Monthly Archives: August 2016

Castle Perspective Lesson, Week 5

Perspective. Journeymen and Masters (ages 9-12), whom I teach, have typically been introduced to the concept already, so what can they do next? Fitting with the medieval theme for this fall of Classical Conversations, I chose a castle. Continue reading

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Cubist Queen Mash-Up Art Lesson

For an abstract drawing project to fit into this year’s medieval history theme, I came up with a “Monarch Mash-up,” a nod to Cubism, the first abstract style of modern art. This is the practice of analyzing forms, breaking them down and putting them back together–but not necessarily all from the same perspective.
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Monarch Mash-Up: Abstract Art Lesson, Week 4

Because tutors have so many ways available to them through which to introduce kids to abstract art, I’m choosing to do things I haven’t seen others do. A lot of abstract projects students will have already done, by the time they … Continue reading

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Medieval-themed Upside-down Drawing: Week 3, Classical Conversations

“What? I have to draw something upside-down??” No, it is not mean to frustrate and torture. The idea behind having kids draw an  is upside-down image is to help students see only what is actually there, not what they think is … Continue reading

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Mirror Image Lion Drawing: Week Two, Classical Conversations

I don’t think anyone can learn to draw well without the foundational lessons discovered in mirror image drawing. The longer I teach drawing, the more I am convinced this lesson is key, the one I hope no students are absent … Continue reading

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How I Talk to My Students about Drawing on Day One

When I came into the Classical model of education, one of the things I loved about it is that it echoes what I already know to be true about the drawing/artistic “talent.” It’s not an “either you were born with … Continue reading

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Basics of Drawing: Fine Arts, Week 1 for Classical Conversations

I am sharing my step-by-step instructions to draw a horse using the OiLs method. However, this is my first art lesson on the first day of class to new students, so I don’t launch into step #1 directly. How do I … Continue reading

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