Drawing Studio

Studio: Drawing

Drawing is a fundamental part of every art curriculum, but it has its pitfalls too. Students come with different backgrounds, aptitudes, and interests. Perceived drawing skills can build or break student confidence. Because of this, drawing can be one of the most rewarding and frustrating things to teach.

This course will address the most common challenges art teachers face when instructing various drawing skills. From making observational drawing more interesting (let’s go beyond the fruit bowl!) to breaking down complex concepts like perspective, this is a drawing class designed just for the specific needs of the art educator!

You will walk away with a fresh perspective, the inspiration to redesign and scaffold your drawing curriculum, learn new strategies to teach the ‘boring’ elements and principles of design, and best of all, you will get to try them all out as you document your own drawing process throughout the creation of a teacher showcase series and final portfolio.

Supplies Needed

To complete this course, you will need some basic drawing tools and supplies – many of which you most likely already own. View the materials list for this course.

Graduate Credits
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 3 Graduate Credits / 135 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $597.00 / Graduate Credit $1047.00
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Dec 1 Jan 31
Jan 1 Feb 28
Feb 1 Mar 31
Mar 1 Apr 30
Apr 1 May 31
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE026
Graduate Credit Partner


  • Research the stages of drawing development and apply knowledge to your instruction.
  • Learn from art educators and drawing experts from around the country who understand the challenges of drawing to students.
  • Create resources, tools, and hands-on drawing examples to use directly in the classroom.
  • Revisit materials, vocabulary, historical concepts and techniques to enhance your drawing instruction.
  • Push your own personal practice to the next level, while revamping and scaffolding your drawing curriculum.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
History and Process
  1. Review the stages of drawing development, vocabulary, and historical concepts surrounding drawing.
  2. Create an instructional tool to help students with complex drawing processes in your classroom.
Week 2
Technique: Design
  1. Be inspired with fresh new ways to teach the elements and principles of design.
  2. Explore a variety of drawing techniques and document your process.
Week 3
Technique: Observational Drawing
  1. Examine new techniques and lessons to teach: Still Life, Portraits, Figure Drawing, and more!
  2. Design a series of new lessons to take into the classroom.
Week 4
Technique: Perspective
  1. Learn how to differentiate instruction to meet the developmental needs of your students.
  2. Create an instructional tool, drawing example, or video to assist your perspective instruction.
Week 5
  1. Examine the variety of ways sketchbooks can be used in the classroom.
  2. Participate in your own sketchbook drawing challenge while creating one for your students.
Week 6
Management and Organization
  1. Explore ways to manage all of the materials needed for drawing.
  2. Craft an action plan and create tools to help you better manage drawing processes in your own classroom.
Week 7
Teacher Showcase Series and Reflection
  1. Create a body of personal work using new techniques and processes you learned in the course.
  2. Compile a final portfolio of work from the course and reflect on your own work as you refine and improve your drawing curriculum.
Week 8
Teacher Showcase Series and Reflection
  1. Create a body of personal work using new techniques and processes you learned in the course.
  2. Compile a final portfolio of work from the course and reflect on your own work as you refine and improve your drawing curriculum.

Observational Drawing

A sample assignment from Week 3 of the class “Studio: Drawing.”

1. Research

Watch a hands-on demonstration showcasing various observational drawing skills and ideas including still life, portrait and figure drawing and more!

2. Discussion

Write a 3-4 paragraph action plan outlining how you plan to revamp observational drawing in the classroom. Discuss challenges and questions you still have around observational drawing.

3. Creation

Create your own observational drawing and design a new drawing lesson for the classroom inspired by your work. Document your own drawing process through the creation of a Process Board. Collect resources to assist with drawing in the classroom.
Lisa W.
"This is the most relevant course I have taken as an art teacher. We received so many wonderful resources and ideas from our instructor and classmates. Thank you AOE!"
Julie I.
"I definitely would recommend this class. There are so many great resources. It has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and share ideas. I love the flexibility of doing the work online on my own schedule. Our instructor was genuine, informed and inspirational!"

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