All children love to paint and draw. Children’s artwork evolves from scribbles and spots of color into meaningful images. While drawing, children: learn about the world around them and its objects and happenings; express their thoughts and feelings; and develop artistic skills. A child’s painting or drawing is a dialog between a child and the world.
Usually, children are genuinely interested in drawing, have a vivid imagination and are very active. A child who draws and paints regularly gradually and naturally acquires the following skills and personality traits: attentiveness, thoroughness, patience, and forward-thinking.
The main goal of our art program is to help children reach their potential and to discover their talents. In a creative and non-threatening way, our teachers engage each child and help them learn the basics of art through teaching elementary concepts of: composition; symmetry; proportions; and colors and shapes. Our teachers also assist each child by: cultivating a taste for art; helping the child distinguish between a landscape, a still-life, a portrait and a self-portrait; introducing works of famous artists; and by mostly encouraging them to develop a desire for creating their own art. Students learn to use the following art media: pencils; markers; acrylic paint; chalk; and oil pastels. At first, the children will work on a still-life, a landscape, and a portrait because these genres are the best way to master composition (arranging the objects on a piece of paper), proportion (relation of the objects’ sizes), perspective (depth perception), symmetry, and light and shadow (implied volume). Further studies can include drawing a human body and animals.
Art class for adults and other possible programs will be tailored to accommodate the collective interests of the students:
- Graphics (your choice: pencil, charcoal, pen and marker, or ink). Studies in (your choice): still-life, portrait, a bird, a fish, or an animal. Types of graphic art (your choice): applied or fine art (realism).
- Painting (acrylic): still-life
- Painting (watercolors): landscape
- Mixed mediums: abstract art
Arts and crafts for children 7 years of age and older and adults. Many choices of materials: paper, plaster, fabric, styrofoam, PU foam, etc. Tool: scissors, chisel, needles, sandpaper, glue, glue gun.