Grades K-2. When a story is over, have you ever wondered, what happens next? Young artists put on their author hats and dream up visual sequels, prequels, plot twists, new characters, and “what if’s” for award winning stories we read each week. This story mashup class allows our best story tellers to use their imaginations all while engaging in specific art processes each week that develop fine motor skills and knowledge of art media.
Grades 3-5. A single pixel, a tiny mosaic square, a leaf or a petal, a cut piece of paper, a grain of sand, a stitch. It is abstract and singular. But when multiplied and manipulated, a transformation occurs, a new and amazing whole! Join us for a new and exciting course that is grounded in play, composition, detailing, repetition, and design.
Grades K-2. In this course, students will become artistic astronauts as they explore a variety of media and art making processes while addressing the theme of outer space! Students will be given opportunities to create an assortment of projects ranging from painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpting in unconventional ways order to build foundations in technical skill, observation, and imaginative inquiry. Focus will be placed on how art can be applied to describe a big idea in multiple ways, and to help students flourish as both researcher and creative thinker.
(Grades 3-5) For the student who loves to paint, this course is designed to help students refine their skills in observing color, making purposeful choices about color, and painting from life. Students will experiment with acrylics, temperas and watercolors as they learn to mix cohesive color palettes and apply both realistic and expressive color to their pieces. Works from past and contemporary artists will be used to emphasize the incredible diversity of styles and expressiveness that can be achieved with color.
We are off on an exciting mixed media adventure! Exploring similarities and differences in subject, materials, and techniques allow young artists to do what they love most: discover, experiment, play, dream, and tell new and exciting stories through their art. Art concepts such as juxtaposition, hybridity, color harmonies, emphasis, and balance will be explored.
(Grades 4-6) How many marks can you use for art making? Blend, dabble, stroke, tap, wiggle...why those are just the beginning! and let’s not forget what considerations can be made: the size, the weight, the spacing between, and what about overlapping marks? Come explore the possibilities of mark making in this wet and dry media course with realistic and expressive outcomes.
Grades 6-8. Designed for students who want to improve drawing skills and work towards more realistic drawings, this course focuses on drawing from observation. Students are guided through a carefully sequenced, step-by-step process designed to develop the student's perception and thinking skills. Based upon exercises in Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, this approach has been successful in improving students' ability to draw realistically, even for those who think they cannot draw. As such, it provides the young artist with an excellent bridge between drawing symbolically and working more realistically.
Grades 6-8. In this course, students hone perceptual and observational drawing skills using a variety of 2-D media and specific subject matter such as still-life set-ups, objects, natural forms, and the surrounding landscape. Students learn skills and techniques for realistic rendering by focusing on and capturing what they see using value, shading and contrast to create a sense of form, Composition is emphasized as students make purposeful decisions about how to organize space within a picture plane.
Grades 6-8. Heroes, monsters, dragons and castles! Join us in returning to the art, culture and fantasy of medieval times. Students examine the art of the Middle Ages as it relates to the ideas and beliefs of people living at that time and its influence on games, stories and imagery in contemporary culture. With ceramic clay, students use the motifs and literature of medieval times as inspiration for creating unique sculptures.
Grades 9-12. Beginning with an understanding of compositional principles and the basic function, features, and possibilities of the digital camera, students learn to create and print digital images. From a variety of prompts intended to tap into students' interpretation and experience of the visual world around them, students collect imagery around campus, in their daily lives, at home, and outdoors. As the course progresses, the class explores the Adobe Photoshop program as a tool to refine images and explore options in manipulating imagery for expressive purposes. Note: Students must bring their digital camera to each class.
Grades 9-12. For students who have experience drawing from life and would like to learn more about the unique qualities of oil paint. Used as the primary medium throughout the history of painting, the versatility, and richness of oil paint have allowed artists to capture moments in time, events, and likenesses in ways that no other medium can. students work primarily from life using a combination of still-life, portrait, and landscape to develop skills in utilizing cohesive color schemes using specific oil painting techniques—underpainting, glazing, smooth application of color, impasto. Note: Students will use solvents in this course.
Grades 9-12. Digital Illustration offers formal instruction on how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for a variety of drawing and design problems such as: character development and portraiture, dimensional settings and environments, visual marketing, the power of minimal aesthetics, and metaphorical approaches to making.
Grades 9-12. This course is designed for the artist who is a noticer of detail, and attracted to the meditative process, patience and beauty of detail oriented artworks. This course will explore the art of paper cutting, layered drawing on transparent surfaces, and intricate mark making in 2D and 3D formats. Within these processes there is potential to explore both abstract and representational ways of working to fit each student's individual interests and style.
The mark of a great artist can be found in their ability to explore, sustain, and deepen an original idea through a body of work. In this class, artists will work through a reflective process that focuses on developing a rich central idea that can be explored into a variety of specific inquiries from one piece to the next. Artists gain strategies for unifying their series as well as offering something new with each work, while pairing visual, verbal, and written expression.
In this course, students will build upon the functional purpose of ceramics to create meaningful ceramic objects. In this endeavor, students will engage in a universal art practice that cultures from around the globe have practiced for thousands of years. Using historical references as a starting point, students will create personal artifacts that focus on concepts specific to contemporary culture. Students will become familiar in working with form as a metaphor to extend beyond functionality. Throughout the course, students will gain proficiency in using a variety of hand building techniques and explore different methods of glazing.