Drawing with Color (Spring)

Term: Spring Semester 2021, January 25–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Price: $295.00

Course Sections
Section 1:
T/Th 2:00 p.m. ET with Hannah Steele (Section Full)

Ongoing Enrollment and Placement

Ongoing Enrollment

While our courses are no longer available for purchase on the website, Scholé Academy is open to inquiries about enrolling in courses at any time during the year.  If you wish to enroll in a Yearlong course for the 2020-2021 school year after the official add/drop deadline (September 21), you will need to contact us directly.  We will consider each request on a case-by-case basis after considering several factors, including size of the class, the preparedness of the student, the willingness of the instructor to accommodate a late addition to the class, and the content of the course.  If you would like to submit a request for enrollment in an ongoing course, please visit our Contact Us page.

Placement Process

To help ensure that students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires many students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. A placement assessment will be required in the following situations:
  • 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.
First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Scholé Academy Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student.
Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course.
  • 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.
After May 1, withdrawals are granted a full course refund, less the $75 deposit. Students may withdraw from a course through the second week of classes. After the second week of classes, no refund is given.

The aim of this course is to start building appreciation and understanding of color through dry media drawing tools. First, we will allow ourselves time to explore and delight in this complex, multifaceted element. We will examine the formal elements of color—how colors relate to each other—as well as its psychological effects. After experiencing some theories of color, students will begin learning to handle colored pencils and chalk pastels. Through demonstrations, personal instruction, and exercises, students will explore different subjects/compositions, textures, papers, and application techniques suitable for each unique medium.

Students will be encouraged to practice exercises taught in class and may need to work outside of class to complete projects.

Along with hands-on studio work, students will participate in regular class critiques, creating a forum for the group to constructively collaborate and discuss creative outcomes. Individual artist statements will be required with most finished pieces of work, giving students another opportunity to articulate their interpretive intent and their understanding of the process and design concepts.

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. The hope of the instructor is that through engagement in the class, students will be brought to a deeper appreciation of the visual world and the creative love of its Maker.

Student Academic Expectation

Students will be encouraged to:

  • Explore formal color theory and the psychological/symbolic use of color
  • Experience and control a variety of dry color drawing media
  • Learn and practice safe and responsible use of art media, equipment, and studio space
  • Explore and develop personal concepts in creative expression
  • Create engaging compositions using art elements, including line, value, texture, space, shape, form, and depth
  • Develop and utilize specialized vocabulary in relationship to color, drawing, and visual art in general
  • Engage in a collaborative discussion that enhances understanding of their works as well as the work of others


Student Conduct Expectation

Students will be encouraged to:

  • Care for themselves, their peers, and their supplies as stewards of God’s creation (be and do the good)
  • Inquire into the discipline, asking questions in order to arrive at the truth (seek the truth)
  • Reflect upon and pursue excellence in order to make good use of their gifts (make the beautiful)


Student Evaluation/Grading

The instructor will be providing rich and robust feedback/critique constantly, but the class is ungraded and parents can make the final decision about what grade to assign to the course. To aid in that process, the following grades can be assigned to your student’s level of achievement: magna cum laude (with great praise), cum laude (with praise), satis (sufficient, satisfactory), and non satis (not sufficient).

Ideally, every average student working diligently should do praiseworthy work (cum laude). Those who excel beyond this expectation will be magna cum laude students. Students who do adequate but not praiseworthy work will be designated satis. Non satis means lacing sufficiency or adequacy.


Eligible Students

Rising 7th–12th graders: While it is not necessary, it is helpful for students to have experience in basic drawing techniques. Students with previous experience in drawing will be able to work at their levels of skill. A sense of wonder, creative courage, and perseverance are beneficial postures for flourishing in this course.


Placement: Please read about our new process above.


Sample Syllabus: View course syllabus here.

*Required Supply List:

  • Any kind of sketchbook (minimum size 8x10in.): We will use these for exercises. If you already have one that you use, that will do!
  • Pad of 11 x 14 white drawing paper (50–80 lb. medium surface), 24 sheets. Any brand.
  • Pad of black 11 x 14 drawing paper
  • Toned pastel drawing paper, 11 x 14. Colors are individual choice. See link for example.
  • Soft chalk pastel 64-color set. See here for example.
  • Set of colored pencils, 38 count at least. Prismacolor, Staedtler, or Arteza recommended.


*Required supplies not included in course purchase

Hannah Steele holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Messiah College. She teaches middle and high school art at Carlisle Christian Academy, and is excited to join the Scholé Academy community. She loves the opportunity teaching gives for her to share her passions, ask meaningful questions, and encourage others in their own artistic explorations. When not teaching, she loves to paint and to draw in her studio. She enjoys embracing the physicality of her materials and strives to create images that amplify her awareness of and engagement with God’s Creation. hsteele.scholeacademy@yahoo.com




Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-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.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: 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. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:


  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.


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