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Facial Expression Gesture Drawing - Pen or Marker Only!

In this one-time class, young artists will learn what elements create an expression and practice drawing short, expressive faces in pen or marker.
Adria W.
288 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
90 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Thu, Oct 6

Meet once (1 day)
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Tue, Oct 11

Meet once (1 day)
10:00 – 11:30 AM

Thu, Oct 13

Meet once (1 day)
4:00 – 5:30 PM
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Class Experience

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.
No homework!
 2 files available upon enrollment
***MATERIALS*** For this class, young artists will need a non-erasable pen or marker in any color or colors. I prefer fine point markers and pens, but ultimately, it is up to your artist! They can use any kind of marker or pen, so as long as they are not erasing anything. Of course, learners will also need some type of paper to draw on. I like to use newsprint, but whatever paper that is available around the house will work well. I will provide two images, a Facial Proportions Sheet and Expression References Sheet. For the best experience, I recommend that young artists have these images printed so they can take notes / mark the images. However, both images will be shared in class so students who cannot print these materials will be able to see them in class.
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). 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Please note that this course uses online photo references for figure drawing purposes. These references are pulled from one primary photobank, Line-of-Action .com that may include content that is inappropriate for your learner. We will be focusing on faces for this class, so all models will be shown from the shoulders up. I will be screen-sharing this website in class, so students will not need to navigate there on their own. 


Adria W.
Lives in the United States
Observational & Free-Hand Art Teacher
288 total reviews
343 completed classes

About Me

Hello & Welcome!

My name is Adria and 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 visual perception or... 
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