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Exploring Art: Weekly Lesson


2-Week Sketching and Drawing for Beginners (Ages 8-12)

In this 8-day class, we'll explore basic drawing skills and how artists use them to create works of art. Some lessons will focus on learner requests!
Lauren deSerres
73 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 4 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 2 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
At the end of this class, students will be able to:
-Use their tools properly (pencil, eraser, ruler, sketchbook, sharpener)
-Create interesting marks and lines to create value and interest in their drawings
-Draw basic geometric shapes freehand and with a ruler
-Use contour line to create 3-dimensionality in their drawings
-Draw one-point perspective drawings
-Use observation and basic human proportions to create drawings
-Give constructive and positive feedback to themselves 
I've been teaching grades K-12 for over a decade and have used this curriculum with upper elementary, middle school and high school students. This curriculum has been used and modified over the years so that it will set students up with the tools they need to be successful in creating their own works of art. In addition to teaching art, I am a professional painter and I use these same tools to create my art. My approach to teaching is hands-on, exploratory, and creative. I like to begin by demonstrating the basic skills, having students demonstrate the basic skills, and then allowing them to apply those skills to a creative project. I meet students where they're at and my goal is to grow their skills and their confidence so they feel empowered to tackle their own projects outside of class.  
Tools for this course: -Artist pencil set or number 2 pencil can work (you can get a pack or you can use these: H2, HB, B3, B8. HB will work as well) -Pencil Sharpener -Sketchbook (suggested size is at least 9x12 inches) -Kneaded Eraser or other eraser -box or bag to keep art supplies together -ruler Possible Retail Sources: -Royal & Langnickel RART-200 Essentials Sketching Pencil Set, 21-Piece $8.49 on Amazon -Canson Universal Sketch Pad, Side Wire Bound, 9" x 12"- $11.60 on Amazon -Westcott Wood 12" School Ruler Scaled in 1/16" (103810)- $1.99 on Amazon
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
In this class, learner progress is assessed when students present their work to the class. Students who are struggling can be guided by the instructor depending on their individual needs. 
2 hours 45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Students will be looking at the work of various artists and listening to age-appropriate music clips for some activities. I screen each piece of music before using it. 


Lauren deSerres
Lives in the United States
MFA, Mixed Media Painter
73 total reviews
48 completed classes

About Me

My passion has always been visual arts. I think that art-making and creating is part of the human experience. Creation comes in many forms, and I believe all are equally important. All students deserve to be treated as human beings capable of... 
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