Masters School of Art

Christian Center for the Arts

Animal Drawing - Class Description

 

LEVEL: All, Age Requirements: All, Prerequisites: Drawing 101 preferred


DESCRIPTION: Students learn how to draw animals realistically with correct proportions, fur, shading and markings, etc. The class will begin with animal features such as eyes, nose, and ears. They will move on to learn how to create the look of different types of fur or feathers. The students will then quickly move on to creating their first animal drawing, gridding the picture to help with proportion and proper placement. Students will draw a few practice animal drawings on regular copy paper throughout the term, drawing a variety of different animals such as birds, land animals, domestic animals, reptiles and underwater animals.

 

Final projects are drawn on Bristol paper. The instructor will keep ongoing projects in the Animal Drawing box labeled for that class at the art school. This keeps unfinished work from getting lost, damaged, or forgotten at home.

SUPPLIES: The school will supply everything needed for this class. It is recommended, however, to bring an eraser (a thin or pointed eraser works best for hair and fur).  Towards the end of the term, please bring a frame or matte to fit 9? by 12? paper. This is for the final project to be displayed in the end-of-term exhibit. Responsible students may be allowed to take final projects home to be framed or matted, but the instructor could do this at the school instead.


CLASS TIME: All work is done in the classroom. However, homework may occasionally be assigned in order to reinforce principles learned in class, or if the instructor sees that a student needs extra practice in certain techniques.


CODE OF CONDUCT: Clean up - This includes removing one's belongings, giving class materials back to the instructor, and brushing eraser crumbs off the tables. The instructor may also request help in rearranging chairs, to make the classroom ready for other classes.


HOW TO SUCCEED: To be evaluated well, students must be attentive, focused, give good effort to follow instructions, accept correction and guidance from the instructor, and not be disruptive or a distraction to the other students. Drawings, especially the final project, should be neatly done, free of smudges and extraneous marks.

 

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Animal Drawing with Karen Williams


LEVEL: 101, Age Requirements: All, Format: Classroom, Prerequisites: Drawing 101 preferred


DESCRIPTION: Students learn how to draw animals realistically with correct proportions, fur, shading and markings, etc. This is not a cartoon class, however some exercises include copying from line drawings for understanding proportion and relationship. My four basic drawing principles are shape, size, location, and tilt of all the elements of an object. We add shading to these to produce realistic likenesses. Students draw copies of line drawings or photographs, or follow along as the instructor demonstrates on the white board. Final projects are from photos and are drawn on heavier paper than the practice paper. The teacher keeps ongoing projects in the teacher's box labeled for that class at the art school. This keeps unfinished work from getting lost, damaged, or forgotten at home.

SUPPLIES: Students may bring their own pencils (#2 and #3), eraser (white eraser such as Magic Rub),  and sharpener, all labeled, or they may use the school's supplies, as available. A folder for taking home finished class work is advisable. Towards the end of the term, please bring a frame or mat to fit 9? by 12? paper. This is for the final project to be displayed in the end-of-term exhibit. Responsible students may be allowed to take final projects home to be framed or matted, or they could bring it to school and have it done there instead.

CLASS TIME: Most work is done in the classroom. Older/college students may be asked to work on projects at home. Homework may occasionally be assigned in order to reinforce principles learned in class, or if the teacher sees that a student needs extra practice in certain techniques.

CODE OF CONDUCT: Clean up - This includes removing one's belongings, giving class materials back to the teacher, and brushing eraser crumbs off the tables. The teacher may also request help in rearranging chairs, to make the classroom ready for other classes. At the end of the day, students will be asked to help with final room cleanup, such as stacking chair, sweeping floor, wiping down tables, etc, before leaving. 

HOW TO SUCCEED: To be evaluated well, students must be attentive, give good effort to follow instructions, accept correction and guidance from the teacher, and not be disruptive or a distraction to the other students. Drawings, especially the final project, should be neatly done, free of smudges and extraneous marks.