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ART FUNDAMENTALS FOR KIDS 8-12 YEARS OLD

Online (PST), in Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco

2 hours weekly, online: $150 monthly  in-studio:  $170 monthly 

High-quality art materials are included in the in-studio price. Sibling 15% off)

This course is teaching all important art fundamentals and all common art materials to kids of various levels. If your child wants to draw, paint and sculpt realistically from real life and imagination, it is the right choice. For drawing in cartoon style, check

Sketching for Kids.  

Each lesson covers an important art concept, needed for fluent representational drawing and painting. It is combined with an 2-3 minute intro to a cultural phenomenon: a style, and epoch, or a single artist. Students get to create their original artworks from scratch within the guidelines of the topic. Each topic can be adjusted to a variety of levels, from beginners to advanced.

We start a lesson with a short lecture and demonstration (live in studios, pre-recorded for online lessons). Teachers provide advice, help, correct the digital image of a student's work, explain what works in particular cases and what does not, and why.

This class is ongoing, students can join anytime. Important concepts like drawing humans and animals, nature, and architecture are repeated every 1-2 months, each time associated with a new topic and art material. Topic rotation is 2-3 years. Art materials we master: acrylics, watercolor, pastels, pencil, markers, clay.

Sample instructional video:

Some of our instructional videos can be found on our youtube channel, available for public use. However, we believe that comprehensive artistic development is impossible without teachers' custom guidance and feedback.

Sample galleries of students' works (click on the links to see the pictures):

Greek Vases: designing a unique black/red-figure vase 

Fayum Portrait: understanding facial anatomy and proportions, learning to draw faces alike

Medieval Manuscripts: creating an original design with a student's initial

Classical Landscape: understanding areal perspective, learning to draw clouds, trees, water, etc

Sculpting a coin: creating a coin with an original design

Chinese Watercolor: mastering watercolor brushstrokes

SUMMER CURRICULUM:

Week of June 1-5, 2022

Painting fruits (learning to obtain a desired color by mixing, master various aspects of brushwork). Acrylics on thick paper/cardboard.

Week of June 6-12, 2022

Sketching favorite toys  (learning to obtain proportions and achieve likeness). Pastels or color pencils.

 

Week of June 13-19, 2022

Making a Father’s Day card (collage) 

 

Week of June 20-26, 2022

Drawing a favorite cartoon or video game character (understanding simplified human anatomy)

Pencil, markers.

 

Week of June 27 - July 3, 2022 

Drawing a wild animal (studying animal anatomy, and learning to shade using color pencils). Color pencils, drawing paper.

 

Week of July 4-10, 2022

Painting fireworks, and people watching them. Pastels on paper.

Week of July 11-17, 2022

Painting a landscape. Acrylic on board.

Week of July 18-24, 2022

Painting a scene from the summer vacation, day 1 (students learn to use compositional sketches, areal and linear perspective, incorporate figures into the landscape). Acrylics on cardboard, sketching paper, pencil, eraser.

 

Week of July 25-31, 2022

Painting a scene from the summer vacation, Day 2 (students learn to render their idea and make final touches. ) Acrylics on cardboard.

 

Week of August 1-7, 2022

Drawing / painting a bug of a choice (butterfly, ant, scorpio, etc). (students learn to see and represent symmetry, understand insect anatomy, use flat washes and (optional) thin brushstrokes. Watercolor paper, watercolor, markers.

Week of August 8-14, 2022  Drawing/Painting a reptile/ dragon (learning about the anatomy of reptiles, tips on drawing scales). Material of a choice.

Week of August 15-21, 2022 Use of contrast. Drawing two objects or characters based on the principle of contrast. Subject of a choice. (Students learn to use contrast in their work). Material of a choice.

 

Week of August 22-28, 2022 Making a composition based on monochromatic or complementary color palette. Subject of a choice. (Students learn to use color as a tool that helps to convey a particular emotion). Material of a choice.

