I am still here! A home improvement/remodel project in the home has made me put all workshops and classes on hold for the time being, I am still working with individuals for one on one instruction and hope to resume classes ASAP! ART ON ya'll!!
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
My instruction philosophy on Ages, Arts and Crafts, and Results.
Every artist, art teacher, instructor (and every parent) has different ideas concerning these things, and there is something to learn from them all. Here is my 2 cents.
From my experience as an artist/student and mom/instructor to mine and many other kids, I feel there are three general stages for younger kids learning art. Obviously every kid reaches each stage at their own pace. At a very early (preschool +) age it is just about getting your hands on the material. Total experimentation. Mushing the colors around, getting your hands dirty, learning motor skills ( using scissors etc). The goal is the experience and not at all the end result.
In the middle elementary age years it is a great time to learn processes in a general sense, getting more comfortable with the tools, introduction to a wide range of styles and techniques. I think art at this age should keep kids interest and be FUN! The goal at this stage is that the kids like their art and enjoy the experience and relate to creativity as a positive thing.
Once a kid gets to the stage where they are losing interest in “kid art” or are starting to judge their own works as being immature or “not realistic” then they are ready for more difficult projects, learning the actual technical skills they need to reach their desired goals. This is the stage where instruction needs to be coupled with outside practice (and practice, practice, practice), which is true of any skill. In my experience, this is the stage that if they are interested they are absolutely up to and ready for the challenge or if the practice of art is not their passion, they may stop “doing art” as their skills and their expectations no longer match. At what exact age each kid gets to these stages is completely individual.
Arts and Crafts:
Most of the elementary aged classes I offer fall into categories I think in general of as “processes” or “art appreciation”.
The “process” classes are about introducing (or practicing, building on prior knowledge) certain processes or method such as watercolor resist, collage, simple one point perspective, basic shading etc...There is a project that kids can follow along exactly to learn the process. Kids can also go off script if they feel comfortable to make individual creative choices within that method or process.
The “art appreciation” classes are about introducing (or reintroducing) kids to a particular artist, art movement or even a particular work of art. There is again a project based on that work or artist that the kids can follow exactly or taking inspiration from the project to make some independent creative choices.
Keeping in mind that these are typically only 60 minute classes with different kids each time vs. an extended or “academy” camp or course where they and I would be able to build on a process or skill over and over.
In my short time with them, I try to have a little of 'the best of both worlds': A specific planned project, a very much craft like and comfortable project to follow along to learn the process or method, but I also allow for, and encourage, those who want to go “off script” and I encourage the creativity and independent choices that makes the project ART when kids are comfortable (and excited!) about that.
My goal is for the child to have a meaningful experience over producing a specific result (which may or may not happen). If your goal, as the parents, is for a project that looks “just so” or exactly matches the example, please consider...
Making creative choices (“I'm going to use blue instead of yellow for the sun!” "What if I replace a flower with a heart shape?") can have mixed results as far as the finished product. I always tell my own kids that they learn much more from what they got wrong than from what they got right. And in the classes that I typically do, going off script is where the critical thinking happens. I, as the instructor, have a finished product as an example and my choice of color works, if a kid chooses a color that differs from mine and it doesn't work... THAT is learning!! Copying is very valuable when learning, but experimentation is no less valuable.
Monday, July 14, 2014
For those who don't know me, I am a mom and fourth generation artist and have been "doing art" my entire life. I have shown my work in juried shows, group and salon shows and several one man (person) shows around the country. My works have been sold to individuals, companies, galleries and my work has been accepted by magazines as well as many commissions.
Learning to draw or paint is, I believe, as easy or difficult as learning to play the piano, perfecting your jump shot or writing prose. They are learned skills that require patience and practice, trial and error. It may be true that there is only one Mozart, Michealangelo, or Michael Jordan but anyone can learn to play Mozart or paint a beautiful painting. I don't think there is any room for exclusion in art. Art should be created and experienced by anyone.
All classes and workshops (unless otherwise noted) are taught out of my home studio space, affectionately referred to as the "garagio", in Gladstone, MO. Email email@example.com for more information on location, schedule, payments etc.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
A typical (2-3 hour) painting workshop at my place will be a minimum of 4 people, and most classes will be considered full at 6.
Each project is unique, but in general for an acrylic painting on canvas:
8x10 canvas $20
11x14 canvas $25
16x20 canvas $30
Private drawing lessons also available for $20 an hour
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule private lessons or a private group workshop for your family, a byob couples night, group of girlfriends, coworkers etc...day or evening times available.
Watch the blog for painting choices!