Winter into Spring 2018 Mixed Media Classes
January 16 - March 5, 2018
Once Upon A Time
Resulting in the largest, most complex Mixed-Media project of the school year, each artist will assemble a three-dimensional stage-set depicting a classic or newly imagined fantasy, drama, or adventure story. Central within the painted foam-core model landscape will be a dominant ceramic slab structure, such as an enchanted castle, a bewitched cottage, or a pirate’s hideout. Be they heroically brave and benevolent or wickedly conniving, a colorful cast of ceramic and Fimo characters will inhabit the scene. Further illustrating the narrative will be fixed pop-up and pop-out scenery joined by relevant movable sympathetic critters, ghastly creatures, and pertinent props.
March 6 - May 15, 2018
Spring Buds into the Picture– Anon
We plant a seed, water it, and eagerly watch it sprout in anticipation of new shoots, colorful buds, and alluring creepy-crawlies. With wonder, the kid in all of us is fascinated.
In expectation of exploring and harvesting spring’s garden offerings and earthy specimens, each artist will coil a variety of ceramic baskets.
In addition, images of gardens and their natural and fantastic inhabitants will be depicted in a series of watercolor paintings produced on quality d'Arches paper. Conventional as well as experimental watercolor techniques will include: wet into wet, wet into dry, veil painting, and collage. Fertile imaginations will bud surprising and unusual garden imagery employing a potpourri of related traditional and not-so-traditional media such as India ink and watercolor-crayons, -pencils, and –pastels.
Three to eight children meet once a week for a six-week series of classes. Whereas most groups convene in the afternoons after school, "late bird" preschoolers and kindergarteners can begin their school-day happenings with art. Home-schooled students have the option of joining a pre-scheduled group or of arranging their own days and time frames. View the schedule and fees.
Each session features an all-encompassing theme (described above), a point of departure from which the creative work evolves. With five sessions offered throughout the school year, dedicated artists have the opportunity of addressing distinctively different themes via myriad materials. Other than clay, which is employed for the first two weeks, no medium is revisited.
During the session, each child keeps a sketchbook, a unique visual diary meant to record spontaneous drawings, experiments with two-dimensional media and directed design 'games' which lead imaginations into the ideas at hand. The resultant artwork is distinctly and uniquely that of each artist.
At the end of every session, an entire body of artwork is accomplished, complete and ready to take for display in the family home gallery.