This class is for students who are interested in building and honing art skills. They will be challenged to try a variety of 2D and 3D media, to express themselves artistically, and to practice at home through weekly sketchbook assignments.
I offer new projects each year so students can continue taking the class year after year, steadily improving their skills.
We spend a short portion of most classes learning about art history and contemporary artists. At the end of the year, we will explore the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona on a field trip. I love exploring Art History with students at this level! My purpose in having students become familiar with great works of art is singular: that someday, when they come across that piece of art, they will have a joyful moment of recognition, like glimpsing a favorite celebrity in the grocery store! I tell them it's my little gift to them for their future enjoyment!
For high school transcripts, each semester is worth .5 credit of studio art and .25 credits of art history. Weekly homework includes sketchbook assignments, occasionally some internet research, and art appreciation videos or short reading selections. Homework is required for high school credit and optional for middle schoolers, though the assignments will definitely help them improve skills and enrich their understanding of art, so most younger students complete the homework.
Supplies include Koi watercolors, Canson watercolor pad, a quality paint brush set, drawing pencil set, micron pen, Prismacolor colored pencils, and a sketchbook. Each student will need their own set for their weekly homework, and will keep them and transport them back and forth to class. They will be used year to year for kids who repeat the class.
Required set (one per student): approximately $80-100, depending on current prices when I place the order. If you already own some of the supplies, you don't need to get new ones. There will also be a required art history booklet for $5.