An online drawing curriculum for kids ages 9-18.

Turn sketchiness into artistic confidence!

So you don’t think drawing

is a universal language we ought to be teaching to our students?

When it comes to learning & memory, the arts are a conduit for greater saliency” .


 Drawing activates multiple areas of the brain at the same time, increasing activity in the area responsible for verbal processing; drawing reduces activity in the amygdala (the emotional center of the brain), reducing stress; students with arts participation are more likely to attend school, get higher grades, graduate, go on to college & complete college with higher grades.

Your Brain On Art,

Susan Magsamen & Ivy Ross

Graphite Squad is a step-by-step college-level drawing curriculum for 5th – 12th grades.

Because kids ages 9 & up are developmentally ready to learn to draw realistically, IF it is taught! Like learning a new language, when drawing skills are honed early they become a native visual language that is retained for a lifetime, even without constant use.

Learning to draw fosters these skills:

  • Problem-solving
  • Sequencing
  • Observation
  • Critical thinking
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Stress Management
  • Concentration
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual communication
  • Curiosity
  • Synthesizing information
  • Intrapersonal Competencies
  • Mindfulness
  • Two 10-week-long semesters can be custom formatted to your school’s needs
  • Videos & written lessons for multiple learning styles
  • Cross-curriculum math skills worksheets
  • Photos of objects to draw
  • Photos of successful & unsuccessful drawings
  • Supplies list to make ordering for your class a snap
  • Coming Soon! Grading rubrics for each lesson
  • Coming Soon! Checklist of National Arts Standards
  • Custom integration with your LMS (Canvas, etc)

Ellie, Age 12, [Before] First drawing on their own & [After] Completing all of semesters 1 & 2

Michelle, Age 7, [Before] 1st Drawing on their own & [After] 15 group class hours covering all of semesters 1 & 2.

Anneke, Age 9, [Before] graphite pear drawing in the first few lessons & [After] graphite pear drawing after full curriculum.

School/District Administrators & Teachers

Bring Graphite Squad to your classroom, school or district. Contact us for a quote!

Home School Students & Parents

Learn to draw like you always wished to draw. Purchase annual access here!

Trusted by teachers & students at these learning institutions

Offered at 28 Partner Schools of the Austin Independent School District as a part of Spring 2021 CLI

Graphite Squad is priced with school budgets in mind!

Additional Packages, please contact for pricing:

Project Based Learning Packages focusing on

Social Emotional Learning;
Cross Curriculum Mathematics;
Cross Curriculum Science;

Continuing Professional Development for your teaching staff;
Printed Book of written lessons;
Printable PDFs of written lessons;
National Core Standard Checklist;
State Standards Checklist;
Specific Custom Assignments for each lesson for your school’s learning needs;
Grading Rubrics/Answer Keys for each Assignment;
Teacher Total Curriculum Training (train in the entire curriculum);
Teacher Private Lesson (get help on an hourly basis);
Additional Tech Support;
Integration into your LMS (Canvas, Blackboard, etc)

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