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The class categories include:

Drawing: Exciting and intuitive classes focusing on paper and pencil.

Chalk Pastels
Students will explore the media of chalk pastels while learning the basic rules of value and composition. Landscape, still life and self-portrait drawing are areas young artists will work on in this skill developing class. As part of our live animal study, students will be creating a habitat for a little mouse which they will then sketch gesture drawing of on toned paper. From these sketches they will create a final drawing.

Drawing

Colored Pencils
Aspiring young art students will be introduced to various artists while developing basic skills in colored pencil drawing. In this class, each student will be given a live goldfish to draw for live animal study, with the option of keeping it.

Drawing I
In this drawing class young artists will gain a strong foundation in the basics. Concentration will be placed on value, basic unit of measure, negative space, grid drawing and perspective. Facial proportion will also be taught in a self-portrait exercise. A Gallery Opening & Ice-Cream Social will be presented to family and friend following class of the final day.

Drawing II
Students enlisting Drawing I for the 2nd time will embark on such themes as 3 quarter profile, figure drawing, one point perspective, calligraphy, decorative illumination, and pen and ink drawings. A Gallery Opening and Ice-Cream social will be presented to family and friends on the last day of classes.

Drawing III
Our 3rd year participants will be working in two-point perspective, stippling, cross-hatching and the application of gold leaf to their selected subject of drawing design.  A Gallery Opening and ice-Cream Social will be presented to family and friends following class on the final day.

Drawing Conte
Conte and pastel pencils will be the media explored while students learn the principals of value and perspective. We will also be exploring a live animal drawing.

Figures & Fashion
Students will be trying their hand at clothing design drawing with pencils, colored pencils, and markers creating new fashion designs with some step by step drawings in order to learn more about the proportion of the figure. We will also do a fun fashion illustration with colored tissue paper. A Gallery Presentation and Ice Cream Social will be presented to family and friends following class on the final day.

"I Love Horses!"
Here is a new drawing camp offered at the new studio! Young artists with a passion for horses will be drawing everything from colts to Clydesdales with an aim to strengthen their skills in proportion and anatomy awareness. Students will be engaged to a multitude of drawing forms including graphite, charcoal, scratch board with gold underlay and colored pencils. Imaginations will soar in our mythology segment of the winged horse Pegasus and the beloved unicorn. A Gallery Presentation and Ice Cream Social will be presented to family and friends following class on the final day.

Drawing

Oil Pastels
Art students will learn technique of chiaroscuro (contrast of light against dark) and sgraffito (scratching into a layer of color revealing under the surface) while working on various projects. A gallery presentation and Ice Cream Social will be presented to family and friends following class on the final day.

Pastel Pencils
Young artists will be working with the brilliant colors of pastel pencils while learning the basic principles of drawing. A live animal will be presented and students will participate in a Gallery Showing of their work following class on the final day. Family and friends will be invited and refreshments will be served.

Picture a Pony
Young artists will be learning how to draw horses from different views with the use of 3-dimensional visual aids and step by step instructions. Attention will be given to shadows. Various media will be used. A gallery presentation and Ice Cream Social will be presented to family and friends following class on the final day.

Marbling/Bookmaking: Discover the brilliance of these two underappreciated genres of art.

Marbling/Bookmaking
Students will learn the art of marbling, a decorative design of end papers, to incorporate into a book they make themselves. Celtic motif and calligraphy will also be explored as a means of enhancing their own writing and illustrations. Students will also design an Ex-Libras and "About the Author" page to include in this creative endeavor. Family and friends will be invited to an "Author Day", which will occur after class on the final day. Refreshments will be served.

Painting: Use a paintbrush and your imagination to create magic on paper and canvas.

Acrylic
Young artists will be painting some of their favorite subjects, including a live animal, with the versatile media of acrylics. Techniques will include opaque application on canvas board as well as experiencing the brilliance of acrylics' translucent qualities on watercolor paper. Family and friends are invited to an Ice-Cream Social featuring a Gallery Opening following class on the final day. No experience necessary.

