Fine Art Classes for Kids

Fine art classes for kids ages 5-9 and 9-13 years old.  
All classes will be on zoom unless otherwise noted.  

Spring 2021 Classes Offered for Kids Ages 5-9

January 

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Comic Book Class:  Into the Spiderverse 

We will meet on Mondays in January, from 4-5pm EST.  In this class, we learn why and how this movie is awesome.  This comic-book, your comic book artist will learn colors, fonts, pop art, characters, and how the movie makers capture the emotions and tell the story.  


In each class, we will be watching short clips to learn more, and see it differently.  Specifically we will ask questions and notice things - what do you feel when you watch this?  What are the characters feeling?  Then we’ll observe how the color, framing, and comic book elements make that happen.  Kids will practice what we see.  Then, best of all, kids will do exercises that honors their own style and story, and challenge it to branch out creatively. 

February 

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Comic Book Class:  Kindle Comic Creators

We will meet on Mondays in February, from 4-5pm EST.

 

In this class, kids will write and design a complete single series comic book, graphic novel, or storyboard to prep for a movie!  At the end of the class, kids will have a completed work to upload to the program Kindle Comic Creator, so they can read it on a tablet or phone like an e-book.  This Comic link can be shared with friends or family! 

March 

Harry Potter Spells and Art 

We will meet on Mondays in March, from 4-5pm EST. In this class, kids will become wizards.  Donning a hat or costume if they wish, we will be making wands, art, conduct experiments, test their skills with Harry Potter trivia and spells, and, weather and Covid permitting, have an outdoor neighborhood scavenger hunt! 

 

In this very interactive class, we will have a lot of options to play and explore with!  Not only will we have our activities in class, we will also have a Google Classroom setup with additional fun to do outside of class.  (Not on a screen - yay!) These activities can be done solo, or with siblings or family members, and will include recipes, games, more spells, and neighborhood explorations.  

April

Monet Secret Garden

We will meet on Mondays in April, from 4-5pm EST.  In this class, kids will learn about the artist Claude Monet and make art inspired by him!  Using oil pastels for both drawing and painting, we will layer in impressionist colors to make our own masterpieces!  

Spring couldn’t be a more perfect time to step into the world of Claude Monet! Together we will read some picture books about him, listen to music of the time, and observe the light and changing seasons with our eyes, senses, and artist tools. 

Students can expect to step away with 1 larger work and 3-6 smaller works inspired by this great master.  
 

May

Swiss Family Robinson

We will meet on Mondays in May, from 4-5pm EST.   This is an immersive learning and play class, where we read the illustrated abridged book in sections (outside of class), and do everything that the family does! 

Stepping into the story, students will be cooking, writing, art, fort making, learning about animals and habitats, map-making, pulley-system and simple machine building, and do a survival escape room game!  This class is inside, it is outside, it is alone, it is with other people.  It is collaborative learning with family.  It is truly the most interactive inside-outside-bring your fort-making game to the table kind of class offered this year!  
 

"What I love is how Mallory explains art and brings her enthusiasm behind it. I love how expresses how she sees objects. It gives me a broader view on things around me. She has given me an opportunity to have an artist eye. She makes everything around us look magical."
- Student
"Excellent instructor, made me feel very comfortable as a person new to art classes and non-artist who wants to learn."
- Student
"Mallory is great at engaging and validating all of the kids in the class. I like being able to listen in to the class and hearing how fun it is! It seems like all the kids are laughing and playing and having fun."
- Parent of student

Spring 2021 Classes Offered for Kids Ages 9-13

January 

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Drawing from Observation

We will meet on Tuesdays in January, from 4-5pm EST.

 

In this class, students will use graphite pencils and oil pastels to draw from observation.  More specifically, we will draw from still life the first half of class and draw people in the second half of class.

A kit of the graphite pencils and oil pastels will be provided. Kits will be delivered or shipped one week before class starts.  

Illustration Art

We will meet Wednesdays in January, from 4-5pm EST. 

 

In this class, students will learn how to illustrate stories and poems they know, and be challenged to write or draw new stories and illustrations!  Students will learn to tell stories with pictures, develop their own style, and if they want, they can illustrate their own stories!

A kit of watercolor paints and a brush will be included in this class.  Kits will be dropped off one week before class starts. 

February 

Intro to Acrylic Painting 

We will meet on Tuesdays in February, from 4-5pm EST.

