Visual Art Classes

Connect more deeply to the world and open yourself to new ways of seeing. Visual art classes improve your memory, attention, and fine motor skills.

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Members of BlackRock get to enjoy great benefits such as discounts on classes. By joining at the Family Fan level, you can save $15 per class per student, plus the multitude of other benefits members at this level receive. Join today!

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Young students will learn the building blocks of artistic expression through fun art and crafting projects. Students will engage and interact with others in class and bond with their caregiver. Tuition is required for the child but the adult (must be 18 or older) who takes the class with them is FREE.

Ages 3-5 | Sundays | 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
217.7602.1  | 8 weeks | Starts Sunday, 1/22

Early Registration: $200/Members $185
Regular Registration: $210/Members $195
Tuition includes $15 materials fee

Instructor: Dottie Hoover

Crazy Creature Crafts

Creepy, crawly critters, goofy, whimsical characters, or sweet, enchanting creatures.  These are some of the fun things your child will create in this delightful class.  Exploring different artistic mediums, kids who take this class will use drawings, clay models, crafts, and even puppets to make animals, monsters, and creatures, using their imagination as their guide.

Ages 5-8 | Sundays | 10:30 AM -11:30 AM
217.7482.1  | 8 weeks | Starts Sunday, 1/22

Early Registration: $145/Members $130
Regular Registration: $155/Members $140
Includes $10 Materials Fee

Instructor: Dottie Hoover

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Little DaVincis

Students will learn and explore many styles of drawing and painting using pencils, pastels, paints, markers and mixed media. Students work in 2-D and 3-D creating art from stories, the world around them and more. Creativity and having fun are a must!

SECTION 1- All Ages
Ages 8 and up | Wednesdays | 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
217.7231.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Wednesday 1/11
Early Registration: $235/Members $220
Regular Registration: $245/Members $230
Includes $10 Materials Fee

SECTION 2- for Kids!
Ages 6-10 | Sundays |12:30 PM-1:30 PM
217.7231.2 | 10 Weeks | Starting Sunday 1/15
Early Registration: $235/Members $220
Regular Registration: $245/Members $230
Includes $10 Materials Fee

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Cartooning

This is an entry-level class which emphasizes drawing characters. Develop and improve drawing and cartooning skills. Additionally, students are introduced to the language of cartooning including telling a story, using frames, dialogue balloons and cartoon text which produces a comic style format. The student cartoon layout begins with a pencil drawing which is “inked“ using marker and then completed with watercolor.

Ages 8-11 | Fridays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
217.7121.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Friday, 1/13

Early Registration: $235/Members $220
Regular Registration: $245/Members $230
Includes $10 Materials Fee

Instructor: Brian Mason

Advanced Cartooning

This class continues developing student’s skills learned in the entry-level cartoon class, with a greater focus on drawing, character development, and story telling. Students improve their drawing, inking and color skills as they progress toward learning the many and varied talents required of a cartoonist and produce their own cartoons and comics.

Ages 10-15 | Fridays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
217.7111.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Friday, 1/13

Early Registration: $235/Members $220
Regular Registration: $245/Members $230
Includes $10 Materials Fee

Instructor: Brian Mason

Basics of Drawing

This is a great beginner class for students wanting to develop their visual arts skills; exploring shape, form, color and texture. Using different media, students will develop observation skills in order to draw accurate geometric volumes and proportions while exploring the expressive uses of line.

Ages 7-11 | Saturdays | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
217.7131.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Saturday, 1/14

Early Registration: $235/Members $220
Regular Registration: $245/Members $230
Includes $10 Materials Fee

Instructor: Marta Lautz

Intermediate Drawing

Students will compose drawings through the analysis and exploration of relationships such as objects to each other in pictorial space and value relationships – concepts to convey light, volume and space. Students learn to generate original ideas while developing their own portfolio.

Ages 8-15 | Saturdays | 9:30 AM-11:00 AM
217.7201.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Saturday, 1/14

Early Registration: $345/Members $330
Regular Registration: $355/Members $340
Includes $10 Materials Fee

Instructor: Marta Lautz

Pop Art Part II: International Artists

Take your skills in drawing and painting portraits to a whole new level by adding a pop art twist! In this class, students explore techniques used by Andy
Warhol and Peter Max and use paint, pastel and
elements of collage to create great portraits.

Ages 14 and up | Thursdays | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
217.7632.1 | 8 Weeks | Starting Thursday, 1/19

Early Registration: $275/Members $260
Regular Registration: $285/Members $270
Includes $10 Materials Fee

Instructor: Natalya Parris

Drawing the Human Figure

In this fun and informative course, students will learn painting techniques and develop basic drawing skills with an emphasis on the human figure. With a focus on the elements of art: shape, color, value and texture, students work with models, as well as using pictures and grid system. A supply list will be provided at the first class.

Ages 14 and up | Wednesdays | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
217.7221.1 | 8 Weeks | Starting Wednesday, 1/18

Early Registration: $275/Members $260
Regular Registration: $285/Members $270
Includes $10 Materials Fee

Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba


Conservatory Visual Arts Classes

Visual Art Conservatory classes not only give students the chance to develop strong artistic skills, but also to learn the important component of showing their work in exhibits. These classes will culminate in an end-of-year art show in June of 2017.

Visual Art Conservatory classes are currently full.  Please consult this catalogue for available seasonal (winter) Visual Art classes or call the Education Department for more information.