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Summer Camps

Josh Wilzyk, Lion comic

Summer Camps 2023 

Check back soon for our 2023 Summer Camps!

Van Gogh Self Portrait
"If you hear a voice within you saying 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh
1853-1890

In this summer camp section we advertise workshops for teens and young adults by local artists we dearly admire. They stand with dedication to pass on traditional methods in practical ways to the next generation of Minnesota painters. Many of the students who join these camps find that their skills progress very quickly because of the steady routine a daily workshop offers.

Attendees will receive individual instruction and work at their own pace in a non-competitive environment. Student to teacher ratio is always low to ensure a successful learning experience.

All camps are open to both new and continuing students. The course description, date, time. and cost for each workshop is listed below.

Dates and costs are also listed on our registration page.

Manga and Superheroes

Drawing Manga, Superheroes and Fantasy Figures for Ages 12-18

FALL 2022 COVID UPDATE

Due to the pandemic we are offering these classes online.

Please visit:

https://theartacademy.net/online-class-list/

for descriptions of these classes.

If you have any questions, please call us (651) 699-1573.

Thank you for your interest.

Schedule for Winter – Spring – Fall 2022
Schedule for Summer 2023

Character Supply List
Comics Level 1 Supply List (for new students)
Comics Level 2 Supply List (for returning students)

Drawing Manga, Superheroes and Fantasy Figures is designed to correlate with our Drawing and Painting Fundamentals program. Students may take the two classes together to learn complementary information, thereby accelerating their skill development considerably. However, it can be taken on its own, and there is no prerequisite.

 Our Drawing Manga, Superheroes and Fantasy Figures class features two complimentary programs to satisfy everyone’s creative needs.

Character Design and Development

"… It is my belief that the function of human anatomy, with an emphasis on its role in the process of emotion and intent, has been sorely neglected by young artist learning the practices of comics and sequential art."
-Will Eisner (1917-2005)

The program centers around the figure, where anatomy, construction and movement are studied in conjunction with each other. Children and teens with a strong interest in Japanese animation (Anime), superheroes, comics and role-playing art are especially drawn to this class. For examples, we look to professional artists to set a standard of excellence. The accumulated knowledge of these fine anatomists, draftsmen and painters inspire our students to produce work of higher quality. In addition to figure construction, students learn about costume design, gesture, facial expression, inking and color techniques.  After these skills are understood, they are encouraged to create their own Manga, Super Hero, and Fantasy Figure characters from local artists who excel in figure design.

Visual Storytelling through Comics and Graphic Novels

"The only way to learn how to write and draw is by writing and drawing… To persist requires a deep love of the work itself, and learning that lesson kept me from ever taking Calvin and Hobbes for granted when the strip took off years later…. To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed… and I think that you'll be happier for the trouble."
-Bill Watterson (1958- )

This program is designed to teach students how to develop a visual concept through sequential art, which is the largest growth industry within the world of book publishing today.  Students explore visual story telling techniques, including: story development, page layout, perspective, camera angles, dramatic lighting, lettering and advanced inking techniques.  After these skills are learned, kids create their own comic or graphic novel pages, which are published each term in Bill Hauser’s and David Witt’s Art Academy fanzine, Sandwhich, which comprises their final project.

THESE CLASSES NEEDN’T BE TAKEN IN SEQUENCE.

Character Design Artwork

Visual Storytelling Artwork

Lilliah Campagna, Instructor, Drift/Deadlock, Digital Painting
Mick Kaufer, Instructor, Evil Ways, Digital Illustration
Bill Hauser, Instructor, Jack Ratts Album Cover, Ink and Photoshop
David Witt, Instructor, Morning Coffee Daily Comic Strip Page, Pen & Ink & Brush on Paper

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Drawing and Painting Fundamentals for Homeschoolers

Melinda Hiller, Age 16

Homeschool Drawing and Painting Fundamentals for Ages 10-18

FALL 2022 COVID UPDATE

We are offering a homeschool in-person class for ages 10-18. This wide-ranging class will allow students to continue their training in specific areas of interest as they receive instruction on a one-on-one project basis.

Choose one of these times when registering:

Mon 1:30pm-3:30pm

All participants will be asked to follow safety guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus following the CDC, Minnesota, and St. Paul guidelines. Guidelines have eased, but we still recommend wearing a mask within our building. 

