This class is for beginning artists between the ages of five and 12, taught by local artist, graphic designer, and mother of four Meghan Schultz. This fall, students will learn how to use watercolors to paint native Indiana wildlife. They will also examine and discuss great works of art under the direction of a working artist.

The master artists we will study this year — Pieter Breugel the Elder, Gustace Courbet, and J.M.W. Turner — come from the AmblesideOnline schedule, a Charlotte Mason curriculum outline. The class will explore other great artists when pertinent. We recommend signing up immediately, as this class typically fills up.

Cost: $65 per semester, paid on the first day of class. Please make checks payable to Meghan Schultz. Students must supply their own watercolors (Crayola pack of 16 colors or something similar is fine), size 6 round watercolor brush, and a watercolor notebook (140 lb paper is preferred). It’s important that students have the proper supplies, especially the brush. We will provide images of master works for discussion.

The watercolor notebooks can be purchased locally at Michael’s (get this one) or online here. Paint and brushes can also be purchased online here and here.

Time: Classes are Tuesdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. at Redeemer Classical School, 202 W. Rudisill Blvd. Fort Wayne, on: September 10 and 24, October 8 and 22, November 5 and 19, December 3 and 17, and January 7.

To register, send student names, ages, and a brief description of their art experience to nathaniel.pullmann@fortwayneclassical.com. Since this is a beginning art class, no experience is expected or required. You may bring a check to the first day of class, or mail it. Families must sign a liability waiver before participating in class activities, and are expected to abide by our standards for student behavior.

Samples From Last Year’s Drawing Class Before and After Instruction

Spring Semester Syllabus 2017-18 (to illustrate class content)

Jan 23: “Artists Plan the Space”
Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo
Project: draw one part of a painting from the Sistine Chapel

Feb 6: “Artists Fill In Spaces”
Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo
Project: Mix up our own plaster and coat canvases with it

Feb 20: “Artists Fill in Spaces,” part 2
Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo
Project: Mix up our own secco paint (egg yolk-based) and paint our plaster canvases. Base paintings on our drawings from the first week.

March 6: “Artists Sculpt”
Moses by Michelangelo
Project: Sculpt a face out of clay.

March 20: “Artists Compose”
Black Lion Wharf, James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Project: Compose part of Black Lion Wharf using charcoal.

April 10: “Artists Make Portraits”
Whistler’s Mother, James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Project: Partner up and draw a portrait of a classmate.

April 24: “Artists Use Photographs”
The Last of Old Westminster, James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Project: Bring in a photo to draw from or draw from one provided.

May 8: “Artists Make Landscapes”
Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket, James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Project: Draw or paint a landscape outside using a limited color palette.

May 22:  “Artists Show Works and Critique”
Learn how to mount artwork and participate in an in-class critique