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8-12 yrs Art Fundamentals



(8-12 yrs)

2 hours weekly

online: $150 monthly

in-studio:  $170 monthly

High-quality art materials are included into 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.


Week of June 1 - 7:

Sketching candy. (Mastering shading). Pastels on dark paper/ Acrylics on dark cardboard.

Week of June 8 - 14:

Making a father’s day card / watercolor painting.

Week of June 15 - 21:

Painting a beach. (Mastering color mixing and brushwork, painting water). Acrylics, canvas.

Week of June 22 - 28:

Pencil Drawing of an animal. (Learning about animal anatomy). Pastel pencils on tone paper or regular pencils on white paper.


Week of June 29 - July 5:

Painting fireworks over night cities. (Mastering color mixing and brushwork). Acrylics, canvas.

Week of July 6 - 12:

Designing an alien robot. (Mastering linear perspective). Pencils/ watercolor on paper.

Week of July 13 - 19:

Andy Warhol: creating a composition using utensils and color schemes.  (Learning about pop art and color pallets). Material of a choice.

Week of July 20 - 26:

Andy Warhol: creating a composition using utensils and color schemes (continuation). Side project: a pop art collage.Old magazines, construction paper, scissors, glue.


Week of July 27 - August 2:

Yahoi Kusama. Living in the world of patterns. (Mastering simmetry in scupting). Oven-bake clay, acrylics.

Week of August 3 - 9:

Painting an imaginary landscape (from video game or a movie). (Understanding grounds and areal / linear perspective). Material of a choice.

Week of August 10 - 16:

Anime: Drawing a Pokemon / Pokemon with a trainer. (Lerning to achieve likeness). Markers on paper.

Week of August 17 - 23:

Jeorgia O'Keefe: Painting a portrait of a flower. (Mastering fragmental composition). Acrylics, cardboard.

Week of August 24 - 30:

Painting fruits (Learning to mix a desired color and represent 3d qualities of an object). Acrylics, cardboard.

Day & Time
Class Teacher
Mountain View
Saturday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday 4:15 - 6:15 PM
San Francisco
Saturday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
San Rafael
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Materials we provide for in-studio classes,

and recommend for the online lessons:

- 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. 

- 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

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

- 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

My 11 year old son has been enrolled in the school for 2.5 years. He likes it a lot )) From mom’s perspective, classes provide academic preparation, fun and interesting projects, and supportive atmosphere. Thank you!!!

Katherin Sannikova

Mountain View, CA


My 8-yr old daughter has been taking classes here for the last two months and its incredible. She enjoys the mix of media and her drawing, painting and understanding of art has increased tremendously. Vika uses real art vocabulary and the lessons and creations are wonderful. I highly recommend this small, but brilliant local art school.

Meghan Lee

San Jose, CA


My son (he is 9) just loves this school! Even though we live quite far he attends evening classes during school year and summer camp in summer with a great pleasure. I appreciate Masha's teaching method very much, I can see huge progress in my son's techniques and kind of awareness of what he does.


Los Gatos, CA


My 11 year old son has been enrolled in the school for 2.5 years. He likes it a lot )) From mom’s perspective, classes provide academic preparation, fun and interesting projects, and supportive atmosphere. Thank you!!!

Katherin Sannikova

Mountain View, CA


Excellent school!!! My daughter 8 y.o. group is perfect for the kids and teacher. It is enough space for everyone to explain, to share, to have conversation and concentration moment. Director of the school is always easy to reach, to address any concerns or conversation. My daughter count days and can not wait for our art classes on Thursday! In terms of classes itself, it is very goal oriented, structured and full of practicing different materials and techniques. I am really recommend it to anyone. Schedule will be suitable for any family, there classes earlier and later the evening as well as weekends.

Vera K.

San Francisco, CA


My two daughters have been taking art lessons from Maria for almost five years. Art School of SF Bay organizes their curriculum in a way that the students have opportunities to use a variety of media and materials, and to learn about different artists and styles from all over the world. Of course, they learn about art history as well. During the class, each student will work on a subject matter of their choice, but under a pre-designated theme. So you will not see all the kids are drawing the same apple, but rather each kid has their own still life set. This requires a lot more attention and guidance from the teachers, but really frees up the kids' mind when they create their own art. Art School of SF Bay is truly a hidden gem and we are delighted to learn that Maria is now teaching at their San Jose site (near Santana Row), which is much closer to us. If you are looking for some high quality art classes for young kids, I strongly recommend Art School of SF Bay.

Jia Dailey

San Jose, CA


This is our third year with Art school of SF Bay. All lessons are informative, very well led and guided. Students get instant comments and instructions from a teacher and apply to their work. Lessons teach not only art techniques but also a history. My children are always enthusiastic about upcoming lesson and very excited to share their complete works. I could clearly see the progress!

Shushanik A.

San Jose, CA


Since the school year started, my daughter's been taking weekly classes, first with Julia and then with Maria. I'm so very pleased with their methods and approach - and with her progress. I love to see her study different styles, work with various materials and learn to see, feel, and work to put it on paper or in clay. The school offers one-day camps during school holidays as well as weekly camps during breaks. Still haven't found the time to do an adult class... but I hold out hope.

Anya "grumpity" K.

San Francisco, CA

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