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Art Along | Still Life Drawing Club

Adria W.
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Art along with me in this casual still life drawing on-going class that teaches important artistic techniques like observation, simplification, line drawing, shading, and much more.

Class Experience

  • By practicing still lives, students learn observation, simplification, reconstruction, patience and diligence. In addition, they are also learning how line, value, color, composition, and proportion work together. This type of drawing indirectly improves all other art related skills, both through simple weekly practice and learning how to observe.
As a child, I was always disappointed in art classes that taught crafts rather than artistic technique. I am delighted to be able to offer classes that emphasize fine art techniques through the lens of naturalism on Outschool. Naturalism is a method of learning to draw with three principles in mind: understanding of the subject, observational skills, and practice of artistic technique. Through this method and practice, learners can draw anything. Completion of my courses will result in a learner who is engaged with art and understands basic art technique. Even students who are not aspiring artists have much to gain from drawing and should consider taking art courses, including improvement of hand-eye coordination and hand dexterity skills.

Along with my bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art from a premier liberal arts institution in Ohio, I also have a little over four years of experience in teaching. Three of those years I have also been on Outschool! I have taught homeschoolers, unschoolers, and undergraduate students of all ages. My background in art history means that my classes are created with an art historical twist- all my methods are based on tried and true techniques and practices that master artists and art theorists have used. Your student will not only be learning about techniques that are fundamental to art, they will be examining examples of these techniques by artists. The juxtaposition of these examples is meant to inspire and solidify the importance of the fundamental art techniques I teach.
Frequency: included
Feedback: included
Details: No formal homework will be assigned, but learners will be encouraged to finish their weekly still life if they do not in class.
Frequency: included
Details: To remove the stress of what is sometimes a very daunting course of study, your learners will not have tests, quizzes, or formal grades in the class. Instead, I utilize positive verbal critiques to provide feedback and encourage improvement. However, if grades are requested I will provide them via rubrics that will suggest a grade. Learners progress will be gauged by the completion of their assignments, execution of techniques, contributions in critique sessions, and their class presence (being on-time, listening when I am speaking, and how they communicate with peers).
Frequency: included
 3 files available upon enrollment
Students will need any art materials they would like to use, whether it be graphite pencils, colored pencils, pastels, markers, paints, or any combination thereof. I would recommend that students have the following tools available to them at minimum: a pencil, paper, eraser, pencil sharpener, black pen. I provide a PDF syllabus.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Joined April, 2018
Teacher expertise and credentials
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My name is Adria, I am a life-long mixed-media artist with a bachelor’s in art history and studio art. I am an observational and free-hand artist. Observational art is an artistic process that emphasizes... 


Group Class


1x per week
60 min

Completed by 5 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
3-10 learners per class

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