Art 102: Grades K-2

Explore the creative process of expressing yourself by making art using the Principles of Design – balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, proportion, rhythm, repetition, unity, and variety.  Discover how these principles affect the meaning, style, and feel of artwork.  Each class, students will work to bring a new idea to life using different materials, such as paper mache, cardboard, plaster, wire, ceramics, and printmaking to design their art. This class builds on the Elements of Art learned in Art 101 and gives young artists more experiences to make art personal and expressive.  

Wednesdays 4:15-5:15 pm

Art 102: Grades 3-12

Explore the creative process of expressing yourself by making art using the Principles of Design – balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, proportion, rhythm, repetition, unity, and variety.  Discover how these principles affect the meaning, style, and feel of artwork.  Each class, students will work to bring a new idea to life using different materials, such as paper mache, cardboard, plaster, wire, ceramics, and printmaking to design their art. This class builds on the Elements of Art learned in Art 101 and gives young artists more experiences to make art personal and expressive.  

Thursdays 4:10-5:10 pm

Nature Ceramics:

Grades K-2

Whether it’s a rushing waterfall, a sunset beyond the city skyline, or the brilliant display of fall leaves reflected on a lake, nature has been a source of inspiration for artists since the beginning of time, existing as its own natural artwork. In this class, students will explore how clay, a material that comes from the earth, can be pressed with other natural elements, such as sticks, leaves, stones, dirt, and shells, to manipulate texture and aesthetic. Make a vase decorated by the coral reef or create a city that’s being invaded by a jungle. Learn how to use clay to imitate the parts of nature that captivate you. Nature Ceramics will help you bring to life the beautiful imperfections of the world we live in, and speak to the tension of living in both a natural and unnatural world.

Tuesdays 4:25-5:25 pm

 

 

Nature Ceramics:

Grades 3-7

*This class is currently full. We will be accepting students for the wait list shortly*

Whether it’s a rushing waterfall, a sunset beyond the city skyline, or the brilliant display of fall leaves reflected on a lake, nature has been a source of inspiration for artists since the beginning of time, existing as its own natural artwork. In this class, students will explore how clay, a material that comes from the earth, can be pressed with other natural elements, such as sticks, leaves, stones, dirt, and shells, to manipulate texture and aesthetic. Make a vase decorated by the coral reef or create a city that’s being invaded by a jungle. Learn how to use clay to imitate the parts of nature that captivate you. Nature Ceramics will help you bring to life the beautiful imperfections of the world we live in, and speak to the tension of living in both a natural and unnatural world.

Tuesdays 5:45-6:45 pm

Nature Ceramics:

Grades 5-12

*This class is currently full. We will be accepting students for the wait list shortly*

Whether it’s a rushing waterfall, a sunset beyond the city skyline, or the brilliant display of fall leaves reflected on a lake, nature has been a source of inspiration for artists since the beginning of time, existing as its own natural artwork. In this class, students will explore how clay, a material that comes from the earth, can be pressed with other natural elements, such as sticks, leaves, stones, dirt, and shells, to manipulate texture and aesthetic. Make a vase decorated by the coral reef or create a city that’s being invaded by a jungle. Learn how to use clay to imitate the parts of nature that captivate you. Nature Ceramics will help you bring to life the beautiful imperfections of the world we live in, and speak to the tension of living in both a natural and unnatural world.

Thursdays 5:30-6:45 pm

Video Production: Grades 5-12

Ever wonder how movies, TV shows, and documentaries are made? Or what it would be like to work as a director or a camera operator? Experience the behind-the-scenes process in this film production class, where you’ll create a 60-second documentary that showcases what makes taking classes at SMARTS fun and rewarding from a student’s perspective. Learn how to plan and tell a story through video from the stages of brainstorming to editing. Learn about lighting, interviewing, technology, composition, sound quality, and recording. The videos will be previewed at the SMARTS Family Dinner on April 3, 2019. More details to come. (On weeks when class is not in session, students are required to come to SMARTS to record for a minimum of two video recording dates.)

Mondays 4:30-6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Vignettes: Grades 4-12

The concept of a moment is a powerful thing. Both big and small - from the simplicity of a peaceful morning watching ducks drift lazily on a lake, to the life-changing highlights of graduations, weddings, and births – these special moments make up our lives and memories. This class will explore the power of specific moments we’ve experienced in our lives through the form of vignettes. In the written form, a vignette is a short, expressive description, capturing the feelings of a single moment. In the visual art form, a vignette is a picture without a definite border, using soft edges and incorporating the beauty of the paper to represent a memory. In this class, students will use words and watercolor paint to create vignettes that will be turned into high quality printed greeting cards. Some business concepts, such as products and target audiences, will be introduced. Join this class if you love watercolor, have a big imagination, and want to learn a new form of art!

Wednesdays 4:20-5:20

 

 

Discover Your Inner Artist Through Graphics and Comics: Grades 5-12

Ever ask yourself, “Who am I?  Why am I here?”  Much of creating art has to do with knowing yourself as an artist – cultivating your voice, finding a medium you enjoy, and having something important to say through your art.  This is the class to ask those tough questions and find yourself in the process! In this class, students will explore their individual style and approach art as a way to discover their inner voice as artists. Students will use personal sketchbooks to illustrate parts of their lives using graphic drawings and words. Examples from graphic novels and comic books will serve as the source of inspiration for this exploration. Art and literature concepts such as line, shading, space, metaphor, imagery, and juxtaposition will be introduced. Bring your amazing self and let’s get to work!

Wednesdays 5:30-6:45 pm

 

 

Animation: Cartoon Character Development: Grades 5-12

*This class is currently full. We will be accepting students for the wait list shortly*

Ever wonder how animated films and cartoons are made?  Where do animators get their ideas for household favorites like SpongeBob Squarepants, Bugs Bunny, and Mickey Mouse? Are you interested in making art using technology? This class will focus on the basics of illustration and animation through traditional sketching and flipbooks. Students will explore creating an idea for a character, learn to draw the character digitally, and then work to animate this character using software on iPads with stylists. Taught by a professional animator and designer, this class is something you won’t want to miss!

Tuesdays 4:10-5:10 pm

 

 

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