Painting

Animals in Nature/Watercolor
Parent (or grandparent) and child will be learning various techniques such as washes, blooms, overlays and salt inclusions as they paint animals and their habitats. A Gallery Show and an Ice-cream Social will be extended to family and friends following class on the final day. 

Gouache
Young artists will be working on technique and color theory, while painting some of their favorite subjects, which will include a live animal. Gouache will be the media explored in this fun series. (Gouache differs from watercolour in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk is also present. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities.)

Painting

Marbling/Chinese Painting Object d'art
This is a very involved, fun project, suitable for gift giving! First, students will be selecting inks with which to make marbleize paper. Next, they will create a Chinese painting utilizing a bamboo brush and indigo ink as an overlay. Artists will then incorporate decorative paper with their art in order to
construct a beautiful fan.

Watercolour
Students will be investigating many techniques in watercolour painting, including blooms, blocking out, salt inclusion and wet on wet. Family and friends are invited to a Gallery Presentation of the student’s artwork and an Ice-Cream Social following class on the final day.

Paint Like the Masters - The Group of Seven
Carmichael, Harris, Jackson, Johnson, Lismer, MacDonald and Varley, the original members of  'The Group of Seven,' Canadian artists, who first came into their own in the early 1900's. These mavericks dared to break the mold of traditional European landscape painting by depicting the harsh, rugged wild of the northern escarpment by means of their own bold design styles. In these classes we will emulating these impressionistic variations in acrylic paint as we capture striking landscapes in vivid colour plains. A short demonstration will be given at the beginning of class.

Paint Like the Masters -Mary Cassette
In this acrylic painting course participants will look to Mary Cassett as they learn to draw, then paint a mother and child or childhood theme painting. Although American, Mary Cassett spent much of her life in France in the company of such artists such as friend and mentor Edgar Degas where she was a member of the impressionist movement. Students are encourage to bring in a photo from which to work , perhaps from their childhood. A short demonstration will be given at the beginning of class.

Paint Like the Masters -  Joseph Crawhall
Do you like to paint? In this Paint like the Masters segment students will be learning about Joseph Crawhall a turn-of-the-century, English water-colourist who made striking and unusual contributions to the field of animal painting.We will be experimenting with gouache on linen in a lucid, calligraphic style as was his preference in his later period of work. Family and Friends are invited to a Gallery Show and Ice-Cream Social following class on the final day.

Paint Like the Masters - Edgar Degas
Students will be working in chalk pastels to create artwork using techniques made popular by Edgar Degas, including 'snapshot' cropping while using dance and the ballet as the primary theme for our subject matter with additional lessons in horse race themes.

Paint Like the Masters - Raoul Dufy
Kids will delight in using pen and ink with watercolor tube paints to imitate the Cubistic color planes of Dufy's unique style. A child-like, storybook atmosphere will be achieved when freely applied delicate washes of paint are used on watercolor paper. We will be painting circus, zoo and parade scenes. Family and friends will be invited to our Gallery Opening & Refreshments following class on the final day.

Paint Like the Masters - Winslow Homer
Homer is a prominent twentieth century, American landscape artists most known for his marine subject matter and his adept handling in his depiction of light. In this class we will be working in a realistic style and like that of Homer, paying close attention to detail. A short demonstration will be given at the beginning of class.

Paint Like the Masters - Claude Monet
Students will be painting the effects of light with broken color and rapid brush strokes with acrylic paints emulating the style of Claude Monet in the French Impressionist movement that he inspired with his painting titled 'Impression, Sunrise'.

Paint like the masters - Maxfeild Parrish
This enormously popular artist is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery. Participants in these classes will be working in acrylic paints to replicate these playful images to create luminous paintings with a glazing technique..A short demonstration will be given at the beginning of class.

Paint Like the Masters - Pierre  Auguste  Renior
In this figure orientated class, students will receive instruction in the proper proportion of the face by utilizing chalk pastels on acrylic paper.Further guidance will be given in the mixing of flesh tones with acrylic paints to finish this 1st lesson. Next, we will move on to working in acrylics on canvas, either as a copiest of one of Renoir's master works or using a photo from home to emulate his unique impressionistic style of portrait drawing.

