Beginning Art

1 hour session per week •12 week duration • $350

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In the beginning of this course we focus on introducing your child to the arts. The class consists of a only one child so we can give each person more attention. We offer art kits with everything you need to start the class in our online Store, here. We start with drawing, and painting through using the 7 concepts of design. We focus on two concepts per class. We have fun following the seasons with our art as well, usually painting in themes each month. For example; in September we focus on themes which remind us of summer. Whereas in November we focus on Autumn themes. Each student will bring home a work of art after each session, practice assignments to work on at home, and a book list of inspirational reads.

Concepts of Design we'll focus on:

The 7 Elements of Art:

  • line

  • shape

  • color

  • value

  • form

  • texture

  • space.

We will review your best art you've created at home at the beginning of each class.  We'll talk about your technique giving you positive feedback on your piece, searching for how you used the elements of art.

Once we've finished covering the elements of art we'll then move on to the principles of art, focusing on two of these concepts per class.

The principles of art represent how the artist uses the elements of art to create an effect and to help convey the artist's intent. The principles of art and design are:

Principles of Art:

  • Balance

  • Contrast

  • Emphasis

  • dominance

  • repetition

  • Movement

  • Pattern

  • Rhythm

  • Unity

  • Variety

 We will use both drawing and painting to experiment with and develop our knowledge of design.

In the third Month of learning we will use what we've learned about the elements and principles of design to experiment with different artists mediums. We will focus on one mediums per week.

  • Paper Collage

  • Charcoal Drawing

  • Acrylic Painting

  • Watercolor Painting

After this three month course Christine suggests trying our intermediate course- you will be ready to use your new skills in the next level!

Art Appreciation

1 hour session per week •12 week duration • $350

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Discover how Artists’ in the past applied the elements and principles of design to make their artwork and express themselves.

This is a great option for continuing beginning art students. We will be reviewing and applying what we’ve learned from beginning art.

We will discover art through history, and develop an appreciation for Famous Artists by creating projects in line with the chosen Artist’s specific style.

For example: if we are learning about Claude Monet, we will learn facts about his life and times, the current artistic era, and his artistic style(impressionism). Then we will participate by creating our own work of art in the impressionistic genre.

By the end of this course each student will choose their favorite art genre and create a piece to reflect their own personal style.

Oil Painting 101

1 hour session per week •12 week duration • $350

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In this course we will be developing our oil painting skills. A basic knowledge of the elements and principles of design will be covered in the beginning.

We will learn how to plan, sketch, and various measuring mathods.

We will also learn how to make our own oil paints and oil pastels.

We will study various methods used by oil painting Masters, and create several finished oil paintings by the end of the course.

Nature Journaling

1 hour session per week •12 week duration • $350

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In this course we will be mixing exploration with art. You will be taught how to keep a nature journal using various drawing, writing, recording, and measuring methods- as well as develop your skills of observation.

We will alternate between indoor and outdoor sessions. Outdoor sessions will be held creek-side, and on the hillsides around my home studio.

Our goal is to fill a journal with our drawings, paintings, questions, and scientific observations.

Portrait Drawing

1 hour session per week •12 week duration • $350

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In this class we will be taught all about portrait work- through history, through artistic genres, and through making portraits ourselves.

You will be taught about face and body proportions, measuring methods and painting and sketching techniques.

We will learn both drawing and painting methods.

we will learn methods for capturing photos of people to use as guides for painting and drawing. We will also create a unique self portrait that tells a story about who we are.

Lastly we will learn how to try and capture someone’s essence through portrait work.

Advanced Life Drawing

In this course we will learn all about drawing from life. You will learn all about the elements of design, and basic building blocks of natural forms.

We will practice various drawing/measuring methods that are used to capture essence and correct proportions, shading, and composition development.

We will learn to draw people, animals, plants, landscapes, buildings, and portraits- from life!

Beginning Sculpture

1 hour session per week •12 week duration • $350

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In this course we will discover the joy of 3-dimensional sculpture work!

We will be using what we know about the elements and principles of design to play and experiment with all sort of materials in 3D space.

We will create with foil, plastic, clay, wood, nature, stones, paper and so much more!

We will also learn about sculptural artists and styles of the past and present. Engaging in our environment through creating art installations, learning the importance of recycling materials- finding new and unique uses for materials and more.

Advanced Art Gallery Prep

1 hour session per week •24 week duration • $650

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In this course I will be helping students create a body of work suitable for an Art Gallery Show.

We will be developing your personal artistic style. We will work around a theme, and choose a title.

You will be taught how to make your own stretched canvas, sketching materials, paints, and framing.

We will learn how to correctly price your original artworks and how to archive and make prints for the future.

You will learn how to create your own Artist Biography, a consice and engaging story about yourself and your art.

We will learn about methods for fundraising(to afford materials), As well as learn the ins and outs of contacting gallery owners.

We will show our art work at a local Art-hop street event.

Lastly we will learn how to create an inviting and successful Art Show, start to finish.

Intermediate Drawing

1 hour session per week •12 week duration • $350

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In this class we use all sorts of colorful drawing mediums to explore the world of drawing! through line, shape, and form- we'll learn to draw what we see accurately.

