Students begin this class by acquiring and reviewing fundamental descriptive drawing concepts and techniques in various media, including ink, graphite, pastels and collage. Students also learn methods for developing individual content by looking at children's picture books and by also using as a reference the paintings of famous artists. As pupils develop their ideas, they focus and hone their abilities in the media of their choosing, acrylic, pastels, or tempera.
Along with the instructor's guidance, they are encouraged to discover and invent strategies for combining diverse media, modes of representation, and design elements. Students will create their own compositions and motifs according to their interest and imagination. The curriculum culminates with the students creating paintings inspired in famous fine arts works.
LEARNING COLOR AND DESIGN
Students explore color and surface texture through the their painting work. While students learn how mix colors and to describe the nature and color of light in the physical world, they also discover non-representational, design-based applications of paint media. Techniques in water-soluble acrylic and watercolor paints are emphasized.