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How to Draw Basics: Figure Drawing

Adria W.
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In this eight week course young artists will learn the basics of figure drawing including essential anatomy, gesture drawing, and how to draw hands, feet, and portraits.

Class Experience

  • In this class artists will learn observational skills, basic human anatomy, how to draw a gesture drawing in sixty seconds, portraiture and more. They should come away with several pages of sketches, an ability to observe human proportions accurately, gesture drawing tools, and between one and three full body figure studies.
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.

1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: No formal homework will be assigned, but learners are encouraged to review and practice concepts taught in class. I recommend at least 30 minutes of art practice daily.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: 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).
Frequency: available upon request
 5 files available upon enrollment
***MATERIALS*** Your learner will need: -A range of graphite drawing pencils including 4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, and 6B -Two erasers: Polymer/Vinyl and kneaded -A sketchpad Optionally your learner may like: -Charcoal -Blending Stumps The needed materials should cost less than $30.00 USD and are multi-purpose. They can be used outside of this course. I provide five PDFs for this course: -A syllabus with lesson plans -A Policy and requirement packet -A materials guide -A glossary for terms -A worksheet packet
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Please note that this course uses online photo references for figure drawing purposes. These references are pulled from one primary photobank, Line of Action, that may include content that is inappropriate for your learner. All models shown in the class are clothed. It is up to YOU to decide if this content is appropriate for your learner. I strongly recommend investigating Line of Action.com for yourself before signing up for this course. 
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


weekly or $200 for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
90 min

Completed by 132 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-16
3-9 learners per class

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