20 to 16 Points - The student has taken the technique being studied and applied it in a way that is uniquely his/her own. The student's personality/voice comes through in their original drawing.


15 to 11 Points - The student has taken the technique being studied and has used source material as a starting place. The student's personality comes through in parts of the drawing.


10 to 5 Points - The student has copied some ideas from the source material or fellow student. Little evidence of creative problem-solving in the completed project.


4 to 0 Points - The student has not made much attempt to meet the creative requirements of the assignment. No development of a creative composition.




Drawing/Painting Skills:

20 to 16 Points - Drawing methods for this project were well demonstrated. Control and accuracy using this medium is superb. The student demonstrates the intended characteristics of this medium clearly.


15 to 11 Points - Drawing is done with care and student shows the development of skills using this medium. The student uses the methods demonstrated for the project.


10 to 5 Points - Control is somewhat lacking and student uses little of the methods demonstrated for this project.


4 to 0 Points - The student does not clearly demonstrate the methods for drawing with this medium and shows little care in improving drawing skills. Messy. Failure to follow the project methods.





20 to 16 Points - Student emphasizes all required elements of design for an exemplary drawing project (plus some design principles such as unity, contrast, balance, movement, direction, and emphasis ) Most to All "other" required components included. 1pt deducted for each "other" missing.


15 to 11 Points -The student applies required elements of design with some effectiveness. Most "other" required components included. 1pt deducted for each "other" missing.


10 to 5 Points - The student does not include all elements of design but some are present The overall result is not pleasing. Some "other" required components missing. 1pt deducted for each "other" missing


4 to 0 Points - The student does not include nor demonstrate a clear understanding of the required elements of design in the drawing. Some elements of design may be missing. "Other" required components missing. 1pt deducted for each "other" component missing.





20 to 16 Points - Class time was used wisely. Much time and effort went into the design of the drawing. It is clear the student explored many ideas before settling on one. Directions followed. Journal completed within time framed.


15 to 11 Points - Class time was used wisely. The student could have put in more designing and planning time. Followed most directions. Journal completed within time frame.


10 to 5 Points - Class time was not always used wisely, but the student did plan a design. Did not following some of the directions. Journal not completed within time frame


4 to 0 Points - Class time was not used wisely and the student put in no designing nor planning effort. Did not follow most directions. Did not work on the journal.



Use of Materials:

20 to 16 Points - The student typically and thoroughly cleans up and follows art room routines without reminders. The student shows great respect for the materials and his fellow students.


15 to 11 Points - The student typically adequately cleans materials and work area at the end of the session with the reminder, and follows the art room routine. Student shows respect for fellow students.


10 to 5 Points - Student adequately cleans and takes care of materials if reminded. The occasional messy work area may be seen. Shows some respect for fellow students.


4 to 0 Points - Student deliberately misuses and waste materials AND/OR does not adequately clean materials or area when reminded. Shows a little respect for materials or fellow students.




Drawing is an enjoyable and handy skill to learn, as well as being a great hobby. However, if you are not too good at drawing, things can be a little less fun and exciting. Most people would tell you to take art lessons if you wanted to improve your drawing skills, but they cost money, can be a little scary, and they aren't always fine-tuned to your style. So if you want to learn how to draw without taking lessons, just read on...



Learn to draw what you see. This is one of the most important steps to becoming a skilled visual artist. Who would want you to do a portrait of them, or a sketch of their favorite place if what you draw isn't what you see? Don't fret too much - loads of people make this mistake at times, and it can be corrected. Don't be afraid to draw what you see. Sometimes, when you do start drawing what you see, the beginning of the sketch can look pretty awful - but it can turn out amazing. So do it. The next time you draw someone, draw their face shape, their real nose, real eyes, real teeth. It'll take practice, but it's worth it.


Practice using different styles and equipment. It's all very well to be the worlds' best sketcher, but it'll be a lot more useful if you also know how to use ink, paint, and loads of other styles of drawings. Some styles of drawings that are spirally and others are more texture and tone-rather than a line. You need to learn how to do all these different branches in the drawing because you might come across one that you're especially good at. Try drawing with ink, or not actually drawing lines, but more tone. Maybe make the lines a little more spirally and curvy - or dead straight and robotic? Play around and experiment.


Learn to "block in" big shapes in proportion before drawing in the details or adding texture. It's okay to do this with very light, faint lines, some artists don't even erase the construction lines. Big mistakes can be caught early on with this process like getting the eyes too large or the top of the head too small before you put the work in of shading and detailing everything.


Practice. Practice. Practice. Drawing skills don't come with fancy sketch pads and pencils. They come with practice. Whenever you have spare time, sit down and sketch something, or practice your shading, tone, etc. There are so many things to learn - you will always need to practice. Sketch things, hard things, and easy things. Draw people, detailed or rough. Add light reflections, whether it is apples and balloons or eyes and glasses. Master everything to the best you can, constantly perfect your skill. Enjoy it.