Advanced Drawing Syllabus

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Advanced Drawing Class Syllabus

 This is a basic syllabus for the Advanced Drawing Class.  I am very much a hands-on teacher… we learn about art by DOING art work.  For example, you don’t learn to play a saxophone by reading about saxophones… you actually learn to play it.

I will be throwing some art appreciation/history from time to time, but it will only be to support the drawing and painting lessons.

I will be following the same Oklahoma standards that I followed when I taught 7-12th grade art classes… my goal is to teach the same skills that I did in the public school classroom.

We will be focusing on Advanced Drawing in this class… the supply list is shown below. We will also be learning the nine principle of the Visual Arts.

Another thing we do is host a virtual art exhibit so your students can display their works and receive feedback from their parents, friends, and peers. That can be found on the Art4HomeSchool.com website on the “Gallery” page.

This class is designed for those students who have completed the Beginning Drawing Class…  or, by special permission, have demonstrated the skills necessary to succeed in the class. (Contact Instructor)


Lesson Curriculum

 1. Line and Tone Drawing – Pencil

  Assignments

Review of 7 elements of the Visual Arts

Review of drawing principles learned in Beginning Drawing class

Complete one line and tone pencil drawing – choice of subject

            Learn the steps to best complete the line and tone drawings:

  1. Sketching lightly… lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Use pencil to develop tone (shading)… try to include at least three different degrees of shading
  4. Blend shading with blending stump or tortillion
  5. Darken your contour lines with pencil
  6. Clean up any unwanted construction lines with white eraser

 2. Line and Tone Drawings – Ink & Pencil

  Assignments

Introduction to the first Principle of the Visual Arts: Gradation

Complete at least one inked line and tone drawing

            Learn the steps to best complete the contour ink drawing:

  1. Sketching lightly… lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Ink your contour lines with a black felt tip pen
  4. Clean up any unwanted construction lines with white eraser
  5. Use pencil to develop tone (shading)… try to include at two different degrees of shading
  6. Blend shading with blending stomp or tortillion
  7. Clean up any unwanted shading

3. Line and Color Drawings – Ink and Colored Pencil

  Assignments

Color Wheel/Color Schemes Review

  • Complementary (Opposites) Color Scheme
  • Analogous (Neighboring) Color Scheme
  • Triad Color Scheme
  • Monochromatic

Introduction to the second Principle of the Visual Arts: Balance

Complete 1 Line and Color Drawing w/Color Scheme – Ink and Colored Pencil

            Learn the steps to best complete the ink and color drawings:

  1. Sketching lightly… lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Ink your drawing with black felt tip pen
  4. Clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser
  5. Use colored pencil to develop color tone (shading) utilizing one of the four color schemes…

  1. Shaded Pencil Drawing – Still Life

 

Introduction to the 3rd Principle of the Visual Arts: Harmony

Complete 1 fully shaded still life pencil drawing

 

            Learn the steps to best complete the shaded still life drawing:

  1. Sketching lightly… lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Begin to develop your pencil shading, starting with the lightest shades first… work across the entire drawing, not just in one area
  4. Continue to refine your shaded areas… focus on creating contrast between each shaded area… don’t allow the drawing to become “muddy” (all shading is the same… no contrast … no variation in tone)… Develop shadows, reflections, etc. to bring life to your drawing
  5. Clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser

5.Shaded Pencil Drawing – Landscape

Introduction to the 4th Principle of the Visual Arts: Emphasis

Complete 1 fully shaded landscape pencil drawing

            Learn the steps to best complete shaded landscape drawing:

  1. Sketching lightly… lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Begin to develop your pencil shading, starting with the lightest shades first… work across the entire drawing, not just in one area
  4. Continue to refine your shaded areas… focus on creating contrast between each shaded area… don’t allow the drawing to become “muddy” (all shading is the same… no contrast … no variation in tone)… Develop shadows, reflections, etc. to bring life to your drawing
  5. Clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser

  1. Shaded Pencil Drawing – Animal

Introduction to the 5th Principle of the Visual Arts: Proportion

Complete 1 fully shaded pencil drawing of an animal

            Learn the steps to best complete shaded landscape drawing:

  1. Sketching lightly… lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Begin to develop your pencil shading, starting with the lightest shades first… work across the entire drawing, not just in one area
  4. Continue to refine your shaded areas… focus on creating contrast between each shaded area… don’t allow the drawing to become “muddy” (all shading is the same… no contrast … no variation in tone)… Develop shadows, reflections, etc. to bring life to your drawing
  5. Work on creating realistic textures (fur, etc.)
  6. Clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser

  1. Shaded Ink Drawings – Stipple

Introduction to the 6th Principle of the Visual Arts: Movement

Complete the Ink Shading Techniques Worksheet

Complete a fully shaded ink drawing using the stipple shading technique. Subject matter is your choice… any genre.

