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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)

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER-SPRING SEMESTER STARTS ON DECEMBER 1, 2022.

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

WINTER-SPRING 2023 CURRICULUM:

January 2-8, 2023  Profile portraits of Renaissance. Study of facial features and figure in profile. Making a drawing. 

January 9-15, 2023  Profile portraits of Renaissance. Painting and working with textured paper. Mixed media. 

January 16-22, 2023  Chinese New Year. Sculpting a new year symbol.

January 23 - 29, 2023  Study of hands. Color pencils.

January 30 - February 6, 2023  Introduction to shading. Drawing shadows from toys. Pastels.

February 7 - 12, 2023  Painting flowers for Valentines day. Learning about a-la-prima watercolor technique. 

February 13 - 19, 2023   Understanding Renaissance perspective. Drawing a room and a street.

February 20 - 26, 2023 Architecture Basics: understanding such concepts as a column, a portico, a dome, an arc. Drawing a building.

February 27 - March 5, 2023 Introduction on the history of costume. Drawing a costume from reference or imagination. Day 1: compositional sketches and drawing

March 6-12, 2023 Introduction on the history of costume. Drawing a scene with costumes from reference or imagination. Day 2: Painting. Acrylics.

March 13 - 19, 2023 Painting sky and waves: inspired by Willam Turner. Acrylics

March 20 - 26, 2023 - Designing a vehicle, a ship, or a space ship. Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci.

March 27 - April 2, 2023 Portrait of a pet. Intro to animal anatomy. Day 1. Pastels.

April 3 -9, 2023- Portrait of a pet. Intro to animal anatomy. Day 2. Pastels.

April 10 -16, 2023 Drawing feet, designing a shoe.

April 17 -23, 2023 Live sketching session. Students sketch each other. Pencil, charcoal, markers.

April 24 - 30, 2023 Sculpting a composition inspired by porcelain figurines. Oven-baked clay.

May 1 - 7, 2023 Portrait of mom. Day 1: learning to draw a face in 3/4 view, starting a painting.

May 8 - 14, 2023 Portrait of mom. Day 1: finalizing a painting.

May 15 - 21, 2023 Creative compositon: illustration to a favorite book or a scene from a dream. Day 1: Compositional sketches, starting a project.

May 22 - 28, 2023 Creative compositon: illustration to a favorite book or a scene from a dream. Day 2: Compositional sketches, finishing the project.

 

KIDS 8-12 YRS schedule for Winter-Spring 2023

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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