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Drawing Studio

Studio: Drawing

If you are looking to simultaneously push the boundaries of your personal drawing practice while attaining new strategies for teaching drawing in the art room, then Studio: Drawing is the course for you! Throughout this eight-week course, you will grow in your own practice and explore solutions for challenges students face in the art room as they encounter drawing as a skill. By sharing your drawing evolution throughout the course, you will revisit your role as an artist while analyzing best practices for drawing instruction. Exposure to contemporary artists, peer work, traditional formats, and best studio practices will help widen your lens. Your journey will include visual journaling using various media and skill development as you work to create a drawing portfolio.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate 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 $1197.00
Mon 8 Sun
Nov 1 Weeks Dec 26
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Nov 1 Jan 2
Dec 6 Feb 6
Jan 3 Feb 27
Feb 7 Apr 3
Mar 7 May 1
Only 8 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE026

Course Objectives

  • Research best practices in drawing instruction while exploring basic and advanced techniques and media.
  • Practice observational drawing skills through a variety of interactive and choice-based exercises.
  • Develop, enhance, and/or extend drawing curriculum.
  • Engage in purposeful critique with peers.
  • Create original artwork using various drawing media while reflecting upon artmaking processes, techniques, and idea development.
  • Connect drawing practices to historical and contemporary approaches in artmaking.

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
Drawing From Life
  1. Experiment with observational drawings and dive deeper into landscape, still life, and gesture drawing methods.
  2. Create a process board about observational drawing.
Week 4
Advancing Your Drawing Practice
  1. Investigate portrait, anatomy, and perspective techniques.
  2. Create an original, finished drawing involving a new technique.
Week 5
Inspired Learning
  1. Make connections to contemporary artists who prioritize drawing in their practice.
  2. Identify ways to foster authentic connections in the art room.
  3. Create an original, finished drawing based on a new method.
Week 6
Drawing Curricula
  1. Explore the facilitation of a drawing curriculum.
  2. Create either a thematic drawing unit or an artist-inspired drawing unit.
Week 7
Teacher Showcase Series
  1. Explore the methods, techniques, and learning from this course in the creation of an original series.
  2. Create a collection of three or more finished drawings connected by a common theme or technique.
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

Use this week’s resources on visual measuring to guide your work in drawing from observation. Choose from one of three options as you dive deeper into your studio drawing practice.

2. Discussion

Discuss your new or rediscovered learning regarding observational drawing. What essential skills and tips are important to remember as an artist and as a teacher?

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Create a process board showcasing your learning through clear, well-lit images and text descriptions.

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Studio: Drawing. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month-rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 1/28/2021)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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