This is a two-part, 24-week long course.
In Part 1 (Fall Semester--12 weeks), we will be focusing on practicing our technical skills. We will practice material application, precision, pressure control, shading, blending, sharpening our drawing tools, cross hatching, blocking in, simplification, reductive and additive techniques, and so much more.
In Part 2 (Spring Semester--12 weeks), we will be drawing in a variety of art genre, styles, and exploring art movements. Each week's lesson will have a genre and theme, highlight a classical or contemporary Artist, mixed with a little art history, and inspiration- to use in creating your own art, applying what we've learned about composition, and mimicking an assigned style.
The goal of this course is to develop your technical skills, and prepare you for the Portfolio course, where we will be developing our own style, creating series of works that follow a narrative, writing an Artist statement, and introducing new Artist habits to encourage your ongoing creative journey.
"Both of my sons have thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Jennings' drawing classes. Her patient and reassuring style encourages even the most reluctant artist. She brings her vast knowledge of art, her skill as an artist, and her experience as a homeschool mom into her teaching. We love Mrs. Jennings!"
-Christina T., California
Instructor: Christine Jennings, B.A.
Minimum Enrollment: 3
Class Meets: Fridays, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
Class Dates for Fall '21: 12-week class starts September 10.
Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!
2019-20 Registration for this Course Opens on February 11.
Christine Jennings, B.A.
Christine Jennings was homeschooled by her mother and began taking interest in drawing and art through Charlotte Mason-inspired nature journaling. In high school she continued her education through an independent study program with the local high school, where she attended her first course in fine art. In college she continued her education as an art major, received a 4.0, and joined the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She received several first-place awards for life drawings and fine art, and her art was published in the college arts journal.
She has a variety of skills and experience in painting public murals, mounting canvas icons in churches, training in the art of iconography, and commissioned art works such as portrait work. She has also exhibited her art in local Fresno Art Galleries.
Christine developed a classical curriculum to teach students the elements and principles of art and design through drawing and painting. Uniquely, she teaches her students how to make their own materials such as artists vine charcoal, and ancient gall ink.
Christine enjoys living with her family in the beautiful Sierra foothills of Fresno county, CA. Her husband Matthew is a carpenter, and small business owner. He is currently an apprentice training to become an electrician. They have five lively children whom Christine homeschools through a local charter school. Christine loves to make time for following her many other interests. If she’s not cooking a big meal, she can be found exploring the creeks and hills, gardening, making ink, singing, researching ecology, foraging for mushrooms, and general shenanigans, all with her children in tow!