Art Sensory Play for 1 & 2-year-olds
This is a mommy/daddy and me class. A caregiver is required to participate. Children explore age-appropriate and nontoxic media, such as paint, glue, paper, crayons, and stickers. Colors and shapes are introduced. Sensory play is a part of every class with play dough, sand, water, textured materials, or digging for treasure. Music and movement are woven throughout the program with dancing, obstacle courses, balls, and games. Each class ends with a snack and story.
Art Exploration for 2-3-year-olds
This is a mommy/daddy and me class. A caregiver is required to participate. Children are introduced to the elements of art by learning shape and color recognition and color mixing. It is a multi-sensory experience as children explore a wide-variety of age-appropriate and nontoxic media. They develop fine motor skills by painting, drawing, squeezing glue, stringing beads, peeling stickers, cutting, collaging, stamping, and using clay. Each class includes a movement activity, a snack, and story.
Creative Art for 3-5-year-olds
This class is offered as a drop off or mommy/daddy and me class. Children expand upon their knowledge of shapes, color, and color mixing and learn new ways to put shapes together. They experiment with paint, watercolors, cray pas, markers, clay, paper, wood, glue, and collaging materials. They learn about texture, size, balance, two- and three-dimensionality, parts of the body and face, negative space, moving images, and placing objects within a landscape or pattern. Fine motor skills are honed in each class. Large group projects, such as murals, teach sharing and collaboration. Children also learn to make choices, contribute ideas, and follow directions. The children work on fun, colorful art projects that they can enjoy and often play with for years to come. Projects take 2-4 weeks to complete and may include a giant pizza, hanging mobiles, paper collages, and puppets. New projects are introduced each year and no project is repeated for at least 2-3 years. Each class includes a snack and story or activity.
Creative Art for Grades K-1
This is a mixed media class with a focus on three-dimensional, multi-layered projects that teach the elements of fine art. Children experiment with paint, pencils, charcoals, pastels, cray pas, water colors, collage, clay, paper, cardboard, wood, fabric, and other media. Art concepts explored include line variations, parts of the whole, balance, construction, and color mixing. Large group projects, such as making a road map, teach collaboration. Children learn to make personal choices, contribute ideas, and work independently. Projects take 2-4 weeks to complete and may include a doll houses, ice cream or bake shops, vehicles and a giant map, circus animals, castles, dragons, creature puppets, a rainforest diorama, concentric shape sculptures, and rocket ships. New projects are introduced each year and no project is repeated for at least 2-3 years. Each class includes a snack and story or activity.
Art Techniques for Grades 2-4
In this class students are introduced to abstract and realistic painting, pointillism, cubism, impressionism, optical illusions, pop art, sketching instruction, still life, portraiture, diagramming face parts, mixing “values” of a color, contour drawing, patterns, positive and negative space, book-making, sculpture, printmaking, and spatial relations. They learn about techniques used by well known artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Keith Haring, and Georgia O’Keefe, and little known artists. Projects take 2-4 weeks to complete. New projects are introduced each year and no project is repeated for at least 2-3 years. Children are encouraged to create art that is an expression of themselves. Each class includes a snack, group discussion, and exploration of related literature.
Mixed Media 3D Art for Grades 5-8
Students use mixed media and repurposed objects to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork. Students learn to problem solve and construct complex sculptures, often with lighting or moving parts. 3D artwork is created using cardboard, clay, wire, paper, paper mache, plaster, wood, fabric, and other materials. They learn a variety of art techniques, such as printmaking, relief printing, working with metal, abstract and realistic art, pop art, kinetic art, and one-point perspective. Projects often are inspired by contemporary artists. Projects are usually on a large scale and take several weeks to complete. No project is repeated for at least 2-3 years.
Painting & Sketching for Grades 5-8
Students work on their ability to create three-dimensional form in two-dimensional artwork on canvas, paper, or wood, using watercolor, acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil, marker, pen, pastels, and other media. They learn how to manipulate line, shape, color, space, and texture, in order to render realistic objects and scenes. They learn shading and the use of color, light and shadow. Students discover compositional strategies and ways of analyzing their artistic choices so that they may become more aware of their own creative process and develop the skills necessary to produce thoughtful, personal artwork. Projects include still life, portraits, figure drawing, landscape, and abstract art. Students create pieces for a professional portfolio that can be used for college admissions.
Animé & Manga for Grades 5-8
Students are introduced to the Japanese art of Animé and Manga. They learn to draw Animé-style faces, expressions, anatomy, figures in motion, body language, costumes, background, and settings. Students’ knowledge of perspective, scale, and proportion is enhanced. They are taught shading and shadow. Students are encouraged to develop storylines for characters they create, and if desired, work on a graphic novel of their own.