Week 36

School Essentials

September's Theme: Back to (Art) School

Week 36: School Essentials

The kids are back in school, and MAE is tagging along! This month’s MAE theme is Back to (Art) School. All month long, we’ll be focusing on basic drawing skills, with prompts that will challenge us to keep it simple, play, and have fun!


Art School Subjects

Since this month’s MAE theme is Back to School, we thought it would fun for us to take it back to the basics of art school. Each week, we’ll have a lesson based on one of the core foundations of drawing.

Week 36: Shape
Week 37: Color
Week 38: Texture/Dimension
Week 29: Line/Details

Week 36 Art School Subject: Shape

When learning to draw, the first step is to train your eye to see all things as basic shapes. For example, a school bus is made up of a couple rectangles, some squares and circles.

Once you begin to “see” the basic shapes in everything, drawing it will feel easier. If this concept doesn’t make sense to you just yet, I’ve got a some fun tutorials and resources for you. Read on to check them out!

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Live Guided Tutorial

Join us for our live tutorial on September 8th at 10am PST where we’ll be drawing some fun stationery supplies in Procreate!


Petal Pusher Bouquet Member Art

Last week we held another live-guided drawing event in the club where we drew a beautiful bouquet of flowers using one of the BB Bonus Brushes (that members get for free when they join). We learned about Procreate’s dual-color brush features and how to draw perfect petals with a single swoosh of the Petal Pusher brush. Take a look at some club members bouquets below.

Josalyn Wilder | Sheri Edwards | Gail Fancher


Gypsy Thornton | Ashlee Goovaerts | Natasha


Cathy Hare | Lisa Bardot | Clay Black


Week 36: School Essentials

Daily Drawing Prompts

September 5 - 11


pencil & eraser








school bus





You can access each weeks prompts with quick links to reference photos at makingarteverday.com.

These illustrations were created with my NEW Basic Toolkit Update! These brushes are perfect for quick art-making!


Weekly Goal

If you only draw one piece this week,

draw a pencil and eraser!

Inanimate objects, like school supplies, make awesome characters! If you’d like to learn more about how to turn an inanimate object into a character, check out my Character Camp tutorial, How to Draw Characters from Inanimate Objects.


Foundations of Style

If you are wanting to learn more about how to “see” the basic shapes in things, the tutorials below are perfect for you!


This tutorial is perfect if you’re just learning how to illustrate. It will teach you a “recipe” for drawing anything you want, and then stylizing it to make it your own.


Sketching Birds

Similar to the Foundations of Style tutorial, this Sketching Birds tutorial will help you to observe objects, sketch them with simple shapes and then render them however you’d like.


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