lightest Light

Rendering value begins with massing-in. You will learn how to properly judge accurate value relationships, along with the order and approach to massing them in. Common mistakes to be avoided such as looking into the shadows are fully explained.


Section 7 - Modeling

A part of the world of light are halftones. Along with edge relationships, halftones are what allow us to perceive depth in a two-dimensional drawing. This section walks you through two approaches to modeling, each assuring that you will maintain the unity of effect. A warning about over-modeling is also given and explained.

Section 8 - Is It Finished?

Does your drawing look like your source? Perhaps. But does it look like your intended perception of your source? That is the real question. The answer is all about focus and the visual impression. You will also learn exactly how finish is defined and why you should care.


Do you need accountability? You've got it!

The Atelier Rousar | online Sight-Size Cast Drawing course includes 3 formal critiques. It is perfect for you if you prefer to learn at your own pace.

Course Features

  • Viewable on your tablet and desktop*

  • Numerous videos explaining every aspect

  • 8 carefully crafted sections

  • 3 formal critiques*

*All critiques are given in English via email or the course's management system. Please see the terms and conditions page for more information.

  • Close-captioned video lessons

  • A 6 month window to complete your cast drawing while receiving critiques*

  • Lifetime access to the course content**


*This time limit is longer than is given in most ateliers. You will still have lifetime course access as long as the course is online.

**As long is the course is online.


What others have said . . .

If you have searched high and low for a way to learn Sight-Size, your search is over. Darren Rousar is a master teacher and made the whole process so simple and easy that we were amazed we had ever struggled.

-D. Hendrickson

Darren Rousar provides helpful tips that only an active, involved teacher can provide. It's clear he has worked with students who tackle the problems he addresses when learning to see values and shapes correctly.

-A. Champlin

For centuries, students began their studies by drawing and painting from antique casts. They learned to see the outside shape and the edge of the shadow and how to model halftones and turn edges - essential skills for any realist artist. Darren does a remarkable job of explaining and illustrating in great detail how students today may learn these skills.

-Richard Whitney, PhD.H, Artist and author. Studied with Sid Willis and R. H. Ives Gammell.


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 do that through Sight-Size.
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.
My most recent book is The Sight-Size Cast.
In 2018 I opened Atelier Rousar | online and released my first online course, Sight-Size Cast Drawing. I hope you will join me.
See well,

You can learn how to draw what you see.

I know you can, and I would love the opportunity to show you how.

Enroll in the free demo course
to see if the full course is right for you.

Sight-Size Cast Drawing Critiqued Course

  • 3 formal critiques
  • Lifetime course access

Cast Drawing in Sight-Size Solo

  • No critiques
  • Downloadable PDF eBook and 9 videos