Classical Conversations, Tutor Scripts Week 1

Prep sketch for Catherine's Pascha: A Celebration of Easter in the Orthodox Church. Drawing after photo.

Preparatory sketch for Catherine’s Pascha: A Celebration of Easter in the Orthodox Church.

I got into teaching art through Classical Conversations.  I’d taught art on a substitute basis before, but you always have to follow the regular teacher’s rules when you do that.

One of the things I love about Classical Conversations is it integrates art and music, both the study of theory and technique and the study of the artists and musicians.  It is, hands down, my favorite time of class. (Though I’m ready to put the flutes away/throw the flutes away after week six of theory, I must admit!)

I created these scripts and resources for my fellow tutors.  I hope you find them useful if you’re tutoring Classical Conversations, or if you are a parent of a student who is wanting to learn more.  If you have a question about art or how to do something, leave a comment or send an e-mail.  If I don’t know the answer, I have lots of books and resources.  Plus, I’m blessed to now attend church with two of my art professors from college, my mother-in-law is a pastel artist with a printmaking degree, my grandmother-in-law is an oil portraitist, two of my siblings and an aunt are professional/semi-professional photographers.  If you have a question or want to know how to do something, I can probably track down an answer one way or another, and we can all learn together!


Drawing Tutorial introduction

Week One Tutorial: OiLS


By the way, the sketch above was created using a variation on OiLS with a photograph as a visual reference.  It really does work!


5 Comments on “Classical Conversations, Tutor Scripts Week 1

July 23, 2016 at 9:36 PM

August 2, 2016 at 9:13 PM

This is a huge blessing. Thank you!! As a new Director with many of our mothers already helping on campus, I was not sure where or when I might ‘put something together’ for our art unit. The detail, tone and resources are wonderful.

Renee Lannan
August 17, 2016 at 12:24 AM

Awesome! I especially love your baseline project idea. You know, that is perfect in week 1 where we have so little material for review time. I am thinking of incorporating the baseline drawing to help fill that first-day gap. I am working on a blog about drawing lesson plans, and I would like to link to your article, mentioning your baseline project idea.

August 29, 2016 at 7:53 PM

This is excellent! I really appreciate all the information and thought you put into this! Thank you so much!!!


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