Drawing and Painting Fundamentals

Wednesday, January 17, 2018Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (8 weeks)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Art Academy, Inc.

651 Snelling Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Description: Students begin with black and white drawing exercises in pencil and pen and ink. After basic skills are learned, children advance to color in watercolor and oil. All levels of study, from beginning to advanced are accepted.

Drawing in Pen and Ink

Throughout history, drawing has always been considered an artist's most prized possession. It is the foundation upon which all other aspects of art are formed. This is true whether an artist chooses to be expressive in a realistic or abstract style. That is why The Art Academy gives the craft of drawing special attention.

Special emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals of drawing logically and simply. The Art Academy's methods promote sound draftsmanship, which dramatically improves a student's drawing abilities. With continued practice children can then achieve higher levels of understanding and success.

Many of the initial drawing exercises are executed in pen and ink so students become familiar with the expressive qualities of line, and aid in improving a student’s control and focus. Students continue to improve their drawing skills when they move on to painting.

Watercolor Painting

After students have demonstrated a basic understanding of drawing, they begin painting in watercolor. While The Art Academy emphasizes line in drawing, painting is a medium devoted to the understanding of mass and color. Watercolor is a great medium to learn these concepts.

As with drawing, The Art Academy approaches the study of color in a systematic way. This helps prevent students from spending months or years mixing colors that interact on paper or canvas in an unpleasant, unintentional manner. By following revered principles of color theory and color mixing, children create fresh, lively pictures the first time they paint without experiencing any undue frustration.

There is much to learn about painting; and watercolor methods easily translate to other forms of painting and color mediums. Students build upon these skills when they advance into oil painting. By the time students are ready for oil painting they have thoroughly grasped the refined drawing, watercolor and design principles that will directly translate into the oil medium.

Oil Painting (for ages 14–18 years)

Often considered the most challenging form of painting, oils are introduced to students after they've developed a firm understanding of drawing and color mixing. The Art Academy's first objective is to pass safe studio methods on to students. Instructors ensure a solvent-free environment where health and safety come first. After learning clean painting procedures students begin to advance their artistic vision by exploring the fascinating world of oil painting techniques.

The Art Academy teaches several methods of oil painting. This approach allows students to receive a well-rounded education that promotes development of a personal aesthetic based upon time-honored principles of art history.

  • Indirect Painting and Glazing are methods of working in oils that were commonly practiced from the 15th through the 19th centuries. They have proven to be extremely durable techniques. The Art Academy teaches several variations of glazing and underpainting, including grisaille, verdaccio, bistre, local color underpainting and the mixed tempera-oil technique.
  • Direct Painting is a method of working in oils popularized during the late 19th and 20th centuries. It is the technique of 19th century Impressionism. One of the hallmarks of direct painting is color mixing through clear observation. It is an excellent way to improve a student's sensitivity to color.

Target age range: for ages 9–18 years

Cost per child/student: $190 tuition
includes a $25 non-refundable deposit. To reserve a spot in class, pay either the $25 non-refundable deposit or the full tuition amount. Full tuition is due on the first day of class.
Materials: New students receive a supply list by mail. Supplies typically cost about $35 and last many years. The art supplies can be purchased at a discounted rate as a kit at the art supply store Wet Paint (1684 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105).

Registration: registration by mail or online at theartacademy.net/registration.html

For more information, contact The Art Academy, Inc. at 651-699-1573 or via their mailing address, 1269 Como Blvd W, St Paul, MN 55103 or visit theartacademy.net/homeschoolclass.html


Information subject to change. Please check with The Art Academy, Inc. for the most current information.