If you are interested in what we do at Akademie Leonardo in Hamburg, Germany, here is a selection of exercises.
These are great exercises - anatomy, figure drawing, perspective... all that in both freehand and constructive drawing.
Unfortunately the other half of exercises we do at this school is pretty much a waste of time now. Making value scales and medium-specific (egg tempera and watercolor) is great for the first semester but now I'm in the second semester and we still don't do any painting exercises that teach us about form, light and color.
Instead, what we do is: we get a (crappy) photograph/snapshot and are asked to interpret it with egg tempera or watercolor in a sort of mosaic-like assortment of shapes with an "artistic" twist. But we do not learn about how to convey 3D shapes, or arrange color palettes, etc.
In later semesters we'll also be learning techniques such as "stippling". It's all very "creative" and fun but not part of the basics, the fundamentals that take so long to master.
What we should be doing instead: Painting simple objects such as an apple, mug, plate or shoe in front of our eyes, directly from nature - very simple still lives, with egg tempera or watercolor; using flat, simple shapes to define light and shadow areas in the most precise, accurate way possible and simplified at the same time.
THAT would teach us some basics. (And yes, I've told the teachers that)
But right now I don't really have a choice but to stay at this school. Surely I could attend TAD or similar online classes but I would become crazy if I stayed home all day for studying - I simply don't want to give up seeing the people in my semester. It's such a lovely group and I actually like my teachers, too.
Quite a dilemma, yes, I know. I will stick through this, and practice the important stuff all by myself. I can even do that at school - there's plenty of time, because some exercises are not very demanding at all (and that's an understatement)