Lessons

Art Angels Ages 4 to 7 years old

The Neighborhood Art School does not teach “arts and crafts” to children. We believe that a child’s ability to perceive his or her environment can be developed in much the same manner as an adult.

The language and subject matter needs to be simplified, but the content of the lessons does not. We successfully teach children about shapes, perspective, tone, colour, edges, spaces and textures. Over time, a child will learn to think more three dimensionally.  When teaching children, show them lots of examples and give demonstrations.  Many children enjoy having adults sit down and draw with them. Help children to find simple shapes in everything they see. Eventually, they will be able to perceive more complicated shapes. Encourage your children to draw and paint things they like.

Juniors Ages 8 to 12 years old

This is the age group where talent starts to show in the child. This may have been handed down from a parent or a generation of the past. Look for it  in your children. It is a gift and must be encouraged. Children of this age group begin to observe objects in greater detail and are able to perceive three-dimensional space. These students will work from real life settings, photographs and art reproductions to learn the fundamentals of portraiture, still life and landscapes. They will be introduced to various drawing media and they may also choose to paint with acrylics or watercolours. Each student will learn how to use and care for their materials. As the students advance, they may begin to develop their own projects to suit their individual interests.

      

Adults Ages 13 and older

Adults and teens are grouped into 3 categories: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation – This course is designed for beginners or for those who want to review the fundamental skills of drawing. A firm grounding in the materials and technical aspects is essential for advancement. We cover the basics of representational drawing with pencil including space, composition, perspective and tone. Still life will be used as a primary subject because all of the essential principles of shape, perspective, space and texture are covered. Students may advance to the study of the human figure. Learning the proportions, self-portraiture, copying from old master works and copying photographs are standard methods. (Students may also attend life-drawing classes.)

  • Intermediate – Students at this level should already have proficiency in representational drawing. These students will choose which drawing or painting medium they wish to work with and will develop their own projects based on the genres of portraiture, still-life and landscape. Intermediate students will also be required to make stylistic decisions: realism, old master methods, abstract, impressionism etc.  At this level, they will be instructed on theme development, colour theory, application and composition.
  • Advanced – Students with a high degree of experience, skill and motivation who wish to become professional artists or advanced amateurs can plan a program with an advisor. The advanced level focuses on a high degree of technical finish and a more theoretical understanding of image making as it relates to meaning. The demands are high and the work is hard.
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Seniors – Age 60 and up

Older students may work at any of the above levels and will receive a senior’s discount on the price of tuition.

     

                Portfolio Preparation Program

Most university/college visual art programs or applied arts programs (design, illustration ect) require a portfolio of the applicant’s artwork as part of their application requirements. Our Portfolio Preparation Program is designed specifically to help our students develop their portfolio. The program consists of twenty-two instructional assignments and at least three self-directed assignments. Our goal is to help our students create thirty projects that may be edited down to fifteen to twenty of their strongest works for their admissions portfolio presentation.

The portfolio program is a  pre-paid commitment. No refund is available. This is to assure that the student is serious about preparing their portfolio. If the student has to withdraw due to medical reasons, a doctors note is required. Any class missed can be re-scheduled for a later date. An Interview is required to register for this program

               

Some fine examples of our Portfolio Students work !