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Art School Series: Weekly Beginner's Drawing Class for Pencil Sketching

Using drawing-making techniques for elementary and young middle school students, we will create art and be a mad scientists while exploring the elements of art. We have a great time learning together and making friends, whether homeschooling or after school.
Tammy Whelan
470 total reviews for this teacher
12 reviews for this class
Completed by 83 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Goal Standards for Completion: 
Standard #1. Conceptualize and generate artistic ideas.
Standard #2. Ideas and works related to art should be organized and developed.
Standard #3. The task of refining and completing artistic work is outlined in the lessons.
Standard #4. Presentation of artistic work requires selection, analysis, and interpretation.
Standard #5. The development and refinement of artistic techniques and the presentation of work.
Standard #6. Present artistic work in a meaningful way.
Standard #7. Analyze artistic works and perceive them.
Standard #8. Analyze the intent and meaning of artistic work.
Standard #9. Evaluation of artistic work should be based on criteria.
Standard #10. Art is the result of combining personal experiences and knowledge.
Standard #11. Deepen understanding of artwork by relating it to societal, cultural, and historical contexts.
I am Tammy Whelan, and I help my students discover themselves through art!

With over 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience and degrees in Psychology, I have created a personalized pedagogical approach to learning for all my students. Being certified and registered as a member of the National Tutoring Association and Yoga Alliance and training in Arts in Health and SEL*F, I am passionate about cultivating a growth mindset that encourages effort and perseverance. I am currently working to complete my MA in Advanced Educational Studies (Current GPA: 4.0).

A Personalized Approach
I run an interactive and collaborative classroom, making it a point to try to adapt to my student's learning style, schedule, and needs. My effort is to ensure that my students have feel good about their efforts at the end of each class. 

I motivate my students to dive deep and enjoy the very process of creating art rather than simply focusing on the end product. My approach to teaching involves believing in the uniqueness of each child and seeking to connect with and draw out that aspect of theirs into their art.
Sometimes students will not finish a project. Students are welcome to work on their art piece during the week and show it off at the beginning of class. 
Sketchbook Journal or paper A pencil (mechanical & granite #2) A smudger (Fingers and Qtips can work) Rulers
Feedback will be given in class or via email to either the student or the parent. It will be informal, but should a certification of completion be required. It can be provided. 
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Tammy Whelan
Lives in the United States
Wandering Pencil LLC - An artist and teacher devoted to helping students discover themselves through art. (Taking a break from Outschool until 2023)
470 total reviews
518 completed classes

About Me

(Taking a break from Outschool until 2023) 


My name is Tammy.  I love to draw.  I am an artist and teacher devoted to helping students discover themselves through art.

Beginners in my classes learn how to doodle, sketch, draw, and... 
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