DrawPj Academy - the complete online drawing course for kids aged 11+

In this complete self-teach video drawing course your child will be taken on a fun, exciting journey right from the very start through the fundamental principles of drawing. 
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What is the DrawPJ Academy?

In the DrawPj Academy your child will be studying a carefully structured high-definition video-based step-by-step drawing course, fully contained within a learning management system. 'DrawPj' stands for 'Draw in your Pyjama Time!' That's the little blocks of time that we often find ourselves in our PJ's either watching TV, Youtube or playing online games. Instead of frittering time away on those activities, I encourage your kids to come along and draw with me. 


Membership is $10 AUD (incl. GST) per family per month (or $100 AUD per year.) Also includes complimentary access to all 5 curriculums for children aged 4 to 11 years.  
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One to one mentoring with Cindy Wider

Perhaps you've noticed something special about your child's drawing skills. You believe they have exceptional ability that needs nurturing along with a structured program - to give them the best chance of success with this gift. If your child is 11 years or older and showing a mature dedication to drawing, contact Cindy Wider for enrolment details, fees and availability of her private online one-to-one mentoring program.
Contact: cindy@drawpj.com or write into the chat box below.

From a Homeschool Mum

My Daughter Trinity aged 14 has been enrolled into the DrawPj Academy video course over a 10 week school term.  We have included this course into her homeschool curriculum.  Trinity is thoroughly enjoying the online tutorials, it has become her favourite lesson each week.   I highly recommend this course to anyone who really wants to help your kids learn to draw.
Alison Jones Qld Australia

What's included in the Course?

Study the fundamental principles of drawing as a solid foundation to composing original art. Mediums include graphite pencil, coloured pencil and charcoal.

Your child's drawing course is made up of 6 major sections of study that form the foundation for the whole skill of drawing. Within each section, you will find a list of 'study blocks' that should ideally be studied in the order listed.

Each study block consists of between 1 to 4 hours of study depending on the topic. There are 26 study blocks all together in your course. They can be completed at your own pace. 

Construction Drawing Section: CD

Study Block 1
  • Pre-instruction Drawing
  • Examples of Scribble Gesture Drawing
  • Examples of the Sketching Technique
  • Peppie the Pup or Tallulah Ted

Study Block 2
Project: Choice of the following
Fred the Sausage Dog
  • Cyril Squirrel
  • Marmalade the Rabbit
  • Oscar the Cat
  • Cuddly Cat Toby

Study Block 3
  • The Old Hay shed (fully completed)

Shading and Form Section: SF

Study Block 4
  • Three ways to shade (submit examples for soft edge, hard edge and gradation)
  • Value scale (submit a six-level value scale)

Study Block 5
  • Shade four shapes

Study Block 6
  • Drawing of a Column Fold
Study Block 7
  • Project: Either ‘Puddles the Boot’, the ‘Silver Kettle’ or ‘Shoe Well Travelled’ 

Portraiture Foundations Section: PF

Study Block 8
  • Four facial features

Study Block 9
  • Portrait of Isha

Study Block 10
  • 12 Charcoal Techniques

Study Block 11
  • Long hair or short hair

Study Block 12
  • Project: Either Portrait of ‘Just Me’ a self Portrait or Portrait of Sumaya

Perspective and Proportion Section: PP

Study Block 13
  • Perspective floorboards
  • Perspective floor tiles

Study Block 14
  • Perspective bookcase
  • Perspective ellipse
  • Perspective fence Posts
  • Perspective open Door
  • Perspective steps

Study Block 15
  • Draw the outline of an interior room – filled with furniture

Study Block 16
  • Project: choice of ‘Cosy Cottage’ or ‘Little House in the English Countryside’ 

Coloured Pencil Section: CP

Study Block 17
  • 12 Coloured Pencil Techniques

Study Block 18
  • Colour wheel

Study Block 19
  • Colour Swatch
  • Colour scheme abstract pattern

Study Block 20
  • African Daisy

Study Block 21
  • Project: Choice of ‘Juicy Apple’ or ‘Double-Hearted Rose’

