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Beginner Realistic Portrait. Learn Art Techniques for Sketching People

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Megapixels Art: Drawing Realistic Animals, Dragons
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(850)
Just starting out on your portrait drawing journey? Learn techniques, shading, and proportion of the human face and body to create realistic portraits.

Class experience

US Grade 1 - 4
Beginner Level
Each instructor at Megapixels School of the Arts is a master of their craft and is certified to teach the Megapixels Method. This method of instruction trains students to be able to draw realistically while having the freedom to go wild with creativity and the mindsets to succeed.

We are on a mission to empower kids to become lifelong learners, who are confident in their creativity so they can overcome any obstacle, achieve their biggest dreams, and change the world.

We facilitate an inclusive learning environment. 

We encourage students to not get caught up in perfectionism but rather to enjoy the process, which further unleashes creativity.

About the Founder of Megapixels School of the Arts: 

🎨 Meg Navarro. Over the past decade, Meg has taught thousands of students to create dazzling, realistic art, to take impressive photos, and to write their first novels. In 2007, Meg founded Megapixels School of the Arts, which began as a local art school and expanded to offer online classes a few years back. Meg personally trains each teacher in the Megapixels Method, which she has tested and refined over the past decade. Meg studied art, photography, and writing while earning her BA, and is currently working on her Masters in Education. In her free time, she loves making human pyramids with her friends!

Reviews for Meg:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Meg is such a fabulous teacher! She is patient, enthusiastic, encouraging, and fun - both of my girls love taking classes with her!! - Lisa D.  

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My daughter (11) loves this class and is always looking forward to the next one. Her art skills improve with each class. I'm so glad she's found a class that she enjoys. She also says Teacher Meg is very patient and good with the other students. I recommend this class. - Melissa B.

Meet our instructors!
🎨 Gemma is a professional artist who creates and sells artworks in resin, acrylic, watercolor and ink mediums. She was born in England but lived most of her life in the great state of Michigan. She's a movie buff and a huge fan of Star Wars. She is patient, encouraging and loves helping others! 

Reviews for Gemma: 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hello! This is Sabrina(a student in this class), this class has been really fun for me so far and has helped me to improve my drawing skills quite a bit. Miss Gemma is always so nice and is always giving positive feedback(and if we need to change something on our drawings she always is very polite about it tells us how to fix it). Some of the drawings I have done were I little too easy and some were just a tad too hard but overall this class is just the right level for me(I’m eleven). I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who really likes animals and really likes art. Thanks for teaching this class! By the way, to show my improvement I put the first drawing I did in this class in May of 2021 and the drawing I did last Thursday(September of 2021).  

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ms.Gemma is great with the kids. She is very patient and she makes the class fun. My daughter loved her class. - P. Edwards

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My 9-year-old says: "The teachers are really nice and they teach us well."

🎨 Marissa kicked off her career in Art Education when she was earning her bachelor’s of fine art in Animation at California State University of Fullerton. She has had the pleasure of instructing and generating art lessons for 5 years in-person and online and also has experience working with students with special needs in small groups and in 1:1 settings. Marissa has also completed an internship as an instructor for therapeutic arts and has volunteered with multiple children’s arts events. Aside from creating her own art in her free time, Marissa also enjoys spending her days outdoors, cooking new recipes, and excessively spoiling her dog, Bailey.

Reviews for Marissa: 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This class is always very fun and exciting! I get to learn different technics while drawing with this amazing class! I think the best thing about this class is you can always share your breathtaking pictures and drawings! - Ji H.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My son (11 yo) enjoyed this class very much. The teacher handled his exuberance well, and he liked the format immensely. Thanks! - Alicia M.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ We love this class! We take a lot of outschool classes and this is definitely at the very top. This class has really turned my son onto drawing. He joined reluctantly and now you cannot keep him away. The (He) loves the teacher, the students and of course drawing! - M. O'Brien


🎨 Mattie has a BA in Fine Arts with a concentration in drawing from Elizabethtown College in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Mattie fell in love with teaching art when she first started in 2020. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She loves to read, write, draw, sing, play with her dog, Freya, and enjoys a cup of Earl Grey tea in the morning.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent teacher and class; impressed with what my kid produced, and the teacher was very nice and engaging. - Judy V.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Miss Mattie is amazing! She takes time prepping each week for her lesson with my daughter and despite the fact that we have just done a few lessons with her, she has already made amazing progress. - Marianne S.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My daughter is an animal lover and has really started to show interest in drawing. This class was the perfect fit and she loved it- the teacher is so kind and encouraging.