 

In this class, students will use professional-grade art materials like canvas, wood panels, and acrylic paints to make four different works that they will be proud of! 

 

We will make an abstract piece, a still life, a portrait, and a piece drawn from the student’s imagination.  As we do so, we will study color theory, value, and tone as we do this, as we make color wheels and value scales. 

A kit of acrylic paints, brush, canvas, and wood panels (1 canvas and 3 wood panels) will be included in this class. 

Comic Book Class: Kindle Comic Creators 

We will meet on Wednesdays in February, from 4-5pm EST.


In this class, kids will write and design a complete single series comic book, graphic novel, or storyboard to prep for a movie!  Kids will create characters, write a story, pencil, ink, and color it.  Then, best of all, we will learn and use the program Amazon Comic Creations to upload their whole story to Kindle so that it can be read like an e-book, magazine, or online comic.  

March

Watercolor Botanicals 

We will meet on Tuesdays in March, from 4-5pm EST.

In this class, kids will explore and create watercolor botanical paintings.  Focusing mostly on native plants, we will learn how to draw and paint as we layer in the watercolor paints to create masterpieces just in time for spring.  

As watercolor is a practice of patience, we will be working on multiple pieces at one time.  Starting with basic skills and moving into more advanced techniques, the students will be creating 4-8 larger watercolor pieces, as well as cards for friends or family. 

Intro to Dream Treehouse Sculpture and Design

We will meet on Wednesdays in March, from 4-5pm EST.

In this class, we will be creating dream houses and treehouses with various sculpture techniques!  Sketching out our perfect spaces, then creating them with cardboard and paper pulp (a paper-based sculpture medium), we will make incredible and potentially very large pieces!  We will focus on one large piece and, if students are interested, create furniture and other accessories like gardens, windows, curtains, etc to suit their individual spaces. 

April

Pop Art Acrylic Painting Class

We will meet on Tuesdays in April, from 4-5pm EST.  

In this class, we will be focusing on Pop Art painters like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Yayoi Kusama and really deep-diving into the studio process as we focus on making 1-2 larger original paintings of our own.  

Students will have the option of creating a still life image and/or a portrait.  In this work, students will come to understand the basic shape, form, and colorwork of the object(s) they are working on, and translate that with acrylic paint.  We will additionally focus on the brushwork and color mixing of acrylics, as learning or practicing our skills with these is an essential skill!  

The beautiful and interesting ideas that will emerge out of this class will vary, but often we look at the work of Pop Artists and think that it is easy - it is not!  It is nuanced and trickier than we think.  Students will also leave the class with a greater understanding of this work, techniques, and an appreciation of this era of art history. 
 

HYBRID Class: Intro to DSLR Photography

We will meet on Thursdays in April, from 4-5pm EST.  Half of these classes will be in person and half will be virtual.  We will meet outside the East Grand Rapids Library at 4pm and pickup will be at the same location at 5pm.  

Learn how to use a DSLR camera for photography!  In our in-person classes, we will meet at the library, and explore the Gaslight Village and lake area.  In doing so, we will learn or practice skills of the camera, but also composition, line, light and shadow, and, if kids are into it - the kids can take pictures of each other to learn portrait work!  Our virtual classes will cement our knowledge as we learn new artists, look at our work, and practice indoor lighting and skills. 
 

May 

Swiss Family Robinson 

We will meet on Tuesdays in May, from 4-5pm EST.   This is an immersive learning and play class, where we read the illustrated abridged book in sections (outside of class), and do everything that the family does! 

Stepping into the story, students will be cooking, writing, art, fort making, learning about animals and habitats, map-making, pulley-system and simple machine building, and do a survival escape room game!  This class is inside, it is outside, it is alone, it is with other people.  It is collaborative learning with family.  It is truly the most interactive inside-outside-bring your fort-making game to the table kind of class offered this year!  

HYBRID Class: Drawing with Oil and Chalk Pastels

We will meet on Thursdays in May, from 4-5pm EST.  Half of these classes will be in person and half will be virtual.  We will meet outside the East Grand Rapids Library at 4pm and pickup will be at the same location at 5pm.  

In this class, we will be drawing from observation both online and in-person.  

 

The in-person work will be observational work, as we will explore nature in the lake/park area, and the virtual work will be focused on learning and reinforcing how to break down objects into elements that we can draw. Students will come away with understanding the basic shape and form of objects and the values of light and shadows.  I believe this is the foundational work of learning to draw anything - once we know how to dissect it, anything is possible.