If you ask any artist, the only way to become better is through daily hands-on practice. You have to make a lot of art to get to the good art! Art club is a way for students to practice and build their drawing skills, while learning some art history. Digital and traditional art students are both welcome in this sketchbook class.
Art Club will be a combination of art history and practical art-making. Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of art-making. For example, the instructor may introduce classical Greek architecture as a subject, which would be followed by a drawing lesson and sketchbook assignment related to the topic. Students will be required to complete their sketches and upload them to Canvas before the next class.
Although we draw something different each week, students are welcome to join the Art Club year-round. In the fall we discuss ancient art, starting with the Lascaux cave paintings, and end the semester with pre-Renaissance art. In the spring, we start with the Renaissance and end the semester discussing Japanese block prints.
General Class Schedule:
8:00 - 8:10 - Image discussion with class
8:10 - 8:20 - Instructor mini-lesson or demo
8:25 - 8:45 - Sketching based on prompt & demo
8:45 - 8:55 - Instructor critique of last week’s illustrations (rotated selection)
8:55 - 9:00 - Homework review & Q&A
The class will be graded by participation only. If students participate, they will receive a "100." If not, they will receive a "0" on that assignment (unless previously arranged with the instructor). For high school credit, please take both fall and spring sessions, which would count for 0.5 credit. The expectation is for students to spend approximately 2 hours each week on their art project.
Open to New Students in Spring '22
Instructor: Liz Greaser, M.L.I.S.
Age Level: 11 - 18 years
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 6
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Tuition per Semester: $120
Class Meets: Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:00 AM Pacific
PLEASE NOTE: this is a 12-week course.
Click Here to see the 2021-22 Class Schedule
Spring Registration is Open
Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.
Liz Greaser, M.L.I.S.
Liz Greaser has been teaching homeschool art classes for the last few years and recently received her Florida teacher’s certification in art education. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science and an AMS-accredited Montessori credential. She has worked as a librarian, adjunct professor, homeschool parent, and Montessori teacher. She spent five years making computer science more accessible for children through the use of Lego robotics and the programming language, Scratch. She has a passion for creative activities and you will often find her drawing, writing, knitting or following her children’s latest interests. She and her husband enjoy discovering new things, making stuff and helping their children to craft their own learning adventure. She and her family live in north Florida, where they are still two hours from the beach.
Depending on the student's artistic interest, a set of art supplies is required:
For digital students, they need to have access to a tablet with their preferred drawing program or a computer with access to Photopea or Adobe Photoshop. Digital students must be comfortable with their selected software. Instruction in specific digital software will not be part of the class, though questions are always welcome.
For traditional students, they should have a sketchbook (7x10 or larger) and access to drawing materials (ink pens, 2B or 4B pencils) and color-making materials (acrylic paint, watercolor set, 36-colored pencil set or professional markers). For example, if your art student prefers to work with acrylic paints, she does not need to purchase colored pencils, markers or watercolors. Acrylic paint is her medium, but she will need access to ink pens and drawing pencils. Students need to be comfortable in the use of their medium. Instruction in specific color medium will not be part of the class, though questions are welcome. Traditional students also need access to a camera (or scanner) to record and upload their creations.
Please contact the instructor if you have any additional questions.