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How to Draw Intermediate: Still Life Drawing

Class
Adria W.
Average rating:
4.9
Number of reviews:
(322)
In this 12-week art course young artists will master still life drawing skills such as observation, simplification, building form and more with a series of seven themed still life assignments that each focus on elements of art.

Class Experience

  • Lesson 1: Materials & Fundamentals o Know 5 different ways to vary line o Practice observational skills o Practice line drawing skills o Know how to draw simple forms (cylinders, boxes, spheres) o Learn how to shade objects o Practice basic drawing skills through an object study o Be familiar with your art materials Lesson 2: Making a Photo Lightbox & Setting Scenes o Know the importance of a lightbox o Assemble a lightbox o Practice setting scenes with objects in the lightbox Lesson 3: Composition Intensive o Review important basic ideas about composition (orientation, framing, the eight elements of composition) o Know the 8 elements of composition o Know how to value-block o Practice composition sketches Lesson 4: Still Life focused on Form & Proportion o Warm-up with composition sketches o Practice measuring proportions using a pencil, knitting needle, or ruler o Practice simplifying forms o Draw basic forms accurately Lesson 5: Still Life Focused on Contour o Review the five different ways of varying line o Warm-up with composition sketches o Practice measuring proportions using a pencil, knitting needle, or ruler o Practice simplifying forms o Draw basic forms accurately o Practice incorporating line variation in the drawing o Practice creating texture Lesson 6: Still Life Focused on Value o Learn about value scales o Practice value blocking o Warm-up with composition sketches o Practice measuring proportions using a pencil, knitting needle, or ruler o Practice simplifying forms o Draw basic forms accurately o Practice incorporating line variation in the drawing o Build layers of light and shadow in the artwork o Consider “soft” and “hard” edges while drawing o Practice creating texture Lesson 7: Still Life with Fabric Component o Learn about the six types of folds: pipe, zig-zag, spiral, half-lock, diaper, drop o Learn to simplify patterns o Warm-up with composition sketches o Practice measuring proportions using a pencil, knitting needle, or ruler o Practice simplifying forms o Draw basic forms accurately o Practice incorporating line variation in the drawing o Build layers of light and shadow in the artwork o Consider “soft” and “hard” edges while drawing Lesson 8: Sill Life with Glass Component o Learn to draw transparent objects o Learn to draw shiny textures o Warm-up with composition sketches o Practice measuring proportions using a pencil, knitting needle, or ruler o Practice simplifying forms o Draw basic forms accurately o Practice incorporating line variation in the drawing o Build layers of light and shadow in the artwork o Consider “soft” and “hard” edges while drawing Lesson 9: Still Life Master Study o Analyze artworks to better develop art vocabulary o Take inspiration from another artist Lessons 10 & 11: The Final Still Life o Complete a large still life with at least three objects o Fill the entire page Lesson 12: Critique of Work o Understand and define what a critique is and the four elements of critique o Confidence in oral critique skills and talking about art in addition to being able to define and list the four elements of critique o Confidence and ability to define and recognize important vocabulary words o Show off your artwork!!!
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.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessment
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).
Grading
Frequency: available upon request
Details:
 4 files available upon enrollment
***MATERIALS*** Your learner will need: o Pencils (4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B) o Erasers (Vinyl & Kneaded) o Sketchbook o Large Paper or artboard o Blending Stumps o Medium to Large Cardboard Box or several sheets of posterboard o Heavy tape, such as duct tape o Transparent paper or fabric, such as parchment paper or organza o Scissors or box cutter o Spare lamp(s)/flashlights/torches You can expect to spend about $40.00 ~ $60.00 USD on art supplies depending on what your young artist already has, the brand, quality, and size of materials you purchase, as well as where you purchase from. I recommend looking for student grade materials and store brand supplies for the least expense. I provide four PDFs for this course: -A syllabus -A policy and technical requirement packet -A materials guide -A glossary
Joined April, 2018
4.9
322reviews
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Teacher expertise and credentials
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

$27

weekly or $320 for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
90 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 13-16
3-6 learners per class

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