Imagine Being Able To Draw What You See

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.


Standard 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.

Do you need accountability? You've got it!

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

But perhaps you need more accountability (which is similar to what happens at a physical atelier).

If that describes you, you are not alone.

Critiqued Course Features

  • All the standard course features

  • 7 formal online critiques* offered at critical juncture points throughout the course

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

  • Additional email availability outside of the formal critiques

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

*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.


What prior experience must I have?

Absolutely none! As long as you can legibly write (which means controlling a pencil), you can learn how to draw.

Can this course help me if I am currently in an atelier?

Most definitely! All ateliers are not alike, even between those who teach Sight-Size. The principles taught in this course are based upon the original standards as taught by R. H. Ives Gammell and Richard Lack - the founders of the modern atelier movement.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Of course it's different for everybody. But, assuming that you're using the recommended cast of David's nose, if you work on your drawing for 4 hours per week, expect to spend 6 weeks producing a tightly finished cast drawing. That is in addition to the time spent viewing the lessons in the course.

Do I need a special studio?

Yes and no. You will need a space that you can control. But, as you'll learn in an initial lesson, even a spare closet could work.

Do I need a plaster cast?

Although preferred, no, you do not need a plaster cast. White or off-white pottery can work if that's all you can afford.

What else do I need to succeed with this course?

A full list of course materials is here.

How do critiques work?

As you complete each of the lessons offering critiques, the course software will let both of us know. Once you submit the form within those lessons the software will email me. I try to respond within 24 hours.

Do I always have to work in Sight-Size?

No. If you prefer, you can simply use Sight-Size to learn how to see. After that, your eye will be trained such that accurate sight is not dependent on a one-to-one comparison.

What is your refund policy?

100%, no questions ask within 30 days of purchase. You can learn more on the Terms and Conditions page here.

What if I have other questions?

Feel free to contact me here.

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.

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Sight-Size Cast Drawing - Standard

  • 3 formal critiques
  • Lifetime course access

Sight-Size Cast Drawing - Critiqued

  • 7 formal critiques
  • Lifetime course access