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This course will develop skills using media such as pencil, charcoal, pastels, inks, markers, and colored pencils. Ares of study include cartooning, calligraphy, contour drawing, gesture drawing, portraiture and rendering techniques like cross hatching and stippling. 

Some of the techniques we will cover as you build your portfolio include:

Contour Drawing

  • Blind contour drawing

  • Modified contour drawing

  • Cross contour

Gesture drawing


  • Atmospheric

  • Two-point

  • Three-points

  • Cast shadows

Value techniques

  • Hatching/Cross hatching

  • Stippling

  • Scumbling

  • Blending

  • Rendering

Observational drawing

  • Portrait

  • Still Life

  • Figure

  • Grid

Studio Habits of Mind

The 8 Studio Habits of Mind is a framework- a way of thinking and practicing studio skills. The 8 habits have no order-- they work together in a cycle and have no structure- instead they should animate as studio experiences unfold.

Below are videos of creative artists modeling studio habits of mind and discussing the beauty of mistakes, the need to struggle, and the satisfaction of making their unique contributions to the world through their art form.

Taking Risks

Learning to stretch beyond your own skills and knowledge and push yourself to learn new concepts and skills and take risks in your art making. 

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