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ART HISTORY APPLIED 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.  Experienced 8-12 year old artists, please check Art of XX Century.

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 curriculum:

ART HISTORY APPLIED

Recommended to students of 1st and 2nd year of art instruction at our school.

Classical Realist Art.

Week of January 3 - 9, 2022.

Facial features. Understanding facial anatomy, studies of the eyes, nose, lips, and ears. Pencil, color pencils, drawing paper.
 

Week of January 10-16, 2022.

Leonardo (Fan Art): Painting a human-like character portrait, looking straight at us - starting the project. Acrylics on board.

 

Week of January 17-23, 2022.

Leonardo (Fan Art): Painting a human-like character portrait, looking straight at us - finishing the project. Acrylics on board.

 

Week of January 24-30, 2022.

Renaissance sculptural relief: Understanding proportions of a human face in profile, designing a relief/coin with a profile on it. Self-drying or oven-baked clay.

 

Week of January 31-February 6, 2022.

Durer. Drawing a portrait of an animal. Understanding anatomy of an animal face. Pastel pencils on construction paper.

Week of February 7-13, 2022.

Renaissance Perspective. Learning to create an illusion of a 3D space on a 2D surface through size and placement. Pencil, drawing paper.

Week of February 14 - 20, 2022.

Caravaggio. Painting a candle/ a still life with a candle. Learning to create an illusion of a 3D space on a 2D surface through light and shadow. Starting the project. Acrylics on board/paper.

 

Week of February 21 - 27, 2022.

Caravaggio. Painting a candle/ a still life with a candle. Learning to create an illusion of a 3D space on a 2D surface through light and shadow. Finishing the project. Acrylics on board/paper.

 

Week of February 28 - March 6, 2022.

William Turner. Painting a landscape with a sunset. Tips on painting a natural light source (sun), rendering sky, clouds, water, objects in front of the sun. Pastels on construction paper.

 

Week of March 7-13, 2022.
Duper. Drawing hands holding favorite student’s objects. Understanding hand anatomy. Color pencils on drawing paper.

 

Week of March 14-20, 2022.

Antoine-Louis Barye. Animal sculpture. Learning about the anatomy of the animals. Starting the animal sculpture (sketches, metal wire structure, sculpting). Sculpey, metal wire, foil.

 

Week of March 21-27, 2022.

Antoine-Louis Barye. Animal sculpture. Learning about the anatomy of the animals. Finishing the animal sculpture (baking and coloring). Sculpey, acrylic paint.

 

Week of March 28 - April 3, 2022.

Michelangelo. Quick gesture sketching, learning to draw figures in various poses from reference and imagination. Students posing for 5 minutes. Pencil on sketching/printer paper.

 

Week of April 4 -10, 2022.

Watercolor flower composition/easter card. Wet on dry technique. Watercolor, watercolor paper (cold press).

 

Week of April 11 - 17, 2022.

Watercolor cat or landscape. Wet on wet technique. Watercolor, watercolor paper (cold press).

Week of April 18 - 24, 2022.

History of costume. Drawing clothes. Pencil, color pencils.

Week of April 25 - May 1, 2022.

Titian. Portrait of mom. Achieving likeness. Material of a choice. Starting the project.

Week of May 2 - 8, 2022.

Titian. Portrait of mom. Achieving likeness. Material of a choice. Finishing the project.

Week of May 9 - 15, 2022.

Drawing a Comic / Manga character. Pencil, markers.

Week of May 16 - 22, 2022.

Master copy with the addition of new elements (2 classes, final project). Acrylics on canvas.

Week of May 23 - 29, 2022.

Master copy with addition of new elements (2 classes, final project). Acrylics on canvas.

KIDS 8-12 YRS schedule for Winter-Spring 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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