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  • Book Illustrating & Storytelling

    In this class we will read from a variety of local and current New England authors and illustrators, gleaning a wide variety of cultural perspectives, as well as embracing the art that goes into bookmaking. In each class, we will focus on an author, read sections from the chosen book, and then practice illustrating and writing a personalized short story or picture book of your choosing. Toward the end of the term, you will be encouraged to share your work by reading your stories to the class. Supplies to be provided by parents: Journal for daily writing & drawing activities, and basic pencil box supplies
  • Drawing Comics

    Comic books are an excellent form for visual storytelling. Explore many different ways to create, design, and plan a comic book/strip sequence. Develop your personal style and voice, practice character development, story building, facial expression, and figure drawing to make your characters come alive. Look at artists working in the styles of graphic novels, traditional comics, manga, and anime, then explore your own style and interests in these comic drawings. Create a series of comics based on a theme of your choosing and along the way learn techniques for inking comics and overall design elements. This is an interactive, collaborative class that thrives when we provide feedback and ideas to one another. Come connect with other comic artists, and bring all your weird, silly, hilarious, action-packed, dramatic ideas to the table! Supplies to be provided by parents: Micron pens (can be found at PLAYTIME, as well as Blick Art Materials, Amazon, etc) or Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens. Here is a link to a suggested product just so you can get an idea of what to look for. Micron pens: (If you cannot get the specific brand, try to get a few pens in various sizes, from 0.5mm to BRUSH. White paper/sketchbook Scrap paper Pencils Eraser (I recommend Magic Rub) Optional: copic markers (colored markers), Optional: ruler I also recognize that many students are comfortable using digital programs to create their comics. While I am not savvy with digital art, I am okay with students using those materials (iPads, Procreate) as well.
  • Drawing Real & Fantastic Animals

    Draw the most amazing animals! We’ll learn how to draw different mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects that live all around the world. And of course we’ll draw the imaginary creatures inspired by fantasy books, movies, myths and legends. Use any drawing materials that you like such as pencils, markers, crayons, pastels, etc. Supplies to be provided by parents: Drawing paper pad Pencils Eraser and pencil sharpener Black markers: Sharpie-type, fine and extra fine (0.5 mm) point White paint (tempera, acrylic or gouache) and a small paintbrush, OR white pen/white paint marker (e.g. Pentel or UniBall white gel pen). Coloring materials of your choice: Markers (washable or permanent), multiple colors, the more the better OR colored pencils, 24 or more colors Optional: Any other coloring materials that you have at home and would like to use (pens, watercolor paints or pencils, oil pastels, brush markers, etc.)
  • Embroidery Extravaganza

    With just a few simple stitches and an idea or two, you can stitch just about anything. Come explore the basics of embroidery, experiment with some dazzling new embroidery stitches, and create your own embroidered masterpieces. Mini pillows, banners for your bedroom, a favorite pair of jeans or sneakers...the possibilities are endless. Supplies to be provided by parents: Embroidery hoop - 5 inch or similar size (available from Michaels for under $2) DMC embroidery floss - at least 5 colors Embroidery needles - at least 2 needles, but a variety pack is helpful 2 square feet of white/off white fabric Fabric scissors and thread snips Fine fabric pen, or pen to draw design on fabric
  • Fundamental Drawing

    Do you want to become a better drawer? Join other aspiring artists in this online workshop to refine your skills and bring your artwork to the next level. We’ll cover foundational drawing concepts, such as the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. We’ll also practice essential drawing techniques and explore working with different mediums. The online format of this course provides for a more individualized experience, making it a perfect fit for both beginners and experienced drawers. In this class, you’ll gain all the necessary skills to create your next masterpiece. Supplies to be provided by parents: The essentials: Something to draw with (i.e. pencils, pens, charcoal) Something to draw on (i.e. paper) Something to add color (i.e. markers, colored pencils, etc) If you can get your hands on them, here are some recommended “deluxe” materials: Sketchbook Drawing Pencils, Sharpener & Eraser Micron Ink Pens Chalk Pastels Charcoal Pencil
  • Kawaii Crafting Club

