I am currently taking a Russian academic drawing course, which is very tough but very good. I am learning allot from it and trying to soak up as much as I can. Professor Vitaly teaches at Repin and is a true master. This course is a very rare opportunity because of this, and it is the best drawing instruction anyone can get. Here's the information: http://www.farighghaderi.com/academicdrawingfirenze.html. He is teaching us the Russian approach to drawing, including structure, quality of line and nailing proportions.
Unfortunately I dont have pics yet of my work I have been doing, but hopefully by the end of the week I'll have them up.