Drawing 1

In this class students will learn to use various materials to explore the world of drawing! Through the study of line, shape, and form, they will learn to draw what they see accurately, and expressively.

In Part 1 (Fall Semester--12 weeks), the course begins by exploring the 7 crucial steps in drawing: Line, Shape, Form, Tone, Shading, Cast Shadow, and Texture. It will also cover the 4 basic forms found in the natural world: Cube, Sphere, Cone, and Cylinder. Then continues, focusing on the Principles of design, and composition.

Through their exploration of the 7 drawing steps, students will learn new techniques such as: Gesture Drawing, Contour Line, Value Scales, Crosshatch, Cast and Core Shadows, Chiaroscuro, Subtractive drawing, Pentimenti, and more.  The class will also cover various measuring methods and techniques used by artists to acquire accuracy in their drawings: Comparative, Sight-size, Triangulation, View Finders, Mapping, Linear Perspective (1, 2, and 3-point), and use of a Grid. 

At the end of each class students will be given assignments to practice these techniques in their sketch books, and they have one week to complete the assignments. The goal is for each student to acquire some real tools for drawing with accuracy, feeling, and aptitude.

In Part 2 of this course (Spring Semester--12-weeks) students will continue to receive weekly assignments based on furthering our skills and techniques, also applying the design and composition principles we've learned through a variety of art genres and styles. Such as Landscape, portrait work, still life, and abstract expressionism. 

Students who complete this course are encouraged to register for Drawing 2, which builds on Drawing 1 and advances students to a higher level of artistic knowledge and skill. Please note that this is a two-part, 24-week class. 


"Both of my sons have thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Jennings' drawing classes. Her patient and reassuring style encourages even the most reluctant artist. She brings her vast knowledge of art, her skill as an artist, and her experience as a homeschool mom into her teaching. We love Mrs. Jennings!"
-Christina T., California