Visual Art Classes

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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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Mom’s Morning Off
Calling all moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians. This multi-arts discipline class will have your child enjoying a morning of music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities while you run some errands, spend time with friends, or just relax. This delightful class will introduce your child to the arts while promoting social interactions, motor skills, listening to directions and other valuable developmental skills. Children must be potty trained and able to be in class without a parent present.

Ages 3-5 | Thursday | 10:00-11:30 AM
118.7101.1 | 6 Weeks | Meets 9/21-10/26
Level: Beginner  118.7101.1
Early Registration: $180 | Regular Registration: $190
Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover

 

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You and Me Art
Young students will learn the building blocks of artistic expression through fun arts and crafts activities. Each week students will be introduced to new arts materials and will leave with a fun whimsical project. 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 | 10:30-11:30 AM
118.7601.1 | 6 weeks | Meets 9/24-10/29
Level: Beginner  118.7601.1
Early Registration: $150 | Regular Registration: $160
Tuition includes $15 materials fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover

 

Crazy Creature Crafts
In this fun, creative class, students will create drawings, paintings, clay models, and even puppets of all different kinds of wonderful magical creatures. Whether it is animals, monsters, fairies, or creatures, students will create just about anything, using their imagination as their guide, all while being introduced to new art materials and techniques.

Ages 5-8 | Sundays | 11:30 AM -12:30 AM
118.7481.1 | 6 Weeks | Meets 9/24-10/29
Level: Beginner-Elementary  118.7481.1
Early Registration: $145 | Regular Registration: $155
Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover

 

Cartooning
Develop and improve drawing and cartooning skills while creating new characters and stories. This fun class introduces students to the amazing world and art of cartooning. 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. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace in this class which emphasizes storytelling and trying new things.

Ages 8-12 | Fridays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
118.7121.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/15-12/8
Level: Beginner-Intermediate  118.7121.1
Early Registration: $275 | Regular Registration: $285
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 10-16 | Fridays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
118.7111.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/15-12/8
Levels: Elementary-Advanced  118.7111.1
Early Registration: $275 | Regular Registration: $285
Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Brian Mason

 

Intermediate Comics, Manga, and Sci-Fi Drawing
Take your love of comics and manga to the next level by creating your own in this very creative and fun class. Students will learn various drawing, painting and mixed media techniques from instructor Ellen Vartanoff, a former colorist for both Marvel and DC Comics. Create your own magical characters, superheros, and mystical universes or learn how to master drawing your current favorites. Swapping ComicCon stories is also very likely to happen as well.

Ages 14-18 | Wednesdays | 4:30-5:30 PM
118.7191.1 | 12 Weeks| Meets
Levels: Elementary-Advanced  118.7191.1
Early Registration: $275 / Regular Registration: $285
Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Ellen Vartanoff

 

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
118.7131.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/16-12/9
Level: Beginner-Elementary  118.7131.1
Early Registration: $275 | Regular Registration: $285
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
118.7201.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/16-12/9
Level: Elementary-Advanced  118.7201.1
Early Registration: $395 | Regular Registration: $405
Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz

 

Hands on Art!
Let’s get messy! Students in this class will experiment with a variety of art media to create hands on, sticky, fun art creations. From using marbles, sand, soap and everyday household items, your child will gain an understanding that art is everywhere and we can all be artists with a little practice and a lot of creativity.

Grades K-2 | Tuesdays | 5:00-6:00 PM
118.7471.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 9/12-10/31
Early Registration: $195 | Regular Registration: $205
Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Latechia Mitchell
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Drawing the Human Figure
As an introduction to this course, students will explore the elements of art: line, shape, form, value and texture, as well as the principals of composition and perspective. Once these topics are covered, students will move on to learn about proportion and measurements of the body, face, hands, and feet. Students will draw from pictures and models and will work with grid systems, using a variety of drawing media. Projects will begin in class with some pieces needing to be completed at home and brought back complete the following class.
This class does not include a materials fee. Students will be required to purchase supplies for class including a drawing pad, charcoal sticks, pencils, etc. Full supply list will be provided at the first class.

Ages 14 and up | Sundays | 2:00-3:30 PM
118.7221.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 9/17-11/5
Level: Elementary-Advanced  118.7221.1
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba

 

Painting with Oil and Acrylic
In this fun and informative course, students will learn painting techniques and develop basic drawing skills. Focus on the elements of art: shape, color, value and texture, while working with models and still life, as well as using pictures and grid system. Projects will begin in class with some pieces needing to be completed at home and brought back complete the following class.
This class does not include a materials fee. Students will be required to purchase supplies for class including a paper pad, small box of acrylic paints and oil paints, brushes, etc. Full supply list will be provided at the first class.

Ages 14 and up | Tuesdays | 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
118.7311.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 9/12-10/31
Level: Elementary-Advanced  118.7311.1
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba

 

Cubism
Learn about one of the most of the most influential art movements of the 20th century. Explore the characters, periods, and artists starting with early Cubism and Cézannisme, then continue with Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Using acrylic painting and collage techniques you will create your own unique pieces inspired by famous Cubist artists. This class is the perfect mix of learning and creating.

Ages 14 and up | Thursdays | 6:30-8:00 PM
118.7641.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets
Level: Beginner-Intermediate 118.7641.1
Early Registration: $412 | Regular Registration: $422
Includes $10 Materials Fee
Instructor: Natalya Borisovna Parris

 


Conservatory Visual Arts Classes

Studio Art Conservatory

This year-long conservatory program is for students interested in developing an art portfolio and participating in art exhibits. It is designed to introduce students to traditional and contemporary drawing techniques and materials. A variety of media will be used including pencil, graphite, conte, charcoal, pastel and ink and brush. Emphasis will be placed on composition and developing freehand drawing skills. This class will culminate in a end-of-year art show in June of 2018.

Ages 10-16 | Saturdays | 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
618.7154.1 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/9
Level: Beginner-Advanced 618.7154.1
Early Registration: $975 | Regular Registration: $985
Instructor: Marta Lautz