Paint Like the masters - Vincent Van Gogh
It's time to paint on canvas with the vibrant colors of Van Gogh's images of sunflowers and starry nights! Take brush in hand and learn to emulate thick, impulsive brush strokes in the style of this famous impressionist painter. Preliminary paintings will be executed in chalk pastel.
Family and friends will be invited to our Gallery Opening & Refreshments following class on the final day.

Paint Like the Masters -Jessica Wilcox Smith
In this class students will have a unique opportunity in learning to draw and paint children. Acrylic paint will be used. Wilcox-Smith was an American illustrator, famous for her work in magazines such as Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping and for her illustrations for children's books, such as Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies of 1916. A short demonstration will be given at the beginning of class. 

Paint Like the Masters - Sulamith Wulfing
Students will be choosing a fairy tale to illustrate a favorite scene using watercolor paint to emulate the detailed pattern style of German artist Sulamith Wulfing. Family and friends will be invited to our Gallery Opening & Refreshments following class on the final day.

Paint Like the Masters - Andrew Wyeth
Students will be working with watercolor paints to create landscapes in a method that resembles that of Andrew Wyeth, using subdued and natural colors in a realistic style. Family and friends will be invited to our Gallery Opening & Refreshments following class on the final day.start of class.

Fiber Art: Experience brand-new classes featuring this unique, tactile medium!

Weaving
Artists will weave a piece of artwork using different textured yarns on a loom of recycled styrofoam. The object will be to draw a picture to use as a guide in creating an original design or landscape image. Students registering for this class need to have the ability to tie a knot independently. :) Family and friends are invited to a Gallery Show and Ice Cream Social following class on the final day.

Japanese Cartooning: Get in on the ever-growing popularity of manga and animé!

Anime Character Drawing
Students interested in manga cartooning will be working on facial and full-body expression. This will be a good opportunity to pick up some valuable pointers to help your characters come to life.

Chibis
These Japanese characters are little people with big emotions. Chibis are extra cute and very fun to draw!

Faeries and Elvin Folk
Let's get ready for the Holidays by learning to draw some playful elves and some friendly, furry elfin and animal sidekicks. If you enjoy drawing these fantasy creatures, come join us to learn a few tricks of the trade in the manga-style of cartooning.

Japanese Cartooning

Japanese Cartooning I
This art class will give Manga/Anime fans the unique opportunity to learn many techniques and improve their skills on Japanese drawing. Beginner and intermediate artists will gain experience in drawing a variety of genres.

Japanese Cartooning II
This cartooning class will focus on casting students' Japanese characters in various settings in order to emphasize impact. Perspective will also be taught as well.

Japanese Cartooning Camp
Manga fans will be learning some valuable skills to make their characters come to life. We will also be examining a different genre each day including chibi, shoujo, and villains. Students will be designing their own storyboard complete with inking and "zip texture" to create a professional finish. A gallery show will be presented to family and friends following class on the final day with refreshments to be served.

Knights & Horses
Heroes and their mighty steeds will become easier to draw when you acquire a few helpful hints along the way to cartooning in the Japanese style.

Magical Heroes
In this Manga class we will learn how to draw the special effects of magical powers that emanate from our magical heroes. Let's draw them too!

Mascots
These cute characters, mischievous by nature, are favorites among manga/anime readers. Young cartoonists will delight in learning how to draw these pet-like beings.

Mecha Robots
Young artists will be drawing how to draw these high-tech robots in this fun, easy-to-learn drawing class. We will even be trying our hand at an animal robot.

Japanese Cartooning

Mutant Monsters
Let's have our manga heroes meet the mutants! We will be working on designing our own eerie creatures who possess incredible powers.

Pirates
Let's draw Manga pirates! Students will learn to draw these scallywags in the shiny-eyed style that is quickly becoming the most popular cartoon styles in the nation.

