A century ago, scientists learned drawing as an essential skill for enhancing observations and communicating findings. Besides serving the purpose of research, drawing is a physical representation of your thoughts. Its benefits go beyond emotional pleasure to more important areas such as cognitive and physiological effects. When people admit their inability to draw, it doesn’t mean they cannot draw. It simply means they cannot draw something just the way it is. But like any other skill, drawing can be honed and perfected by taking drawing classes and practising constantly.

Kano state is a northern state in Nigeria that’s known for its warm humidity, light sandy soils, and groundnut export. Although art exists in the city of Kano, an Islamic city such as this is cautious of harmful art practices that go against their religion. For this reason, art is not as common as it is in Western and Eastern Nigeria and finding drawing lessons in Kano may be an arduous task.

This article covers the top drawing tutorials Kano has to offer.

"Beautiful colours can be bought in the shops on the Riato, but good drawing can only be bought from the casket of the artist's talent with patient study and nights without sleep".

Tintoretto, Italian Painter.

A Nigerian painting.
Art is life. Why not start living? Photo Credit: Unsplash.

Sketch Kano

Sketch Kano is a growing community of creators, problem solvers, and designers who use Sketch. This is a vector-based application that works similar to Photoshop in that it's based on user interface design. The Sketch software is somewhat easy to grasp and understand as its learning curve is quite simple.

Although this isn't a class where you can learn drawing, it's a platform that accommodates both beginner and professional 3D animators, UI/UX designers, and 3D modellers. This platform seeks to encourage collaboration between designers globally so as to improve work efficiency and productivity.

The community hosts events such as design talks, design events, and programmes where like-minded designers can brainstorm and generate new ideas. If you reside in Kano and are looking for a digital drawing tutorial, this community can help with your needs.

"Rough sketches, which are born in an instant in the heat of inspiration, express the idea of their author in a few strokes, while too much effort and diligence sometimes sops the vitality and powers of those who never know when to leave off".

Giorgio Vasari, Italian Painter.

Kano Poly (Art and Industrial School of Design)

This is a state tertiary institution located in North-Western Nigeria. Although it was founded in 1975, the department of Art and Industrial School of Design didn't kick-start until a year after under the supervision of Mr David Liang. The department offers art courses for students who meet up to their entry requirements.

There are three degree levels in this institution and they include professional diploma, higher national diploma, and a national diploma. For the national diploma level, you must have five ordinary level credit passes in SSCE, WASC, GCE, or NECO. Three of these subjects include English, Mathematics, and Fine Arts. Furthermore, you're required to have a minimum JAMB score of 150 before you can be admitted into this department.

For HND entry requirement, you need at least 2.50 CGPA in your ND programme. With this, you’ll be able to offer art and drawing classes at the pro level. Unlike universities that have optional arts courses, this polytechnic mandates that students offer the following courses, Painting, Ceramics Design, Textiles & Fashion Design, Graphics and Communication Design, Art History, and Sculpture.

This way, you will be well-versed in all fields of art. So, if you want to learn to draw, this school affords both beginners and pros learn together. Although you can refer to it as a learn to draw for beginners class, it’s appropriate for mid-level and professional artists seeking to hone and perfect specific areas of art. At the end of each programme, you’ll be issued a certificate. For those who reside in Ibadan, check out the best drawing schools around you. Likewise Pitakwa residents, we compiled a list of Port-Harcourt drawing schools for you.

"Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one isn't, of what one doesn't know. A great drawer is either confirming beautifully what is commonplace or probing authoritatively the unknown". 

Brett Whiteley, Australian Artist.

A multi-coloured drawing by an artist.
Drawing classes are worth it. Besides becoming a better artist, there's a chance to meet like-minded people. Photo Credit: Unsplash.

Just like any other private art gallery, Ndeen Gallery is a private gallery owned by a professional artist in Kano. Although you can visit just to feed your eyes, consultancy services and drawing tutorials are also areas they specialize in if you intend to learn drawing.

They focus on printing, publishing, crafts designs, fine arts, applied arts, prototyping, and remodelling. You can learn any of the aforementioned skills from the tutor assigned to you. They are open seven days a week and their business hours are generally from 9 am to 5 pm. At the end of your visit or training, you can rate your experience on their review page. Before taking a course here, you can check reviews of previous students to find out if the training will be perfect for you or not.

"You can't see everything at the same time. Your eyes can only see one part at any given moment. Therefore, draw by concentrating on one part at a time, but always compare that part against other things".

Ted Smuskiewicz.

Gidan Makama Museum

You might be wondering why the famous Gidan Makama Museum is on the list of top drawing schools we’ve provided. Although this isn’t a place to learn drawing, it is a storehouse of ancient paintings, artefacts, and sculptures that portray Kano’s heritage. Research shows that besides preserving culture and attracting tourists, museums serve as an inspiration to artists.

Artists who are keen about Kano’s culture and history tend to visit the museum, as it has eleven galleries. As an artist, it’s often a rendezvous for fellow artists who wish to discuss their works and ideas. By visiting Gidan Makama, you might learn a thing or two about art and drawing. For an artist who is experiencing creative block, you can visit this museum for some inspiration.

Each of these galleries contains traditional Kanawa pictures, artefacts, handicraft, musical instruments, and paintings. While the first gallery depicts Hausa traditional architecture, the second centres on British invasion into Kano.

If you're a Lagosian who loves drawing, read more about Lagos' best drawing schools. For  Abuja residents, you'll find tons of drawing courses in Abuja.

"I keep drawing the trees, the rocks, the river, I'm still learning how to see them; I'm still discovering how to render their forms. I will spend a lifetime doing that. Maybe someday I'll get it right".

Alan Lee, English Movie Conceptual Designer and Book Illustrator.

National Council for Arts and Culture

This art centre is a government-owned skills acquisition and empowerment centre that seeks to promote Nigerian arts and culture. The National Council for Arts and Culture hosts annual training events in different fields for those interested.

They have crafts development centres in Kano, Lagos, Bauchi, Ikare, Awka, Sokoto, and Maiduguri where prospective artists can learn indigenous art and traditional design technology. The aim is to make Nigerian crafts more marketable which in turn would empower and create more job opportunities for unemployed citizens.

After hosting pencil drawing trainings, NCAC holds national, as well as international competitions and exhibitions which feature fifteen countries and approximately 200 NGOs. If you’re an artist who can’t afford the expensive fees of a drawing school, you might consider signing up to this skills acquisition centre. If you live somewhere else besides Kano, check out our Nigeria drawing class guide.

"Drawing is the only thing I’ve found in which I can lose myself completely. I love it. It started as something that relaxed me, but now it’s a struggle because I’m pushing myself. The day-to-day sketching is fraught".

Peter Capaldi, Scottish Actor.

A painting of a shepherd holding his sheep.
It's never too late to start drawing. Pick up a pencil today. Photo Credit: Unsplash.

Find a Private Drawing Teacher on Superprof

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Here, you’ve got umpteen tutors in specialized fields willing to impact knowledge at an affordable fee. In Kano, the least expensive art class goes for ₦500 per hour. It’s advisable to agree on a location, price, and learning objectives with your tutor before starting.

Online classes are cheaper than physical ones, in that your tutor would have to commute to your home and incurs added expenses. Thus, you might be billed higher for one for transportation. Besides the luxury of having an online class, over 98% of Superprof’s tutors teach the first class for free, be it at your home or online. This way, you get to assess the tutor’s ability and delivery before agreeing to a long-term contract. Feel free to review a tutor’s performance on our page, as this helps us maintain the standard.

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