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Animal Pencil Sketching & Drawing Full Semester Part 1: Beginners Fundamentals

Young Art: Art Education, Fashion Design, Coding
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Students will learn traditional drawing techniques to simplify animal anatomy into basic shapes and structures. This class will explore the fundamentals of form, anatomy and perspective in animal drawing.

Class Experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Beginner Level
12 lessons//12 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Small Mammals: Capturing Gestures
• Understanding and interpreting the gestures of small moving mammals. • Understanding line of action in poses and movements to capture different poses, gestures, and expressions. • Quick sketching exercises to improve observation and fluidity.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Felines: Skull Structure
• Studying feline facial structure. • Engaging in practical exercises focused on sketching feline faces.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Canines: Muscles in Anatomy
• Exploring canine anatomy with a focus on their skeletal and muscular structures. •.Understanding the correlation between muscle groups and the overall movement of a body. • Engaging in practical exercises focused on sketching canines.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Equines: 3D Forms & Structures
• Understanding light and shadow in relation to 3D forms. • Exercises in drawing simplified, basic figure shapes and forms to achieve realistic drawings of equine animals.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Avians: Anatomy and Forms In Color
• Refresher on colored pencil techniques for achieving realistic tones and textures, etc. • Understanding the structures of bird anatomy, focusing on the skull, body proportions, wings and feathers.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Reptiles: Skeletal Adaptations
• Understanding the structures of reptile anatomy, focusing on their skull, body proportions and movement. • Learning how to draw their form and gesture, follow their skeletal structure, add mass and illustrate scale details.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Fish: Environment and Nature
• Learning the unique shapes and movements of fish fins and tails, showcasing the diversity among different species. • Using color pencils to recreate the subtle tones of camouflaged predators.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Primates: Anatomy and Expressive Bodies
• Understanding the anatomical features of primates. • Exploring expressive body poses and gestures in primate drawing.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Classical Art: Animals In History
• Analyzing Albrecht Durer’s “Hare” during the Renaissance period and its significance in the history of art. • Achieving realistic depictions through the exploration of skill. • Reproducing in own style with colored pencils.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Contemporary Art: Animals In History
• Analyzing Andy Warhol’s “Zebra” print during the Pop Art movement. • Exploration of color for creating a visually striking composition and representation of nature, bringing prominent issues such as conservation to the foreground. • Reproducing in own style with colored pencils.
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Animal Portrait from Photo Reference
• Students work on individual projects with a photo reference. • Encouraging diverse portrait styles, from realism to abstraction. • Sharing work with peers and receiving teacher feedback.
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Animal Portrait from Photo Reference
• Students work on individual projects with a photo reference. • Encouraging diverse portrait styles, from realism to abstraction. • Sharing work with peers and receiving teacher feedback.
This class is taught in English.
  • Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of animal anatomy, movement, and expression through observation and practical exercises.
Teacher Allie
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.

Teacher Angela is a versatile artist with a BFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her expertise extends to various art forms, including still life, landscape, and figure drawing. She is also skilled in fashion, 3D clay design, animation, and photography. Teacher Angela is known for fostering an environment that encourages her students to think beyond conventional boundaries, recognizing the profound impact of creativity on learning and development.

Teacher Brittany
Teacher Brittany is a professional artist and illustrator.  She holds a BA in Arts with a concentration on Visual Technology.  She also gained valuable industry experience as Technology Lead and Animation Instructor at art schools. She has worked as a freelance concept artist and illustrator in game design. She utilizes a background in comics, storyboarding and animation to bring creative concepts to life. With a strong background in traditional and digital painting, Brittany is currently teaching a wide variety of classes in various mediums to merge her love for illustration, painting and game development.

Teacher Palm is a professional fashion and costume designer familiar with the complete product creation life cycle from initial concept to constructed design. She holds a degree in Fashion Design from The Parsons School of Design in New York. In addition to over 10 years of teaching art and fashion, she is also experienced in staging collections in numerous international Fashion Shows for luxury clients including Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Ann Taylor and Kenneth Cole. She gained valuable industry experience in the capacity of Creative Consultant for designers, theaters and art schools. Palm is also proficient in a wide range of fine arts such as watercolor, oil, pencil, pastel, etc. and approaches her teachings with a calm mind, optimism and positive affirmation.

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Certificate of Completion
Frequency: available upon request
Details: An E-Certificate of Completion with grades will be provided for learners who have completed all sessions and actively participate in class activities, including sharing their work at the end of each meeting. Learners who miss more than 3 meetings or do not participate in showing their work may not be eligible to receive the certificate.
Pencils (a variety of graphite pencils recommended)
Colored pencils
White color pencils
Eraser (kneaded/ gum eraser recommended)
Blending tools: Toilet paper, tissue, Q-Tips, or blending art tools like paper stumps
Joined April, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
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 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
55 min

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

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