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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, 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 CURRICULUM:

Classical Realist Art.

Week of January 3 - 9, 2022.

Facial features. Understanding facial anatomy, studies of the eyes, nose, lips, and ears. Pencil, color pencils, drawing paper.
 

Week of January 10-16, 2022.

Leonardo (Fan Art): Painting a human-like character portrait, looking straight at us - starting the project. Acrylics on board.

 

Week of January 17-23, 2022.

Leonardo (Fan Art): Painting a human-like character portrait, looking straight at us - finishing the project. Acrylics on board.

 

Week of January 24-30, 2022.

Renaissance sculptural relief: Understanding proportions of a human face in profile, designing a relief/coin with a profile on it. Self-drying or oven-baked clay.

 

Week of January 31-February 6, 2022.

Durer. Drawing a portrait of an animal. Understanding anatomy of an animal face. Pastel pencils on construction paper.

Week of February 7-13, 2022.

Renaissance Perspective. Learning to create an illusion of a 3D space on a 2D surface through size and placement. Pencil, drawing paper.

Week of February 14 - 20, 2022.

Caravaggio. Painting a candle/ a still life with a candle. Learning to create an illusion of a 3D space on a 2D surface through light and shadow. Starting the project. Acrylics on board/paper.

 

Week of February 21 - 27, 2022.

Caravaggio. Painting a candle/ a still life with a candle. Learning to create an illusion of a 3D space on a 2D surface through light and shadow. Finishing the project. Acrylics on board/paper.

 

Week of February 28 - March 6, 2022.

William Turner. Painting a landscape with a sunset. Tips on painting a natural light source (sun), rendering sky, clouds, water, objects in front of the sun. Pastels on construction paper.

 

Week of March 7-13, 2022.
Duper. Drawing hands holding favorite student’s objects. Understanding hand anatomy. Color pencils on drawing paper.

 

Week of March 14-20, 2022.

Antoine-Louis Barye. Animal sculpture. Learning about the anatomy of the animals. Starting the animal sculpture (sketches, metal wire structure, sculpting). Sculpey, metal wire, foil.

 

Week of March 21-27, 2022.

Antoine-Louis Barye. Animal sculpture. Learning about the anatomy of the animals. Finishing the animal sculpture (baking and coloring). Sculpey, acrylic paint.

 

Week of March 28 - April 3, 2022.

Michelangelo. Quick gesture sketching, learning to draw figures in various poses from reference and imagination. Students posing for 5 minutes. Pencil on sketching/printer paper.

 

Week of April 4 -10, 2022.

Watercolor flower composition/easter card. Wet on dry technique. Watercolor, watercolor paper (cold press).

 

Week of April 11 - 17, 2022.

Watercolor landscape. Wet on wet technique. Watercolor, watercolor paper (cold press).

Week of April 18 - 24, 2022.

History of costume. Drawing clothes. Pencil, color pencils.

Week of April 25 - May 1, 2022.

Titian. Portrait of mom. Achieving likeness. Material of a choice. Starting the project.

Week of May 2 - 8, 2022.

Titian. Portrait of mom. Achieving likeness. Material of a choice. Finishing the project.

Week of May 9 - 15, 2022.

Drawing a Comic / Manga character. Pencil, markers.

Week of May 16 - 22, 2022.

Master copy with the addition of new elements (2 classes, final project). Acrylics on canvas.

Week of May 23 - 29, 2022.

Master copy with addition of new elements (2 classes, final project). Acrylics on canvas.

 Schedule  for 4-7 year olds for Winter-Spring 2022:

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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