            Learn the steps to best complete shaded ink drawing:

  1. Sketching lightly… lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Begin to develop your stippled ink shading. Start with the lightest shades fir, working across the entire drawing, not just in one area
  4. Continue to refine your shaded areas… focus on creating contrast between each shaded area… create variety with the tones of the shading… Develop shadows, reflections, etc.
  5. After inking and after the ink dries, clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser

  1. Shaded Ink Drawings – Hatch (Slanted Lines)

Introduction to the 7th Principle of the Visual Arts: Repetition

Complete a fully shaded ink drawing using the hatch, or slanted line shading technique. Subject matter is your choice… any genre.

            Learn the steps to best complete your hatch shaded ink drawing:

  1. Sketching lightly… lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Begin to develop your hatched ink shading… starting with the lightest shades first, work across the entire drawing, not just in one area
  4. Continue to refine your shaded areas… focus on creating contrast between each shaded area… create variety with the tones of the shading… Develop shadows, reflections, etc.
  5. After inking and after the ink dries, clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser

  1. Shaded Ink Drawings – Crosshatch (Crisscrossed Slanted Lines)

Introduction to the 8th Principle of the Visual Arts: Rhythm

Complete a fully shaded ink drawing using the cross-hatch, or crisscross slanted line shading technique. Subject matter is your choice… any genre.

            Learn the steps to best complete your crosshatch shaded ink drawing:

  1. Sketching lightly… lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Begin to develop the cross-hatched ink shading. Starting with the lightest shades first, work across the entire drawing, not just in one area.
  4. Continue to refine your shaded areas… focus on creating contrast between each shaded area… create variety with the tones of the shading… Develop shadows, reflections, etc.
  5. After inking and after the ink dries, clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser

 


  1. Drawing the Head

Introduction to the final Principle of the Visual Arts: Variety

Do the “Drawing the Head” worksheet. Do the facial features worksheet.

Complete at least one fully shaded pencil portrait drawing.

            Learn the steps to best complete shaded portrait pencil drawing:

  1. Sketching lightly, lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Begin to introduce pencil shading
  4. Continue to refine your shaded areas… focus on creating contrast between each shaded area… create variety with the shading… Develop shadows, reflections, etc. to bring life to your drawing. Try to let the shading define the contours instead of using outlines.
  5. Clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser

 


11. Drawing the Figure

Complete the “Drawing the Figure” worksheet, both front and side view.

Complete at least one fully shaded pencil figure drawing of a person.

            Learn the steps to best complete shaded landscape drawing:

  1. Sketching lightly, lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Make sure that the figure’s proportions are correct
  3. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  4. Begin to introduce pencil shading
  5. Continue to refine your shaded areas… focus on creating contrast between each shaded area… create variety with the shading… Develop shadows, reflections, etc. to bring life to your drawing. Try to let the shading define the contours instead of using outlines.
  6. Clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser

  1. Ink and Ink Wash Drawing – Choice of Subject

Complete 1 Ink and Ink Wash Drawing

            Learn the steps to best complete a drawing using ink wash:

  1. Sketching lightly, lay out the basic shapes of the subject
  2. Continue the drawing by refining the contours of the subject
  3. Begin to introduce pencil shading
  4. Continue to refine your shaded areas… focus on creating contrast between each shaded area… create variety with the shading… Develop shadows, reflections, etc. to bring life to your drawing. Try to let the shading define the contours instead of using outlines.
  5. Clean up any unwanted pencil construction lines with white eraser

Art Supplies Needed (with Photos)

Drawing Pencil Set

Hobby Lobby $4.99

Drawing Pencil Set

 

Pink Eraser

Hobby Lobby $1.19

 Pink Eraser

 

Blum White Eraser

Hobby Lobby $1.29

Blum White Eraser

 

Magic Rub White Eraser

Staples $3.99

Magic Rub Erasers

 

Kneaded Eraser

Hobby Lobby $1.99

Kneaded Eraser

 

Drawing Pad

Walmart $8.97

Drawing Pad

 

Flair Black Felt Tip Pen

Staples $8.99

Flair Black Felt Tip Pen

 

Sharpie Black Felt Tip Pen

Walmart $1.84

Sharpie Black Felt Tip Pen Fine Point

 

Crayola Colored Pencil Setv

Walmart $1.84

Crayola 12 ct. Colored Pencils

 

Blending Stumps

Hobby Lobby $3.99

Blending Stumps

 

Blending Tortillions

Hobby Lobby $1.99

 Blending Tortillions

 

12” Ruler

Walmart $2.42

12" Ruler