SMARTS Visual Arts

Art 101

This goal of this class is to introduce students to the Elements of Art. The concepts of Line, Shape, Form, Color, Texture, Space and Value will be taught, and the students will create original works of art based on these elements. This class teaches students what these basic building blocks are, while incorporating different artists, styles, and mediums, such as drawing, painting, etc. The focus is on how to use these seven elements in different ways. As Pablo Picasso said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” This class teaches students the fundamentals necessary to become amazing young artists.

Grades K-2 - Teacher: Mr. Curtis Smith 
This class meets on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15 on the following dates: 
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21) 
December: 5, 12 

Grades 3-12 - Teacher: Miss Weslie Detwiler 
This class meets on Thursdays from 4:15-5:15 pm on the following dates: 
October: 4, 11, 18, 25 
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22) 
December: 6, 13

Ceramics 101

This is an introductory studio class for students who wish to explore the art of ceramics. Emphasis will be placed on the design elements: line, shape, texture, form and Color. Focus will be on hand building techniques: pinch, coil and slabs. Some introduction to wheel throwing will be also introduced, time permitting. Functional as well as sculptural applications will be explored. Glazing techniques will be introduced and explored. There will also be an introduction to traditional and historical ceramic arts incorporated into the studio experiences. This class is a pre-requisite to Ceramics 102.

Grades K-2 - Teacher: Mr. Curtis Smith 
This class meets on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:45 pm on the following dates: 
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20) 
December: 4, 11 

Grades 3-12 - Teacher: Mr. Curtis Smith 
This class meets on Wednesdays from 5:20-6:45 pm on the following dates: 
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 28) 
December: 5, 12

Ceramics 102

This is class expands on learning in Ceramics 101 and focuses more in depth on hand-building techniques, glazing, and wheel throwing. Students who have taken ceramics at SMARTS in the past may join this class.

Grades 3-12 - Teacher: Mr. Curtis Smith 
This class meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:15 pm on the following dates: 
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20) 
December: 4, 11

Architecture: Tall Buildings

Architecture brings form and function together, but Skyscrapers bring art, ingenuity, design, and function together in a way that catches our attention like no other style of building. Architects have continued to push boundaries when building these inspirational forms of public art that continue to entice our visual senses and challenge the laws of gravity. What is a skyscraper and why do we build them? In this class, we will learn why skyscrapers developed, how they are built, and why they are different than other buildings. Each student will develop and design their own skyscraper learning about space planning, building elements, construction, and façade design. What will your skyscraper look like? This class will be taught by SMARTS Community Teaching Artist Denise Holt and the American Institute of Architects.

Grades 6-12 - Teacher: Mrs. Denise Holt 
This class meets on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 pm on the following dates: 
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21) 
December: 5, 12

Adult Ceramics

This is a studio class for adult students of all levels who wish to explore the art of ceramics. Emphasis will be placed on the design elements: line, shape, texture, form and color. Focus will be on hand-building techniques: pinch, coil and slabs. Multiple techniques, such as wheel throwing, will be introduced, and more advanced students will be able to work at their own pace. Functional as well as sculptural applications will be explored. Glazing techniques will be introduced and explored. There will also be an introduction to traditional and historical ceramic arts incorporated into the studio experiences.

Any adult over age 18, not in school - Teacher: Miss Weslie Detwiler 
This class meets on Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 pm on the following dates: 
October: 11, 18, 25 
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22) 

Cost: The cost of these classes with all materials included is $210. We must have a minimum of 8 adults with a maximum of 12 enrolled. Payments are to be made to SMARTS no later than Oct 11. This fee covers the use of the equipment and classroom, the teacher instruction, and all materials. Donations are always accepted, and any money raised from adult classes supports our ability to offer free programming to all PK-12 students who attend SMARTS classes.

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