“Ode to Greek Vase”, by Julian Keefe-Roa
This program is generally developed for continuing students, who already are familiar with the fundamentals of drawing, perspective, etc. However, at this age, it’s very common that children, who never showed strong interest in visual arts, just suddenly start to draw and paint, and develop brilliant artistic abilities. Many kids love sketching and drawing, and spend hours and days doodling, but need to learn basics. In our classes students will develop visual perception, drawing and painting skills, while being exposed to a variety of techniques and media. They will be encouraged to seek realism, and at the same time find an opportunity for creative expression.
The curriculum includes alternating blocks in drawing and painting. Each topic has a theoretical part that will include short lectures on art history and artist’s bios, as well as slideshows. Students and families are encouraged to visit art museums and galleries.
For painting, we use watercolors, acrylics, gouache and water-soluble oil paints. Students are taught to paint on easels and canvases and develop brushwork skills. They will also be introduced to working with sketchbooks. Completing of a project may take a longer time – at least 2 or 3 lessons.