Drawing and Painting Fundamentals
Our Drawing and Painting Fundamentals class begins with black and white drawing exercises in pencil and pen and ink. After basic skills are learned, children advance to color in watercolor and oil.
Because our Drawing and Painting Fundamentals classes form the core of our children's program, what follows explains our goals for students more fully.
Drawing in Pen and Ink
Throughout history, drawing has always been considered an artist's most prized possession. It is the foundation upon which all other aspects of art are formed. This is true whether an artist chooses to be expressive in a realistic or abstract style. That is why we give the craft of drawing special attention at The Art Academy.
In our 9 to 13 Fundamentals course, special emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals of drawing logically and simply. Our methods promote sound draftsmanship, which dramatically improves a student's drawing abilities. With continued practice children can then achieve higher levels of understanding and success.
Many of our initial drawing exercises are executed in pen and ink so students become familiar with the expressive qualities of line, and aid in improving a student’s control and focus. Students then continue to improve their drawing skills when they move on to painting.
“Draw lines, young man, many lines . . . It is in this way that you become a good artist."
Alexandra Ganapes, Age 11
After students have demonstrated a basic understanding of drawing they begin painting in watercolor. While we emphasize line in drawing, painting is a medium devoted to the understanding of mass and color. Watercolor is a great medium to learn these concepts.
As with drawing, we approach the study of color in a systematic way. This helps prevent students from spending months or years mixing colors that interact in an unpleasant, unintentional manner. By following revered principles of color theory and color mixing, children create fresh, lively pictures the first time they paint without experiencing any undue frustration.
There is much to learn about painting; and watercolor methods easily translate to other forms of painting and color mediums. Students build upon these skills when they advance into oil painting.
State Fair Winner!
Zach Goodrich, Age 13
Pen and Ink after Froud
State Fair Winner!
Catherine Yanish, Age 11
State Fair Blue Ribbon Winner!
Sarah Chelstrom, Age 13
Watercolor after B. Potter
Angela Hume, Age 13
Pen and Ink