Monart Guided Drawing

From: $93.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 1st–5th

Live Class: Wed 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Dates:  Jan 5–Feb 18 (Winter)

Mar 30–May 13 (Spring)

Price: $249

Instructor: Kate Pepper

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Course Description

This live, online visual arts mini-course is suited for 1-5th grade students of all art backgrounds. As a 7-week mini-course, it is a non-graded art elective intended for developing student’s artistic drawing skills. In this course students will be taught to use “The Five Basic Elements of Shape” from the Monart Drawing Method developed by leading art educator Mona Brookes.  Ms. Brookes is a highly acclaimed author of Drawing with Children and Drawing for Older Children and Teens which are both recommended in several homeschool curriculums.  The instructor for these mini-courses, Kate Pepper, is a certified Monart instructor and loves sharing this wonderful method with other art enthusiasts (please read her bio for details).  This guided, step-by-step drawing series is geared specifically for the elementary-aged learner. Each session has a unique theme and focus (listed below). Students may sign up for multiple sessions and start the course at any session during the year.

Drawing is a teachable skill that anyone can learn.  Many older children, teens and adults don’t know how to draw simply because no one has ever shown them how. During class, students will draw along with the instructor to create their images with direct, step-by-step instruction. Students will learn to use the “Five Basic Elements of Shape,” which is the backbone of the Monart Drawing Method. Just as we put together letters to create words we will use “The Five Basic Elements of Shape” together to create realistic drawings piece by piece.  While there is no outside homework for these classes, students are encouraged to keep a sketchbook to practice their weekly skills. They are welcome to submit their completed drawings each week after class to receive individualized feedback, or they may simply take this course for fun.

Themes and focus for this series of mini courses are as follows:

  • Mini-course Winter
    Theme: Jungle Animals of Asia
    Focus: Draw realistic animals and their habitat
  • Mini-course Spring
    Theme: Under the Sea
    Focus: Draw realistic water creatures and their habitat

Aside from simply learning foundational drawing skills, this course will also improve skills in the following areas:

  • fine motor skills
  • attention to detail
  • boost self confidence
  • visualization
  • self-discipline
  • creative problem-solving

My teaching style is loving but firm. A good example of this is that I have a no commenting policy on artwork created in class.  This is because the students need to create for themselves, not for my approval or praise.  By not giving my personal opinion on student’s artwork it creates a safe environment where students feel comfortable taking risks, drawing for themselves and this builds true self-confidence because of accomplishment as opposed to creating art a certain way for praise.  Feedback to all students will be done in positivity, kindness, and encouragement with a focus on the art concepts being studied over talent or skill level.  I like to get to know my students and I allow some chatter during our last 15 minutes of class time when we are coloring in as long as conversations remain appropriate. We do only have one hour once a week together so keeping us on track and avoiding too many distractions is paramount to me.

Supply List

Art supplies must be purchased by the first class; all supplies can be found at Walmart, Target or Amazon.  Your child must have:

  • a piece of cardboard/poster board to protect their work surface
  • 80lb. drawing paper (not printer/copy paper, must be sketch book quality)
  • two black Sharpie markers
  • non-washable crayons
  • watercolor pencils
  • Prang or Crayola pan watercolor paints
  • paintbrushes
  • pencil sharpener
  • colored pencils and Crayola or Sharpie markers for students who wish to add color to their drawings.

Course Structure

Live meetings via Zoom will occur every week on Thursdays at 2:00 pm EST.

All course meetings are optional, although because of the step-by-step nature of this course, attendance is highly encouraged for direct instruction, personal artistic guidance, class community, and to ensure understanding. Meetings will be recorded for scheduling convenience. Students who are unable to attend live lessons will still be able to follow along with the step-by-step instruction in a recorded version of this class, which will be posted on Canvas later in the day each Friday. This course emphasizes that art is for all and values the heart of homeschooling where flexibility is a top priority.

Weekly in-class assignments may include:

  • A weekly 60-minute live meeting
  • Interactive discussion of animals and their habitat
  • In-class practice of skills being learned and mastered
  • Student involvement in learning process
  • Mastering of techniques of media and use of tools

Who should enroll?

Students in 1-5th grade who have an interest in art or students that may not have been successful in other art classes.  No previous art requirements are necessary.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and working microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Digital camera (can be phone with camera), or other means to photograph, scan, and upload student artwork

Evaluation and Feedback

In-class artwork has two options for students; they may submit through our website on Canvas to receive feedback, or they can simply do the artwork for fun, receiving no feedback. I will provide feedback/encouragement on all submitted artwork, focusing on understanding and demonstration of the concept versus artistic skill/natural talent, with the goal being to improve skills at the individual level. This is a non-graded course.

Communication

I will confirm registration with parents and provide a welcome email with clear details and video instructions on how to navigate this course. All parents are welcome to join us in Canvas as observers, and I will respond to all parents’ and student questions within 24 hours via email or Canvas message. For a quicker response please email my business: [email protected]

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There are no required texts for this class.

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Instructor Bio

Kate Pepper

Kate Pepper has been an artist since she could pick up a crayon.  Kate came from a large family with lots of nieces and nephews whom she enjoyed playing with and taking care of. Kate also spent many hours a week in her mother’s Pre-K classroom so teaching came naturally to her.  Before owning her own business she was a nanny in Tacoma, WA and then taught pre-school at a private school in Wichita, KS.

Kate did not go a traditional route with her education – she was offered scholarships to several art institutes around the country, but felt she needed to take a different path.  Her parents supported her while she traveled to various art centers and took intensive art courses.  Kate has a wide range of interests such as large format photography, lampworking, drawing, Chinese watercolor, pottery and hand building, glass fusing, yarn spinning, mosaic, printmaking, fabric arts, batik, tie-dye, embroidery and assemblage.  Who knew doing all these different workshops would one day lead to opening her own art school?

And then, in 2004 she and her husband, Charles Baughman, opened the Monart School of Art in Wichita, KS where Kate was able to combine her two favorite things – kids and art.  Kate and Charles received intensive training from Mona Brookes, author of Drawing with Children and Drawing for Older Children and Teens.  A few years after opening their art school they were able to expand their dream by creating a campus, The Art Park, filled with educational and family-oriented businesses.  Kate is kept busy with all the details of running their campus as well as teaching art three full days a week at a small private school for students with profound ADHD and/or dyslexia.  In learning about dyslexia and teaching students with language processing disorders Kate has learned a lot about herself and put pieces of the puzzle together from her own childhood and educational experience.  This is part of what makes her a great teacher – she is understanding, patient, intuitive, and curious.  She loves to learn new things and turn these into teachable moments for her students.  Kate feels that owning The Art Park and teaching at a school uses all of her creative talents in developing programs, creating lesson plans, working with the children and running a small business.

Kate and Charles have four children together that range in age from 22 to 9 years old.  They have a menagerie of animals including two dozen chickens, three large dogs, gerbils, two cats and way too many fish tanks.  They also enjoy fostering puppies and kittens and getting them ready for their forever homes.  Kate is an avid reader and loves mysteries, home decorating magazines, and historical fiction.  Kate enjoys making large mosaic installations in her free time and donates her creations to organizations in Wichita for fundraisers as well as beautifying The Art Park campus with her work.  Kate is also passionate about reducing waste and runs a marker and crayon recycling program at three schools in Wichita and 90% of her mosaic supplies are discontinued tile samples that would normally be thrown in the landfill.  Kate estimates she has rescued over two tons of tile and other materials from the landfill and turned it into art.

All classes taught by Kate Pepper