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How to Draw Basics: Composition

Adria W.
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One of the most important elements to make your artwork impactful and unique is composition; this class is designed to teach you how to use composition to your advantage!

Class Experience

  • o Understand and define important vocabulary: composition, horizontal, vertical, opened, closed, rule of thirds, implied lines o Know what composition sketches are and why they are important.Have completed several successful ones o Be comfortable in arranging a still life
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
No formal homework will be assigned, but learners are encouraged to review and practice concepts taught in class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
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).
Grades Offered
 2 files available upon enrollment
***MATERIALS*** Your student will need: - A graphite drawing pencil AND/OR charcoal - Polymer or vinyl eraser AND/OR kneaded eraser -Sketchbook or drawing paper -Several (at least five) household objects to sketch for our composition sketches. These materials should cost less then $25.00 and are multi-purpose. They can be used outside of this course. Your student may choose to create a viewfinder using the guide provided in the syllabus. The viewfinder is optional. I provide two PDF's for this class: -A syllabus with course information and vocabulary -An in-depth materials guide
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


per class
Meets once
60 min

Completed by 36 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
1-9 learners per class

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