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Virtual Youth Fundamentals Program at The Art Academy
April 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – April 11, 2021 @ 8:00 pm CDT
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If you have struggled to find appropriate classes for your child or teen to learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting The Art Academy of Saint Paul offers an innovative option. You might be surprised to learn that:
- It doesn’t take a hundred drawings to learn how to draw well. It takes one:
Please observe the accuracy of shape and sensitivity to line in these early drawings by our students. Angie completed her first pen & ink of a rose at age 13 while Alex drew his Spanish Castle when he was 14. His picture went on to win a ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair. Naomi perfected her Fairy at 15, and Sophia finished her Toucan when she turned 14.
- It doesn’t take repeated classes on color theory to learn how to mix color well. It takes an afternoon:
These three pictures were done by our students after they attended our one-on-one color mixing tutorial using a very limited palette. Ryan drew and painted his Tiger in ink, watercolor, and gouache at age 14; and at 16 Danielle drew and watercolored her Bird. Brittany completed her Horse in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil when she was 16, also.
- Furthermore, if you follow our program it takes at most 3 or 4 watercolors to experience a feeling of mastery in that medium:
Hannah’s Arabian Princess watercolor was completed when she was 18. It won a ribbon at the Minesota State Fair. Nathan painted his Soaring Dragon when he was 13, and at 16 Ruby painted her Forest Giant and Knight. Paige’s Flying Elephant won a Minnesota State Fair award, too. She was 16 when she painted it in watercolor.
- And if you continue on with us your first color oil painting could be exquisite:
These paintings by three of our students display their first foray into oil painting. At age 18 Ellie was enraptured with French academic artist Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904). She used an indirect painting technique when she created Tiger and Gulls. Aftercompleting a cool underpainting she applied color utilizing glazes and scumbles. 18-year-old Erin, on the other hand, fell in love with American Impressionist Charles Courtney Currin (1861-1942). Her Lotus Lillies earned a Blue Ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair. Then Maggie finished Love and Light. She studied the work of French Orientalist painter Alphonse-Étienne Dinet (1861-1929) and competed her picture in three simple rounds of paint application. We were all thrilled when Maggie’s oil was declared a Grand Prize Winner at the Minnesota State Fair upon submission.
How can this be?
For over three decades we have examined and outlined historic teaching practices dating back to the 12th century, slicing through competing opinions which often cloud current theories of art education. What has emerged is insightful. While the modern understanding of creativity centers around boundless freedom and experimentation, art history tells another story.
Understanding Tradition – What We Discovered
Reading the treatises of Leonardo da Vinci and other celebrated artists throughout the centuries reveals that great representational artists followed set procedures to reach their full creative potential. The teaching methods of the workshops and bottegas of the Northern and Italian Renaissance were very efficient. Masters had little time to waste training young apprentices as they were needed to contribute to the hectic production of studio commissions as soon as they were able. Now historic methods from the Middle Agesthrough the 19th century have been updated, refined, and patented to form the basis of The Art Academy of Saint Paul’s Virtual Fundamentals Youth Program.
From our experience teaching thousands of children how to improve their abilities using these concepts we can assure you that your child is already creative and talented; we have yet to meet a student who wasn’t. The problem with so many art classes today is that skills are not being taught to help foster that talent and creativity.
Our school’s offerings are designed specifically to remedy those inconsistencies. Accordingly, we have organized our Virtual Arts Program with a structure to pass on the hard-earned lessons of Art History in the most effective way possible.
As one of our primary objectives is to instill each student with a sense of pride for a job well done, it’s a program that always emphasizes quality over quantity. Completing fewer projects of superior quality helps achieve that goal.
Your Supplies – The Finest Materials Recommended by the Wet Paint Staff
Finally, a word about your supplies. We never recommend the use of student grade materials. Instead, we consult members of the Wet Paint staff regularly to keep current of the best supplies available at the best price for our students. Know that when Wet Paint packages your items in kits and ships them to you at a discounted rate you are receiving materials which will last for years.
Join us because our methods work!
Visit our website at www.theartacademy.net or call 651-699-1573 for more information.