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Our art classes for teens offer personalized instruction depending on the level of the student and their interests. Everyone in the class can work on different projects and media.
For a beginning student, we always suggest starting with drawing lessons. We use the method of Dr. Betty Edwards, who wrote “Drawing on the Right side of the Brain,” to teach young students how to “see” and draw in a realistic way. As part of the curriculum, we review: contour line, cross contour line, negative space, perspective and basic shading techniques. Once the student learns basic drawing skills, we go deeper into value, observation and shading techniques using charcoal and soft pastels. Through the classes we introduce the concepts of a good composition, drawing or painting from still life and copying some masterpieces. Once drawing skills are mastered, we introduce them to new mediums such as watercolors, mixed-media and acrylics.
For experienced students, we have an initial talk to determine the current level of the student and discuss their interests and objectives of the class. Then we suggest a series of projects that will strength the skills they need to improve or teach a new media they have not experienced before. They can choose from charcoal, pencil, watercolor, soft and oil pastels and acrylics.
The students will take advantage of our small teacher/ratio having a quality instruction while developing a love for art. If you do not find space in the class you want, please register in the waiting list, and we will contact you with some options.
"My 15-year-old absolutely loves coming here for art classes; it is definitely the highlight of her week!"
"Our instructor is not only a professional art teacher ( as is every instructor we've encountered so far) she's also a working artist who regularly exhibits her work. That's what makes this place so different, and so great. This is not arts and crafts time; this is high quality instruction that teaches and hones technical skills."
"You might very well find you have a hidden talent that simply needed the right environment in which to emerge."