We'll begin by exploring the 7 crucial steps in drawing:

  • Line

  • Shape

  • Form

  • Tone

  • Shading

  • Cast Shadow

  • Texture

Also we'll cover the 4 basic forms found in the natural world. Learning a bit about where these concepts came from, who was famous for developing these ideas, and their significance to us.

  • Cube

  • Ball

  • Cone

  • Cylinder

Through our exploration of the 7 steps we'll take time to learn new techniques such as,

  • Gesture Drawing

  • Contour Line

  • Value Scales

  • Crosshatch

  • Cast and Core Shadows

  • Chiaroscuro

  • Subtractive drawing

  • Pentimenti

At the end of each class students will be given assignments to practice these techniques in their sketch books, and book lists pertaining to the material covered for further reading. When students return to class they will bring their sketches and we will begin class by talking about one sketch from each student in the group. We'll point out which techniques were used, how well the image was rendered, how correct and believable the perspective is etc.

By the end of this course our hope is that you will have acquired some real tools for making art with accuracy, feeling, and aptitude. 

Intermediate Drawing Class 

1 hour session per week •24 week duration • $650

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Welcome to the 16th Century. In this course we will learn a classical approach to drawing using works from Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Caravaggio for our inspiration. We will be interweaving some really fun activities such as making our own telescopes(Galileo's perspective tube), firing our own willow charcoal, making oak gall ink to fill our pens- just like the master artists and scientists of the 16th century.

We'll begin by exploring the 7 crucial steps in drawing:

  • Line

  • Shape

  • Form

  • Tone

  • Shading

  • Cast Shadow

  • Texture

Also we'll cover the 4 basic forms found in the natural world. Learning a bit about where these concepts came from, who was famous for developing these ideas, and their significance to us.

  • Cube

  • Ball

  • Cone

  • Cylinder

Through our exploration of the 7 steps we'll take time to learn new techniques such as,

  • Gesture Drawing

  • Contour Line

  • Value Scales

  • Crosshatch

  • Cast and Core Shadows

  • Chiaroscuro

  • Subtractive drawing

  • Pentimenti

We will be covering various measuring methods and techniques used by artist to acquire accuracy in their drawings:

  • Comparitive

  • Sight-size

  • Triangulation

  • View Finders

  • Mapping

  • Linear Perspective, both 1 & 2 point

  • Use of a Grid

At the end of each class students will be given assignments to practice these techniques in their sketch books, and book lists pertaining to the material covered for further reading. When students return to class they will bring their sketches and we will begin class by talking about one sketch from each student in the group. We'll point out which techniques were used, how well the image was rendered, how correct and believable the perspective is etc.

By the end of this course our hope is that you will have acquired some real tools for making art with accuracy, feeling, and aptitude.  

Meet Your Mediums

1 hour session •12 week duration • $350

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Plan a small group class with friends, fellow home-schoolers, or join the group and meet new friends.

This class is great for students who already have a basic knowledge of art and design.

We will be experimenting and developing your personal artistic style.

Each 1-2 weeks will be used to discover and develop our experience with a new medium.

  • Egg Tempera

  • Acrylic

  • Charcoal

  • Clay

  • Oils

  • Earth Pigments

  • Ink

  • Mosaic

  • Watercolor

  • Collage

  • Fresco

Learn new techniques with each mediums, practice your new mediums at home, we will develop our experience and in turn make some beautiful art.

Folk Art

1 hour session • 8 week duration • $250

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Plan a small group class with friends, fellow home-schoolers, or join the group and meet new friends.

In this Class we explore a variety of folk art from around the world!

  • Art from Eastern India

  • Mexican Tin Art

  • Ukrainian Pysanky

  • Weaving

  • Chinese Dancing Dragons

  • Soap Carving

  • and more!

Come join us making art this summer!

 

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Christine begins making art with new students by teaching them the basic principles and concepts of design.

  • line

  • shape

  • color

  • value

  • form

  • texture

  • space.

The principles of art represent how the artist uses the elements of art to create an effect and to help convey the artist's intent. The principles of art and design are:

  • Balance

  • Contrast

  • Emphasis

  • Movement

  • Pattern

  • Rhythm

  • Unity/Variety

 We will use both drawing and painting to experiment with and develop our knowledge of design.

young children can cultivate an understanding of concepts in art, through simple method,practice, and artful play.

It's also never too late to begin!

many adults have put art behind them, feeling that they lack talent, when all they really need to begin is a basic knowledge of concepts that help form art.

Students will be given projects, and exercises to take home, as well as book-lists for practice and inspiration.

Students will learn to use several learning modalities, we teach them...

  • how to focus and concentrate

  • make decisions

  • solve problems

  • plan sequence

  • develop hand-eye coordination

  • develop their mind's eye.

"How you plan on solving the design problem in front of you is the underlying logic, thinking, and reasoning."

These are just a few reasons why Art is such a useful tool for learning and education. Not to mention, the many therapeutic qualities of creative expression.

We hope you'll join us for Lessons in making art, we like to make each session really fun, engaging, and educational for both children and adults!