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ART CLASSES FOR KIDS 4-7 YEARS OLD

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

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER_SPRING SEMESTER STARTS ON DECEMBER 1, 2022.

50 minutes weekly. online: $110 monthly, in-studio: $125 monthly

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 a short 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 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 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.

* Your child is ready for an in-person instructional class when:

1) feels comfortable when she's left in a new place with a new person, without a parent;

2) is ready to follow teacher's directions;

3) while drawing at home, draws recognizable figures and objects (not abstract shapes), and colors within the outlines.

Sample instructional video:

Our curriculum covers all major art concepts, such as drawing humans, animals, portraits, landscapes; working with watercolor, acrylics, pastels, pencils, and clay. Some of our instructional videos can be found on our youtube channel , available for public use. However, we believe that comprehensive artistic development is impossible without teacher's custom guidance and feedback.

Sample galleries of students' works (click on the links to see the pictures):

Ancient Egypt (learning about human proportions and culture and Egypt, drawing a human Egyptian-style).

Fan Art (Painting a favorite character, learning to draw figures and faces alike)

Painting Birds (understanding birds' anatomy and proportions).

Painting Flowers (learning to obtain the desired color by mixing, representing a variety of shapes)

Sculpting a face (understanding facial anatomy, sculpting a favorite character)

WINTER-SPRING 2023 CURRICULUM:

January 2-8, 2023  Profile portraits of Renaissance. Study of facial features and figure in profile. Making a drawing. 

January 9-15, 2023  Profile portraits of Renaissance. Painting and working with textured paper. Mixed media. 

January 16-22, 2023  Chinese New Year. Sculpting a new year symbol.

January 23 - 29, 2023  Study of hands. Color pencils.

January 30 - February 6, 2023  Introduction to shading. Drawing shadows from toys. Pastels.

February 7 - 12, 2023  Painting flowers for Valentines day. Learning about a-la-prima watercolor technique. 

February 13 - 19, 2023   Understanding Renaissance perspective. Drawing a room and a street.

February 20 - 26, 2023 Architecture Basics: understanding such concepts as a column, a portico, a dome, an arc. Drawing a building.

February 27 - March 5, 2023 Introduction on the history of costume. Drawing a costume from reference or imagination. Day 1: compositional sketches and drawing

March 6-12, 2023 Introduction on the history of costume. Drawing a scene with costumes from reference or imagination. Day 2: Painting. Acrylics.

March 13 - 19, 2023 Painting sky and waves: inspired by Willam Turner. Acrylics

March 20 - 26, 2023 - Designing a vehicle, a ship, or a space ship. Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci.

March 27 - April 2, 2023 Portrait of a pet. Intro to animal anatomy. Day 1. Pastels.

April 3 -9, 2023- Portrait of a pet. Intro to animal anatomy. Day 2. Pastels.

April 10 -16, 2023 Drawing feet, designing a shoe.

April 17 -23, 2023 Live sketching session. Students sketch each other. Pencil, charcoal, markers.

April 24 - 30, 2023 Sculpting a composition inspired by porcelain figurines. Oven-baked clay.

May 1 - 7, 2023 Portrait of mom. Day 1: learning to draw a face in 3/4 view, starting a painting.

May 8 - 14, 2023 Portrait of mom. Day 1: finalizing a painting.

May 15 - 21, 2023 Creative compositon: illustration to a favorite book or a scene from a dream. Day 1: Compositional sketches, starting a project.

May 22 - 28, 2023 Creative compositon: illustration to a favorite book or a scene from a dream. Day 2: Compositional sketches, finishing the project.

 

 Schedule  for 4-7 year olds for Winter-Spring 2023:

Materials we provide for in-studio classes,

and recommend for the online lessons:

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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