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Course Description

This course is designed for beginner artists who have an interest in learning how to draw or sketch -- or simply want to improve their skills. It covers the tools you'll need to draw and also provide plenty of exercises to practice drawing using different techniques and styles. It will cover drawing people, places, things, and even abstract concepts. For best results, we 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.  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.
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Lesson 1: Introduction to Drawing

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. 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Drawing a Simple House; How to Hold a Pencil
  • Review Video: Choosing Paper
  • Take Poll: Drawing Skills
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Introduction to Drawing

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

With any task you undertake in life, you need certain supplies to get it done properly. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Draw a Stickman; Drawing Supplies
  • Review Video: Supplies for Pastels
  • Take Poll: Drawing Tools
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: The Tools You'll Need -- and How to Use Them

Lesson 3: Looking at Things You Can Draw

The easiest way to begin drawing is to begin with simple lines. Most likely, you drew simple lines as a child to make shapes and pictures. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Draw a Cartoon Elephant; From Shapes to Caricatures; How to Draw
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Looking at Things You Can Draw

Lesson 4: Seeing the World as an Artist

You may find this hard to believe, but drawing requires lots of brain power! 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Right Brain / Left Brain; Right Brain Drawing Exercises; Switching to Right Brain
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Seeing the World as an Artist

Lesson 5: Drawing Lines

Most drawings that you look at are composed of lines. There are straight lines, curved lines, angular lines. Some are thin, some are thick. Some are bold, but some are subtle. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Contour Line Drawing
  • Review Video: Contour Drawing
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Drawing Lines

Lesson 6: Lights and Shadows

You can draw something simple like the box below and then learn to draw things like the duck in a previous lesson, too. Yes, you can learn to draw these simple things, and you can also learn to be fairly good at drawing them. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: A Theory of Light and Shadow
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Lights and Shadows

Lesson 7: Shading

The whole purpose of shading is to make your drawings more realistic and three dimensional. You can draw without learning to shade a thing, but your drawings won't be life-like. Instead, they'll be flat. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Drawing Value; Shading Techniques
  • Review Video: Shading Tutorial
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Shading

Lesson 8: Texture

The texture of your drawing is what will reveal shine, fur, fabric, and whether the object is smooth, rough, or jagged. Just like shading, it makes your drawing more realistic. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Drawing Textures
  • Review 2 Videos: How to Draw Texture; Textures
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Texture

Lesson 9: Perspectives

As we learned in a previous lesson, perspective is used in drawings to help give them a three-dimensional look. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Draw Perspective; Perspective Drawing
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Perspectives

Lesson 10: Composition and Planning Drawings

A composition is defined as the way the objects and subjects that you're going to draw are arranged, organized, and combined. Later in this course, we'll learn to draw a still life. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Focal Point; The Elements of Composition
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Composition and Planning Drawings

Lesson 11: Drawing Memories

Your memories are a beautiful thing. They are stored in your mind like a treasure, and you can revisit them whenever you want. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Drawing from Imagination; Drawing from Memory; Memory Exercise
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Drawing Memories

Lesson 12: Drawing a Still Life

It's a safe bet to say that when you think of still art, you probably think of a bowl filled with fruit. But the truth is that you can draw any symmetrical or non symmetrical object for a still art drawing. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Drawing a Still Life; How to Draw a Still Life
  • Review Video: Drawing a Sphere
  • Take Poll: Still Life
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exercise

Lesson 13: Trees and Flowers

In this lesson, we're going to learn how to draw flowers and trees. When drawing flowers and even other objects, it's important to remember to see the basic shapes in the objects. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Drawing Flowers in Ink; How to Draw Trees
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exercise

Lesson 14: Drawing Animals

The cave men started it. They drew animals on the walls of their caves. Of course, they did this to tell of their hunting, but the fact remains. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Animal Drawings; Drawing Animals; How to Draw Animals
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exercise

Lesson 15: Drawing People

People are all different, and each person you draw will be different than the one before. It makes drawing a challenge, but it also makes it interesting. Think of how boring this world would be if we all looked alike! 179 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Drawing Anime Humans; Drawing Faces; How to Draw Hands
  • Take Poll: Drawing
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exercise
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: How To Draw 101
Course Number: 8900274
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
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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.

Student Testimonials

  • "Great course - loved it. I thought it was very important to do the homework assignments. The practice made all the difference." -- Ray H.
  • "I learned fundamentals that were new to me." -- Joseph H.
  • "This class was awesome. I I'm a very visual person so it also helps to see what I'm learning to do." -- Carrie T.
  • "I found that my instructor was helpful when she emailed me for grading on my assignments and exams, as well as encouraging. I found the lesson on shading very useful, because I could draw basic items, but they were flat and kind of boring without that three dimensional aspect." -- William S.
  • "I really enjoyed the whole experience. It forced me to work toward a goal and I found this entirely worthwhile. The web lessons was excellent! Thank you!!" -- Donna B.
  • "I needed a refresher course and some practice which I accomplished mainly because I was given assignments. Having a deadline forced me to get to work!" -- Susan P.
  • "I found the entire course helpful as I was unaware of the techniques involved in drawing." -- Lucille K.
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