Composition: CO

Study Block 22
  • List ideas in three categories that could inspire an artwork
  • Create a rough thumbnail sketch

Study Block 23
  • Submit 4 thumbnails with each of the four different composition structures:
  • L-Shape
  • Foreground Frame
  • Vertical
  • Horizontal

Study Block 24
  • Research Art Styles of master artists and colour an image in the hard-edge style
  • (select from the images provided or create your own abstract design and use your own colour scheme to create a pleasing image)

Study Block 25
  • Begin the process to create your own original drawing
  • Consider the heart and soul stage for your idea
  • Create your thumbnail sketch
Study Block 26
  • Final Project: Complete your original drawing that you began in Study Block 25 by adding coloured pencil

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Art Supplies List:

To get started immediately with the first major section of this course all you need are the following:

  • Ordinary Pencil 
  • Any paper for drawing on
  • An eraser
  • Sharpener

As you progress through the course you will add to your art supplies kit one section at a time. There is a recommendation of Derwent supplies, however, any materials that you may find as a suitable replacement are perfectly good to use:

Supplies List #1: CD and SF sections

  • Pencils - HB, 2B, & 4B 
  • Plastic eraser, 
  • Kneadable eraser 
  • Metric plastic ruler (transparent with cm and mm markings on it) 
  • A soft brush or inexpensive watercolour brush (to keep your paper clean from erasings)
  • A4 paper (for printing course workbooks as required) 
  • Sketch Pad with cartridge paper A4 size 
  • Graphite transfer paper (For transferring an outline drawing to your quality paper - or you can just rub the back of your image with your 4B graphite pencil)
  • Paper stumps and/or cotton buds 
  • Fine grain sandpaper – 240 grit 

Supplies List #2: SF and PF

Use Supplies List #1 plus the following: 
  • An eraser pen with refills (or you can just use scissors to cut a slice off your plastic eraser)
  • Cartridge paper (at least 110gsm or heavier) or smooth hot-pressed paper with a slight tooth. To create a good result with the smooth shading process it’s important to have slightly textured paper. 
  • For professional level artists, I recommend the Saunders Waterford High White (300gm) 140lb HP (Hot Pressed) paper or other hot-pressed smooth paper with a slight amount of tooth. 
  • Important: Papers that are unsuitable for the smooth shading technique in this course are any high-glossy very smooth papers, NOT (or cold pressed) and rough papers. 
  • Soft tissues (for blending larger areas of graphite)

Supplies List #3: PF sections (charcoal)

Use Supplies List #1 and #2 plus the following: 
  • Charcoal pencils – light, medium and dark 
  • White charcoal pencil
  • Willow charcoal sticks (medium or 6mm) 
  • Charcoal or pastel paper with slight texture – light grey colour (use the smooth side of Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper – colour Flannel grey
  • 1 sheet of clear acetate or an a4 plastic sleeve 
  • Fine tip black permanent marker (suitable for drawing on acetate)
  • Roll of paper towel (for cleaning up your area and wiping hands)

Supplies List 4: PP section

Use Supplies List #1 and #2 plus the following:
  • An additional clear plastic metric ruler at least 50cm long. 
  • Two sheets of tracing paper 

Supplies List 5: CP (Coloured Pencil)

Use Supplies List #1 and #2 plus the following:
  • Derwent Coloursoft pencils – tin of 72 is recommended for professional use or for student use: Derwent Academy - if budget is tight (or supermarket brands such as Faber Castell Tri-colour works well as its a creamy brand) Purchase the largest range of colours. 
  • White acrylic pen (optional for adding highlights in your final project.)
  • Fine tip black graphic marker (for writing titles on drawing paper)
  • Note: if using Derwent Coloursoft you must purchase a larger sharpener such as the Derwent 'Manual Twin Hole Sharpener' a small handheld Sharpener with the ability to sharpen both a normal pencil and the wider pencil (8mm).  

Supplies List 6: Compositon

Use Supplies List #1,#2 and #5