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How to Draw Basics: Materials and Value

This course is designed to teach you about drawing materials: what you need and what you don’t, how to care for these materials, and how to use them.
Adria W.
310 total reviews for this teacher
20 reviews for this class
Completed by 84 learners
year old learners
learners per class


Charged upfront
Meets once
60 minute class

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Class Experience

o	Know what the “grades” on graphite pencils are and how to read them
o	Know basic art materials and how to use & care for them
o	Understand and be able to define what a “value” and “value study/scale” are 
o	Have completed a successful value study
As a child, I was always disappointed in art classes that taught crafts rather than artistic technique. I am delighted to be able to offer classes that emphasize fine art techniques through the lens of naturalism on Outschool. Naturalism is a method of learning to draw with three principles in mind: understanding of the subject, observational 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 and should consider taking art courses, 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 a little over four years of experience in teaching. Three of those years I have also been on Outschool! I have taught homeschoolers, unschoolers, and undergraduate students of all ages. My background in art history means that my classes are created with an art historical twist- all my methods are based on tried and true techniques and practices that master artists and art theorists have used. Your student will not only be learning about techniques that are fundamental to art, they will be examining examples of these techniques by artists. The juxtaposition of these examples is meant to inspire and solidify the importance of the fundamental art techniques I teach.
No formal homework will be assigned, but learners are encouraged to review and practice concepts taught in class.
 2 files available upon enrollment
***MATERIALS*** Your student will need: - A range of graphite drawing pencils including 4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, and 6B - Polymer or vinyl eraser -The value study at the end of the PDF provided. These materials should cost less then $25.00 and are multi-purpose. They can be used outside of this course. Your student may want to purchase these optional materials if they are interested in taking any other HTDB class: -Willow or vine charcoal (Our value study assignment has the option for charcoal, but it isn't required) -Kneaded eraser -Sketchbook I provide two PDF's for this class: -A syllabus with course information, vocabulary, and worksheets -An in-depth materials guide
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
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 per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


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

About Me

Hello and welcome to my teacher profile!

I will be in vacation and unable to answer emails from September 3rd to September 11th 2023. I am looking forward to a new semester soon!

My name is Adria, I am a life-long mixed-media artist with a... 
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