Teaching the Building Blocks of Drawing




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The Best Drawing Materials and How to Use Them

Introduction 4:00

Choosing the Best Drawing Media 5:08

Finding Success Using the Principles of Design

A Look at the Elements of Art and Principles of Design 3:32

Working with the Principles of Design 6:42

A Simple Lesson that Utilizes the Principles of Design 3:11

Making Observational Drawing Engaging

Learning How to See 7:24

Ideas & Lessons for Observational Drawing 6:21

Techniques to Help with Realistic Drawing

Blind Contour Portraits 2:45

Contour Figure Drawing 4:15

Creating Contrast and Value 8:00

Developing Smooth, Even Shading 3:38

Scaffolding Your Drawing Curriculum

Using Basic Techniques for Beginning Projects 7:42

More Ideas for Beginning Projects 4:16

Additional Lessons and Ideas

Developing Intermediate Lessons 3:46

Moving Toward Advanced Ideas 5:34

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Teaching the Building Blocks of Drawing

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to teach the basics to your students in order to set them up for drawing success

  • 2 Explore techniques to help with realistic and observational drawing

  • 3 Discover new lessons for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students

It’s true that drawing is one of the most basic skills we teach in the art room, but it is also the most essential. This Learning Pack will teach you how to present drawing in a comprehensive and meaningful way. From utilizing the elements and principles to developing advanced lesson ideas, this workshop covers everything you need to know to effectively teach the building blocks of drawing.

Connected National Visual Arts Standards:
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Nic Hahn

Nic Hahn

PRO Facilitator and Elementary Art Teacher

Nic Hahn, an elementary art teacher in Minnesota, and she has worked as an instructor for AOE. She also authors the popular blog “Mini Matisse.” She enjoys sharing creative ideas and positive musings about teaching. Nic has worked with learners from preschoolers through adults and has discovered she loves teaching at all levels.


  • Nevena Videnova

    Hi, why I can’t download the resources?

    • Abby Schukei

      Hi Nevena, I just checked and was able to download all of the resources. You may want to login to your PRO account on a different browser.

  • Danielle Helvie-Juarez

    What brands/names were you using for the pens?