How to Draw Intermediate: Obsessive Drawing

Adria W.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(313)
Learn to fill your page and find new ways to warm up the right side of your brain by drawing obsessively!

Class experience

Learners in this class will learn: 
What obsessive drawing is and how to do it 
Elements of composition such as filling the the paper & planning artworks out
How to incorporate mixed medias into one piece
Basic art criticism skills
How to combine observation with creativity 
Fun warm-up exercises: blind-contour, mark-making skills, and scrumble figures
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.
Homework Offered
While your learner will have ample time to complete their obsessive drawing in class, they may want to work on it outside of the class to ensure its completion before our final lesson. Learners' obsessive drawings should fill their entire paper or board medium, utilize at least three different media, and two observational elements.
1 - 2 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, 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*** The only required material for this class is a large drawing paper or drawing board, between 18" x 24" and 36" x 48", to complete the obsessive drawing on. The paper or board should cost no more the $5 USD per sheet depending on size and brand, but you may want to purchase up to three sheets. Learners will be encouraged to bring all the art supplies they have to the page, from dry media such as pastels, crayons, and pencils to wet media such as inks, watercolors, and markers. A in-depth syllabus with a materials guide will be provided along with a Critique Guide.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(313)
Hello and welcome to my teacher profile!

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


for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
60 min

Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(3)
Completed by 11 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 13-17
3-10 learners per class

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