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Drawing Studio

Studio: Drawing

Are you looking to simultaneously push the boundaries of your personal drawing practice while attaining new strategies for teaching drawing in the art room? If you answered “yes,” then this course is for you! Not only will this course help you to grow in your own practice but it will address and offer solutions for the challenges students face in the art room as they explore drawing as a skill. During this course, you will revisit your role as an artist and share your drawing evolution with the instructor and peers while analyzing best practices for drawing instruction. Your journey will include visual journaling using a variety of media and skill development as you work toward creating a drawing portfolio.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate Catalog.

Required Materials

Drawing Materials List

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
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All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1047.00
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE026

Course Objectives

  • Research best practices as they explore basic and advanced techniques and media for drawing instruction in the classroom setting.
  • Practice observational drawing skills through a variety of interactive and choice-based exercises.
  • Develop, enhance, and/or extend their drawing curriculum.
  • Engage in purposeful critique with peers as they learn strategies and approaches for the classroom from one another.
  • Push their drawing practice to the next level by working in a visual journal.
  • Create original artwork using a variety of drawing media as they reflect upon their technical evolution.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Visual Journals and Sketchbooks
  1. Explore visual journals as a way for artists to document their artistic journey.
  2. Start a visual journal of your own.
Week 2
Basic Drawing Techniques
  1. Explore different media options for drawing and dive into value and shading.
  2. Experiment with composition as you work on a mixed media drawing.
Week 3
Observational Drawing
  1. Experiment with gesture and timed drawings and dive deeper into visual measuring.
  2. Explore how you will teach these skills to students.
Week 4
Advancing Your Drawing Practice
  1. Reflect upon your work to date in this course.
  2. Create an original, finished drawing as your next drawing challenge.
Week 5
New Learning Inspired By Your Peers
  1. Dive deeply into the work of your peers. Provide feedback for growth.
  2. Receive peer feedback of your own as you open yourself up to be inspired, take risks, and create something new.
Week 6
Drawing Curricula
  1. Consider your current or future drawing curriculum and what skills are important for your students to master.
  2. Plan meaningful classroom lessons and materials.
Week 7
Teacher Showcase Series
  1. Explore the methods, techniques, and learning from this course in the creation of an original series.
  2. Participate in a midpoint critique as you benefit from the advice from the instructor and peers.
Week 8
  1. Compile your final portfolio showcasing your work and learning from this course.
  2. Reflect on your learning throughout the course and consider the next steps.

Observational Drawing

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

1. Research

Explore the resources in the Drawing From Life WebQuest. As you digest the content most relevant to you and your artistic goals, note similarities and differences between observational drawing techniques. Look at how some of these methods and approaches can look in the classroom as you learn from experienced art educators.

2. Discussion

Share how you plan to incorporate observational drawing into your classroom. Summarize a lesson concept in which students will practice an observational drawing skill. Do some outside research and find at least one artist who could inspire your students' work.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Complete either a timed drawing exercise or a visual measuring exercise. Document the entire experience and present your learning in a detailed process board.

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Studio: Drawing. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month-rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 1/28/2021)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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