Beyond IQ

Sketchbook Adventures

  • 30 Jan 2019
  • (PST)
  • 15 May 2019
  • (PDT)
  • 16 sessions
  • 30 Jan 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PST)
  • 06 Feb 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PST)
  • 13 Feb 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PST)
  • 20 Feb 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PST)
  • 27 Feb 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PST)
  • 06 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PST)
  • 13 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • 20 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • 27 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • 03 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • 10 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • 17 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • 24 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • 01 May 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • 08 May 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • 15 May 2019, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • Online


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You find yourself at a portal.  You walk through it, and once through, you find yourself on a path.  You choose to follow that path, and along the way you meet companions, face obstacles, and confront villains.  Will you make it to the final destination?

In this course, you will take a Sketchbook Adventure, one you draw for yourself.  You will draw the door you walk through, your path, the setting, your mode of transportation, characters you meet along the way, and your final destination.  As you do so, you will learn a variety of art principles such as color theory, one-point perspective, shading and highlighting, and more. You will also participate in a rich, encouraging community of learners.

Are you ready to roll?  Draw? Paint? If so, let’s go!

PrerequisitesNone, supplies*

SYLLABUS: is subject to change based on student interests and abilities

Weeks 1-2:  Portal. During these first two classes, you will meet your classmates, learn about what the class entails, and begin your adventure by drawing the doorway through which you will enter the magical land through which you’ll journey this semester.  What kind of door will you walk through? Draw it with effective shading.

Weeks 3-4:  Path. Dorothy had her yellow brick road.  You might have a dirt trail, a busy highway, or a river to travel down.  What do you see along the way? What’s in the distance? Flora? Water? Landmarks?  It’s up to you! Express it in one-point perspective.

Weeks 5-6:  Transportation.  How do you get to where you’re going?  A wagon? A hot air balloon? A llama? In this session, you will experiment with drawing methods of transportation.

Weeks 7-8:  Characters you meet along the way.  In these classes, you will draw companions who will go along with you on the journey, secondary characters who pop up unexpectedly, and villains who challenge you.  These characters may be human, animal, or imaginary, and you will explore how to render them.

Week 9-10:  Surprises. What unexpected things appear on your path?  A flood? A rock slide? An unexpected character? Play with putting an unexpected item or person in your artwork.

Week 11-12:  Refreshment. The journey has been long, and you’re getting thirsty.  Create a resting space. Add water. Learn techniques for rendering water.

Week 13-14:  Destination. You’ve arrived!  Create a landscape in an intentional color scheme that expresses your reaching your final spot.

Week 15:  Online Art Show.  Share your artwork with your family and friends!


  • At least one sketchbook of your choice, whatever type of sketchbook most enhances your creativity.  You may want to create on paper or digitally. Or both!
  • Media of your choice, such as one or more of the following:
    • Graphite pencil
    • Markers
    • Colored pencils
    • Paint (watercolor, acrylic, or oil)
    • Digital app
    • Or anything else.
  • Readiness to learn, and
  • A sense of adventure and fun!

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