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Drawing Studio

Studio: Drawing

Drawing is a fundamental part of every art curriculum, and students come with different backgrounds, aptitudes, and interests when it comes to this skillset. Perceived drawing skills can also build or break student confidence. Because of this, drawing can be one of the most rewarding and frustrating skills to teach.

Drawing is also an area we, as teachers, need to continue to improve and practice. The reality of teaching is that our artistic growth can take a backseat to the development of our students, and we must make time to sharpen our own skills regularly. At the same time, it is valuable to share out and interact with other art teachers in ways that can further learning.

During this course, you will revisit your role as an artist and share your drawing evolution with your instructor and peers as you simultaneously think through best practice 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.

Supplies Needed

To complete this course, you will need some basic drawing tools and supplies – many of which you most likely already own. View the materials list for this course.

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
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 25
Jun 1 Jul 26
Jul 1 Aug 25
Aug 1 Sep 25
Sep 1 Oct 26
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE026

Course Outcomes

  • Research best practice, as you 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 or extend your drawing curriculum.
  • Engage in purposeful critique with peers as you learn strategies and approaches from one another for use in the classroom.
  • Push your drawing practice to the next level by working in a visual journal.
  • Create original artwork using a variety of drawing media as you reflect upon your technical evolution.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Visual Journals
  1. Learn about 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. Learn about different media options for drawing.
  2. Dive into value and shading.
  3. Experiment with composition as you work on a mixed-media drawing.
Week 3
Observational Drawing
  1. Practice gesture and timed drawing.
  2. Dive deeper into visual measuring.
  3. Consider how you will teach these valuable skills to students.
Week 4
Advancing Your Drawing Practice
  1. Reflect upon your work to-date in this course. How have you progressed in your drawing abilities?
  2. Consider 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 and Resources
  1. Consider your current or future drawing curriculum. 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 applied learning from this course in the creation of an original series.
  2. Participate in a mid-point critique as you benefit from the advice of instructor and peers.
Week 8
Final Portfolio
  1. Compile your final portfolio showcasing your work and learning from this course.

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'."

What do past course participants think?

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