Art Techniques - Schoolhouse Teachers

Art Techniques

Length: Ongoing
Includes: Lessons and Activities
Age/Grade: Elementary -High School

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We wanted to share with you news about the ending of one of our longest-running classes, Art Techniques, as well as news about a new art class that will take its place. Brenda Ellis has been with us since February, 2013. After nearly 5 years, she’s decided it’s time for her class, Art Techniques, to end. As of December 31, 2017, these lessons will NO LONGER be available for download from our site. If you are using this class in your homeschool this year, please be sure to download the lessons prior to this time. We will be launching a new art class to fill this spot in January, 2018. Our new art class will include teaching on a range of techniques including sketching, painting, pointillism, mosaics, and paper and cardboard art, as well as explore mediums such as colored pencils, water colors, cardboard, pencils, markers, oil pastels, and paper. Instructional videos will be included in selected lessons. We know you’ll love it, and we appreciate the dozens of lessons Brenda has shared over the years!

How to Use This Course

Art Techniques taught by Brenda Ellis on provides step-by-step art lessons in many different mediums for the upper elementary through high school student. The lessons need to be followed in order for each project, but projects can be done in whatever order interests the student. Each student can start with the medium they are most interested in, whether it is pencils, charcoal, oil pastels, watercolors, or others. Each month’s lesson is a self-contained unit that takes the student from the beginning of the art project, the line drawing, through each step until they are finishing the details of their project. A student can earn one-quarter credit of high school Drawing and Painting in a Fine Arts course by completing one full year of 48 weekly lessons of this course. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

Course Introduction

Would you like to find ways to make your drawings look more realistic or more colorful? In these classes you will explore a variety of art materials that you may already have in your home or are easy to obtain. You will learn ways to use colored pencils, drawing pencils, oil pastels, watercolor paints, and more! You’ll be proud of what you produce because it will be uniquely your own, not copied from the teacher example.

A materials list is given in the first lesson for each month.

Come back each month to discover a new art material and a new type of subject. Come back each week to see the next stage in the teacher’s example. In this class you are the artist! You will select a similar subject from your own environment and look at it as you draw or paint your picture.

Are you surprised that you are not asked to copy the teacher’s example? You will select your own subject for two reasons. First, you will be most interested in a subject that you like, have interest in, or find within your own environment. Secondly, when we look at real objects or high-quality photographs, we see much more detail. Artists select the details that are important to their own picture and what they want to accomplish within it. These are important aspects of being a real artist. You will get your information for the picture from a real object (a reference), and you will see the techniques for putting that information on the page within the teacher’s example.

Techniques are methods of using artistic materials or processes for drawing and painting. While there are many things to learn about art, we will focus on art techniques in this class. You will complete a new work of art each week. If you miss a few weeks or simply want a reminder, you can review any or all of the previous teacher’s examples for the month to recall the stages of the process.

Students are building on what they know and should begin to see improvement in their individual skills as they continue to draw. Encourage students to have fun and to select subjects they like and have personal meaning to them.

If you want more opportunities to make art, see how creativity in art, art appreciation, art history, and techniques of the artist come together on the pages of ARTistic Pursuits art curriculum at There you will find books written specifically to different grade levels. Jump right in at your grade level and expand on what you know about art and see what you can accomplish. To see a sample of our curriculum, you can watch a video overview of our course here.

Enjoy your art technique lesson!

Your art teacher,

Brenda Ellis

Step-by-step art lessons including model photo and drawings that build on each other throughout each unit

Upon successful completion of one full year, all 48 lessons (16 lessons in the Fall, 16 lessons in the Spring, and 16 lessons in the Summer), your child will accumulate approximately 24-36 hours of practical experience with fine art materials. This is the equivalent of 0.25 credits of high school Drawing and Painting in a Fine Arts course. The topic covered will be stated as: An introduction to a variety of art media and methods of creating art.

To obtain a complete credit, your child should be instructed in the following topics: The use of the elements of art and principles of design, art appreciation (how to see those elements in works of art), and art history (viewing art within the context of the time in which it was created and becoming familiar with a variety of artworks and artists of the past). These topics are covered within the ARTistic Pursuits books for high schoolers and with them your child can earn two full credits in fine art, 1.0 in drawing and 1.0 in painting. The Art Techniques course offered at is a great way for your child to be exposed to a wider variety of materials and experiences and can be used to generate an interest in a further study of art. For a complete course see: ARTistic Pursuits, High School Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition or ARTistic Pursuits, High School Book Two, Color and Composition at

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