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ART CLASSES FOR KIDS 4-7 YEARS OLD

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

50 minutes weekly, 

online: $110 monthly / Winter-Spring semester $550

in-studio: $120 monthly / Winter-Spring semester $600

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

They are curious and self-confident, open to new ideas, and certain about what they like. They are what many adult artists dream to be.

 

We find it very important for young artists to know that Fine Art is not about just following step-by-step instructions.

We teach them to create something brand new, using the endless resource of their imagination.

 

All they need is encouragement and advice, which we are always happy to provide.

Each lesson covers an important art concept, needed for fluent representational drawing and painting. It is combined with short 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 skill levels.

 

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:

CURRICULUM FOR 4-7 YRS

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 (if finished, then 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

Designing a crest of armour.

Acrylic paint on cardboard.

Week of January 18-24

Painting a rainy landscape. Watercolor, watercolor paper, brushes, pencils, eraser.

Renaissance and Classical European Art
Week of January 25-31

Understanding the concept of perspective (how things get smaller in the distance). Pencils, markers on paper.

Week of February 1-7

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

Week of February 8-14

William Turner. Painting a sunset or sunrise. Soft pastels on paper.

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Week of February 15-21

Understanding the role of light and shadow in painting and drawing. Paiting a vocano/a candle/a fire pokemon.

Acrylic paint on cardboard.

Week of February 22-28

Learning about facial features and anatomy. Making a portrait of a favorite character/person. Pencils on paper.

Week of March 1-7

Etchings and cross-hatching technique. Designing your own money! Pen, paper.

Week of March 8-14

Carnivals and fireworks. Drawing a scene of celebration.

Victorian Art
Week of March 15-21

Learning to draw a human in historic costume. Pencils and markers on paper.

Week of March 22-28

Drawing a horse. Watercolor and watercolor pencils on paper.

Week of March 29 - April 4

Steam Punk. Drawing a vehicle of a choice. Markers on paper.

Week of April 5-11

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. Painting a landscape in a style of 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

Intro of Abstract Art.  Creating an abstract art piece. Collage on paper.

Week of May 3-9

Painting a portrait of a flower in Georgia O’Keeffe style. 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

Designing an object that will exist in the future. Material of a choice.

Week of May 17-23

Intro to urrealism. Making a unique composition in surrealistic style. Markers, paper, color pencils.

Week of May 24-28

Finishing unfinished projects, final project of a choice.

 Schedule  for 4-7 year olds for Fall-Winter 2020:

50 minutes weekly, 

online: $110 monthly / Winter-Spring semester $550

in-studio: $120 monthly / Winter-Spring semester $600

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

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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