Online Classes durning Distance Learning
For this Fall semester we are online! Classes are clustered by grade to help kids connect and work at a pace that is age appropriate. We will be doing all the same silly fun, creativity and engagement we do when we are in person.
Kids (and adults!) need connection to grow and feel confident in their skills. Art and making takes patience, repetition and time. We believe that every artist and maker can get to the level they aspire to be through effort in an encouraging environment.
What do you need for Distance Learning?
The very basic tools are all that is needed:
- eraser (preferably the white ones – they erase everything)
- paper (mixed media paper is best, it is thicker and lasts longer)
- unless specified: crayons, markers, etc (anything they like to color with)
For special classes such as watercolor you need the basics:
- watercolors set
- mixed media paper (84lb or higher)
- pencil and eraser
You can get a simple set by Prang on Amazon. I recommend anything from Prang – their semi-moist watercolors are beautiful, come with a nice brush, and give a great result. (Prang is not a sponsor, I have tested a few sets and I like theirs best).
Note: you don’t have to do a huge investment to get kids started. Let them grow with the tools they need. That said – good tools give good results. Cheap tools make the effort frustrating and give lack-luster results.
In Drawing class we work on the 7 elements of art: line, shape, color, value, texture, form and space. We introduce these concepts with fun topics and projects relevant to kids. We do step-by-step drawing for beginners and encourage advanced little artists to expand their art with more detail and expression. We use different mediums such as markers, chalk, oil pastels, and crayons. We encourage artists to grow and try new ideas.
We explore different painting mediums: watercolor, acrylic, tempera, and anything that can be spread with a brush! We love to introduce little artists to influential artists and use their works as inspiration to creating relevant art for kids.
Makers classes are probably known for parents as “craft” classes. We make all kinds of projects, from bird houses to bracelets. Makers learn tool safety, project planning and three dimensional strategizing, and how to make the best out of a mistake!
Mixed media is using all art mediums to produce a single piece of art. We paint, draw with pens, collage with all types of papers, stitch, glue, spray paint…you name it we will try it. This type of class frees up the little artist to incorporate all the skills they learn from different art influences. Subjects are kid relevant to keep it fun!
Yarn & Textiles
Textiles is an ancient form of art – and one close to my heart. Weaving, knitting, crocheting, stitching, sewing, dyeing and more are some of the things we do in camp and in class. Patience is a challenge for kids, and process art is a wonderful tool to teach children that some things are not instant. Many of these skills cross over into other arts, develop dexterity, three dimensional thinking, project strategizing, goal setting – and the most important: seeing it through!
Kids LOVE Model Magic. A fabulous medium that allows kids to make anything they can imagine because it is soft and easily malleable. We teach basic skills with sculpture tools such as kneading, rolling and color mixing. Model Magic comes in bright primary colors, and we take advantage of the wonderful way it blends into new colors. Artists learn color, three dimensional skills, and develop dexterity.