Monart Guided Drawing

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From: $76.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 1st–5th
Class: Wed 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET

Dates (Fall 1): Aug 26-Oct 11, 2024

Dates (Fall 2): Oct 21–Dec 13, 2024

Dates (Winter): Jan 13–Feb 28, 2025

Dates (Spring): Mar 17–May 2, 2025

Prepaid: $199 per session or $349 per semester

Instructor: Kate Pepper


Course Description

This live, online visual arts mini-course is suited for 1-5th grade students of all art backgrounds. As a 7-week mini-course, it is a non-graded art elective intended for developing student’s artistic drawing skills. In this course students will be taught to use “The Five Basic Elements of Shape” from the Monart Drawing Method developed by leading art educator Mona Brookes.  Ms. Brookes is a highly acclaimed author of Drawing with Children and Drawing for Older Children and Teens which are both recommended in several homeschool curriculums.  The instructor for these mini-courses, Kate Pepper, is a certified Monart instructor and loves sharing this wonderful method with other art enthusiasts (please read her bio for details).  This guided, step-by-step drawing series is geared specifically for the elementary-aged learner. Each session has a unique theme and focus (listed below). Students may sign up for multiple sessions and start the course at any session during the year.

Drawing is a teachable skill that anyone can learn.  Many older children, teens and adults don’t know how to draw simply because no one has ever shown them how. During class, students will draw along with the instructor to create their images with direct, step-by-step instruction. Students will learn to use the “Five Basic Elements of Shape,” which is the backbone of the Monart Drawing Method. Just as we put together letters to create words we will use “The Five Basic Elements of Shape” together to create realistic drawings piece by piece.  While there is no outside homework for these classes, students are encouraged to keep a sketchbook to practice their weekly skills. They are welcome to submit their completed drawings each week after class to receive individualized feedback, or they may simply take this course for fun.

The themes and focus for the 2023-2024 series of mini-courses are as follows:

Semester 1 (Fall 1 and Fall 2 sessions):

  • Mini-course Fall 1, 2024

    • Theme: African Animals – If you like to learn about animals, this is the class for you! Students will learn how to draw lots of interesting African animals, including a rhino, cheetah,  giraffe, crocodile, flamingo, zebra, and lion. We’ll use stylized and realistic drawing techniques to bring these unique creatures to life! In this session, students will use a variety of media whilst having fun in the African savannah.
  • Mini-course Fall 2, 2024

    • Theme: Medieval Times – Kings, Queens, dragons and knights oh my! Students will love learning about this interesting time period and creating art based on what life was like in the Middle Ages. Projects include drawing dragons and a knight, learn facial proportions to draw royalty, draw a realistic castle with pastel and paint a juggling jester.

Semester 2 (Winter and Spring sessions):

  • Mini-course Winter 2025
    • Theme: Animals Nobody Loves – Students will draw, paint, sculpt and collage weird, gross or slightly unlovable animals such as a Portuguese Man of War, hyena, vulture, tarantula, rattlesnake, great white shark and scorpion. In this session we will reveal the truth about natures’ most misunderstood animals and let our students decide what to really think about natures
      grossest, fiercest, and most fascinating survivors.
  • Mini-course Spring 2025 
    • Theme: Zentangle – Let’s create beautiful images by using repetitive patterns; these patterns can be simple or complex, but they are always precise and intricate. The process is very calming and can be done anywhere with limited supplies. Benefits to learning Zentangle include increased focus and concentration, a way to relax and de-stress, improvement in fine motor skills and a connection for students with their creative side and the joy of making art. Students will love using mixed media with the dynamic projects Ms. Pepper has developed.

Aside from simply learning foundational drawing skills, this course will also improve skills in the following areas:

  • fine motor skills
  • attention to detail
  • boost self confidence
  • visualization
  • self-discipline
  • creative problem-solving

My teaching style is loving but firm. A good example of this is that I have a no commenting policy on artwork created in class.  This is because the students need to create for themselves, not for my approval or praise.  By not giving my personal opinion on student’s artwork it creates a safe environment where students feel comfortable taking risks, drawing for themselves and this builds true self-confidence because of accomplishment as opposed to creating art a certain way for praise.  Feedback to all students will be done in positivity, kindness, and encouragement with a focus on the art concepts being studied over talent or skill level.  I like to get to know my students and I allow some chatter during our last 15 minutes of class time when we are coloring in as long as conversations remain appropriate. We do only have one hour once a week together so keeping us on track and avoiding too many distractions is paramount to me.

