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Art Camp | How to Draw Basics: Figure Drawing

Adria W.
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Learn basic anatomy, how to do a gesture in five easy steps, and complete a figure study project in this exciting three day course!

Class experience

  • In this class students will learn: What a gesture drawing is and one way to do them What a figure study is Basic anatomical vocabulary to help them know what to look for in a figure (such as: bone, muscle, joint) Basic art vocabulary (such as: gesture drawing, figure study, line of action, proportion) Steps to take if they would like to continue to practice and / or master gesture drawing
I am delighted to be able to offer classes that emphasize fine art techniques through the lens of observational drawing. Observational art is a method of learning to draw with three principles in mind: understanding of the subject, building looking 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, 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 been teaching since 2016. My online teaching career began on Outschool in 2017. I have taught homeschoolers, unschoolers, and undergraduate students of all ages. My background in art history means that my classes are created with an understanding of historical precedence- I’m teaching what I know works! Many of my classes include examples of important artworks from masters for students to examine and learn skills from. In addition, my many years of teaching art have helped me curate concise and logical drawing curriculum that young artists can easily pick up and apply to their work. Every art class I teach hopes to provide learners with all the knowledge and support they need to grow as an artist.

Homework Offered
There is no formal homework assigned. Students may need to finish assignments outside of class depending on the speed in which they draw. Learners may feel free to upload work to the Outschool platform, whenever they finish it, if they would like to share it with me.
Assessments Offered
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). In this quick introduction to gesture and figure drawing, some students may prefer to not share work with me or, otherwise share it with me through the messaging system on Outschool. They may feel free to do so! Gesture drawing can be somewhat overwhelming for beginners.
Grades Offered
 4 files available upon enrollment
***MATERIALS*** Your student will need: -Graphite Pencils or #2 Pencil (NO MECHANICAL PENCILS!!!) -Erasers -Sketchbook or drawing paper Optionally: -Charcoal Learners will be able to complete this course adequately with objects easily sourced from home: a standard #2 pencil, paper, and eraser if working with a budget. If purchasing new materials, students should expect to spend no more that $20.00 USD depending on brand and amounts purchased. I will provide three PDF's for this class: -Syllabus -Glossary -Drawing Materials Guide -Anatomy Worksheet/Reference Packet A policies and procedures document will be sent to parents upon request if they would like more detailed information on the way I conduct my classes. All policies follow Outschool standards!
Please note that this course uses online photo references for figure drawing purposes. These references are pulled from Line of Action, an online photo bank,  that may include content that is inappropriate for your learner. All models shown in the class are clothed. 
Joined April, 2018
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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


for 3 classes
3x per week, 1 week
60 min

Completed by 253 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-17
1-9 learners per class

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