SEE & SKETCH- Using lessons and techniques from the wonderful book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, the children will learn to slow down their mental pace, take time to recognize lines/shapes/space, shut off their bossy/chattering/critical ‘left side’, and immerse into drawing what is before them. Practice, training, and tricks (to fool that left side) will be utilized in order that the students might gain a skill that will develop and deepen over their lifetime. Over the year we will work with various techniques, methodology, and mediums to increase their artistic proficiency. The joy found in fully immersing into the world of creating what our eyes truly see is absorbing in an inexplicable manner. Our prayer is for each of our students to be able to enter that realm as we open the doors.
MATHART- God is as crazy about numbers, balance and patterns, as He is about you! His joy in math draws us into His world when we appreciate His lovely flowers, the proportions of a chubby baby, the whirl of a shell, and on and on and on though shape, color, and pattern. We will explore Fibonacci’s Sequence, the art of geometry – don’t think ‘higher math’ here, a 6 year old can do this as easily as a 85 year old- ratios:proportions, and more. MathArt is the study of beauty in patterns. The students will learn how to discern, understand and create symmetry, balance, and beauty through this concrete and colorful approach to conceptual math. This will be a wonderful and safe time to explore how abstract art springboards from reality.
EXPLORING THE ARTS – Broken up into sessions and used to ‘season’ our year, students will create artistic masterpieces through experimenting with various mediums including, but not limited to quilling, fiber art, and 3D forms. This is a wonderful way to expand artistic ability beyond the usual paper and pencil while building an understanding and appreciation of less traditional mediums/methods.
WATERCOLOR – We will create our wet on wet paintings from various themes including nature studies, imagination, and still life. Watercolor students create original colorful works that unveil all the colors of the rainbow simply by mixing mingling primary colors. Images and forms seem to jump to life whilst ‘playing’ with color. This gentle method of painting expands the inner confidence and creativity within any person, let alone child, and is often used in therapeutic settings for its ability to gently draw out our inner emotions through color and soft form.