Drawing - Kolbe Academy


Kolbe Academy’s Fine Arts classes offer a curriculum that teaches students the skills of 19th century studio techniques dedicated to imitating the Renaissance Masters.  Like music, art is a discipline.  Students will be taught the importance of good materials, draft drawings using a rigorous step-by-step methodology with the help of a teacher, complete exercises in value and form, and compose simple still life setups to represent in oil paint.  Drawing must be completed to the teacher’s satisfaction before students may take the painting course.  Lectures will be given on art history so that students learn about portraitists, figure artists, and the great tradition of representational works.

In this course students will:

  • Learn the importance of good materials
  • Complete drawing exercises
  • Finish two master copy drawings using a rigorous step-by-step methodology with the help of a teacher

The master copy will be “from the flat,” meaning that the student will set up their paper next to a fully rendered drawing by a French master to copy in full.  The drawing will not be above any individual student’s level.  This will teach:

  • Accuracy
  • How to build a drawing from simple stages first
  • Mastering value
  • Turning a form
  • Final rendering

Handouts will be assigned, and lectures given on art history to show students the tradition of this technique.


  • Renaissance Art Book by Wenda O’Reilly

Course Materials

  • 7-10 2B & HB pencils (suggested brand: Staedler)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Utility knife
  • T-square
  • Wooden art board (large enough for 9×12 sheet of paper)
  • Sandpaper (fine medium grit, about 150)
  • Sketchbook (at least 9×12, suggested brand: Strathmore)
  • Knitting needle or Skewer (must not bend in your hand)
  • Black artist tape

Course Details:

Section Number



Mrs. DeVendra

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (9th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min. each time



Class Period



7:30-8:50 AM PT

10:30-11:50 AM ET


$399 or see

Full-Time Online Tuition Option

Credits (Type)

5 (Fine Arts)

Transcript Designation



This is a one semester course.