Drawing/Painting + Ceramics (13-15 years old)
Rising artists don’t always have a firm grasp of basic human anatomy, making it difficult to create structurally and proportionally accurate portraits. In addition to studying facial anatomy, students will go deeper into line and air perspective, color mixing, multiple three-dimensional objects, and stone carving to build a solid foundation for future artistic study. Our academic method of teaching will open the eyes and minds of aspiring artists to see the myriad of colors and tones in everyday objects. With these foundational skills, students will learn techniques to express their creativity.
Classes alternate between Drawing / Painting one week, and Ceramics / Stone Sculpture the next. All skill levels welcome.
Drawing / Painting
Students will learn to draw the human face through in-depth exploration of core components including the nose, eyes, and lips. Using plaster molds as reference materials for portraits and staged compositions for still life, students will sketch and paint objects to master proportion, depth, structure, light and shadow. Using acrylic or oil, students will flex these core principles of composition to attain the freedom to draw and paint three-dimensional still-lifes, landscapes and fictional paintings.
Hand-Built Ceramics / Stone Sculpture
Students will master hand built ceramic concepts including coiling, pinching and slabbing techniques as well as surface decoration techniques to make functional pieces and decorative three dimensional sculptures. Students will also learn four primary stone carving techniques including carving, sanding, polishing, and mounting by creating sculptures out of alabaster stone. Ceramics projects are finished with non-toxic glazes that are safe to bring home and enjoy every day.
Ceramics materials and firing fees are included in the tuition. Procuring painting and drawing materials are the responsibility of each student, but we are of course happy to advise which ones we think are best.