Charcoal Still Life Drawings

In our 4-6yo classes, students worked in charcoal to draw from observation. We looked at expressing highlights, cast shadows, reflective surfaces, and variations in overall values. Students were given pitchers or tea kettles and lemons to represent. Such expressionistic pieces!

Cityscapes with Tints

As we delve into color for the month of November, we continue to use a variety of materials and techniques within all of our classes. In our 4-6yo painting and drawing classes, students were introduced to a painting knife technique to create vibrant cityscape paintings. Each child chose his or her color of paper to paint on and was given primaries and white. They learned to mix tints of colors and apply their paint with their tool. The results are simply stunning!

A Few Paintings of Shapes and Lines

We transitioned our art making from lines to shapes in many of our classes. In our 4-6yo classes, students have created still life paintings of a piece of fruit and a vessel, using contrasting colors and white. (click on all images for more pics)

Students in this class then went on to creating a variety of free-form, organic shapes, exploring the properties of color.

In our 7-10yo, 11-13 yo, teen and adult classes, students are also looking at shapes and drawing from observation. (all works below are works in progress)

All About Line

Every September, all students (regardless of age) use line as the thread in their work. We've made some pretty incredible art in the past few weeks, and it's hard to choose a favorite! A recent crowd pleaser was our Jean Dubuffet-inspired lesson in our 4-6 year old classes. Leading up to this project, we repeatedly discussed and incorporated various types of lines in our artwork. Students were ready to do all kinds of mark making and line drawing!


Using black marker, students drew a variety of line types: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, dashed/broken, zig zag, curvy/squiggly.


Next students added blue and red oil pastel, again thinking about line. They enjoyed and explored using the tips and the sides of the material to create different textural effects. They opted to color areas in, or leave other parts white.


Students then applied pan watercolors in blue, red, and black, and discovered what happens when one applies watercolor over pastels.


A couple of the finished works!