Using a step-by-step method (the simple to the complex), students understand what is needed in order to draw successfully. The techniques taught to students gradually assists in helping them become more independent as they move through the learning process. These techniques are traditional and classical in approach. Depending upon students' manipulative skills, dexterity, and artistic experience, their program will be designed to their level of ability.
Morgan, Age 5
To achieve quality results, proper materials play an important role in students' training. Students are taught not only what to use, but also how to use and care for their materials. To get students accustomed to working with correct supplies, the beginning drawing kit is composed of materials that have been chosen due to their quality.
For students ages 5-6
For students ages 9 and up
TECHNIQUES & MEDIUMS
When you teach the visual arts, you are
really developing students' ability to "see" relationships. In other
words, to measure accurately one thing to another. They are taught how to
measure with the eye, how to break something into its parts, and put it back
together again to make a whole picture.
will be introduced to a variety of drawing mediums at this level of
instruction. The basic introductory format is composed of three essential
components of visual art:
• Form (shape)
• Size (mass, scale)
• Placement (relationships)
Pradyumn, Age 8, Charcoal
No realistic forms are going to be three-dimensional without tone.
Students learn how to achieve variations of tone:
Emily, Age 15, Charcoal
Students are introduced to “painting” by
learning how to use pastels. Soft pastels and oil pastels are applied to
students' completed drawings in thin layers creating shadows and highlights in
order to create three-dimensional images. Proper application of each medium is
taught so that students understand the importance of working from light to dark,
blending one color seamlessly into the next. Emphasis is placed on neatness in
order to keep colors true.
Tara, Age 12, Pastel
Painting is drawing with a brush. The better students draw, the better
they will paint.We teach three parts
about color: hue, value, and purity. Students are taught sequences and methods
• Brush and paint care
• Arrangement of colors on a palette
• Mixing specific hues
• Paint application
• Brush techniques
Students will learn acrylic painting in
similar steps as watercolor painting. Proper set-up and care of materials are
essential in order for a student to excel at this level. Students will learn
how to mix their colors in order to match the image and how to achieve
three-dimensions by layering and blending values gradually on their canvas.
Acrylic paint is applied thin to thick giving students a strong basis that will
carry into oil painting.
These are simple steps that form a complex
activity. Thus, painting is quite an undertaking; teaching tenacity as well as
technique. Teaching specific terminology - this activity consists of its own
terms and skills to be learned:
• Dry brush
Avary, Age 7, Acrylic
Sofia, Age 9, Watercolor
Watercolor painting is introduced at students'
current drawing levels, allowing them to learn how to mix colors using the
color wheel as a guide. Students learn how to use primary colors to mix
secondary colors and how to match the variations of value in order to build
color gradually on their painting. Students are taught proper set-up and
clean-up procedure as well as consecutive steps needed to execute a painting.
Students in advanced realism will be
introduced to oil painting by means of glazing over an acrylic base. Students
will learn the difference between the application and care of oil painting and
previously mastered acrylic painting. Students at this level will have gained
patience and advanced skills in mixing and manipulating paint which will allow
them more freedom and ease when working. Students are taught to utilize various
mediums in order to quicken the dry time or create various surface variation.
Students will explore how thin layers of colored glazes can easily be blended
to create greater three-dimensionality and realism in their work.