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ART OF XX CENTURY 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)

Art of XX Century is a program recommended to students that have have mastered art fundamentals basics (i e can freely draw humans, animals, landscapes, and vehicles alike, from real life and imagination).

Students study various aspects of aesthetics and more advanced techniques, learn to deliver artistic messages through the composition and artistic language of the work, while studying the styles and artistic movements of the XX century.

Each lesson covers an important art concept, needed for fluent representational drawing and painting. It is combined with an 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. 

Art teaching is an interactive process. We start a lesson with a short lecture and demonstration (live at 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 year, we are allowed to open in-studio classes with a reduced number of students, and in stable groups. To reduce the in-person contacts,  we can not mix students between the groups, neither can we offer one-time trials in person. Therefore trial classes and make-ups are available online only. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sample instructional video:

Our curriculum covers all major art concepts, such as drawing humans, animals, portraits, landscapes; working with watercolor, acrylics, pastels, pencils, and clay. Some of our instructional videos can be found on youtube for free, available for public use. However, we believe that comprehensive artistic development is impossible without teacher's custom guidance and feedback.

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

Impressionism (understanding the aerial perspective, brushstroke techniques, making a master copy)​

Surrealism (creating a composition ispired by surreealist artists) 

Fan Art (Painting a favorite character, learning to draw figures and faces alike)

Painting Birds (understanding birds' anatomy and proportions).

Painting Flowers (learning to obtain the desired color by mixing, representing a variety of shapes)

Winter-Spring curriculum:

ART OF XX CENTURY

Recommended to students of 3st -6th year of art instruction at our school.

Week of January 3 - 9, 2022.

Drawing fundamentals: shading spheres, cylinders, and blocks. Learning to see these basic shapes in other shapes. Starting a still life with several geometric shapes. Pencil on drawing paper.

Week of January 10-16, 2022.

Drawing fundamentals: shading spheres, cylinders, and blocks. Learning to see these basic shapes in other shapes. Finishing a still life with several geometric shapes. Pencil on drawing paper.

 

Week of January 17-23, 2022.

Hyperrealism: Painting a hyperrealistic candy / another small and glossy object. Starting the project. Acrylics on blackboard/canvas.

 

Week of January 24-30, 2022.

Hyperrealism: Painting a hyperrealistic candy / another small and glossy object. Finishing the project. Acrylics on blackboard/canvas.

 

Week of January 31-February 6, 2022.

Gustav Klimt: a combination of 2D and 3D elements in a painting. Portrait of a person or an animal. Starting the project. Watercolor.

Week of February 7-13, 2022.

Gustav Klimt: a combination of 2D and 3D elements in a painting. Portrait of a person or an animal. Finishing the project. Watercolor.

Week of February 14 - 20, 2022.

Erwin Wurm and absurdist sculpture. Starting the project.

 

Week of February 21 - 27, 2022.

Erwin Wurm and absurdist sculpture. Finishing the project.

 

Week of February 28 - March 6, 2022.

Painting a still life with a bust and other attributes of arts from nature. Starting the project, making compositional sketches and drawing on a canvas.

 

Week of March 7-13, 2022.
Painting a still life with a bust and other attributes of arts from nature. Starting painting, covering the canvas.

 

Week of March 14-20, 2022.

Painting a still life with a bust and other attributes of arts from nature. Starting painting, making the final touches.

 

Week of March 21-27, 2022.

Picasso and a cubist collage. Construction paper, brown, white, and black charcoal pencil.

 

Week of March 28 - April 3, 2022.

Kara Walker and a silhouette composition. Starting the project. Large paper / cardboard, black ink.

 

Week of April 4 -10, 2022.

Kara Walker and a silhouette composition. Large paper/cardboard, black ink.

 

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.

Heri Mattise and stylized interior. Acrylics. Starting the project.

Week of April 25 - May 1, 2022.

Heri Mattise and stylized interior. Acrylics. Finishing the project.

Week of May 2 - 8, 2022.

Yayoi Kusama and dot art. Clay, acrylic paint.

Week of May 9 - 15, 2022.

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

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.

Designing a Burning Man costume.

KIDS 8-12 YRS schedule for Fall-Winter

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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