Art Classes

Students work in watercolor, color pencil, pastel and tempera. Mixed Media Techniques are demonstrated step-by-step. Instructors observe and help student master each technique as they practice.  Student then use their new skills in creating their finish piece of artwork. Our unique individualized approach helps builds artistic confidence and improves each students visual vocabulary of techniques.

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Kids After School & Home School Art Classes

Children love to draw. They use it to discover and understand the world around them. We teach children how to draw and paint what they see in a realistic way.

Why Realism? Close observation of a subject is needed to draw and paint a realistic image. By developing keen skills of perception students can visualize and express their inner images more vividly.

Course I: Introduction to drawing and painting skills. Drawing with the grid- a classic proportion tool used by the old masters. Individual step by step demonstrations in watercolor, tempera, pastel, and color pencil- help develop student’s artistic confidence. Students complete a mixed media painting.

Course II: Beginning Freehand and more developed 3-D shading, light and shadow perception. Sketching explained. Students complete a tonal drawing.

Cartooning I: “Character Development” Cartoons are reality distorted. Learning the proper proportions of the human figured & how to distort those proportions enable students to create an original cartoon character. With this knowledge, students aren’t limited to just copying. Using mixed media students paint a “portrait” of their unique creation.

Home School Courses: Grades K-12th
Customized curriculum can be tailored to fit a variety of individuals needs.

Teen Evening & Home School Art Classes

Most teens are reluctant to take an art class. They may fear public critique, not being as good as, or feel they must not be a true artist if they have to take a class. Da Vinci had a teacher. All the great artists studied under Masters. It is the way art has always been taught. One stroke of genius at a time handed down personally to the next generation. No how to book, youtube videos or personal trial and error can match the speed and results of personal instruction. We provide just that.

Concerned that they draw one subject over and over, again and again? Don’t be. It is an attempt to perfect their ability to draw that subject. They are using the same skills required to draw anything else as well. Drawing is drawing. If you ask most artist “how do you do that?”, many will say classes help them identity their skills to “just copy it” empowering them to get unstuck when they can’t figure out or make it “right”. Expecting advancement in art by repetition is like expecting a music student to somehow sumble upon how to compose a concert without ever having the benefit of being taught the chords and how to read and write music. It simply doesn’t work that way nor does it with visual art.

A major concern of “being an artist” is Money! How in the world are they going to make a living drawing that stuff.

NOTE: The Video Gaming business is a multi-billion dollar industry and still growing. The demand for classically trained artists is actually higher today than any other time in history. Many don’t stop to consider the best video games, computer animated movies, phone and computer icons, the devices themselves and anything else for that matter that is conceptualized, designed and manufactured, began as just a doodle. The knowledge to develop that simple doodle into a finished product requires specialized training that we lay the groundwork for. We teach students how to concept, visualize and execute their ideas using traditional methods as a foundation. Computer graphic skills can be mastered by artist and non-artists alike.

Adult Evening Classes & Private Lessons

Beginning Freehand:

Learn how to sketch and use 3-D shading to complete a striking tonal drawing on color paper.

Drawing: “Learning to See”

Even if you haven`t drawn since you were a kid this course will open your eyes to your undiscovered talent. The four basic skills of perception are explained. Edge / Contour. Negative / Positive space, Part to Whole Relationship, and Light / Shadow perception exercises train your “eye” to see. Understanding these skills will empower you to create a convincing wildlife portrait.

Portraiture:

If you’ve always wanted to do a portrait of a loved one or maybe a caricature learning the proportions of the human face is a must. Simply explained allows you to get the likeness you strive for. So dig out that old family photo and be a relationship, and light / shadow perception exercises train your “eye” to see. Understanding these skills will empower you to create a convincing wildlife portrait.

Watercolor:

Don’t be afraid of the water. Armed with the technical information watercolor is not the “hardest” medium. It is fluid and forgiving with the right instructions and tools.

Pastel: 

This medium offers the comfort of drawing and the speed and impact of painting. Learn the proper paper and tools to quickly achieve a stunning work of art.

Oils:

Believe it or not, oils are in many ways easier to use than acrylics. So if you love the smell of turpentine don’t hesitate to be a master. Handling and care of your tools and paint are explained saving you time and money.

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