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Art After School Winter/Spring 2023

Digital Advanced 1 - Mondays

$176

with Cara Dunning

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 9, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Are you ready to take your drawing style and experience to the next level? Learn how to digitally draw and paint on an iPad using the app Procreate and an Apple Pencil.

This class teaches students ages 12 and up the universal language of digitizing art and the translatable terms and concepts. Tablets and digital drawing pens are provided. Students are able to bring their own preferred device. Must have prior experience with Procreate.

Member discount: 15 percent

Mix it Up Media - Mondays

$357

with Jessica Lewis

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 9, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 17 weeks

Students ages 10-15 will build a solid foundation as they learn about the elements of art and principles of design through different mediums like graphite, watercolor, clay, acrylic, and mixed media. They’ll take inspiration from art history and have fun experimenting with traditional art materials.

New projects are added each semester and students are challenged to think outside the box and problem solve. Creating art is a continual process of problem solving and learning through our successes and failures. We will wrap up each project with a critique and discussion.

Weeks 1-4: Introduction to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. These are skills students will practice throughout the semester. It gives a firm foundation to build on and introduces art terms. The instructor will begin each semester with a review of these concepts and a heavy dose of drawing. Previous students will be able to expand upon their skills with new assignments.

Weeks 3-5: Clay sculpting using terra cotta clay. Sculptures will be left to dry and then painted.

Weeks 6-7: Students will examine the work of Frida Kahlo with watercolor. 

Weeks 8-10: Students will use mixed media to create sculptural portraits based on musicians like Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash etc. 

Weeks 11-13: Students will study different printmaking processes and learn how to make a repeat pattern. They will combine different techniques to make a larger art piece. 

Weeks 14-15: Students will take their work outside, weather permitting, and will create paintings en plein air! The invention of tubed paint allowed artists to begin working outdoors with much greater ease. Students will learn about the history of plein air painting and use acrylic paint to study the landscape outdoors.

Week 16: Students will wrap up any previous projects and prepare work for display.

Week 17: Final show and reception!

 Please note that we will not hold classes during Spring Break (March 13-17) as well as on April 10th.

Member Discount: 15 percent

Ancient Art: Mandalas - Tuesdays

$378

with Kathryn Garcia

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 10, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 18 weeks

In this class, students ages 7-11 will design their own Mandala and then build/carve it out of clay and plaster. Mandalas are geometric designs that often rely on symmetry around a circle. Geometry is applied in many fields outside of mathematics, including physics, architecture, and art. One example of the meeting of art and geometry is a Mandala. The beauty of Mandalas lies in their symmetry.  

Week 1: Basic principles, history, purpose of the mandala. Students will add color to pre-drawn mandalas to understand use of repetitive designs

Week 2: Continue studies of cultural significance. Students will begin creating a self-designed mandala on paper. Practice with pencil and templates.

Weeks 3-5: Students will continue individual mandalas with the intention of transferring onto a plaster form. Plan/experiment with form and placement.

Weeks 6-8: Students will form clay or plaster circles and carve a design into the form, always beginning at the center. 

Weeks 9-11: Students will continue to carve geometric and organic forms in a repetitive, circular pattern on their clay or plaster. 

Weeks 12-14: Students will mount mandalas onto board. Color and design elements will embellish the final relief.

Weeks 15-18: Students will apply mandala drawing to a white T-shirt. This portion of our design study will culminate in a personally-designed mandala on apparel. Using elements of design in a symmetrical, circular motif, students will create drawings using new-found skills. Waterproof, washable ink pens in black and white, or with colors of their choice, best representing themselves, will be used to allow for intricate detail. 

Please note that we will not hold classes during Spring Break (March 13-17) as well as on April 10th.

Member discount: 15 percent

ArtXtravaganza - Tuesdays

$378

with Dr. Priscilla Eichler

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 10, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 18 weeks

*Note: If your child has taken this class before, the previous projects will not be repeated and the students will continue to build on their art skills.

In this mixed media art class, children ages 5 – 9 will embark on techniques in drawing, painting, collage and sculpture.

The process used to teach each project is a step-by-step method that will inspire and delight students into creative action and help them think outside the box! This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the outcome. We strive to expose students to the elements of art (line, space, color, balance, etc.), while letting them run a little wild with their own imagination.

This class encourages creativity in each student. Young artists will be encouraged to see the beauty in ever-changing nature, in objects around them, and in their own imaginations.

Each month, each season unravels new opportunities for creation and imagination! For example, January is a chance to think about new beginnings! “In this new year, I will ___. February is the month of love and we’ll look at who and what we love.

All of the thoughts of each month and holiday will be depicted through various media—colored pencil, acrylic paint, watercolor, sculpting in clay, montage, and collage.

The goal of instruction is for students to see the world around them with new eyes and to create what they see! Each young artist will be encouraged to be creative in the exploration of his/her skills, imaginings, and love of life!

Please note that we will not hold classes during Spring Break (March 13-17) as well as on April 10th.

Member Discount: 15% 

Manga & Anime - Advanced - Tuesdays

$176

with Blake Donaldson

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 10, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Students ages 10 and up will learn the techniques of professional anime illustration such as character design, shading, perspective, figure drawing, and proportion using Procreate, a user-friendly digital software. They will also learn about character development, and they will receive instruction in how to plan out their compositions using elements and principles of design. iPads and Apple Pencils are provided by the MACC.

