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Northstar Academy

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Christian school for grades 4-12

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Introduction to Drawing

  • Name:

    Introduction to Drawing (DRAW101)

  • Department:

    Fine Arts

  • Credits:

    0.5 (semester course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:


Introduction to Drawing


In this course, students will discover how to draw the world around them using various materials including pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, and pastels! This course focuses on observational drawing and contains practical lessons on topics including shape, line, proportion, composition, shading, and visual texture while encouraging students to analyze and learn from historical artworks.

Special Notes:

Each student needs weekly access to a scanner and/or a digital camera in order to submit artwork.


Want to expand your drawing abilities beyond doodles? Well this is your opportunity to draw still-lifes, landscapes, animals, learn One-Point Perspective techniques and much more! Introduction to Drawing will allow you to explore art in the context of God’s role as the ultimate Creator, while encouraging an appreciation for historical works of art.

This course focuses on the genre of REALISM. You will be given the opportunity to create realistic-looking drawings, but also incorporate creative ideas into your projects. After completing this course, you will have the foundational skills, known as Observational Drawing Skills, needed to continue to draw on your own!

Even though many people see drawing as something that one is naturally good at or just can’t do at all, in reality drawing is a skill-set that can be learned. Whether you are just beginning to draw or have some previous experience, the practical lessons in this course, which include the use of Light Logic and creating a VARIETY of VALUES to show depth, space, texture, and a sense of realism will dramatically improve your drawing ability. These skills will help you continue your individual artistic journey!

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

I really enjoyed this course. It addressed a wide variety of art concepts and laid down a good foundation.


This course was easy to follow. I like how you can see what you have to do. It really helped me know what needed to be done and how far along I was.


The discussions in this course were really interesting because I got to see all the fellow students in my classes art work.