Art: Drawing & Pastels

Learn the Color Wheel & Color Theory

Practice Technique & Perspective

Study the Elements of Art

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Art: Drawing I


This full-year course is offered as an elective or in fulfillment of the Visual Arts credit requirement.

Students learn the elements of art and fundamentals of drawing, and techniques for shading, creating the illusion of space and perspective, drawing figures from photographs, still life and the four-step method, and understanding the proportions and features of faces.

Principles of Drawing:

MODULE 1 – “Introduction”- An introduction to “The Secrets to Drawing” video series.

MODULE 2 – “Line” – A look at the element of art, line and its relationship to drawing. Concepts covered include contour, blind contour, line quality, and cross contour lines.

MODULE 3 – “Shape” – A look at how shapes can be used to draw anything. Concepts covered include geometric and organic shapes, using shapes to draw objects.

MODULE 4 – “Form” – A look at how to create the illusion of form on a 2-Dimensional surface. Concepts covered include turning shapes into forms, using shadow to further the illusion.

MODULE 5 – “Value” – This video takes a look at the element of art, value and its relationship with drawing. Concepts explored include tints, shades, highlights and shadows, and creating the illusion of a light source.

MODULE 6 – “Space” – This video takes a look at how to create the illusion of space on a 2-Dimensional surface. Concepts covered include overlapping, size, value/color, detail, placement on the paper, and linear perspective.

MODULE 7 – “One Point Perspective” – Space is explored further in this video through one point perspective. Concepts covered include horizon line, vanishing point, one point perspective.

MODULE 8 – “Two Point Perspective” – A look at how to use two point perspective to create the illusion of space in a drawing. Concepts covered include horizon line, vanishing points, two point perspective.

MODULE 9 – “Three Point Perspective” – A look at creating the illusion of space through three point perspective. Concepts covered include vanishing points, horizon line, steps to three point perspective.

MODULE 10 – “Drawing Techniques” – A look at basic drawing techniques and suggested media. Concepts covered include medium, hatching, cross hatching, blending, rendering, random lines, and stippling.

MODULE 11 – “Drawing from Life” – Tips on drawing from life. Concepts covered include still life lighting, using a view finder, and sighting techniques.

MODULE 12 – “Drawing from Photos” – How to draw realistic drawings from photographs. Concepts covered include cropping photos, editing photos, creating a grid, drawing with the aid of the the grid.

MODULE 13 – “Composition” – How to create successful compositions in drawings. Concepts covered include sketching thumbnails, positive and negative space, Plato’s Rule, The Rule of Thirds, The Golden Mean, eye movement, and how to create focal points.

MODULE 14 – “Graphite” – A description and characteristics of the drawing medium, graphite. Concepts explored include graphite grades, characteristics, forms, and techniques.

MODULE 15 – “Charcoal” – A look at the drawing medium, charcoal. Concepts covered include charcoal forms and applications.

MODULE 16 – “Drawing with Ink” – An exploration of the drawing medium of ink. Concepts covered include ink wash, choosing the right ink, pen and ink applications with a nib pen.

MODULE 17 – “Color” – A look at the three parts of color theory and how it influences color choices in our drawings. Concepts covered include: the color wheel, primary, secondary, tertiary, color values, color intensity, psychological effects of color, color schemes, monochromatic, complementary, color triads, color tetrads, analogous, warm, cool, split complementary.

MODULE 18 – “Colored Pencils” – How to use colored pencils. Concepts covered include layering, mixing, building up colors, burnishing, and adding details.

MODULE 19 – “Oil Pastels” – An exploration into the drawing medium of oil pastels. Concepts covered include layering, mixing, and landscape drawing with oil pastels.

MODULE 20 – “Soft Pastels” – An in-depth look at the use of soft pastels in the creation of a seascape. Concepts covered include proper use of soft pastels including smudging and layering colors.

MODULE 21 – “Facial Proportions” – A look at basic facial proportions from the front and profile views. Concepts covered include general locations of facial features and placement relationships.

MODULE 22 – “The Eye” – An in-depth look at drawing a human eye.

MODULE 23 – “The Nose and the Mouth” – A look at drawing the nose and the mouth.

MODULE 24 – “The Ear” – A look at drawing the human ear with graphite.

MODULE 25 – “Hair” – A look at drawing hair with graphite.

MODULE 26 – “Basic Figure Drawing” – A basic introduction to figure drawing including a simple four step method for drawing a figure.

MODULE 27 – “Foreshortening” – Drawing the figure in perspective.

MODULE 28 – “Conclusion” – A review of the course and a plan for moving forward.


In this highly rewarding course, students display their portfolios in an online class gallery.

No previous art experience required; also suitable for Intermediate level artists.

This course requires basic art supplies.