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The Building Blocks of Drawing



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The Best Drawing Materials and How to Use Them

Introduction 4:00

Choosing the Best Drawing Media 5:08

Finding Success Using the Principles of Design

A Look at the Elements of Art and Principles of Design 3:32

Working with the Principles of Design 6:42

A Simple Lesson that Utilizes the Principles of Design 3:11

Making Observational Drawing Engaging

Learning How to See 7:24

Ideas & Lessons for Observational Drawing 6:21

Techniques to Help with Realistic Drawing

Contour Figure Drawing 4:15

Creating Contrast and Value 8:00

Developing Smooth, Even Shading 3:38

Scaffolding Your Drawing Curriculum

Using Basic Techniques for Beginning Projects 7:42

More Ideas for Beginning Projects 4:16

Additional Lessons and Ideas

Developing Intermediate Lessons 3:46

Moving Toward Advanced Ideas 5:34

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The Building Blocks of Drawing

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Explore foundational drawing techniques, materials, and concepts to develop student success at every level.

  • 2 Implement engaging lessons for beginning, intermediate, and advanced drawing students.

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It’s true that drawing is one of the most basic skills we teach in the art room, but it is also the most essential. This Learning Pack will teach you how to present drawing in a comprehensively and meaningfully. From utilizing the elements and principles to developing advanced lesson ideas, this workshop covers everything you need to know to teach the building blocks of drawing effectively.

Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies

7. Media and Techniques
A. Selects best practices when teaching media and techniques to students
B. Scaffolds media and technique skills for students according to age and ability level

8. Creativity
B. Designs instruction to allow for freedom of expression and independent thought within student work

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Nic Hahn

Nic Hahn

Host of AOEU's Everyday Art Room, Elementary Art Teacher, and PRO Facilitator

Nic Hahn, an elementary art teacher in Minnesota, and she has worked as an instructor for AOEU. She also authors the popular blog “Mini Matisse.” She enjoys sharing creative ideas and positive musings about teaching. Nic has worked with learners from preschoolers through adults and has discovered she loves teaching at all levels.


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