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Welcome to my art studio! In here your child will learn how to talk about art, how to recognize famous art and most of all…DO ART! I use a “hands-on” approach to expose your child to many art mediums and styles.
In each session of Art Foundation classes we will learn about new Art Parts or Elements/Principles (see Teaching Philosophy). Artists or art periods from history are introduced and referred to during the projects. New art mediums and techniques will be used in direct relationship with the Art Parts. Some techniques will be experimented with and practiced yet there will always be at least one “frame-able” quality project by the conclusion of a session.
Summer and special camps are less formal than regular art lessons. Each camp has a theme and all the artwork revolves around the theme instead of the Elements and Principles of art. For younger students, the focus is on having fun with art and the excitement of being creative. For older students, summer camp is the time to explore a favorite media, such as printmaking, in more depth. The goal for all camps is to enjoy learning about art and have a lot of fun.
Workshops are primarily for teens and adults and focus on a particular medium or skill. While some Art Elements, Principles and other artists are discussed, it is in context of the subject of the class. Workshops are generally taught in one or two sessions instead of an extended time frame. Additional supplies may be recommended for workshops.
I provide all supplies and materials for each youth class. I use academic (student grade) quality fine art supplies. These are made by the same manufacturers as professional supplies and, as a result, are much higher quality than typical children’s art supplies. This is a part of your tuition and is not charged as a separate supply fee for youth classes. Adult classes may have a supply list.
Deposits – Each child must register for a full session or camp at a time, with a 20% deposit required to hold a spot. Deposit becomes non-refundable 10 calendar days prior to class start date.
Tuition – Remainder of tuition is due on the first day of class. If a student withdraws from class after week 1, 50% of tuition will be refunded. After week 2, tuition is non-refundable. Camp tuitions are non-refundable.
Missed Classes – Due to the nature of art classes, makeups will not be allowed. Every effort will be made to catch up your child in the next class. Sometimes projects may be able to be finished at home with some guidance. No refunds for missed classes as I have to purchase supplies ahead of time.
Parents are not required to stay during lessons. Students may not be dropped off earlier than 10 minutes before class start time or picked up later than 10 minutes after class end time. I reserve the right to charge a late fee to parents/legal guardians who are excessively or consistently late. If outstanding circumstances prevent prompt pick-up, parents/guardians must call my cell ASAP and LEAVE A MESSAGE as I will not usually answer the phone during class.
In order for art to be fun, sometimes it has to be messy! I will provide smocks but sometimes accidents happen and stuff leaks through smocks or shirt sleeves are pushed up with messy hands. Please dress your children appropriately for art. I am not responsible for stained clothing!
The following rules are posted in the studio. Please review these with your child.
- Obey the teacher the first time.
- Raise hand to talk.
- Respect others with words and actions.
- Respect supplies and classroom.
- Use quiet voices in classroom
Also, it is a high priority to me that each child to feel ownership and pride in their artwork. As a result, I do not allow children to mark on each other’s papers or paintings (unless we are doing a collaboration). When I am demonstrating, I use a different sheet of paper or very light correction marks.
Art Foundations Teaching Philosophy
I teach art to students in Kindergarten through 4th grade with a 3-fold approach. First, I start their vocabulary of art terms by structuring the lessons around a combination of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. I refer to these as “Art Parts” and teach the students how to incorporate the parts in their art as well as identify it in other artwork.
Second, I expose the students to artists and art periods in history to help increase their appreciation for art as well as a basic recognition of famous artists.
Last, and the most important element of teaching art, I introduce the students to as many different art mediums and styles as possible. Art (especially at this age) is about DOING and we DO a lot! I stress creativity and experimentation with art materials more than learning the “proper” way to use a material.
Preschool classes will follow the Session topics somewhat but we mainly concentrate on the basics of Line, Shape, Color, Texture, and Value. Improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are also a priority.
Intermediate/Junior High/High School
Art instruction for this age group is more refined. I move away from the simplified “Art Parts” back to Art Elements and the Principles of Design. I stress not only the use of each but their interaction with each other in artwork.
When discussing Art History, I show not only the elements and principles in their artwork but also explain why the artist or art period is revered in history.
While I like to have the students use as many art mediums at possible, I also give more in depth instruction on the properties and common techniques. We study the art material itself and how to utilize it to create the artwork we are trying to achieve. As a result, we will spend a longer amount of time on each art medium and use more advance mediums than elementary students.