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Drawing Studio

Studio: Drawing

Are you looking to simultaneously push the boundaries of your personal drawing practice while attaining new strategies for teaching drawing in the art room? If you answered “yes,” then this course is for you! Not only will this course help you to grow in your own practice but it will address and offer solutions for the challenges students face in the art room as they explore drawing as a skill. During this course, you will revisit your role as an artist and share your drawing evolution with the instructor and peers while analyzing best practices for drawing instruction. Your journey will include visual journaling using a variety of media and skill development as you work toward creating a drawing portfolio.

For the official course description, see the Academic Catalog.

Required Materials

Drawing Materials List

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1047.00
Mon 8 Sun
Oct 5 Weeks Nov 29
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Oct 5 Nov 29
Nov 2 Dec 27
Dec 7 Jan 31
Jan 4 Feb 28
Apr 5 May 30
Only 9 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE026

Course Objectives

  • Research best practices as they explore basic and advanced techniques and media for drawing instruction in the classroom setting.
  • Practice observational drawing skills through a variety of interactive and choice-based exercises.
  • Develop, enhance, and/or extend their drawing curriculum.
  • Engage in purposeful critique with peers as they learn strategies and approaches for the classroom from one another.
  • Push their drawing practice to the next level by working in a visual journal.
  • Create original artwork using a variety of drawing media as they reflect upon their technical evolution.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Visual Journals and Sketchbooks
  1. Explore visual journals as a way for artists to document their artistic journey.
  2. Start a visual journal of your own.
Week 2
Basic Drawing Techniques
  1. Explore different media options for drawing and dive into value and shading.
  2. Experiment with composition as you work on a mixed media drawing.
Week 3
Observational Drawing
  1. Experiment with gesture and timed drawings and dive deeper into visual measuring.
  2. Explore how you will teach these skills to students.
Week 4
Advancing Your Drawing Practice
  1. Reflect upon your work to date in this course.
  2. Create an original, finished drawing as your next drawing challenge.
Week 5
New Learning Inspired By Your Peers
  1. Dive deeply into the work of your peers. Provide feedback for growth.
  2. Receive peer feedback of your own as you open yourself up to be inspired, take risks, and create something new.
Week 6
Drawing Curricula
  1. Consider your current or future drawing curriculum and what skills are important for your students to master.
  2. Plan meaningful classroom lessons and materials.
Week 7
Teacher Showcase Series
  1. Explore the methods, techniques, and learning from this course in the creation of an original series.
  2. Participate in a midpoint critique as you benefit from the advice from the instructor and peers.
Week 8
  1. Compile your final portfolio showcasing your work and learning from this course.
  2. Reflect on your learning throughout the course and consider the next steps.

Observational Drawing

A sample assignment from Week 3 of the class Studio: Drawing

1. Research

Explore the resources in the Drawing From Life WebQuest. As you digest the content most relevant to you and your artistic goals, note similarities and differences between observational drawing techniques. Look at how some of these methods and approaches can look in the classroom as you learn from experienced art educators.

2. Discussion

Share how you plan to incorporate observational drawing into your classroom. Summarize a lesson concept in which students will practice an observational drawing skill. Do some outside research and find at least one artist who could inspire your students' work.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Complete either a timed drawing exercise or a visual measuring exercise. Document the entire experience and present your learning in a detailed process board.
Lisa W.
"This is the most relevant course I have taken as an art teacher. We received so many wonderful resources and ideas from our instructor and classmates. Thank you AOE!"
Julie I.
"I definitely would recommend this class. There are so many great resources. It has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and share ideas. I love the flexibility of doing the work online on my own schedule. Our instructor was genuine, informed and inspirational!"
Susan S.
"This online class was by far the best class I have ever taken. It was intriguing and inspirational with unique lessons, videos and projects that will definitely enhance my drawing program. I have already started some of the lessons in my classroom and there are students from other classes, teachers, and administrators stopping by to see what we are doing in my art room that is creating such a 'buzz'."

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