Design & Color:
I recommend starting with this program for all beginners eight years through adult. This program teaches the elements of art in progressive stages. The elements are divided into chapters with different assignments that build upon each other. I introduce the principles of art and art vocabulary as they relate to each new project. These lessons are designed to challenge and expand students' imagination while helping them express their individuality. Design & Color uses markers, colored pencils and watercolors.
Students of any level can enter this program at any time. I recommend this for children younger than eight and to students who have completed the Design & Color program. For the student under eight years old I would select the content and suggest watercolor for the best results. Students entering this program following Design & Color choose their content, medium, and style. I advise students to start with realism and to avoid content such as buildings and people that requires additional skills (see Perspective and People programs below).
This program is for the intermediate student over ten years old. This is a more detailed study into "space", an element of art. I do not teach this in the traditional schooling method of one, two or three point perspective, which is very mechanical. Instead I prefer a more relaxed and general approach using perspective concepts. The Perspective program starts in pencil doing small studies and ends with using colored pencil to complete full color compositions. This program can be taught in sections, with students taking breaks to do one or two Independent Study pictures. Student can also choose to do the Perspective program as a home study and use class time for critiques.
Students must be at least thirteen years old and have the equivalent background knowledge of the two programs Design & Color and Perspective to enter this program. This people program concentrates mainly on the young adult female figure and does not go into scientific detail about human anatomy. Students start in pencil doing small studies of various body parts, followed by drawing the whole face. Students then focus on learning how to draw textures and the five kinds of folds needed to depict clothing. Working from pictures, not live models; students proceed to drawing the entire clothed figure. Students then transfer into illustrating the human face and/or figure in color with their chosen media. Students can continue to concentrate on just the young adult female figure or advance to the male figure and different ages.