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. The artwork children make with their grownups is large, colorful, and joyful. Each class includes a music and movement activity, a snack, and story.
Yoga Art for 18-month-olds to 3-year-olds
This is a toddler and me class; a caregiver is required to participate. Children must be steady walkers to join this class. Topsy Turvy Yogi instructors Diana and Jessica lead the first 30-45 minutes of class, where children act out a story through yoga poses, yoga games, and breathing exercises. Each class is centered on a theme such as pirates, sea creatures, superheroes, knights and princesses, or jungle explorers. Classes are playful and fun, and no two classes are alike. After the yoga activity, the children tap into their creative spirit through painting, drawing, cutting, collaging, stamping, or molding with clay. Snack is provided. To learn more about Topsy Turvy Yogi visit topsyturvyyogi.com.
Creative Art for 3-5-year-olds
This class is offered as a mommy/daddy and me class or drop off. 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 personal choices, contribute ideas, and follow directions. 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. Self-esteem is increased as each child is taught to embrace their inner artistic nature and create in their own unique way. Each class includes a snack and story or activity.
Art Techniques for Grades 2-4
Sketching instruction, still life, portraiture, and observational drawing is introduced in this class. Children learn diagramming face parts, mixing “values” of a color, contour drawing, patterns, positive and negative space, and spatial relations. Complex, long-term projects teach planning skills. Children learn to brainstorm and follow the path from idea generation through final expression. Classes allow time for children to share their creative process during informal group discussions. Children learn about techniques used by Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Keith Haring, and others. Each class includes a snack and story, activity, or discussion related to what they are learning.
Cartooning for Grades 2-4
Students learn the art of cartooning. They are instructed on how to draw popular characters, facial expressions, anatomy, animals, and figures in motion. Students are encouraged to develop their own unique characters. Perspective, scale, and proportion are explored. The art of storytelling is discussed and students learn to write a storyboard and create a short comic strip, with or without words. Basic animation is introduced using flipbooks.
Mixed Media & 3-Dimensional Art for Grades 5 and up
Students use mixed media and repurposed objects to create both two-dimensional artwork and three-dimensional sculptures. They learn a variety of art techniques, such as printmaking, relief printing, abstract painting, realistic drawing, portraiture, pointillism, cubism, impressionism, pop art, kinetic art, one-point perspective, and sculpture. Students learn to problem solve and construct complex sculptures, often with lighting or moving parts. Some projects are inspired by contemporary artists. Projects are usually on a large scale and may take the entire 8 weeks to complete.
Still Life Drawing & Painting for Grades 5 and up
Students work on their ability to create three-dimensional form in two-dimensional artwork on canvas, paper, or wood. They learn how to manipulate line, shape, color, space, and texture, in order to render realistic objects and scenes. 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. Students create pieces for a professional portfolio that can be used for college admissions.
Painting & Sketching for Grades 5 and up
This class is for students who want to work on their portfolio. The instructor gives each student individual attention and guidance on building their portfolio and working on pieces of their choice. Instruction is offered for a variety of art techniques, including but not limited to still life, portraits, abstract, and fantasy.
Animé & Manga for Grades 5 and up
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 story lines for characters they create, and if desired, work on a graphic novel of their own.
Photography for Grades 5 and up
Students learn the basics of photography, while exploring the concepts of nature, shadow, lighting, movement, and more. Students develop pictures on different media rather simply photo paper to create unique works of art. Requirements: a smart phone and an Instagram account. Each class includes snack and review of well-known photographers.