4 and under

Understanding if your child is ready for a structured art class

It is beneficial to start taking structured art classes when a child is ready for instruction and is able to keep focus on one task for about 45 minutes.

Also, there should be an interest in drawing things alike, i e figurative drawing.

 

All these requirements are usually met between 4 and 5 years.

 

Before that, kids are normally great abstract painters. They love to experiment with different art materials: liquid acrylic paint on cardboard, watercolor over crayons, pastels on construction paper, play dough and seeds and so on. They create amazing color harmonies and fearlessly paint on huge canvases and boards. They learn not through instruction but through play. And we do believe that a parent is the best partner for this playful art exploration.

 

The best thing you can do is to provide your child with art materials of normal quality, and make sure she can comfortably paint on a protected part of a floor or a table, not on an easel (liquid paint runs down and distracts from creative ideas). Show her how to mix color, how to use brushes and chalks, make circles, straight lines and patterns, how to sculpt. Paint with her, but not on her canvas, and do not fix her "mistakes". Encourage her!

 

If in your child's works you see not abstract shapes and colors, but careful representation of objects she sees around, please feel free to schedule a demo class here: https://forms.artschoolsfbay.com/demo?c=1

Our calendar for the 2019-2020 school year:

 

First day of trial (demo) classes: Monday, August 19, 2019

First day of fall classes: Tuesday, September 3d, 2019

Thanksgiving break: Monday, November 25th, 2019 - Friday, November 29th, 2019 - Thanksgiving break camps

New Year break: Monday, December 23th, 2019 - Friday, January 3d, 2020 - winter art camps, no classes

Spring break SF: Monday, March 30, 2020- Friday, April 3, 2020 - spring art camp in San Francisco

Winter Break MV: Monday,  February 17, 2020 - Friday, February 21, 202 - winter art camp in Mountain View

Spring break MV: Monday,  April 6, 2020 - Friday, April 10, 2010 - spring art camp in Mountain View

Winter Break SJ: Monday,  February 17, 2020 - Friday, February 21, 202 - winter art camp in San Jose

Spring break SJ: Monday, April 13, 2020 - April 17, 2020 - spring art camp in San Jose

Summer break: Monday, June 8, 2020 - Sunday, August 9th, 2020- summer art camps, limited classes

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