How to Draw Basics: Still Life Studio

Hone your drawing skills in this studio still life drawing course that emphasizes in-class mastery of techniques!
275 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 6 learners

60 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Sep 20

Sep 20 - Oct 18 (5 weeks)
3:30pm - 4:30pm

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Class Experience

Your learner will learn observational skills, contours, principles of values, composition, the importance of critique, and more. They should come away with a large variety of easily repeatable exercises to practice, numerous practice sketches, and a final five to ten object still life drawing with a fabric competent.
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 homework will be formally assigned, however, it is REQUIRED for all learners to finish any exercises or assignments not completed in class as homework for the next class. This is necessary to ensure productive critique sessions. 
 4 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 four PDFs for this course: -A syllabus outlining course policies, class expectations -A materials guide -A PDF Critique Guide -A glossary for terms
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
275 total reviews
313 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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