🎨 Becca is a visual artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing. She has experience teaching art as well as swimming. She enjoys drawing digitally as well as with graphite and ink.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have two kiddos enrolled in this class and they absolutely love it! The instructor is fantastic--motivated, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. The pace is perfect and the kiddos always learn something new. I've been so impressed by how 3-D all their images are... they look just like the Minecraft animals! Each week it's something new and it's always a hit! This is a step-by-step class, and the instructor is great about going at the pace of the students, but still gives them a lot of room for creativity with their individual drawings. This would be a great class for any student that loves art and Minecraft. Highly, highly, highly recommend this fabulous instructor! 5 stars! If we could, we'd give it 10 stars!  - Jen C.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My daughter had given up drawing for a bit and has found a new inspiration in this class! Thank you for reawakening our artist!

🎨Maggie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and has six years experience of teaching kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and elementary art. She enjoys drawing and painting with watercolor and sells art through her Etsy shop Magpie Paints. In her free time, she loves playing piano and volleyball, swimming, hiking with her husband and children, and hosting summer art camps.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great class! A nice introduction to 3D drawing for the Minecraft enthusiast.


🎨 Danikka is an Arkansas-based professional artist with a degree in fine arts who loves instilling a passion for creativity in others. Born and raised in Mexico, she draws much of her inspiration from her tierra patria as well as from her dreams and her favorite animals- horses. In addition to her 10 years of teaching experience as well as her TEFL and TESOL certifications, she also creates custom commissions for drawings, paintings, and even murals.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Excellent class led by a wonderful teacher. My son started as a beginner and I've seen his drawing skills and abilities improve greatly. He looks forward to this class every week and is always excited to show me his newest Minecraft creation. Highly recommend! 

🎨 Ilyse is a professional artist with a BA in English Literature who does freelance illustration and character design. She was born in Connecticut but spent most of her childhood in North Carolina. She has a huge passion for vibrant colors and bringing untold stories and characters to life. Her bubbly, welcoming demeanor reflects strongly in the art she creates!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My child is learning so much. She loves to draw, and this course has helped her fine tune that. I can see it in her amazing work too.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We loved Ms. Ilyse. She is talented, kind, and engaging. 


🎨 Cheyenne is a professional visual artist who does art commissions with pencil drawings as her expertise. In June, she is set to finish her associates degree in Fine Arts with a focus on Painting and Drawing from Stratford Career Institute. She is passionate about encouraging others to dream big and make those dreams become a reality! She likes to encourage and hopes to help the next generation chase their dreams through their artistic talents.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cheyenne is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and works at a good pace for my daughter. She always checks in and ensures the students are on track and she is not leaving anyone behind. My daughter looks forward to the class every week. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My son loves his Animal Drawing class with Miss Fowler and looks forward to it all week. It has given him a sense of purpose and importance and has inspired him to continue drawing on his own outside of class as well. The class moves at just the right pace - fast enough to keep students engaged but slows down at the right moments for personal engagement that makes each kid feel special. My son tells me that he likes the way Miss Fowler explains things and how patient she is. The whole class has a very positive vibe and Ms. Fowler really knows how to connect with kids

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My daughter had her first class last week and LOVED it! I signed her up as a way to keep her busy while she is visiting her grandparents overseas and thought this would be a one time thing, but as soon as the class was over, she immediately sent me a message asking to do the next class! She loved the teacher, Miss Fowler, who was kind enough to catch her up since she joined the class a few minutes late. She was also really flattered by the positive feedback email she received from Miss Fowler. Overall, an EXCELLENT experience!

🎨 Kimberly Trotter, is an accomplished artist with an Associates degree in Advertising and Graphic Design and over two decades of professional expertise as a mural painter for educational Schools, businesses, and residences. With a remarkable five-year tenure as a face painter, she has also conducted engaging painting classes for adults. Presently, Kimberly imparts her artistic wisdom as an instructor for art classes at a local CoOp, all while showcasing her creativity through the crafting and sale of exquisite polymer clay and wire jewelry.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Very nice class. My 7-year old had a lot of fun and made a lovely work of art!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Excellent class for wings of fire fans! My kids love the graphic novels and chaptr books and they enjoyed drawing the dragons a lot. The teacher is very nice and teaches drawing very comfortably.

🎨 Tiffany is a professional artist who works with a wide range of mediums and in events like live weddings, charities, and more. She also does commission portraits of people, pets, and other subjects. She loves working with children and she has experience in teaching crafts and general child care through VBS and other volunteer work. As a country girl, she loves animals as well as being outside, and spending time investing in people and building meaningful relationships.
Homework Offered
There are no grades for this class, but I love to encourage students by pointing out what I love about their art. There are no mistakes in art! But at the same time, if there's part of their art that the student isn't happy with, I can offer suggestions on how to improve that as well.
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Required: Regular pencil, eraser, paper

Optional: blending stump or Q-tip and ruler. Prismacolor's Ebony pencil is nice to have but not required. 
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(850)
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HEY THERE, WE'RE MEGAPIXELS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

We go beyond teaching art.

Our mission is to equip children with mindsets that will help them succeed in all areas of life. 

Patience, persistence, peacefulness, character, confidence, creativity... 
Group Class

$17

weekly
1x per week
55 min

Completed by 224 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 7-11
1-8 learners per class

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