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Young Art: Art Education, Fashion Design, Coding
Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(4,737)
Students will learn traditional drawing rendering techniques to simplify anatomy into basic shapes and gestural lines. This class will explore proportion, volume and mass, perspective and foreshortening in dynamic figure drawing.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Beginner Level
8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Body Proportions
Students will understand the fundamentals of basic body proportion using the 8-Head Figure Measurement Strategy.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Gestures & Movements
Students will draw action figures in minimized, abstracted gesture drawings that emphasize movement, proportion, and anatomy. They will learn to use the Line of Action to trace the direction of movement to enhance the fluidity of the figures.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Perspective & Foreshortening
Students will use overlapping shapes (ovals) in foreshortened views to organize and interpret the gesture into volumes and perspective while in proper proportion.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Arm & Hand Anatomy
Students will start with a gestural sketch of the arm and hand, then flesh it out with shading to render tone and form.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Leg & Foot Anatomy
Students will start with a gestural sketch of the leg and foot, then flesh it out with shading to render tone and form.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Torso Anatomy
Students will start with a contour sketch of the torso with shapes, then flesh it out with shading to render tone and form.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Head & Face Anatomy
Students will use the Loomis Method to draw proportional facial features, then render volume with strategic shading techniques.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Dynamic Full Body Figure
Students will encapsulate all of the knowledge learned in the prior weeks to draw a gymnast with realistic proportion, fluid movement and tonal body parts.
Students will learn the principles of human anatomy and figure drawing, covering topics such as proportions, gesture drawing, foreshortening, and muscular anatomy. Through interactive sessions, they will develop the skills and confidence to create dynamic and realistic human figures, utilizing various shading techniques and blending materials for artistic expression.
Teacher Allie May is a contemporary artist who loves to indulge in all mediums, but focuses most on drawing and painting. She is a graduate student in the BFA program at California State University Long Beach, and aims to pursue a career in teaching art. Her art influence began at a young age, but she considers herself “self-taught.” Allie is passionate about encouraging students to master the fundamental skills and technical aspects of creating, but also develop a style that is unique to each student. Her promise is to encourage a mindset where students are confident in themselves and their ability to create.

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Grades Offered
An E-Certificate of Completion with grades will be provided for learners who have completed all weeks of the class. For learners who miss more than 3 times during the course, no certificate will be offered.
Pencils (a variety of graphite pencils recommended)
Eraser (kneaded/ gum eraser recommended)
Blending tools: Toilet paper, tissue, Q-Tips, or blending art tools like paper stumps
Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(4,737)
At Young Art we believe in passion, creativity, and the power of education.  Our team is committed to inspiring the next generation of young artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to be bold innovators by providing creative and enriching... 
Group Class


for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-13
2-8 learners per class

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