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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. 

 

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)

FALL-WINTER 2022 CURRICULUM:

Week of August 29 - September 4, 2022.

Art Nouveau: Designing an Exlibris.

Sketching and mixed-media paper, pencil, liner, black marker or ink.

Week of September 5-11, 2022.

The Bay Area Figurative Movement: painting a summer scene in The Bay Area-born style of Figurative Expressionism (starting the project).

Acrylics on board. Reference requested from home: a landscape picture taken by a family member.

Week of September 12-18, 2022. 

The Bay Area Figurative Movement: painting a summer scene in The Bay Area-born style of Figurative Expressionism (continuing the project).

 

Week of September 26 - October 2, 2022.  

Designing a steam punk vehicle / object / scene

Watercolor and sketching paper, watercolor paint / color pencils /markers.

Week of October 3-9, 2022. 

Painting a pumpkin inspired by the favorite artist. 

Pumpkin, acrylyc paint.

Week of October 10-16, 2022. 

Sculpting a Divali-inspired candle holder. 

Oven-baked clay, acrylic paint.

Week of October 17-23, 2022. 

Moebius. Fauna of Mars: Creating an alien/ monster.

Clay, paper plate, acrylic paint.

Week of October 24-30, 2022. 

Moebius. Drawing Imaginary scenery: Creating a strange landscape from imagination.

Watercolor, cardboard/paper, brushes, pencil, eraser.

Week of October 31- November 6, 2022. 

Creating a fantasy character. Starting the project. 

Watercolor, cardboard/paper, brushes, pencil, eraser.

Week of November 7 - 13, 2022. 

Creating a fantasy character. Finishing the project.

Watercolor, cardboard/paper, brushes, pencil, eraser. 

Week of November 14-20, 2022. 

2D comic styles VS Drawing 3D comic styles. Drawing the same small scene in different styles. 

Paper, pencil, ink. 

Week of November 28 - December 4, 2022.

Making a poster /comic book cover. Starting the project.

Watercolor on watercolor paper or acrylics on board.

Week of December 5 - 11, 2022

Making a poster / comic book cover. Finishing the project.

Watercolor on watercolor paper or acrylics on board.

Week of December 12-18, 2022.

Making a retro Christmas Tree ornament.

Cardboard, fabric, cotton balls, wire, glue, paint.

 

ART OF XX CENTURY 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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