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ART CLASSES FOR KIDS 8-12 YEARS OLD

Online (PST), in Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco

2 hours weekly, online: $150 monthly / in-studio:  $160 monthly

High-quality art materials are included into the in-studio price. Sibling 15% off)

Vivid imagination of youths and rational thinking of adults, excellent memory and instant creativity, this amazing age has all the learning benefits you can imagine. Sometimes it's hard to believe how much a kid of this age can learn during one two-hour lesson.

 

Each lesson covers an important art concept, needed for fluent representational drawing and painting. It is combined with an intro to a cultural phenomena: 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 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 year, we are allowed to open in-studio classes with a reduced number of students, and in stable groups. Therefore trial classes are available online only.

Sample instructional video:

This year, we offer two general curriculums for kids 8-12 years old. Each of them covers all major art concepts, such as drawing humans, animals, portraits, landscapes; working with watercolor, acrylics, pastels, pencils, and clay.

One, Art History Applied, covers art history from Ancient world to the beginning of XX Century. We recommend it for the students that are just starting with our school.

The second one, Art of XX Century, is recommended for the students of the second year and up.

First year:

ART HISTORY APPLIED

August-December 2020

Click on a topic to see what students make during that class:

 
Week of August 31- September 6

Mexican Circular Designs. Understanding symmetry.

Acrylic paint, cardboard/paper, brushes, pencil, eraser.

Week of September 7-13

Ancient Greek vases. Learning to work on expressive silhouette, and create a pattern.

Acrylic paint, cardboard/paper, brushes, pencil, eraser.
 

Week of September 14-20

Eastern Watercolor. Learning to control brush pressure, mastering various brushstrokes. Creating a few quick paintings of various subjects. 

Watercolor, watercolor paper, brushes, pencil, eraser. 

Week of September 21-27

Egyptian murals. Understanding human proportions. 

Acrylic paint, cardboard/paper, brushes, pencil, eraser.

Week of September 28-October 4

Chinese Clay soldiers. Sculpting a human figure.

Clay, paper plate, acrylic paint.

Week of October 5-11

Imaginary Animals of Babylon. Understanding Basics of Animal Anatomy.

Paper, markers/pencils.

Week of October 19-25

Creating a Halloween/ Day of the Dead Poster. Learning about basic bones of human body, making a poster that features a skeleton. 

Paper/cardboard, acrylic paint, brushes, pencils, erasers.

Week of October 26-November 1

Greek masks. Learning about facial features and emotions they can express.

Clay, paper plate, acrylic paint.

Week of November 2-8

Faum (Roman) portraits. Self-portraits.

Construction paper, pastels.

Week of November 8-15

Greek gods and monsters.

Watercolor/pencil.

Week of November 16-22

Drawing a bird. Learning to draw bird's wings.

Construction paper, pastels.

Week of November 23-29

THANKSGIVING BREAK

Week of November 30-December 6

Medieval manuscripts. Painted initial.

Watercolor, watercolor paper, brushes, pencil, eraser. 

Week of December 6-13

Winter landscape, day 1.

Paper/cardboard, acrylic paint, brushes, pencils, erasers.

Week of December 14-20

Winter landscape, day 2 / Side project: Holiday Cards.

Paper/cardboard, acrylic paint, brushes, pencils, erasers.

Week of December 21-27 &

Week of December 28-January  3

WINTER BREAK

Second year and up:

ART OF XX CENTURY

August-December 2020

AUGUST 2020:

Materials: Acrylics, brushes, oven-bake clay, old magazines, scissors, brushes, 2H-6B pencils, kneaded eraser, eraser.

Week of July 27- August 2:

Ed Ruscha: Landscape + Font. acrylics, pencil.

 

Week of August 3-9:

Yahoi Kusama. Living in the world of patterns. Oven-bake clay, acrylics.

 

Week of August 10-16:

Erwin Wurm: Absurdist Sculpture. Oven-bake clay.

 

Week of August 17-22:

The Bay Area Figurative Movement: painting a summer scene in The Bay Area-born style of Figurative Expressionism.

 

Week of August 24-30:

American photorealism: drawing a photorealistic composition.

FALL 2020: WORLD OF COMIC ART

Week of August 31- September 6

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

Watercolor, watercolor paper, brushes, liner, pencil, eraser. 

Week of September 7-13

Expressing emotions through facial expressions. 

Watercolor, watercolor paper, brushes, liner, pencil, eraser. 

Week of September 14-20

Marvel Comics. Drawing a close-up portrait of a favorite comic book character in selected style.

Watercolor, watercolor paper, brushes, liner, pencil, eraser. 

Week of September 21-27

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

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

Week of September 28-October 4

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

Clay, paper plate, acrylic paint.

Week of October 5-11

History of Vehicles. Drawing a vehicle.

Markers, paper, liner, pencil, eraser.

Week of October 19-25

Decorating a pumpkin featuring a favorite artist.

Acrylic paint, brushes.

Week of October 26-November 1

Drawing People from Life and imagination: Basic proportions, bones and muscles.

Markers, paper, liner, pencil, eraser.

Week of November 2-8

Expressing emotions through gestures. Quick sketches of hands from nature and from favorite cartoons.

Clay, paper plate, acrylic paint.

Week of November 8-15

Superheroes and Dynamic composition: creating a scene with intensive motion. 

Markers, paper, liner, pencil, eraser.

Week of November 16-22

Painting Food.

Paper/cardboard, acrylic paint, brushes, pencils, erasers.

Week of November 23-29

THANKSGIVING BREAK

WINTER 2020-2021: SURFACES AND TEXTURES

Week of November 30-December 6

Water: Painting a wave.

Paper/cardboard, acrylic paint, brushes, pencils, erasers.

Week of December 6-13

Glass VS Metal: painting reflecting surfaces.

Creating an imaginary glossy object based on a real-life study (armor, spaceship, etc).

Paper/cardboard, acrylic paint, brushes, pencils, erasers.

Week of December 14-20

Fur: Painting a Furry Animal from a photo reference.

Paper/cardboard, acrylic paint, brushes, pencils, erasers.

Week of December 21-27 &

Week of December 28-January  3

WINTER BREAK

KIDS 8-12 YRS schedule for Fall-Winter 2020

Materials:

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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Our calendar for the 2020-2021 school year:

First day of classes - Monday 8/31/20
Labor Day weekend - NO CLASSES - Saturday 9/5/20 - Monday 9/7/20
Thanksgiving break - NO CLASSES - Monday 11/23/20 - Sunday 11/29/20
Christmas break - NO CLASSES - Monday 12/21/20 - Sunday 1/3/21
Last day of classes - Friday 5/28/21

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