Supply List

Art supplies must be purchased by the first class; all supplies can be found at Walmart, Target or Amazon. Note: You can order Art Boxes containing all required materials (see printable list below) that are shipped directly to you by contacting Carlos Ortiz-Gallo (855) 647-5454 (Toll Free), (816) 221-5454 (Phone), 229 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Note: The following list (printable list) contains the supplies needed for the whole year. Please contact the teacher for a list of specific supplies needed for each session.

  • Sharpies, black, fine point, quantity: two
  • Lyra brand 9B liquid graphite stick, quantity: one
  • Prang pan watercolors, quantity: one
  • Crayola white taklon paintbrush set, quantity: one
  • Crayola Crayons, 48 count, quantity: one
  • Rock Crayons, 32 count, quantity: one (the ones in bags are only $16.88 on Amazon)
  • Jack Richeson texture rubbing plates, six pack, quantity: one
  • Pencil sharpener, quantity: one
  • 80 lb. white drawing paper, minimum of 30 sheets (50 would be better) quantity: one
  • Watercolor crayons, 12 count, Sargent brand, quantity: one
  • Crayola colored pencils, 50 count, quantity: one
  • Kwik Stix, thin stix, 24 count, quantity: one
  • Crayola Oil pastels, 28 count, quantity: one
  • Chalk pastels, 12 count is fine, quantity: one
  • Crayola Color stix, 24 count, quantity: one
  • Crayola markers, Super Tips 50 count, quantity: one

Course Structure

Live meetings via Zoom will occur every week on Wednesdays.

All course meetings are optional, although because of the step-by-step nature of this course, attendance is highly encouraged for direct instruction, personal artistic guidance, class community, and to ensure understanding. Meetings will be recorded for scheduling convenience. Students who are unable to attend live lessons will still be able to follow along with the step-by-step instruction in a recorded version of this class, which will be posted on Canvas later in the day each Friday. This course emphasizes that art is for all and values the heart of homeschooling where flexibility is a top priority.

Weekly in-class assignments may include:

  • A weekly 60-minute live meeting
  • Interactive discussion of animals and their habitat
  • In-class practice of skills being learned and mastered
  • Student involvement in learning process
  • Mastering of techniques of media and use of tools

Who should enroll?

Students in 1-5th grade who have an interest in art or students that may not have been successful in other art classes.  No previous art requirements are necessary.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and working microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Digital camera (can be phone with camera), or other means to photograph, scan, and upload student artwork

Evaluation and Feedback

There is no homework or requirement of uploading artwork for evaluation. I will provide feedback/encouragement on all submitted artwork, focusing on understanding and demonstration of the concept versus artistic skill/natural talent, with the goal being to improve skills at the individual level. This is a non-graded course.


I will confirm registration with parents and provide a welcome email with clear details and video instructions on how to navigate this course. All parents are welcome to join us in Canvas as observers, and I will respond to all parents’ and student questions within 24 hours via email or Canvas message. For a quicker response please email my business:

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1 review for Monart Guided Drawing

  1. Kathryn Gomes

    My kids are loving this class. Mrs. Pepper does such a great job teaching them and encouraging them. Wednesday has become their favorite day of the week. And I love that art is happening in our homeschool. This class has been a great addition to our homeschool program.

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Instructor Bio

Kate Pepper

Kate Pepper has been an artist since she could pick up a crayon.  Kate came from a large family with lots of nieces and nephews whom she enjoyed playing with and taking care of. Kate also spent many hours a week in her mother’s Pre-K classroom so teaching came naturally to her.  Before owning her own business she was a nanny in Tacoma, WA and then taught pre-school at a private school in Wichita, KS. Kate did not go a traditional route with her education – she was offered scholarships to several art institutes around the country, but felt she needed to take a different path.  Her parents supported her while she traveled to various art centers and took intensive art courses.  Kate has a wide range of interests such as large format photography, lampworking, drawing, Chinese watercolor, pottery and hand building, glass fusing, yarn spinning, mosaic, printmaking, fabric arts, batik, tie-dye, embroidery and assemblage.  Who knew doing all these different workshops would one day lead to opening her own art school? Contact: theartparkwichita[at]


All classes taught by Kate Pepper