Class Descriptions

Studio Art

Art Classes

Grade level: 7th and up

Representational, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, various genre of Abstraction, Eco Art and Pop Art are some of the styles that will be covered. Painting techniques, composition, formalism, content, and color theory are some of the concepts covered.

Studio Art courses offer students a serious and sustained exploration of the creative processes in visual arts with equal emphasis on representation and abstraction. Technical, perceptual and aesthetic issues are addressed in a historical and contemporary context. Classes are structured so that students experience the creative process through a direct and dynamic engagement with visual media. Interdisciplinary investigations between various media is encouraged. Students are expected to develop discipline with focus and commitment necessary to achieve excellence. Slide presentations and a visit to a museum will reinforce and give insight to concepts covered in class. Art criticism and art history are taught in relation to the artist’s perspective. The curriculum is similar to a college foundations class in painting and drawing. This class provides excellent training to build a portfolio for AP Studio Art and/or prep for a B.F.A. program. The program also helps students achieve excellence in academics.

Fundamentals of Fine Arts – Drawing/Painting

Grade level: 2nd – 7th

The curriculum focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to art making through a combination of drawing, painting and mixed media. Watercolor and acrylic paint are utilized to explore technique, color theory, and expression. Mixed media is also used, such as collage and paint. Occasionally monographs of artists or text books may be assigned as well as writing assignments on artists.

Students will be amazed at how much you can do with a pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and pastel. They will learn contour drawing, shading, value scale, drawing from observation and beyond. Series of exercises are assigned to jump start their visual skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the fine arts method does not use templates or cartooning. Fine arts is a genre of art that uses gestural drawing skills often based on observation. The term “Fine Arts” denotes the genre of art not the quality. Please research this topic if you are not familiar with it. You can also look at the Gallery and see for yourself that the artworks are too complex and rich to have been created from rudimentary templates or cartooning methods, using circles and ellipses.

The results will vary from individuals. Just because your child attended the beginning class this quarter, does not guarantee that he/she will automatically be placed in the intermediate or advance level next quarter. It takes at least a couple of quarters or years to be considered intermediate or advance at Avant-Garde Art Studio. Our standards are higher than most place for intermediate and advance levels. Do not be fixated on the prestige that comes with bragging rights of being in the intermediate or advance classes, but rather focus on developing your skill sets. In the art world, your title or pedigree won’t count for much if your work is weak.

Painting and drawing at home is an excellent idea. An artist will not grow if they do not practice at home. The studio/class time is meant to give an introduction to the subject and for the instructor to critique your work. The home studio is necessary for the serious artist to practice these skill sets and to have their creative moment. Home work will be given from time to time and it is expected to be turned in completed.

This has been done in just about every university and community college art classes in America. Look at an Ohlone College schedule for a painting class and you will see beginner to advance together. The difference in art classes versus a science or math classes is that the assignments in art are scalable to various levels. For example, students can be using the same still life, but the beginners will just draw it in a classical way while the advance students will be asked to do a Cubist painting of it.

Both are paramount to being an authentic visual artist. You must be exposed to great works of art from the classical to the contemporary. There is no substitute for seeing a masterpiece in real life. Seeing it on the web is just not the same. In Europe up until the turn of the century, a properly educated gentleman or lady takes ” Le Grand Tour” through Italy and France to study the classic paintings and sculpture. The British were big on Le Grand Tour and they sent their children to Italy to study the classics or antiquity which are called “Place Markers.” The Belvedere Torso and the Laocoon are two examples for famous Place Markers found in Italy. Connecting art history to the studio practice is very important because contemporary work can often draw from the past.

The instructor will provide the training but will NOT develop the portfolio for you during class time. This would be cheating. You are supposed to apply the skill sets and do your now work at home. The ideas should be original and yours. If you want a consultation for the portfolio or application process, then you will need to set up a private session.

There is a structured curriculum and assignments planned for each quarter. It is not a free for all party studio where students run the class. Read the Eight Studio Habits of Mind on the Home page to understand the process or learning objectives. If your child wants to do whatever, then this is not the place. This is not a party place like a Wine and Canvas party, Color Me Mine or at Pump It Up.

The answer is no. The skill sets in fine arts is far more demanding and challenging than in cartooning. If your child is really set on Manga or cartooning, its better to find the appropriate program in the field. Fine Arts has nothing to do with Manga. Read #1.

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