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Summer Pencil Drawing Classes for Older Elementary


Scales and Tails Fantasy Creatures (Flex) • Pencil Shading Mastery

This drawing class focuses on improving pencil control and dimensional shading skills, applying tonal values & mastering pencil pressure & techniques while using fantasy creatures for practicing textures and surface detail
Michelle Baker
74 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 6 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
No live meetings
Over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

To create good "realistic" art (even if the genre is fantasy based) we need to learn how light and shadow works to make objects look dimensional and how to control our pencil grip, our mark-making, and our art materials. This class aims to improve the dimensional details and textures in our art. Learning these fundamentals by applying them to "cool" and interesting subject matter, such as mythical beasts and fantasy creatures is a fun way to explore the possibilities that graphite art (pencil) can hold! 
The goals of this class are:

1. 	To learn about PENCILS and what the letters on Artist Pencils mean
2. 	To learn how and when to use some drawing accessories that often come with Art Pencil Kits (Sandpaper, Precision Erasers, Blending Stumps and Extenders)
3. 	To learn various mark-making techniques
4. 	To practice different pencil grips and ways to control our mark-making
5. 	To practice shading and drawing particular surface textures (bumpy, scaly, shiny, hard, and slithery)
6. 	To understand that light and shadow create illusions of depth and dimension, so if we get better at shading, we will be able to make more “believable” 	drawings... even when we are creating a totally imaginary fantasy creature, character or scene!
7. 	To have FUN while creating interesting surface textures 

I am a self-employed artist who operates a studio called Rockin’ Chalk which focuses on creating mixed-media illustration & design.

A professional artist and designer since 1990, my first creative ventures included being a sign-painter, muralist and caricature artist. After I received my Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Art with a minor in Fine Art, I worked in a mix of professional settings doing print design, storyboarding, multimedia and User Interface design, web design, motion graphics, animation, and teaching art.

I have taught as adjunct faculty at the college level;  I currently teach independently, working with K-12 students and adults. 

A married mother of 2 amazing boys, I live with my family on a lake in Southern New Hampshire. Creative people who have inspired me in my lifetime include Jim Henson, Tim Burton and John Lasseter. I love classic rock music and have a serious weakness for tacos.
Each week the student will complete challenges that will require about 30-45 minutes.
REQUIRED FOR YOUR LEARNER *********** Access to a computer that can do video conferencing using ZOOM ( Access to a printer to print the PDF "Skill Drill" worksheets White Paper with a smooth finish (this could be as simple as office/computer paper) A set of artist pencils which range in lead weights ( 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B ) A good, handy pencil sharpener A set of artist Blending Stumps A nice soft eraser (kneaded eraser or Gum eraser)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Zoom
  • Printing Capability
  • YouTube
Progress is shared at intermittent points by submitting the work created in the form of scanned or photographed JPG images uploaded into our Outschool classroom. The Instructor will provide insights about the application of the shading techniques learned and explore any challenges or questions learners are facing through messages or via 15 minute zoom meetings by appointment.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Michelle Baker
Lives in the United States
Art & Design Instructor
74 total reviews
52 completed classes

About Me

My students learn about art and design through the perspective of pop culture and personal passions as we work through skill drills that sharpen artistic abilities. My lessons are built to keep the FUN in fundamentals. 

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