Intro to Drawing & Design

For Tweens & Teens By Shandelle McCurdie
1.5 hour class for 4 weeks

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Teaching students basic drawing skills and creative techniques in order to establish their artistic foundation.


Week 1
Introduction of myself and all students. Get to know our materials and sketchbooks. Blind Contours to warm up, get loose and get goofy. Learn sketching techniques and putting them to practice.

Week 2
Using our sketching techniques we will learn about light, shadow and perspectives. Here, we will touch on the basics of colour theory and analyze a few famous artists.

Week 3
Students will choose a photo of their own and will create their own piece using lines, shapes, shadows, composition and colour with a variety of drawing tools. This could be a landscape, cityscape, interior, or an object study.

Week 4
Finishing touches on our pieces followed by discussion of our process. I will share with them a sketchbook challenge that they can use to fill the rest of their sketchbooks on their own time.

● Have Fun!
● Learn about basic art materials and how to use them
● Experience new techniques and terms
● Apply creativity to their sketchbooks

● Sketchbook (approx 8” X 10”)
● Pencils
● Coloured Pencils
● Conte or Charcoal sticks
● Crayons
● Markers
● Ruler
● Pencils
● Scissors
● Old Magazines
● Glue
● Eraser

We will experiment with the following techniques and study famous artists (old & now) to understand how to apply these into our own drawings;

● Hatching & Cross Hatching
● Continuous Line Drawing
● Blind Contour Drawing
● Scribble Drawing
● Gesture Drawing
● Lines & Shapes
● Light & Shadow
● Perspective
● Proportions
● Landscapes & Portraits

Artist that we will learn about;
Leonardo Da Vinci
Gustav Klimt `
Hilma af Klint
Vincent Van Gogh
Pablo Picasso
Mickalene Thomas
Edgar Degas
Egon Schiele
Georgia O’Keeffe
Henri Mattise
Frida Kahlo
Yayoi Kusama

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