 

FALL-WINTER 2022 CURRICULUM:

.Week of August 29 - September 4, 2022.

Mexican Circular Designs. Understanding Symmetry. Watercolor/markers on paper.

Week of September 5-11, 2022.

Imaginary animals of Babylon. Learning about animal anatomy. Clay on cardboard or pastels on paper.

Week of September 12-18, 2022.

Egyptian murals. Understanding human proportions. Acrylics on cardboard.

Week of September 19-25, 2022.

Chinese Clay soldiers. Sculpting a 3D human figure. Clay.

Week of September 26 - October 2, 2022. 

Greek gods and monsters, practicing drawing human and animal figures in motion.  Watercolor/pencil.

Week of October 3-9, 2022.

Facial Features and emotions. Sculpting a Greek Mask. Clay.

Week of October 10-16, 2022.

Faum (Roman) portraits. Making a self-portrait.  Larning about facial anatomy and likeness. Creating a realistic portrait. Color pencils and pastels on toned paper.

Week of October 17-23, 2022.

Fall/Halloween/ Day of the Dead inspired still life on a large cardboard. Starting the project. Making compositional sketches and the full-size  drawing, starting the painting. Acrylics on cardboard.

Week of October 24-30, 2022.

Fall/Halloween/ Day of the Dead inspired still life. Finishing the project. Learning to make final touches. Acrylics on cardboard.

Week of October 31- November 6, 2022.

Medieval manuscripts. Painted initial, acrylics. Learning basics of design thinking, mastering watercolor. Watercolor and ink on paper.

Week of November 7 - 13, 2022.

Gothic architecture. Sculpting a chimera. Clay.

Week of November 14-20, 2022.

Drawing a turkey or any other bird, learning about the bird anatomy. Pastels, construction paper.

Week of November 28 - December 4, 2022.

Medieval knights. Creating a composition with a human and an animal in gothic style. Starting the project: compositional sketches, making a finished drawing, starting the painting. Acrylics on cardboard or stained glass paint on plexiglass.

Week of December 5 - 11, 2022

Medieval knights. Creating a composition with a human and an animal in gothic style. Making the final touches.  Acrylics on cardboard or stained glass paint on plexiglass.

Week of December 12-18, 2022. Sculpting a christmas ornament/ small clay figurine.

Oven-baked sculpey, paint.

 

KIDS 8-12 YRS schedule for Summer 2022

KIDS 8-12 YRS schedule for Fall-Winter 2022

Materials we provide for in-studio classes,

and recommend for the online lessons:

Paint:
- set of acrylic paint (at least these colors - black, white. red. blue. yellow, green. brown, orange, purple). Recommended brand - Basics by Liquitex 
- watercolor paint, preferably in dry pans form. Recommended brand - Artist’s Loft by Michaels
Set of soft pastels. Recommended brand - Artist’s Loft by Michaels 

Drawing Medium:
- regular HB pencil
- eraser
- optional: set of graphite pencils of different softness (2H, H, B, 2B, 4B etc)
- colored pencils. Recommended brand - Prismacolor 
- optional: markers. Recommended brand - Copics 
- liners or sharpie pens. 

Tools:
- brushes - flat and round (pointy). Use separate brushes for acrylic and watercolor paint.
- wooden clay sculpting tools
- paper plates for mixing paint
- water bucket or cup
- scissors 
- glue stick

Clay:
- Air-dry clay - white. Recommended brand - Crayola 
- Oven baked clay - white. Recommended brand - Sculpey 
- Modeling clay - multiple colors. Recommended brand - Claytoon 

Surfaces:
- painting boards or mixed media paper, 8’’x10'’ or bigger - good for acrylic paint, coloring pencils, markers and graphite pencils.
- canvases, 8’’x10’’ or bigger - for acrylic paint only
- watercolor paper, 8’’x10’’ or bigger - for watercolor paint
- sketchbook or loose sketch paper (printing paper is ok) - any size
- construction paper (multiple colors), 11’’x14’’ or bigger

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