· Students learn to draw favorite animals, people, and objects using different mediums.

· More advanced students draw from three dimensional objects, illustrations, portraits, etc.

· Exposed to art history and styles such as realism, abstract, impressionism, classical, fauvism, etc.

· Instructed in color theory, perspective and composition.

· Classical music is played during class.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Giraffe's Head

This lesson we will review again the basic elements of shape in design and using a pen the students will follow my steps in drawing a giraffe. Pretty amazing the results considering there was no erasing! Above works were done by students ages 6 to 10.

Paul Cezanne's Apples

At the peak of apple picking season I find it appropriate to introduce a great French artist, Paul Cezanne who was famous for his bold use of color and his lovely still lifes, many of which depicted apples. Students will learn about Cezanne and view some of his most famous paintings. We will then draw and color using rich oil pastels our own apple still life, hopefully before we eat them all!
Above works were done by students age 9 to 10.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Picasso Witches

In this lesson we will discuss the art of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse and combine the two styles into one work of art just in time for Halloween.
Pablo Picasso portraits of women became famous for their unconventional style which then inspired the cubist period in art history. Matisse due to his confinement to a wheelchair started using scissor as his painting tool and cut-out his images from colored paper. The two style combined into one make for a wonderful project!

Above works were done by students ages 6 to 10.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Owl with Full Moon

In our first drawing lesson of the year we will design an owl perching on a tree with a full moon. The students will follow the principles of design that we discussed in the previous lessons. Using only pens they will follow step by step instructions during the drawing of the owl. I will emphasize the importance of observing the subject during the actual drawing process, looking at each element or step at least 3 times before moving the pen on the paper and learning to view the subject piece by piece like a puzzle and not the whole. Once the drawing is done they will use prismacolor markers to color it in a realistic manner.
Above drawings were done by students ages 5 to 12.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Primary Fish and Broken Color

On our second lesson for this year I will introduce the primary colors with a fun painting project. The fish will be drawn with simple shapes then the student will choose the three primary colors to paint them. The next lesson I will discuss the Impressionist and the use of broken color. After viewing examples of art work by Monet and Pissarro I will demonstrate how you can lay two colors side by side directly on the paper and then mix them very lightly to create the effect of movement resulting in broken color. The results were stunning!

Introduction to Drawing using Abstract Art

This lesson I introduced a method of drawing using the 5 basic elements of shape and design. After the students did several warm up exercises I showed them several examples of Abstract Art and then they did their own little abstract following the 5 basic elements of shape and design.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wassily Kandinsky color studies

Students will learn about the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky as they focus on his life as an artist and a musician. Kandinsky believed that art could visually express music and is credited for painting the first modern abstractions.We will discuss some of his most important works and then while listening to classical music from different composers we will use different media to create fun color studies inspired by music and by his famous painting "Farbstudie Quadrate".
Students images will be posted soon.

Macaw in the Amazon

This lesson we will talk about the beautiful Macaw birds of the Amazon forest and then draw and color our drawing. The student may choose from different illustrations of scarlet, hyacinth or blue and yellow macaw. Above drawing were done by students age 7 to 10. Notice how they added a waterfall in the background. Very nice.

Redoute' botanical illustrations

In this class we will learn about the 18th Century Belgian artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute' and use his wonderful botanical illustrations as our inspiration. I will teach the importance that illustrators have played through the history of Botany and the students will have real flowers to draw from. They will be amazed at how many different ways you can draw flowers. Above illustrations were done by students age 7 to 10.

Blue Footed Booby

In today's lesson I will begin reading a beautifully illustrated book "Booby Hatch" and then after viewing a short documentary on this very amusing and clumsy bird we will learn to draw it and then color our picture. There are lots of giggles during this lesson! The drawings pictured above are done by students age 7 to 10.