CHILDREN 2-3 YEARS:
Mini-Art Adventures! Where adult and child explore vast materials side-by-side, learning age-appropriate skills, language, use of tools and expectations in relationship to art, while having lots of fun!
CHILDREN 3-5 YEARS
In order to instill trust and confidence, Art Adventures encourages decision making, as well as trial and error, allowing children the freedom to explore at their own pace. Special attention is placed on designing the curriculum so that lessons serve as building blocks to the next and new process. Once they have built an “art vocabulary” from previous lessons, they continue to apply their knowledge to make masterpieces the next! Because each group’s social development is equally important, children are encouraged to practice inter-personal skills hand-in-hand with learning a new art vocabulary.
CHILDREN 6-9 YEARS
Older children may have a longer class time, visit museums more frequently and will be introduced to more advanced techniques and art vocabulary related to elevated media such as a variety of pencils, pastels, charcoals, stop-motion animation, paint and so much more, intertwined with the use of the above multi-media exploration. Sketchbooks are kept in class to reinforce topics and to record development throughout the year.
CHILDREN 10-14 YEARS
Art Adventures Studio engages our older students with new projects, introduces a wider vocabulary of art, more advanced techniques such as color theory, brushwork, drawing skills, animation, photography, more advanced materials (metal, wood, wire, fabric, sculpting tools, pinhole cameras, papermaking…) and explores a step by step understanding of larger scale projects appropriate to age, level and interests.
This studio class also seeks to strengthen an artist’s portfolio in preparation for applying to a new school. Classes will help students understand what kinds of art pieces go into a portfolio, and will provides basic experience in creating such pieces. Such topics may include still life drawing, (self) portraits, personal projects, and exploration of new media. The direction of a student’s learning will depend on the individual’s amount of prior experience and on the requirements of the school(s) to which he/she will be applying. This class seeks to improve a student’s ability to create portfolio quality pieces and to help select which ones are best suited for his/her desired school.
Art Adventures Studio is a place for students to use the artistic process as a means to make choices to express who they are as individuals. They learn to overcome obstacles and to approach creative thinking in an ever-expanding way, promoting self-esteem and sense of courage when encountering new experiences. Outside of new materials, cultures and advanced mediums, students learn to appreciate their classmates’ varying styles and differences in approach, discovering that there is no one solution to an artistic problem, there are many.
We know it can be intimidating to approach a blank canvas or paper. So loosen up with a glass of wine while learning the principals of drawing and creating art!
Sarah and Alexander Calder @ Dominique Levy Gallery