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WINTER CLASSES

 

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 | Saturdays | 12:30-1:30 PM
219.7601.1 | 6 weeks | Meets 2/9-3/16
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $117 | Regular Registration: $127
Tuition includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover
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Animal Kingdom Art
Does your child love animals? Maybe they like the giant elephants of Africa, or fast and ferocious jungle cats, or polar bears and penguins of the Artic, or even frisky felines and playful puppies. Now they can explore the animal kingdom in this fantastic art class. Each week, a different media will be explored as students discover color, texture, and other fundamentals of the visual arts. Their creativity will soar while using a variety of art media to learn drawing, painting, crafting techniques, and more!

Ages 5-8 | Tuesdays | 5:00-6:00 PM
219.7901.1 | 6 Weeks | Meets 2/5-3/12
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $117 | Regular Registration: $127
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover
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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 | Saturdays | 11:30-12:30 PM
219.7481.1 | 6 weeks | Meets 2/9-3/16
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $117 | Regular Registration: $127
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover
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BlackRock Lit Mag Jr.
Does your student enjoy writing stories or poems or creating their own characters and worlds? This is the perfect class for students who enjoy writing and creating to see their work compiled with others to create BlackRock’s first student literary magazine (lit mag).  Students will spend the first half of the class creating and developing a piece of literature, learning writing techniques, goal setting, and editing.  The second half of the session will focus on creating a magazine template, choosing or creating images to illustrate their works, and putting their pieces together BlackRock’s own lit mag.  Students may be asked to complete work at home.

Grades 3-5 | Tuesdays | 5:00-6:00 PM
219.7851.1 | 6 weeks | Meets 1/22-2/26
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $117 | Regular Registration: $127
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Morenike Rossman
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BlackRock Lit Mag
The dream of a writer is to have their work published and shared. The new BlackRock Lit Mag offers students this opportunity. Students who enjoy writing will bring pieces they have already worked on and create new pieces in this fun and engaging class that incorporates writing and creativity with the pragmatic task of putting together a lit mag.  Students will learn writing techniques, editing, composition, finding and creating images, text tone and placement, creating page templates, and more.  Students will take home a completed lit mag that they not only had a hand in creating, but also showcases their creative work.  Students may be asked to complete work from home.

Grades 6-8 | Thursday | 5:00-6:00 PM
219.7861.1 | 6 weeks | Meets 1/24-2/28
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $117 | Regular Registration: $127
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Morenike Rossman
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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-12:30 PM
219.7131.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/12-3/16
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $270 | Regular Registration: $280
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz
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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 -11:00 AM
219.7201.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/12-3/16
Level: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $270 | Regular Registration: $280
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz
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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 -5:30 PM
219.7121.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/11-3/15
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Brian Mason
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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 – 6:30 PM
219.7111.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/11-3/15
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Brian Mason
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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, who formerly worked for both Marvel and DC Comics. Create your own magical characters, superheroes, and mystical universes, or learn how to master drawing your current favorites.

Ages 13-18 | Wednesdays | 4:30-5:30 PM
219.7191.1 | 8 Weeks| Meets 1/9-2/27
Levels: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $152 | Regular Registration: $162
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Ellen Vartanoff
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The Art of Drawing
In this course, students will learn the techniques of drawing using charcoal, sanguine, color pencils, and oil and soft pastels, to capture a variety of interesting subjects including still life scenes, models, and more. Students will explore the elements of art including line, shape, form, value, and texture, as well as the principals of composition and perspective and be introduced to the grid system and other methods of drawing. Students will be asked to complete work at home.

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 16 and up | Sundays | 2:00-3:30 PM
219.7161.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/20-3/10
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Early Registration: $204 | Regular Registration: $214
Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba
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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 16 and up | Tuesdays | 6:00 -7:30 PM
219.7311.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/15-3/5
Level: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $204 | Regular Registration: $214
Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba
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Watercolor
Experience the vibrant, fluid, and beautiful world of watercolor in this exciting class designed for students with some experience with the medium. Students will learn to create works using the elements of design, including line, shape, texture, volume, color and more.  Principals of design, including balance, emphasis, proportion, rhythm, and variety will also be discussed.  Techniques for handling brushes, paint, and paper will be taught, however the main focus of this class will be on design and composition.

This class does not include a materials fee. Students will be required to purchase supplies for class including watercolor brushes, a mixing pallet, paints (Cotman or Van Gough student grade or profession paints), and professional watercolor paper.  Supply list will be distributed during the first class.

Ages 16 and up | Fridays | 6:30 -8:00 PM
219.7291.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/11-3/1
Level: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $204 | Regular Registration: $214
Instructor: Brian Mason
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Visual Arts Workshops

 

Art for the Soul
According to researchers from the American Journal of Public Health, the impact of visual arts activities include “reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions.” Art for the Soul is the perfect workshop to destress, relax, and focus on the calming and creative effects of creating thoughtful and fluid pieces of art. Students will learn true artistic techniques while producing amazing projects which will range from realistic to abstract and 2D to 3D. This class is judgement free, where the focus is less about creating exact replicas, or following strict rules, and more about creating beautiful pieces, while connecting with your inner creativity.

1 Day Workshop | $45
Ages 18 and up | Saturdays | 2:30-5:30 PM
Level Beginner-Advanced
Instructor: Marta Lautz

219.7963.1 | Saturday, January 12th
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219.7963.2 | Saturday, January 26th
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Urban Sketching
Urban Sketching is an international artistic movement in which everyday people with a passion for drawing take time out of their busy schedule to sketch on location sites in a sketch book. As you fill your book it becomes an art journal of interesting people, places, and landmarks. This class is designed to introduce student to the art of Urban Sketching. Focus is placed on helping you learn quick drawing techniques, improve your drawing skills, and learn to ink and paint your sketches. Once you learn this exciting new style you will be able to capture the energy and essence of your favorite places or even create an entire journal while on your next vacation. Whether you are accomplished artist looking to learn a new style or someone who is busy but wants to incorporate art into your life, this casual class is the perfect fit.

This class does not include a materials fee. Students will be required to purchase their own materials for this class. Materials include a sketch book, pens, gel pens, HB art pencils and small set of dry watercolor paints. Materials must be purchased and brought to the first class.

 4 Day Workshop
Ages 18 and up | Saturdays | 9:30-11:00 AM
219.7793.1 | 4 Weeks | Meets 2/2-2/23
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $102 | Regular Registration: $112
Instructor: Brian Mason
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Conservatory

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 an end-of-year art show in June of 2019.

Ages 10-16 | Saturdays | 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
619.7154.1 | Meets 1/12-3/16, 3/30-6/8 (No class on 10/27, 11/24, 4/20, 5/25)
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Early Registration: $598 | Regular Registration: $608
Includes $30 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz
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