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Course Description


This course was designed for beginner artists who have an interest in learning how to draw or sketch -- or simply want to improve their skills.   It will cover the tools you'll need and also give you plenty of chances to practice drawing different things, from people, places, things, and then beyond.   It's highly recommended that you take your time going through this course. 


 It's easy to get excited and flip through the pages, just to see what we'll teach you to draw next.   However, you'll miss out on the overall purpose of this course if you do.   Learning to draw is a process, even if it is a fun one.   In this course, you're going to learn the processes and techniques that gave rise to some of the most talented artists in the world. What you're going to learn over the fifteen lessons will be in-depth, professional information.   It can be comparable to signing up for an art class at a large university. 

You're going to learn about:
·    The tools artists use to draw
·    Values
·    Shading
·    Textures and how to create them
·    Drawing flowers and trees
·    Drawing a still life
·    Drawing animals
·    Drawing people
·    And much, much more!

That said, don't expect to be a master artist after you finish this course.   Instead, expect to have the knowledge and training you need to continue to draw and learn to bring the scenes you see in your daily life to paper.   You'll be able to draw whatever you see, and you'll have the knowledge to perfect the image.   So, sit back and relax.   You're not going to be judged or graded on your skill, only if you try and follow the criteria for the assignment.  The only grade you'll receive will be based upon your comprehension of the techniques and information we present.   Your skill is something that will improve over time, and you'll be able to refer to this course whenever you want in the future.

Course Requirements

The course is open to everyone. No drawing experience required.There are no required books.  All material will be given online and through netlinks. You'll need a high school reading level though.
You will be asked to post some assignments on the forum. It is important to get feedback from others to give you a set of fresh eyes on your own work. You will be asked to give feedback to other students as well. It is critiquing, not judging.



(recommended drawing supplies will be listed within the course, but a piece of paper and a pencil will get you started)




Course Goals and Topics

Course Goals:


·       The tools artists use to draw

·       Values

·       Shading

·       Textures and how to create them

·       Drawing flowers and trees

·       Drawing a still life

·       Drawing animals

·       Drawing people


Course Topics:


Lesson 1: Introduction to Drawing

Lesson 2: The Tools You'll Need -- and How to Use Them

Lesson 3: Looking at Things You Can Draw

Lesson 4: Seeing the World as an Artist

Lesson 5: Drawing Lines

Lesson 6: Lights and Shadows

Lesson 7: Shading

Lesson 8: Texture

Lesson 9: Perspectives

Lesson 10: Composition and Planning Drawings

Lesson 11: Drawing Memories

Lesson 12: Drawing a Still Life

Lesson 13: Trees and Flowers

Lesson 14: Drawing Animals

Lesson 15: Drawing People


Course Materials

All the reading course material required to complete this course is included.

(Though not required to learn how to draw- this class will have drawing activities which will require a computer scanner and/or digital camera to upload. )

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a practice assignment and lesson review quiz that will directly apply what you have learned.
Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify the tools you'll need -- and how to use them.
  • Identify things you can draw.
  • Demonstrate drawing lines.
  • Demonstrate drawing lights and shadows.
  • Demonstrate shading techniques.
  • Demonstrate texture use in drawing.
  • Demonstrate drawing perspectives.
  • Know composition and planning drawings.
  • Demonstrate drawing memories.
  • Demonstrate drawing a still life.
  • Demonstrate drawing trees, flowers, and animals.
  • Demonstrate drawing people, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1: Introduction to Drawing8
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2: The Tools You'll Need -- and How to Use Them10
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3: Looking at Things You Can Draw10
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4: Seeing the World as an Artist10
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5: Drawing Lines10
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6: Lights and Shadows10
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7: Shading9
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8: Texture10
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9: Perspectives10
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10: Composition and Planning Drawings10
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11: Drawing Memories10
Lesson 12 Assignment25
Lesson 12 Exercise7
Lesson 13 Assignment25
Lesson 13 Exercise7
Lesson 14 Assignment25
Lesson 14 Exercise10
New Things100
Lesson 15 Assignment25
Lesson 15 Exercise10
The Final Exam44
Total Points:665

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