Samurai
Learn to draw the Samurai knights and warriors you enjoy in the poses required to make them spring into action.

Shoujo
Young artists will be learning how to draw this best-loved manga style, popular world-wide for its big brilliant-eyed characters.

Villains
These cartoon characters are powerful, sneaky, greedy, and so much fun do draw! (In this class we will also be drawing a nasty dragon.)

Sculpture: Learn how to create fascinating 3-D works of art.

Clayworks
Students will be working with self-drying clay in order to learn how to manipulate this media using a caliper and molding tools. In this course each students will be allotted time to practice using a manual potters wheel! A Viewing of Creation with refreshments will be extended to family and friends following class on the final day

Little Critters
Get ready to get messy! Young artists will be creating a paper maché sculpture-in-the-round of an animal of their choosing. Students will first make colored pencil sketches from a photo reference, then construct an armature to which they will apply modeling material. We will then paint our lil' critters for a life-like effect.

Mini Sculpture Series
Young artists will be working on three fun sculpture projects using clay and various medias. A live animal presentation will help us with our animal study. This is a great course for artists that like to work with their hands.

Sculpture I
Students will be using various modeling material to create bas relief and sculpture-in-the-round. Emphasis will be placed on constructing art that has a 3-dimenional appeal, working well on all sides. Plasticine as a means of illustration will also be explored. Family and friends are invited to “A Viewing of Creations” following class on the last day.

Sculpture II
In this hands-on art class, students will explore sculpture-in-the-round using stoneclay and paper maché. Bas relief will also be featured, implementing plaster of Paris and papercut sculpture as a means to this end. A live animal will be presented to benefit out artists for the anatomy study segment of the session. No previous experience is required. Family and friends are invited to "A Viewing of Creations" following class on the final day with refreshments to be served.

Sculpture III
In this sculpture camp we will be celebrating the whimsical works of sculptor Niki de Saint-Phalle and learning about her diverse contribution to the world. Each day we will walk away with a new way of thinking about art and how it can be constructed! Included explorations are mosaics and self-drying clay (which we will later paint).
We will also be working with sand and sawdust as a means of creating gargoyle masks and little lambs. Students are encouraged to use their imagination in this hands-on camp. Family and friends are invited to “A Viewing of Creations” following class on the last day.

String Sculpture

Artists will create a mobile by constructing a balance of nature found objects, coloured sand and string 'bubbles' made of twine and brown wheat flour with the help of balloons. Students will be learning about the importance of the fulcrum and the part it plays in the ability to maintain a line of gravity.  Family and friends are invited to “A Viewing of Creations” following class on the last day.

Parent/Grandparent & Child: Team up and expand your art skills together.

Tropical Paradise/Chalk Pastel
Parent (or grandparent) and child will be working on scenes of blue water and palm trees as sea creatures, dolphins starfish and such, frolic in the foreground! Students will also work on a seashell still life painting as well.  A Gallery Opening and an Ice-cream Social will be extended to family and friends following class on the final day.

Clayworks
Parent (or grandparent) and child will learn how to manipulate self-drying clay using a caliper and molding tools. The three projects we will work on include a sculpture-in-the-round animal figure, a bas relief and a dwelling that we will later paint. If time permits, students will be allotted a chance to practice using a manual potters wheel! A Viewing of Creation with refreshments will be extended to family and friends following class on the final day.

Flora & Fauna
In this acrylic painting course each student will select from various flower and/or animal subject matter to compose their individual artwork, implementing this versatile media on canvas and watercolor paper. . Family and friends are invited to an Ice Cream Social featuring a Gallery Opening of the student's work  following class on the final day.

Assortment Series: Discover your talent with a wonderful variety of new art techniques.

Art and Animal Appreciation
Students will be working with clay, paints and drawing materials tocreate some very lively and whimsical animal creations, inspired eachweek by an in-depth study of a famous artist. There will be a galleryopening following class on the final day with refreshments will beserved.  

