We all had favorite picture books as a child, and if we are asked about it, we would probably share the story that it contained. However, if you close our eyes, you can probably picture an illustration from that book that brings the story to life for you. Was it the cartoon-like characters, the intricate borders, or perhaps the collage creations that captivated you? Perhaps it was the life-like paintings or the photographs that stuck with you. So often, we overlook the art of illustrations, yet it is what draws us to a book. In this class, we will be looking a bit more closely at how art is used in children’s literature and why it should be considered. In Discovering Art Through Children’s Literature, we will explore the variety of techniques employed by illustrators, discover other famous works that utilize those techniques and create with those same techniques. Using a fun, hands-on approach, we will consider and create art from a fun, exciting and thoughtful realm that will improve your artistic skills, challenge your imagination, and help you see art in a whole new light. A wonderful class for artists and non-artists alike! Because of the interactive nature of this class, microphone capabilities and a webcam are required.
We are created by the most amazing artist ever, and each of us is made in his image, which means we are artists! Working from this belief, The Academy seeks to approach art in an encouraging, explorative manner that will increase the knowledge and skills of the most enthusiastic artist, as well as help the most reluctant artist find a creative outlet that brings joy. Since art is a process-based subject, there is not a set foundation of skills needed to begin studying art, only a desire to learn and a willingness to try. Our artistic skills, like so many in life, improve with exposure and practice. Working with this philosophy, it is our belief that students of multiple ages can successfully participate in the same classes, regardless of their abilities. Each art class offered at The Academy introduces the information and skills needed for students to gain knowledge and grow their artistic skills. What students do with that knowledge will be an individual process, and they will be graded based on that. Each student is expected to do their individual best and to improve throughout the course of the class. For some students the starting level will be minimal, and they will gain from exposure to more advanced student’s work. Advanced students will continue to develop their skills, while they set an example to less-experienced students. Through dialogue, critique, and encouragement, each artist will contribute to their own and their classmates’ growth in skills and perspective.