Beginning Drawing (Summer)
Term: Summer 2020, June 15–June 26 (10 sessions)
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–12
Schedule: 5x / week, 75 min.
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M/T/W/Th/F 2:00 pm ET with Kim Williams (Section Full)
New Placement Process: Click to Read
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
The Beginning Drawing course will introduce students to the visual language of drawing through observation. Students will explore line, tone, texture, shape, form, pattern, and composition as they practice drawing from life. This course will also help students to develop both technical abilities and creative responses to material and subject matter.
Class time will be divided among demonstrations, drawing exercises, and viewing, discussing, and copying the work of master artists. Along with hands-on studio work, students will learn how to constructively critique drawings—both their own and those of others—using discipline-specific vocabulary. These regular class critiques help to create a forum for the group to constructively collaborate and discuss creative outcomes. Students can also expect ongoing dialogues about art in history, the Christian imagination in relationship to faith and the arts, and the role of the arts in the church. Mrs. Williams hopes that through engagement in the class, students will be brought to a deeper appreciation of the visual world and the creative Love of our Maker.
Students will create 1–3 finished drawings, depending on individual pace. Students will be encouraged to practice (on their own time) the exercises taught in class and may need to finish exercises not completed during class time. However, students should not work ahead on extended projects between classes unless instructed to do so.
Offering work for public exhibition is an important part of the creative process. It is our hope that we will be able to display work from this class not only to each other but also to the broader Scholé Academy community through an online gallery.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- This course is geared toward rising 7th–12th graders.
- No previous drawing instruction is necessary, as we will focus on fundamental drawing exercises and skills. If a student has had previous drawing instruction, this course will serve to reinforce those skills.
- A sense of wonder, creative courage, and perseverance are beneficial postures for flourishing in this course.
- If your student is outside of the target grade range, or if you have further questions about placement, please contact us.
• An 8×10″ sketchbook (used for the exercises)—any brand
• Pad of 11×14″ drawing paper (50–80 lb., medium surface), 24 sheets—any brand
• A couple of 4B and 6B pencils—any brand
• STAEDTLER Mars plastic, latex-free eraser in white—must be this brand and color
• Kneaded eraser—any brand
• Small handheld pencil sharpener—any brand
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Kim Williams is trained as both artist and educator, holding a Bachelor of Science in art education and an Associate Degree in Christian education. She has taught in many contexts, including elementary, middle and high schools, daycare centers, and in parish ministry. For 7 years she taught at Cair Paravel Latin School, a private classical Christian school, where she designed the K–6 art curriculum and developed a passion for classical education and writing curriculum. She currently teaches 6th and 7th grade art at Delaware County Christian School and adults through preschoolers at the Wayne Art Center, both in Pennsylvania. When not teaching others, Kim turns to one of the several mediums she has used over the years for her own art, from oil paint to charcoal, pastels to printmaking. She and her family reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania. firstname.lastname@example.org
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
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