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.
Only... if he or she is interested. Luckily, art history provides an endless source of interesting stories and objects, not to mention masterpieces of all kinds! So after several years of experiments we developed a method, that combines practical art lessons with a kid-friendly study of art history.
Each lesson is dedicated to some epoch and starts with a short lecture, briefly touching on philosophy, history, and art of that period.Then we focus on some art phenomena that happened during that time, and for the rest of the lesson we study it in practice.
8-12 yrs - online 2020
JUNE: PENCIL CRASH COURSE
Materials: graphite pencils of various softness: 2H, H, B, 4B or 6B, eraser, needed eraser, color pencils, mixed media paper.
Week of June 1-7:
Escher and Shading techniques: mastering cross hatching.
Week of June 8-14:
Facial Expressions: learning to represent emotions on human and animal faces
Week of June 15-21:
David Hockney and color pencil drawing techniques.
Week of June 22-29:
Banksy and the use of a silhouette.
JULY: WATERCOLOR CRASH COURSE
Materials: Watercolor round brushes, watercolor, watercolor paper, H or HB pencil, eraser.
Week of June 29-July 5:
Maximillian Voloshin: watercolor landscape based on flat washes.
Week of July 6-12:
Endre Penovác: watercolor animals a-la-prima (wet-on-wet).
Week of July 13-19:
Jade Purple Brown and the use of color pallets.
Week of July 20-26:
Fyodor Tolstoy and Classic European Watercolor.
AUGUST: CONTEMPORARY ART, MIXED MEDIA
Materials: Acrylics, brushes, oven-bake clay, old magazines, scissrs, brushes, 2H-6B pencils, kneeded 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.