Art Classes for 12 - 18 Years
These classes are geared toward exposing older students to art education from the perspective of building their creative thinking skills. These classes teach older students project management including the planning, developing, and executing of art projects. Students will gain a solid handle on time management and the ability to follow through. Art education requires focus and concentration as well as attention to detail that will help students succeed throughout their lives.
Most of my classes for older students are flexible schedule courses, as in pre-recorded video lectures and work submission within a digital classroom. As students enter higher education, the demands on their time is often a lot. Flexible schedule courses gives students more flexibility to fit the work into their schedule. It allows them to take their time on art projects rather than keeping up or slowing down to the pace of other students. The course can be highly engaging, but also very personalized, tailored to each student’s needs.
Need high school art credits? Most of these classes can be used for high school art credits. Standard U.S. graduation requirements are120 hours of classwork to fulfill an art credit. Most of these classes fulfill that requirement either individually or grouped. I will provide written assessments for any students looking to use these courses for high school art credits. I will also help students who want or need to build an art portfolio.
Introduction to Art for High School
In this class, students will do weekly projects through a variety of creative mediums that teach art in a hands-on, dynamic way. Students will exercise their focus and concentration with each project. They will be pushed to step beyond their comfort zone and experiment with new and different art techniques. Students will experience a multi-disciplinary course that engages them through art history, drawing and painting, digital media, and sculpture.
This class will work on each of the following topics with art techniques and skills as follows:
Unit 1: Elements of Art
- Week 1 – Line, Shape, and Texture – Mixed Media
- Week 2 – Color – Painting
- Week 3 – Form, Space – Sculpture
Unit 2: Principles of Art
- Week 1 – Gestalt Theories in Art – Mixed Media
- Week 2 – Emphasis and Hierarchy – Digital Graphic Design
- Week 3 – Scale/Proportion – Drawing
Unit 3: Contour
- Week 1 – Blind Contour – Drawing
- Week 2 – Continuous Contour – Sculpture
- Week 3 – Contour – Mixed Media
Unit 4: Value Scales
- Week 1 – Black and white – Digital Photography
- Week 2 – Color Values – Painting
Unit 5: Still Life
- Week 1 – Inanimate Objects – Drawing
- Week 2 – Still Life Action – Digital Photography
- Week 3 – Still Life Portraits – Drawing
Unit 6: Perspective
- Week 1 – Interiors – Mixed Media
- Week 2 – Landscape – Painting
Art in the Park - Art with the Masters
Welcome to Art in the Park!
Art in the Park is a series of classes that seeks to make connections between art history, art appreciation, and most importantly art creation. Classes are broken into 4-8 week series that cover a specific art movement or art topic and the most famous artists that best represent that theme. We will incorporate history, geography, and the social, political, and spiritual ideology that contributed to the artists’ work. Students will look at a variety of artwork by the week’s artist and do an analytical critique of a given piece. Finally, students will create a piece of artwork that imitates the style, techniques, or subject matter of each artist.
Course of Study:
Mondays – Lecture video is posted. This is a 15-20 minute in depth presentation about the life and work of the week’s artist. Doodle Note templates are provided to help engage students in the lecture.
Tuesdays – Students are given a famous piece of artwork to study and analyze using an art critique sheet to help them make connections to the art and artist.
Wednesdays – Art creation videos are posted with step-by-step instructions for a guided art project. Plenty of room is allowed for creative liberties.
Fridays – Art share day. Students are encouraged to share their artwork in the classroom to demonstrate their understanding of the artist and genre.
Art in the Park genre options:
- Abstract Expressionism
- Pop Art
- Dada and Surrealism
- Black Artists
- Women Artists
Art Journaling - Exploring the Foundations of Art
Art Journaling – Exploring the Foundations of Art explores the tenets of art foundations through art journaling. Each week, we will learn about one of the building blocks of art – what it is, what it does within a piece of art, and how to incorporate it into a piece of artwork. We will look at a wide variety of artwork from famous classics to modern art. Students will do an analytical critique of a given piece of art and explain the way(s) in which the week’s theme is used within that piece. Finally, students will create their own unique art journal piece that demonstrates their understanding of the successful use of the week’s theme.
Course of Study:
Mondays – Lecture video is posted. This is a 15-20 minute in-depth presentation about the art foundation we are studying that week. Doodle Note templates are provided to help engage students in the lecture.
Tuesdays – Students are given a piece of artwork to study and analyze using an art critique sheet to help them make connections to the art and art foundation.
Wednesdays – Art journaling challenge. I give students a challenge in using the art foundation to create their own art journaling piece. Challenges may be using a certain technique or art medium or to create something based on a given prompt. Challenges are meant to encourage students to step away from their comfort zones and experiment.
Thursdays – Free create days. Students are given free reign to create an art piece that is personal to them, but also demonstrates their understanding of the week’s foundation.
Fridays – Art share day. Students are encouraged to share their artwork in the classroom.
Art foundations studied by week:
Graphic Design Visual Communication
Graphic Design is a creative problem-solving that has the intention of influencing individual and group behavior, political policy, and society at large. It combines a variety of foundational art elements and principles with other mediums including typography, photography, and illustration. It is a vast technical and art genre that continually bombards our senses through everyday exposure including product packaging, public signage, websites, and tv and movie credits just to name a few.
In this semester-long course, we will begin studying graphic design from the basics of fundamental design to building more complex design systems. We will approach graphic design as a problem-solving endeavor that pushes creative thinking and approach. Throughout the course, we will explore what graphic design is, how it is used, and who are the leaders in the industry. Students will be exposed to a variety of graphic design examples throughout history.
Weeks 1-4: Introduction to graphic design. We will discuss the very basics of graphic design, how it is similar to traditional art and how it differs. We will learn what a graphic designer does and where graphic designers work. We will talk about the planning process of design including thumbnails, roughs, and comps. We will talk about the basic elements of design and each week we will use one of the basic elements of design to create (by hand) an abstract comprehensive design.
Weeks 5-8: We will continue our use of the basic elements of 2-dimensional design to create compositional strategies that define concepts into meaningful visual communication. We will use points, shapes, lines, and planes as well as color theory to solve problems. We will also study the Gestalt Theory.
Weeks 9-12: We will study Typography and how the use of fonts, size, and space plus font pairings can make or break a design. We will learn a brief history and the anatomy of typefaces. Simple image programs such as paint.net can be used for assignments in this portion of the course.
Weeks 13-16: We will finish up our graphic design semester by learning about the Design Process and working through the process as if we were professional graphic designers. We will talk about what makes effective design and how personal preference is not involved when solving client design problems. Students may use graphics software as they wish for assignments for this portion of the course.
Schedule of coursework:
Mondays – Lecture video is posted to introduce students to our weekly concept.
Tuesdays – Sundays – Student work is due to be submitted. Due dates and deadlines vary by week. In-class participation is an integral part of the learning experience and success of this course.
Art for Older Thinkers
Art Journaling (Ongoing)
Sir Richard Branson said, “If you have a thought and don’t write it down, by the next morning it may be gone forever.” Many great people throughout time have used the power of visual journals to record their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and impressions of life. Art Journaling encourages creative thinking by allowing students the time to freely exercise their imaginations. By building a solid groundwork for creative thinking, students will be armed with unique problem-solving skills they can employ later in life.
In this weekly class, students come together for free-creation based on a given prompt. Challenges are given twice