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Art Fundamentals for Grades K-2

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 to know that Art is not about just following step-by-step instructions. We teach kids 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. 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. Art materials we master: acrylics, watercolor, pastels, pencil, markers, clay.​

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)

Sample Instructional Video

FALL-WINTER 2023 CURRICULUM

Asian art:

 

 Week of September 4-10, 2023

Chinese vases. Understanding symmetry, designing a unique vase. Paper, pencil, markers.

 

Week of September 11-17, 2023

Painting Koi Fish. Basic watercolor technique. Sketch paper, brushes.

 

Week of September 18-24, 2023

Sculpting a Chinese Dragon. Clay.

 

Week of September 25 - October 1, 2023

Animals of Korean Folktales. Intro to animal anatomy.

 

Week of October 2 - 8, 2023

Odissi dancer. Understanding human proportions). Markers.

 

Week of October 9 - 15, 2023

Facial features. Color pencils.

Week of October 16 - 22, 2023

Portrait of a favorite person / movie character.

 

Week of October 23 - 29, 2023

Day of the Dead/ Halloween poster. Construction paper, acrylic paint.

 

Week of October 30 - November 5, 2023

Sculpting a lucky cat. Clay, paint.

Medieval European Art:

 

Week of November 6 - 12, 2023

Medieval paintings of mom and baby (starting the project).

 

Week of November 13 - 19, 2023

Medieval paintings of mom and baby (finishing the project). 

 

Week of November 20 - 26, 2023

Medieval comic art.

 

Week of November 27- December 3, 2023

Arab word art.

 

Week of December 4 - 10, 2023

Sculpting a Christmas ornament / Small Figurine.

 

Week of December 11 - 17, 2023

Painting a winter landscape (starting the project).

Week of December 18 - 24, 2023

Painting a winter landscape (finishing the project).

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