Paint like the Greats

Starts on the Date/Time - Sep 3 2015 - 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

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Weekly schedule of classes

CLASS DESCRIPTION:van gogh irises
In this class, students will have opportunities to learn art techniques, including the use of:

  • pencil from da Vinci and Escher
  • light from Caravaggio
  • color from Van Gogh
  • perspective from Picasso

Students will view paintings by these artists, learn general information about these artists’ art periods, and create their own artwork emulating these artists’ techniques. Each student will create four paintings to share (with parent permission) in an online art show. Students will, for the most part, complete projects during class time, though they may follow inspiration as much as they’d like and paint on their own!

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lisa laufferInstructor: Lisa Lauffer 

5-10 students, 10 years and older 

Time: Thursdays 11:15a-12:15 pm Pacific.

Weekly. Aug 31 – Dec 13, 2015. Fall Break Oct 19 – 23, 2015.

Class Registration Fee: $245.00 (GHF Members receive a 10% discount off the first class they sign up for)

GHF Members must be logged in to access the Member-only GHF Online registration form. The first day of class will be displayed on the Event Calendar. Weekly schedule of classes.


Week 1: Introduction to the course. Your child will learn what to expect from the course and receive a quick overview of the artists we’ll cover and the art periods those artists represent.

Weeks 2-5: Renaissance artists and shading techniques. In these four weeks, your child will learn about the Renaissance artists da Vinci, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Michelangelo and their respective shading techniques: sfumato, chiaroscuro, unione, and cangiante. In each class, your child will practice the shading techniques in his/her own pencil sketches. From these sketches, your child will choose at least one to further complete for exhibiting in our online art show at the end of the term.caravaggio

Weeks 5-6: Impressionism. Your child will learn how artists such as Monet, Renoir, and their contemporaries painted using broad strokes of color and played with light to create ephemeral qualities in their paintings. We will also discuss how these artists were rejected by conventional artists (the Salon), and how the Impressionists chose to handle that challenge. During these weeks, your child will experiment with Impressionistic painting using acrylic paints.

Weeks 7-8: Neo-Impressionism. Your child will view paintings by Seurat and Signac and compare their use of dots (Pointillism) to the Impressionists’ larger strokes. Then he/she will practice Pointillism painting using markers.

Weeks 9-10: Post-Impressionism. Your child will learn about Van Gogh and how his use of color developed over his career as an artist. We will also cover basic color theory using the color wheel. Then your child will experiment with color as inspired by Van Gogh, using acrylic paints.escher

Weeks 11-12: M.C. Escher. Your child will learn about the mathematically-inspired art of M.C. Escher. Then your child will create his/her own pencil artwork based on mathematical concepts.

Weeks 13-14: Cubism. Your child will learn about cubism through the lens of Picasso, as well as the span of Picasso’s prolific career. From this information, your child will create a cubist piece of art, utilizing colored pencils to depict a subject from a multitude of perspectives.

Week 15: Your student will participate in our Holiday Party and Online Art Show!

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