For 9-13 Year Olds

Building a Strong Foundation

Leo Shen, Age 10
Leo Shen, Age 10

At ages 9-13, children are ready to practice the technical skills that serve as the foundation of traditional drawing and painting. In the last one hundred years, however, art education has come to dismiss such thorough training, instead focusing on a student's innate "talent" and "creativity." Unfortunately, this focus has eroded children's interest in the arts: studies have shown that as early as age twelve many people abandon their artistic goals because they feel untalented and self-conscious about the work that they produce.

In contrast, The Art Academy always stresses training and practice over talent. Our school sees every student as capable of developing incredible skill through careful instruction. We believe that if students put forth their best efforts during each class, their abilities will flourish – unlocking a level of artistic potential that goes well beyond their expectations.

As a parent, it's gratifying to see children enjoying something that's also so clearly beneficial for their development as well-rounded people.
— Mary Petrie

The curriculum is rigorous, employing strict foundational studies. Even so, the teachers have inspired the kids' enthusiasm. Quite a feat, I think, considering all the candy being dangled in front of our kids these days.
— Tim Lundgren

My daughter Chelsea has taken classes at The Art Academy since she was 9 years old. Through the process of these classes she found a strength which has become a foundation for a positive belief in herself.
— Sharon Fries