Art & Math
Add a little pizazz to your child's learning by incorporating fun math concepts such as tessellation patterns, construction of the the golden ratio, grid drawings, & mirror image designs, (Each student will be filling a kaleidoscope in order to creating a pastel work of art which utilizes students spatial reasoning.) Fractals or self-similar designs, will be introduced and implemented.
We will also create our own Op Art! This is a kind of design which uses trompe l'oeil/tricks that fool the eye, to convey a black and white abstract creation.
In this thought provoking camp students will be introduced to such artists as Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely, & Vicky Brago-Mitchell.
A Gallery Opening & Ice-cream Social will be extended to family & friends following class on the final day.

Art Morning
Young Artists who enjoy drawing and painting will be spending their morning busily working on activities. such as sandpaper art and snow blizzard acrylic under painting.
Note: Students may bring a sack lunch if they plan to enroll for the Art Afternoon session.

Art Afternoon
Ifyou like working with brilliant colors, you won't want to miss this afternoon of fun modeling neon Model Magic and marbling with vivid inks.

Art & Science
Hooray for Science! Interesting patterns occur naturally in plants, animals, rocks, and water. In these classes we will be looking at the designs made by these elements and learning about the formation of crystals, including the structure of snowflakes which will inspire the creation of some very beautiful artworks! Students will be growing their own crystals, a sugar formation, to incorporating in a self-drying clay sculpture of their choosing. Scientists' photographic art images will be viewed for inspiration.
Also, we will be looking at prisms and soap bubbles, using watercolours in order to recreate the rainbow effect cast by reflected light.
A Gallery Opening & Refreshments will be extended to family & friends following class on the final day.

Art Stop
Some students like to come to the studio to try an assortment of art projects. Set classes in such things as printmaking, paper machie, painting and more are presented every week. Students work on the same project set up for the entire group. These classes continue throughout the year with a rolling enrollment, enabling parents to start there child with the program at any time. Art Stop is always on Fridays from 4:20 to 5:20, a perfect fit for after-school drop off, without the rush of coming home to do homework. Another good thing about Art Stop is that if your student misses a class he/she can just add it on to the end of the payment schedule without losing out on the cost of the session. The Gallery Show and Ice-cream social are set up periodically when the students have accumulated a significant body of work.

Art Stop international

In this ever-changing art experience we will be learning about different art cultures from around the globe and emulating that which we have discovered. Examples include Bavaria: folk art:; India: mehndi henna designs; China: paper cuts; Tibet: mandala sand painting; New Zealand: Mauri mask carving; Morocco: mosaic tiles etc.

Assortment Series
Available at the Art Studio, this introductory course consists of sessions featuring the four main branches of fine art: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture & Printmaking. An appropriate fit for the student who would like to try everything. Family and friends are invited to a Gallery Opening of the students' work with refreshments to be served following class on the final day.

Be Smart, Add Art!
In this course the student and parent give input as to what the child would like to learn. The idea of the class is to add art into a person's curriculum in order to balance other areas of study.
For the student who would like to become a better drawer I would suggest the various basic lessons chosen to encourage growth in the areas of perspective, value, unit of measure and other instructions chosen to promote improvement in drawing. There are other drawing classes available that she/he may be interested in, involving other mediums rather that graphite, we could settle on a specific one and proceed in that interest
A student who is interested in becoming a game designer may work on Japanese cartooning and  lessons to improve perspective ability for settings and background enhancements.
Many avenues may be explored in these classes.

Dance Fashion
Students interested in art fashion will be designing a traditional Irish dance costume which incorporates Celtic designs, a Scottish tartan ensemble, and an up-to-the-minute dance outfits using their own ideas. Emphasis will be placed on spontaneity in order to achieve a professional, free flowing image. Family and friends will be invited to our 'Fashion Debut' following class on the final day.

Dinosaurs
Select your favorite dinosaur for a fun filled course of drawing and sculpting these fun ancient beasts. Young artists will be exploring the most menacing of meat-eaters, included the T-rex and the even larger gigantasaurus, through means of magic markers on poster board. We willl earn a step-by-step process of papier mache figure sculpting featuring the friendlier herbivores, which we will later paint. Family and friends are invited to a Gallery Opening following class on the final day.