    The Japanese concept of kawaii—best translated as “cuteness”—has grown from a national trend to a global phenomenon. Previous students of Kawaii Crafting Club will enjoy a focus on kawaii illustration in this new online version of the class. Beginners are also welcome! In this weekly club, aspiring artists will learn drawing basics and how to sketch people, animals, and objects kawaii-style. Prepare to say “awww” as you enjoy your adorable creations. It’s kawaii cuteness overload! Supplies to be provided by families: Paper/Sketchbook Pencil Eraser Colored Pencils Black Pen (felt tip or drawing pens preferred)
  • Learn to Draw: Animals

    Ever want to learn to draw cuddly animals, or make a friendly lion? You can learn that by using basic shapes and lines. In this class you will learn how to draw a dog, cat, teddy bear, and more. With simple lines and shapes these animals can be drawn. When you’re done you can enjoy coloring them in to make them your own unique animal. Supplies to be provided by parents: Drawing/sketch pad at least 8 1/2 x 11 in size Several sharpened regular pencils, an eraser (not just the kind on the end of a pencil) Whatever you like to color with - crayons, markers, etc.
  • Mixed Media: Colors of Fall

    With fall themes as our inspiration, experiment with many types and styles of art. The projects may include painting, drawing, creating collages, holiday decorations, incorporating natural objects such as branches and leaves into the artwork. We will also learn color theory and new painting techniques. Supplies to be provided by parents: Thick painting paper in pad (paper for watercolor or acrylic painting, or mixed media paper, min. size 9x12, but 12x16 is preferable). Paints of your choice: acrylics, tempera, gouache or watercolors. A set of 8-12 basic colors will be enough (NO washable tempera for kids, please!). If you choose to use watercolors, please also get a white paint (e.g. a tube or jar of white tempera or gouache). Paintbrushes (small basic set of 4 paintbrushes is fine) Colored markers (any type) Black permanent marker Sharpie-type Set of oil pastels, 12 colors or more (e.g., Sakura Cray-Paz, Pentel or Crayola, but any brand should work) Scissors Glue stick Any kind of colored material for collages: tissue paper, construction paper of any type, colored paper scraps, magazines cut-outs, pieces of colored foil or candy wrappers, etc. Be ready to gather some natural materials for collages such as leaves, acorns, tree twigs
  • Paint with Watercolor

    Enjoy learning the fundamentals of playing and painting with watercolors, including proper brush and palette selection and application techniques. We will use various surfaces and styles to create unique and beautiful works of art. Supplies to be provided by parents: Watercolor paint brushes (small, medium, large) Scissors, pencils, eraser,1 light and 1 thick sharpie, markers Masking or painters tape Glue or 1 glue stick Watercolor paper approximately 20 sheets Stencils for tracing geometric shapes Stickers 2 sponges - kitchen sponges will do Watercolor Paint Set - Artists Loft 36 color set or similar Optional books: The Hungry Caterpillar, Splash of Color Painting & Coloring Book Paperback Art Masterclass with Wassily Kandinsky Paperback, Pablo Picasso (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) Vincent van Gogh (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) Claude Monet (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)Paperback
  • Recycled Art

    Using nature as our inspiration we will spend the weeks exploring how to transform everyday materials into useful tools and extraordinary works of art. Egg cartons become birds nests and plastic bottle caps come together to form a mural of your design. Create these and other imaginative projects like puppets, luminaries, and fairy houses. Supplies to be provided by parents: paints, markers, pencils, construction paper and other basic art supplies such as tape, glue sticks, staplers recycled items such as toilet paper tubes, plastic soda bottles, bottle caps, egg cartons, paper grocery bags will be used throughout the term Other craft items, such as yarn, wrapping paper, magazine pages, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, straws
  • The Art of Collage & Mosaic

    Learn the basics of collage and mosaic. Decorate a canvas panel with a mirror and a wooden picture frame. We will study the development of collage as an art form with an emphasis on Cubism, Matisse, Dada, and Surrealism. You will be challenged to create 3D collages with simple materials such as newspaper, cardboard, and string. Please note: Tuition includes a $60 materials/tool kit that will be available for pickup before class. Date change: Due to the shift in early-release day since press time, the grades 3-5 class has been changed to Thursdays.