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Art Fundamentals for Grades 3-6

This course is teaching all important art fundamentals and all common art materials to kids of various levels. If your child wants to draw, paint and sculpt realistically from real life and imagination, it is the right choice. For drawing in cartoon style, check Manga / Comic.

Each lesson covers an important art concept, needed for fluent representational drawing and painting. It is combined with an 2-3 minute 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 levels, from beginners to advanced.

We start a lesson with a short lecture and demonstration (live in studios, pre-recorded for online lessons). 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.

This class is ongoing, students can join anytime. Important concepts like drawing humans and animals, nature, and architecture are repeated every 1-2 months, each time associated with a new topic and art material. Topic rotation is 2-3 years. Art materials we master: acrylics, watercolor, pastels, pencil, markers, clay.

Sample galleries of students' works (click on the links to see the pictures):

Greek Vases: designing a unique black/red-figure vase 

Fayum Portrait: understanding facial anatomy and proportions, learning to draw faces alike

Medieval Manuscripts: creating an original design with a student's initial

Classical Landscape: understanding areal perspective, learning to draw clouds, trees, water, etc

Sculpting a coin: creating a coin with an original design

Chinese Watercolor: mastering watercolor brushstrokes

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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