Fashion Extravaganza
It's time to express your creative identity by putting your original
ideas on paper! Young artists will be engaged in three different fashion endeavors including a charming white-on-white dress in paper sculpture.
Many new fashion design illustration ideas will be implemented using inks & washes with various other media. Family and friends will be invited to our Fashion Debut following class on the final day.

Figures and Fashion
If you enjoy designing clothes these drawing classes will launch you on your way to expressing ideasin a way that sets them apart with a professional appeal! Students will be learning about body structure and balanceof movement as they creatively express their fashion sense in colored pencil drawings and water color pencil tissue creations.
Bonus: Students will be designing their own faerie dresses created out of woodland materials!
Family and friends will be invited to our Fashion Debut following class on the final day.

"Just Dragons"
Young artists will be working on three fun projects involving drawing andsculpture that will highlight this mystical creature. A Gallery Show on the final day of class will presented to family and friends.

Kaleidescope Kids
Young artists, ages 4,5 & 6,  will explore the Elements of Art at a primary level. Lessons will be based on the introduction and understanding of  colour, line, shape, value, space, form and texture.These classes will be a good fit for children displaying an interest in art or working with their hands, as various materials will be implemented.

Kitty Mini Camp
The Artist's Apprentice is offering a 3-day camp starring our little cat, 'Squeak'. Young Artists will be engaged in a different project each day using sculpture, painting, and drawing as a means to capture the antics of this delicate feline. Students may opt to bring in their own friendly feline. A Gallery Show and refreshments will be extended to family and friends following class on the final day.

Middle School/Junior High Assortment Series
Young artists will be learning new skills and improving on their abilities in drawing, painting and construction of various artworks. Students will be introduced to a new project each week. We will also have a live animal appearance for the benefit of our anatomy drawing studies.

"More Dragons"
Young Artists will be working on three NEW projects involving drawing and sculpture with more fun highlighting these mystical, glittering beasts! A Gallery Show on the final day of class will be presented to family and friends with refreshments to be served.

Pet Series
Young artists will be depicting all sorts of friendly animals using a variety of media. Live animals will be presented, with an invitation to students to bring their own pets in if they wish. A Gallery Show of the artists' work with complimentary refreshments will be extended to family and friends following class on the final day.

Pirates and Parrots
In this fun assortment series, students will be exploring various features of this villainous character and taking a good look at his sidekick, "Polly". A Gallery Show with refreshments will be presented to family and friends following class on the final day.

The Award Prep Program
There is an important award program offered by Scholastics of which parent should be aware, if their child is considering a college program in the creative arts.
Gold, silver & bronze keys are awarded to talented applicants of exceptional submissions. Prestigious universities consider the holders of these keys a valuable determining factor as to where their Scholarship monies should be placed. In order to ensure that their universities maintain a level of excellence they endeavor to seek out & recruit these future artists.
Annually $250,000 dollars in prizes are awarded. The deadline this year is October 17th. For information on how to submit work be sure to click on 'How to Submit' at the Scholastic website!
With this contest coming up soon, I am offering a course to students who would like to take on this important challenge. Guidance will be given as each student works on a particular creative work.


Art Spots Around Town: Indulge in your creative abilities from various locations around Clarkston.

Art Spots Around Town
The Artist's Apprentice is Now On Location! Students meet at a pre-arranged local business to sketch in unique surroundings. Locations scheduled thus far include Neiman's Family Market, Lisa's Confection Connection, Bordine's Nursery, Kinetic Systems Bicycles, The Bird Feeder & Flower Shoppe, The Clarkston Mills Mall - Washington Management, Moby Dick Pet Store, Great Turtle Toys, Chamberlain Auction Gallery, The Pond Source & plenty more still to come! Colored pencil or graphite are mediums we will be using. Always fun, these classes are geared for students ages 7 & up. Class duration is 1 1/2 hours. 

 
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