If you have any questions, please call us (651) 699-1573.

Thank you for your interest.

Schedule for Winter – Spring – Fall 2022
(Not Offered During Summer Term)

Supply List

Delacroix, Orphan Girl
"The first merit of a picture is to be a feast for the eyes."
-Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)

Our Homeschool classes follow the progression of our Drawing and Painting Fundamentals program. Students begin 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. All levels of study, from beginning to advanced students are accepted.

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.

Drawing in Pen and Ink

In our Homechool program, special emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals of drawing logically and simply. Our methods promote refined 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. This improves a student’s eye/hand coordination and focus.

Madeline Sorenson, Pen & Ink
Madeline Sorenson, Age 15
Pen and Ink

Students continue to advance their drawing skills when they move on to painting.

Pen & Ink Artwork

Watercolor

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 on paper or canvas in an unpleasant, unintentional manner.

Alice Shea, Watercolor
Alice Shea, Age 15
Watercolor

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.

By the time students are ready for oil painting they have thoroughly grasped the refined drawing, watercolor and design principles that will directly translate into the oil medium.

Ages 14-18 Watercolor

Oil Painting

Often considered the most challenging form of painting, oils are introduced to students after they've developed a firm understanding of drawing and color mixing.

Our first objective is to pass safe studio methods on to students. We ensure a solvent-free environment where health and safety come first. After learning clean painting procedures students begin to advance their artistic vision by exploring the fascinating world of oil painting techniques.

At The Art Academy we teach several methods of oil painting. This approach allows students to receive a well-rounded education that promotes development of a personal aesthetic based upon time-honored principles of art history.

Indirect Painting and Glazing

Indirect Painting and Glazing are methods of working in oils that were commonly practiced from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. They have proven to be extremely durable techniques. At The Art Academy we teach several variations of glazing and underpainting, including grisaille, verdaccio, bistre, local color underpainting and the mixed tempera-oil technique.

Direct Painting

Direct Painting is a method of working in oils popularized during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is the technique of nineteenth century Impressionism. One of the hallmarks of direct painting is color mixing through clear observation. It is an excellent way to improve a student's sensitivity to color.

Ages 14-18 Oil Paintings

Alice Shea, Pen & Ink
Alice Shea, Age 14
Pen and Ink
Sarah Chelstrom, Age 14
State Fair Winner!
Sarah Chelstrom, Age 14
Watercolor and Colored Pencil
Melinda Hiller, Age 16
State Fair Grand Prize Winner!
Melinda Hiller, Age 16
Oil

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Drawing and Painting Fundamentals for Children

State-Fair winning watercolor by 11-year-old Catherine Yanish

Drawing and Painting Fundamentals for Ages 9-13

FALL 2022 COVID UPDATE

We are offering a general in-person class for ages 9-13 at various times each week. This wide-ranging class will allow students to continue their training in specific areas of interest as they receive instruction on a one-on-one project basis.

Choose one of these times when registering:

Mon 1:30pm-3:30pm
Wed 6:00pm-8:00pm
Thu 6:00pm-8:00pm

Sat 10:00am-12:00pm
Sat 1:00pm-3:00pm

Sat 3:30pm-5:30pm

All participants will be asked to follow safety guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus following the CDC, Minnesota, and St. Paul guidelines. Guidelines have eased, but we still recommend wearing a mask within our building. 

If you have any questions, please call us (651) 699-1573.

Thank you for your interest.

Schedule for Winter – Spring – Fall 2022
Schedule for Summer 2022

Supply List

"Draw lines, young man, many lines … It is in this way that you become a good artist."
– Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)

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 refined 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. This improves a student’s eye/hand coordination and focus.

State Fair Winner!
Zach Goodrich, Age 13
Pen and Ink

Students continue to improve their drawing skills when they move on to painting.

Ages 9-13 Pen & Ink

Watercolor

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.

State Fair Winner!
Micah Morse, Age 13
Watercolor

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.

Ages 9-13 Watercolors

State Fair Winner!
Nicholas Gambeski, Age 11
Watercolor
State Fair Winner!
Isabella McCormick, Age 13
Watercolor
State Fair Winner!
Sherrill Zheng, Age 13
Watercolor

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