Visual Arts Courses

Building Art Skills

Suggested Age:

8-18

Purpose

Drawing is a learned skill based on hand-eye coordination; anyone can learn to draw.


Participants will be given an introduction to the study of free-hand drawing using line, shape, value, composition, perspective,and texture. Further studying art skills in-depth include using a variety of mediums (pencils, charcoal, conte’, ink, washes, watercolor, acrylic and oils) to achieve a solid foundation in drawing and beginning painting. This class will include a study of human features and form.


Famous master artists, past and present, will continue to be studied and hands-on projects will explore further creative concepts. Displaying, framing, and matting artwork is also a part of the class.


Time permitting, we will take a trip to the Blanton Art Museum on the campus of UT. Throughout the year, artists will come and share techniques and ideas with the class to expand their knowledge and appreciation of art.

Exploring Art Mediums

Suggested Age:

8-18

Process/Purpose

Explore! Experiment! Experience! This introduction to materials and methods provides hands-on experiences in the visual arts. Creative thinking is born of experimentation, beginning with ideas using tactile materials.


This class will explore different medias both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional. Students will discover how to see as an artist does, learning to think creatively. After learning the basics of drawing, we will become familiar with oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, and acrylics. Using wire and clay, we will learn some basic hand-building sculpture skills. In the Exploring Art Mediums class, famous master artists will be introduced and a hands-on project will explore creative concept.


Time permitting, we will take a trip to the Blanton Art Museum on the campus of UT. Throughout the year guest artists will come and share techniques and ideas with the class to expand their knowledge and appreciation of art.

Sculpture 1: 3-D Design

Suggested Age:

12-18

Process/Purpose

Spatial Reasoning is the ability to imagine and manipulate objects three dimensionally. Unquestionably, this is a vital skill for professionals from engineers to molecular biologists. This introductory class will strengthen these mind skills via hands on sculpture projects, observation of numerous examples, the understanding, learning and memorization of the basic elements and principles of design, as well as addressing the ability to translate 3-D objects from our imagination to 2-D drawing (and the reverse, from drawings to objects).


Often this type of course requires a significant investment in materials and equipment. By focusing on the ideas more than the craftsmanship, we can decrease that monetary investment some. The projects will utilize wire, clay, plastics, and other non-precious media to exercise the students’ 3-D brain muscles.

Drawing and Painting 1

Suggested Age:

13-18

Process/Purpose

This is the follow-up to the introductory studio course, Exploring Art Mediums. In this course we will continue to explore the expression of ideas using a variety of media (graphite, charcoal, and paint media), and a variety of techniques with emphasis on natural form, composition and self-expression. Each student will be re-introduced to the core concepts and skills through exercises and small take-home projects. The semester will begin with drawing skills and conclude with watercolor and acrylic painting. Students will also get to choose their own individual projects to show off their newly refined skills and techniques.


New students with a gift for art are encouraged to join us and will be given additional guidance and instruction as needed.

Intro to Painting

Suggested Age:

10-18

Process/Purpose

The thought of making art with paint conjures up multiple feelings. On the one hand, some of us might imagine a free-flowing, “just express yourselves” kind of scenario. On the other end of the spectrum, some might envision a feeling of intimidation and anxiety, a scary blank page. The aim of this class will be to introduce students to using color effectively, different painting techniques, and to stimulate an increased awareness of the visual world around them. We will also look at some important painters throughout history in order to start to become familiar with some different styles and movements. Underlying all art, including painting, are the core concepts of the elements and the principles of art. The students will be encouraged to look at art through those lenses, as well as from a Christian world-view. Students without prior art experience should speak to the instructor prior to enrolling.

Watercolor

Suggested Age:

13-18

Purpose

In this class students will discover the techniques, concepts and joys of watercolor.  They will paint in each class while learning from historical and contemporary masters of painting.  Learning various techniques and approaches to art is not only fun but also helps open the door to developing a creative, unique approach and aesthetic that translates well into all areas of life. We will learn to appreciate the beauty and wonder of God’s creation and find that God has gifted each of us in creative, beautiful ways.

Elements and Principles of Design

Suggested Age:

13-18

Purpose

This course is a combination of what could be considered Art III and an Introduction to GraphicDesign.


As in Building Art Skills, there is an emphasis on drawing, homework sketches due each week, and a continuation of honing the student’s eye-hand coordination. Projects are designed to give students a taste of what a professional graphic designer might do.


Graphic design is largely done on the computer these days, but key concepts and skills are the same as they were before we had the computer. Thus, that’s where the emphasis will be ~ on grasping the concepts that make effective design, not on learning particular software.


The computer is an incredibly useful tool for design, and each student should have access to the internet and a computer at home. No computers will be needed in class. No special computer software will be required for this class.

  • Could be considered Art III

  • Projects require more time & concentration

  • Emphasis on Graphic Design (commonly referred to as Commercial Art)

  • Studies about letterforms

  • Projects that emulate real world design jobs

  • Thinking about the marketing behind a design

  • Putting into practice the elements & principles of art

Introduction to Print Making

Suggested Age:

13-18

Purpose

This course is the Introduction to Printmaking. 


As in Building Art Skills, there is an emphasis on drawing, homework sketches due each week, and a continuation of honing the student's eye­hand coordination. Projects are designed to give students hands-on experience with a variety of methods of creating printed designs. 


Much of modern design is computer based, but the focus of this class will be on the key concepts and timeless skills that remain the same as they were before we had the computer. Thus, that's where the emphasis will be - on grasping the concept of print designs in printmaking. 


The computer is an incredibly useful tool for design, and each student should have access to the internet and a computer at home. No computers will be needed in class. No special computer software will be required for this class.

  • This Class should be considered Art III.

  • Projects will require more time & concentration than other class levels.

  • Student will be introduced to the concept of original prints.

  • Student will gain an understanding of the functions and purposes of printmaking in history.

  • Students will examine the various printmaking processes and distinguish why artists chose particular techniques for special effects.

  • Student will to be able to distinguish different print media.

  • Student will become aware of the large impact printmaking has had in the advancement of civilization and technology as we know it today.

  • Student will complete a variety of hands-on projects including a three color reduction print and a linoleum cut print.