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Visual Arts Courses

Exploring Art Mediums
Suggested Age

8-18

 

Prerequisites

none

 

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.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Purchased through instructor

Building Art Skills
Suggested Age:

8-18

 

Prerequisites

none

 

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.

 

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Purchased though instructor

Elements of Design
Suggested Age:

13-18

 

Prerequisites

Building Art Skills and instructor approval

 

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

 

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • 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

Intro to Painting
Suggested Age

10-18

 

Prerequisites

Building Art Skills is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for this class.

 

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.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • See individual instructor

Drawing & Painting 1
Suggested Age

13-18

 

Prerequisites

A natural flair for art or Exploring Art Mediums Course.

 

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.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Purchased through instructor

     

 

Advanced Painting
Suggested Age

12-18

 

Prerequisites

Building Art Skills is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for this class.

 

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 equip students to be confident in their knowledge of using color, different pointing techniques, and to have an increased awareness of the visual world around them. By looking at painting throughout history and becoming familiar with some of the most highly regarded painters, who they were, when they lived, and what they created, a context will be created to interpret our visual world. 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 should speak to the instructor prior to enrolling.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • See individual instructor.

Plein Air Painting
Suggested Age

12-18

 

Prerequisites

 

Purpose

Painting from life is a pursuit unlike any other painting technique. It challenges artists to concentrate every sensory nerve on the information in front them. They absorb it all, from sight to sound, from temperature to atmosphere, and then channel those feelings from head to hand, recreating the vision in paints on paper or canvas. Students in this class should have a desire to create paintings that have an impressionistic feel as opposed to a highly rendered or detailed look. Solid drawing skills, along with an understanding of color, value, and contrast will be helpful in this class. A basic understanding of perspective will put you over the top. We will look at the work of the famous impressionists from Europe and some incredible painters from California. An art supply kit will be available for purchase for this class. The instructor will send a materials list for general supplies that students will need. The materials fee will cover specialty supplies that are purchased in bulk and supplied by the instructor.

 

Curriculum/Materials

 

Renaissance Painting
Suggested Age

12-18

 

Prerequisites

 

Process/Purpose

The Renaissance Painting class teaches a technique that was used in the Renaissance (1500’s) by such famous artists as Leonardo DaVinci and Andre Botticelli. The skill level necessary for the Renaissance Painting class: strong drawing skills or completion of Basic Art Skills with a desire to creatively learn.

 

The Renaissance name sounds big, but we start at the basics – drawing on a canvas, and then slowly progress to a completed value (black and white) drawing. After that, we add or sculpt the form in paint and lastly apply oil color to a completed black and white work. I am always amazed at the outcome.

 

We will also learn art history and study different artists from this period. For those students who will pursue a liberal arts career, they will begin study from a book called The Renaissance ART BOOK, by Wenda O’Reilly.

 

Students will need a variety of supplies. The materials fee will cover the portions of special charcoal pencils, (hard to find Cretecolor NERO), mixtures, fixatives, oil paints, and materials. I will send a list to parents and students and will work with tools/brushes/etc. you may already have.

An art supply kit will be available for purchase for this class.

 

Curriculum/Materials

 

 

Encaustic Painting
Suggested Age

14-18

 

Prerequisites

Students would need to have taken Exploring Art Mediums, Building Art Skills or show basic skills and understanding of Elements and Principles of Art.

 

Purpose

 Students will explore 4th Century B. C. painting technique with a modern twist. Encaustic is hot wax painting, involves heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. Students will be using hot wax, pigments, hotplates, hot stylus pens and varies canvases. They will continue to work on weekly sketches, while applying elements and principles to their work. 

 

CurriculumMaterials
  • Sketch book 80ct.

 

Watercolor Painting
Suggested Age

13-18

 

Prerequisites

Recommended but not required: have taken both beginning art classes, Building Art Skills and Exploring Art Mediums

 

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.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • The materials fee will cover the cost of art supplies which will be provided by the instructor for in class use.

Sculpture 1: 3-D Design
Suggested Age

12-18

 

Prerequisites

Building Art Skills is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for this class.

 

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.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • See individual instructor

 

Intro to Three Dimensional Art
Suggested Age

13-18

 

Prerequisites

Exploring Art Mediums and Building Art Skills, OR special permission from instructor

 

Purpose

In this class we will explore many varieties of three dimensional art. Class projects will range from creating site specific work, to creating smaller sculptures, with a strong emphasis on the planning and execution of each piece of work. Each project will take at least one month to complete, and will be presented in a class critique at the end of the assignment time. Guest artists may be included in the critique. Participation in both the Fall and Spring art shows, as well as the Art Fair will be mandatory.

 

Students must be able to handle power tools, hammers, saws, etc. or must have access to someone who can.

 

CurriculumMaterials
  • Some supplies such as wire, chicken wire, duct tape, carpenters glue, mat board, etc. will be provided by the instructor, but because of the nature of the projects, students will need to bring and work with their own supplies, including any tools needed (needle nose pliers, hammers, etc.)

 

Narrative Art – Story Art for Comics and Film
Suggested Age

10-18

 

Prerequisites

none

 

Purpose

This course treats Art as a Language with the purpose becoming better communicators in all mediums. Student of various ages begin at the same stage learning the grammar of visual communications.

Student with all levels or no drawing skills will learn fundamental principals of drawing, design, color, and how they interact with words and story.

Projects will include, drawing fundamentals, design fundamentals, single panel comics, multi-panel comics, storyboards, character development, mood and color and story timing.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • A custom curriculum based on 20 years in storytelling media.

  • Materials – paper, pencils, color.

Photography
Suggested Age

12-18

 

Prerequisites

A desire to be creative

 

Process/Purpose

In this class students will discover the techniques, concepts and joys of photography. They will learn about various cameras, image capturing devices, lenses, lighting, composition and the art of photography. They will become very skilled in using their own cameras while learning from historical and contemporary masters of photography.


Learning various techniques and approaches to photography 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.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Students must own or have access to a camera that they can bring to class and do homework assignments with. Higher quality cameras with manual control options are preferred. DSLR type cameras that allow for various lenses are the ideal choice. Some phone and tablet cameras may be acceptable or serve as an alternative choice.

 

Abstract Art and Design
Suggested Age

12-18

 

Prerequisites

none

 

Process/Purpose

Abstraction in painting allows the artist to communicate in often personal and impactful ways

 

The class is designed for all students interested in art. It is meant to be fun, creative, and encouraging to students who are not confident in their artistic skills. It’s a place to try, learn, and succeed. 

 

The course is designed for all levels of experience using multiple forms of medium, students are introduced to a variety of approaches applying abstract techniques and sensibilities to classic art and mixed media. Students are encouraged to develop individual styles in their artwork. Design topics include: handling acrylic media, color theory, composition, depth, movement, abstraction from life, and paint application. Beginning students are welcome

 

The Student will also learn the importance of the Elements of Design, the Golden Mean, and the understanding of Composition in Art.

 
Curriculum/Materials
  • Purchased through Instructor

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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