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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 / winter-spring semester $750

in-studio:  $160 monthly / winter-spring semester $800

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 XXI Century, is recommended for the students of the second year and up.

First year:

ART HISTORY APPLIED

August-December 2020

-------remaining Fall-Winter semester-------

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

--------------------new semester---------------------

Week of January 4-10

Sculpting a gargoyle. Intro to Gothic architecture and animal anatomy. Sculpting an imaginary animal. Self-drying clay. 

Week of January 11-17

Painting a knight in armor or a lady with a unicorn or a dragon. Lecture on medieval life. Understanding medieval fashion. Learning to draw humans proportionally.

Acrylic paint on cardboard. Starting the project.

Week of January 18-24

Continuing and finalizing the knight or lady painting.

Renaissance and Classical European Art
Week of January 25-31

Durer. Understanding the Renaissance perspective, drawing a scene with a one-point perspective and objects with a two-point perspective. Pencils on paper.

Week of February 1-7

Chinese New Year: Sculpting an ox. Self-drying clay.

Week of February 8-14

Classical Landscape. Understanding the rules of classical composition, creating a unique landscape in the Romantic style. Soft pastels on paper.

Week of February 15-21

Caravaggio. Understanding the role of light and shadow in painting and drawing. Painting a still life with a candle (live or from a reference).

Acrylic paint on cardboard.

Week of February 22-28

Hans Holbein. Learning about facial features and anatomy. Making a portrait from a photo reference. Pencils on paper.

Week of March 1-7

Etchings of Rembrandt. Understanding cross-hatching, texture and shading through strokes. Making a landscape drawing à la etching. Pen, paper.

Week of March 8-14

Titian and Veronese. Learning about the culture of Venice, painting a scene from a Venetian carnival. Acrylic paint on cardboard.

Victorian Art
Week of March 15-21

Drawing a lady or a gentleman. A general overview of the Victorian era, lecture on Victorian fashion. Lecture on human anatomy and proportions. Learning to draw a human in a realistic way. Pencils and markers on paper.

Week of March 22-28

Drawing a horse rider. Understanding horse anatomy and proportions. Lecture on carriages and Victorian saddle. Learning to draw a running horse. Watercolor and watercolor pencils on paper.

Week of March 29 - April 4

Steam Punk. (if done with the two previous projects). Intro to the contemporary retro-futuristic movement. Creating a unique painting in the style of steampunk. Watercolor paint and watercolor pencils on paper.

Week of April 5-11

Impressionism. Understanding how the invention of photography led to the development of Pointillism and Impressionism. Mastering impressionist technique of painting, making a master copy of a landscape by Monet or Renoir. Acrylic paint on cardboard. Day 1
 

Week of April 12-18

Impressionism. Making a master copy of a landscape by Monet or Renoir.

Acrylic paint on cardboard. Day 2

Modern Art
Week of April 19-25

Maurits Cornelis Escher, his pencil studies and puzzles. Understanding the basic principles of sketching and shading. Creating a unique puzzle or drawing a small object from nature. Pencil on paper.

Week of April 26 - May 2

Wassily Kandinsky and his invention of Abstract Art. Understanding the basics of two-dimensional composition, learning to achieve the balance of colors and shapes. Creating an abstract art piece. Collage on paper.

Week of May 3-9

Georgia O’Keeffe and American Modernism. A journey from abstract art to symbolic realism. Painting a portrait of a flower. Learning to assess the desired colors by mixing, and transforming miniature details into a monumental art piece. Acylic paint on large cardboard.
 

Week of May 10-16

The Bauhaus and principles of contemporary design. Designing an object that will exist in the future. Material of a choice.

Week of May 17-23

Dali and Magritte: surrealism. Making a unique composition in surrealistic style. Markers, paper, color pencils.

Week of May 24-28

Finishing unfinished projects, final project of a choice.

Second year and up:

ART OF XXI CENTURY

Intro To Art Professions. January-May 2021.

2 hours weekly, online: $150 monthly / winter-spring semester $750

in-studio:  $160 monthly / winter-spring semester $800

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

-------remaining Fall-Winter semester-------

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

--------------------new semester---------------------

WINTER -SPRING 2021:  INTRO TO ART PROFESSIONS

Ever wondered what artists do for a living (besides selling their art?) We invite you to take a  peek at the most popular artistic professions.

Week of January 4-10

Profession: Jewelry Designer. Learning to draw hands in various positions. Designing  a ring.

Week of January 11-17

Profession: Product designer. Learning to draw feet and shoes in various positions. Designing a shoe.

Week of January 18-24

Profession: Textile Designer. Designing a pattern.

Week of January 25-31

Profession: Textile Designer. Drawing folds and patterns on clothes: how to draw folds on knees, elbows, loose dresses, waving capes.

Week of February 1-7

Profession: Portrait artist. Painting a portrait of your favorite person. Collecting material, making a sketch, starting drawing on a large board/canvas. Lecture on the anatomy of the head.

Week of February 8-14

Profession: Portrait artist. Painting a portrait of your favorite person.

Week of February 15-21

Profession: Portrait artist. Starting painting, covering the first layer.

Week of February 22-28

Profession: Portrait artist. Working on details and final touches.

Week of March 1-7

Profession: graphic designer. Designing a logo.

Week of March 8-14

Profession: graphic designer. Making a corporate identity.

Week of March 15-21

Profession: concept (game) artist. Creating a character. Concept sketches.

Week of March 22-28

Profession: concept (game) artist. Sculpting a character.

Week of March 29 - April 4

Profession: concept (game) artist. creating a location. Concept sketches.

Week of April 5-11

Profession: concept (game) artist. Finishing painting a location.

Week of April 12-18

Profession: Architect. Intro to the history of architecture. Main architectural styles. Drawing elements of a selected style. Commercial, residential, and community buildings.

Week of April 19-25

Profession: Architect.  Designing an eco-friendly house. Facade and floor plan sketches.

Week of April 26 - May 2

Profession: Architect.  Making a 3D model of a house.

Cardboard boxes, lego, recycling materials.

Week of May 3-9
Profession: Fashion Designer. Intro to fashion styles of XX century. Designing a dress for mom.

Material of a choice.

Week of May 10-16

Profession: Stage Director (Movie or Theater Artist).

Introduction, starting working on sketches for staging of a selected book or play (please choose one in advance).

Week of May 17-23

Profession: Stage Director (Movie or Theater Artist). Setting up color pallets, starting work on a related project (decorations, costumes, storyboard, or a location set up).

Week of May 24-28

Profession: Stage Director (Movie or Theater Artist). Finishing the project.

SUMMER BREAK: summer camps, limited classes

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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