#202 1595 McKenzie Avenue, Victoria BC, V8N 1A4. Canada.
Top floor, enter from the outside second floor parking lot.

Email noah@noahlayne.com
250 661-9285

Cast Drawing Atelier

Mondays 6-9pm and Thursdays 2-5pm

Apply for the Fall 2019 program!

Fall 2019
  September 9th to November 28th

12 weeks. 72 hours.
Apply today

Spring 2019
April 4th to June 24th
12 weeks. 72 hours.
Class is full

Winter 2019
January 7th to March 28th
12 weeks. 72 hours.
Class is full

For the first three months students will start by doing masterworks copies and other exercises before moving to drawing from plaster casts.

For the second three months students will continue drawing from the cast, working on refining their technique.

Students who are in the program for over 6 months may start to paint casts and then move to still life painting in oil. This will be decided on a student to student basis.

Students will learn and use both comparative measurement and sight-size techniques. 

Each student will have their own work-space and work at their own pace in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Cast drawing is a wonderful way to work on one's ability to see and record shapes and sharpen one's eye. Students will be selected by an application process. Preference will be given to students who are interested in working in this program for more then 6 months.

My goal with this program is to develop a small core group of students who are driven and motivated in pursuing their art training. This core group of students will be encouraged to take other classes at the academy.

Monday evenings 6-9pm or
Thursday afternoons 2-5pm
$577.50 Includes GST. 12 weeks, 12 classes.
36 hours of instruction. Your own dedicated work space.

Take both Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons
$945 Includes GST. 12 weeks, 24 classes.
72 Hours of instruction. Your own dedicated work space.
Materials not included.

Priority is given to the students who can take both classes a week.

To apply email Noah at noah@noahlayne.com with your name, age and a little about why you want to be in the program as well as your goals for your art. Also please attach 3 images of drawings done from life. All levels of ability welcome.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel 10 days before the start of a trimester you get a full refund. If you cancel after this, there is no refund. If a class has to be canceled by Noah, you get a full refund.

There is no makeup class policy. If you are taking only one class a week it may be possible to makeup a missed class by coming to the other weekly cast class.

Student comments

"I watched with amazement as our group of like minded artists all grew in our ability to focus, appreciate the fundamentals of establishing a solid drawing and getting some right proper results.

"Itís an incredible opportunity to lay bare your strengths and weaknesses - celebrating the former and improving the latter. Cast drawing reduces your drawing task to the essentials - the ability to see and reproduce proportions, turn form and drive a pencil to itís maximum -enjoying the focus that both require.  

"Noah is an astonishing artist who we are incredibly fortunate to have in our little community of Victoria. Apart from actually being able to ďdo itĒ, heís able to demonstrate it in every class, inspiring and instructing others in the process.  As a veteran of three colleges, two art schools and having supported myself as a commercial artist fairly handsomely over nearly half a century, I think Iíve got the credentials to support my incredibly high estimation of the man."

Laura Corsiglia

"Your Cast Drawing Program has been an immense boost to my artistic skills!
Blocking in seems to come more naturally, and I am now surprised that my initial lines are often correct! I am far more aware of things to look for in the form: proportions, relationships, where and how different elements line up. I think the biggest improvements for me is the understanding of tonal values, and how our brain tricks us into thinking an area is darker or lighter than it really is, depending on what values are adjacent to it. And how the slightest change in tone can make a huge difference in the form being rendered. Learning how light on a form works, with form shadows, cast shadows and reflected light has really helped me 'see' and understand what I am looking at, and greatly improved my ability to render whatever I want to render. I see my skills improving in so many ways. I look at old drawings and paintings I've done and see mistakes I had not seen before. 

"I signed up for the first semester of Cast Drawing with some hesitation, as it was a largish commitment of both time and money, and I didn't really know what I was in for. But when I saw how much I was improving, I was hooked, and will complete the three semester program, and more if offered. The time in each class flies by in a supportive and fun atmosphere. The individual attention you give; coaching, guiding, giving suggestions is invaluable. Even if I had the discipline to tackle these projects at home, I would not be learning  half as much. I would and do recommend your program to any artist wanting to improve rendering skills. The highest quality teaching, well worth the investment!" 

Robin D

"I'm enjoying the cast drawing class and I think you're a tremendous teacher!
I know that I've learned a lot so far and my concentration and my ability to see has steadily improved. Although I wish I were improving more quickly I appreciate that I need to accept where I'm at right now and to work slowly and steadily. 'Small steps lead to big changes.' " 


"Am loving this programme and look forward to the next trimester.
The classes have been a very different experience: the studio set -up and the fact that we are each working on different projects at different speeds give a wonderful sense that 'it's you and the subject' and the rest of the world melts away.  "Every drawing is a strange adventure ... you sit in front of something you are supposedly familiar with and off you go, discovering why things look the way they do and how a skilled artist can bring it all onto the paper, and how what you thought was familiar is really not familiar at all. It's quite amazing! As the skill grows, you can actually see more." 


More students' comments here.

Cast Drawing Setup
Students get their own dedicated work space and easel for the trimester.
The spaces are divided by blackout fabric so each student can light their cast and setup independently. 

Students work from the program

Students Work Noah Layne Academy

Cast Drawing
              Class Victoria BC

Students Work Noah Layne Academy

Students Work Noah Layne Academy

Cast Drawing
              Class Victoria BC

Demos from class

Cast Drawing

Cast Drawing

Cast Drawing

Drawing demo in progress
Cast Drawing Demo

Painting demo in progress
Cast Painting demo

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