A message from our instrutor: 

I want to begin to say ありがとうございました or Thank you for signing up!!! 

Art is a concentration where there is always room for learning and growth no matter one’s experience.

This course is designed to strengthen art and design fundamentals and learn new ways to easily understand how to draw. After this course you will be able to make any awesome character or design digitally on an iPad! We want to make this as fun as possible. Art is only meant to be that!

(weeks are subject to change) 

Week 1: Introduction - Welcome. Let’s draw. 

Week 2: Original Character Design (Traditional) 

Week 3: Art fundamentals introduction (Shapes and Form) 

Week 4: Digital foundations (How to use procreate). Digital tips and         tricks.

Week 5: Character design Using/Understanding Anime style. Begin          project 1.

Week 6: How to draw body and hands. Project 1 cover.

Week 7: Project Comic panels continued 

Week 8: Creating backgrounds with characters

Please note that we will not hold classes during Spring Break (March 13-17) as well as on April 10th.

Member Discount: 15%

Comic Book Illustration - Tuesdays

$176

with Blake Donaldson

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 10, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Students ages 10 & up will learn the techniques of professional magna illustration to digitally bring a comic book to life. Students will gain knowledge of shape language, composition, perspective, figures, lettering and how to develop eye-catching panels. This class utilizes both hand-drawn techniques as well as a digital format. iPads and Apple Pencils are provided by the MACC.

A message from our instrutor: 

I want to begin to say ありがとうございました or Thank you for signing up!!! 

Art is a concentration where there is always room for learning and growth no matter one’s experience.

This course is designed to strengthen art and design fundamentals and learn new ways to easily understand how to draw. After this course you will be able to make any awesome character or design digitally on an iPad! We want to make this as fun as possible. Art is only meant to be that!

(weeks are subject to change) 

Week 1: Introduction - Welcome. Let’s draw. 

Week 2: Original Character Design (Traditional) 

Week 3: Art fundamentals introduction (Shapes and Form) 

Week 4: Digital foundations (How to use procreate). Digital tips and        tricks.

Week 5: Character design Using/Understanding Anime style. Begin          project 1.

Week 6: How to draw body and hands. Project 1 cover.

Week 7: Project Comic panels continued 

Week 8: Creating backgrounds with characters

Please note that we will not hold classes during Spring Break (March 13-17) as well as on April 10th.

Member discount: 15 percent

Teen Watercolor - Tuesdays

$126

with Shahnaz Lighari

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 10, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Working with watercolors is a great way to let your artistic side shine! This class for students ages 12 and up will cover the basics of watercolor painting from brush strokes, mixing colors and shades, using wet and dry techniques and making the most out of those inevitable mistakes!

Mastering the art of watercolors comes with practice and we develop these skills by creating landscapes, botanicals, and even some free-flowing abstracts. We will also work together through a still life composition developing the eye for light and perspective.

Week 1: Introduction to materials, various brushes and watercolor pallets, exploring gradient and color layering using wet on dry technique.

Week 2: Color theory, review of color wheel and complementary color combinations, creating warm and cool tones, capturing mood in watercolor.

Week 3: Wet on Wet technique incorporating loose flow and natural mixing of colors, floral or landscape

Week 4: Synthesis of skills, combining color, tone, structure, composition, and brushwork to hone personal style, introduce                  sketching with water-soluble pencils, still life. Reminder to bring in an image for final piece of student’s choice.

Week 5: Review of subject chosen by student (landscape, interior, city, portrait) discussing elements and strength of image, how to translate it to the medium. Create monochromatic sketch looking for major shapes and tones. Sketch and observation review as needed.

Week 6: Creation of primary piece, taking source image from sketch to complete watercolor painting, review of process and technique.

Member Discount: 15%

ArtXtravaganza - Wednesdays

$378

with Mariah Leggett

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 11, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 18 weeks

*Note: If your child has taken this class before, the previous projects will not be repeated and the students will continue to build on their art skills.

In this mixed media art class, children ages 5 – 9 will embark on techniques in drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. The process used to teach each project is a step-by-step method that will inspire and delight students into creative action and help them think outside the box!

This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the outcome. We strive to expose students to the elements of art (line, space, color, balance, etc.), while letting them run a little wild with their own imagination.

Week 1: Focusing on lines and showing perspective

Week 2: Exploring the color wheel/mixing colors/complimentary colors

Week 3: Focus on composition

Week 4: Drawing from references - people and animals

Week 5: Sculpture pt.1 

Week 6: Painting our sculptures 

Week 7: Shading/light

Week 8: Shadow project

Week 9: Explore patterns 

Week 10: Painting with different mediums!

Week 11: Collage

Week 12: Abstract Acrylic Project

Week 13: Nature Art

Week 14: Clay Art

Week 15: Finish Clay Art

Week 16: Painting Project

Week 17: Start Final Project

Week 18: Finish Final Project/reception

Please note that we will not hold classes during Spring Break (March 13-17) as well as on April 10th.

Member Discount: 15% 





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