An Introduction to Classical Art

This class is for beginning artists between the ages of five and ten, and taught by local artist, graphic designer, and mother of four Meghan Schultz. Students will learn and practice color theory, drawing, painting in several different mediums, sculpture, composition, landscapes, and the human form. They will examine and discuss great works of art, and try out a variety of media and techniques under the direction of a working artist.

The master artists we will study this year are Peter Paul Rubens, Winslow Homer, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. We will explore other great artists when pertinent to the techniques students learn.

Cost: $65 per semester, paid before the first class of each. Students must supply their own colored pencils and sketch books. We will provide painting, sculpture, and other drawing supplies, and images of master works for discussion.

Time: Classes are Tuesdays, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at Redeemer Classical School, 202 W. Rudisill Blvd. Fort Wayne. Semester 1: September 12, September 26, October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5, December 19, January 9. Semester 2: January 23, February 6, February 20, March 6, March 20, April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22.

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

Spring Semester Syllabus

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

Fall Semester Syllabus

Sept 12: “Artists See Color”
The Fall of Phaeton, Peter Paul Rubens
Sept 26: “More on Color”
Summer: Peasants Going to the Market, Peter Paul Rubens
Oct 10: “Artists See Texture”
St. George and the Dragon, Peter Paul Rubens
Oct 24: “Artists See Line”
Isabella Brandt, Peter Paul Rubens
Nov 7: “Artists See Space”
Snap the Whip, Winslow Homer
Nov 21: “Artists See Shape”
The Fox Hunt, Winslow Homer
Dec 5: “Artists See Form”
The Fog Warning, Winslow Homer
Dec 19: “Artists See Edges”
Sunflowers, Vincent Van Gogh
Jan 9: “Artists Make Still Lives”
Still Life with Melon, Claude Monet
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