We've shifted a few class times to make room for new 2015 classes.  Times noted in ORANGE have changed from 1st semester.  Class names noted in ORANGE are new to this semester!

2nd Semester art Class Schedule (2014-15 school year)

MONDAYS
9:00am-10:00am Mommy & Me Art
10:30am-11:30am Lil' Artists 
1:00pm-2:00pm PreK Lil' Artists
5:00pm-6:00pm 2nd/3rd Grade Art
5:30pm-6:30pm Lil' Artists
6:00pm-7:00pm K/1st Grade Art
7:00pm-8:00pm Fundamental Drawing (details below)
8:00pm-9:00pm Open Studio for Fundamental Class
TUESDAYS
9:00am-10:00am Lil' Artists 
10:30am-11:30am Mommy & Me Art
12:00pm-1:00pm PreK Lil' Artists
5:00pm-6:00pm K/1st Grade Art
5:30pm-6:30pm Mommy & Me Art
6:00pm-7:00pm 2nd/3rd Grade Art
7:00pm-8:00pm Fundamental Painting (beginning April 7th)
8:00pm-9:00pm Open Studio for Fundamental Class
WEDNESDAYS
9:00am-10:00am Mommy & Me Art
10:30am-11:30am Lil' Artists
5:00pm-6:00pm 4th/5th Grade Art
6:00pm-7:00pm Middle School Art
7:00pm-9:00pm High School Art
THURSDAYS
9:30am-1:00pm Mom's Morning Out
5:00pm-6:00pm Middle School Art
5:30pm-6:30pm PreK Lil' Artists
6:00pm-7:00pm 4th/5th Grade Art
7:00pm-9:00pm Adult Classes (see below for schedule)
FRIDAYS
9:00am-12:00pm Open Art
6:00pm-9:00pm Adult Evening Workshops (see below for details)
SATURDAYS
10:00am-12:00pm Open Art
1:00pm-6:00pm Available for Private Parties
6:00pm-9:00pm Adult Evening Workshops (see below for details)
SUNDAYS
1:00pm-6:00pm Available for Private Parties
6:00pm-9:00pm Adult Evening Workshops (see below for details)




Fundamentals - Drawing and Painting

ORANGE EASEL is excited to be able to offer these two all-ages, skill-development classes.  These classes will focus on exercises and instruction that will improve your drawing and painting skills.  These classes meet once per week and cost only $20/per month as an add-on class for existing students. 

Classes meet for one hour and then the studio is open for an additional hour for practice and instructor feedback.  The open studio hour is completely optional.

NO COMPLETE ARTWORK will be created.   Drawing Fundamentals is a prerequisite for Painting Fundamentals.

More details about these two Fundamental classes can be found here.


Adult Classes

Shooting in Manual Mode
Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
January 8th through January 29th
$29 for four weeks

Learn how to shoot photos with your DSLR camera WITHOUT using the programmed settings.  You're smarter than your camera!

Stamped Metal Jewelry
Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
February 5th-February 26th
$49 for four weeks

Design and fashion your own jewelry pendents from steel letter stamps and metal washers.  We'll finish our pendents with chain, beads, and clasps.  All materials are provided.  Artists will complete two necklaces and two keychains.  Makes great gifts!

Watercolor 101
Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
March 5th-April 23rd
$89 for eight weeks

Join us for a eight-week beginner's art class that will teach the basics of watercolor painting.  We'll explore  the different types of watercolors, watercolor papers, and watercolor techniques.  All materials are provided.

Evening Workshops

These evening workshops are NEW to the studio in 2015.  These workshops are a time for you to get out of the regular routine and GO MAKE SOMETHING for a few hours.  Gather a group of girlfriends or make a special date night for you and your spouse.  You can even register with your teen for some hands-on bonding time.  

Each workshop costs $35 per participant and includes all fundamental supplies.  Occasionally, there will be supplies that artists will WANT bring to personalize their project.  Couples and parent-teens may share a single project for only $10. ($35 for the first artists + $10 for the second artist)

Workshop projects are announced MONTHLY.  Stay tuned for the first month of projects...ideas for January include: 
  • Handpainted reclaimed wood signs (painting)
  • Winter wreath making (3d craft creation)
  • Hand-stitched valentine cards (handsewing+scrapbooking)
  • Light-up winter canvas art (painting)
  • Antique button jewelry
  • String State Art
 
 
Fundamental classes will work with students to teach principles and methods to achieve a realistic drawings and paintings.
Our 2015 schedule will have a new class for artists who want to hone their art skills.  Fundamental Drawing and Fundamental Paintings will each meet once per week and will focus on skill development, exercises, and instruction.   Fundamental Drawing is a prerequisite to Fundamental Painting.

Although, these are advanced classes, the desire to learn and grow is more important than the current skill level. 

Each Fundamental class will operate on a 12-week curriculum.  We will repeat the lessons and drills every 12 weeks.  (Repetition is a wonderful thing.)

Each class is 60 minutes long; following each class, the studio is open for another 60 minutes for practice and additional feedback.  The second hour is completely optional.

Who should take these classes:

  • Enrolled students who want extra instruction and focus on skill development
  • Adults who have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to draw and paint
  • High School students who are considering an art degree and need to create a portfolio demonstrating skills
Recommended age for this classes is 4th grade and up.  Kindergartner-third grade may participate with the approval of an instructor.  

Drawing FUNDAMENTALS


Media: Pencil

Meets Mondays 7:00pm-8:00pm
OPTIONAL OPEN STUDIO: 8:00pm-9:00pm
Monthly Tuition $60.00

Enrolled students may add-on a Fundamental class for only $20.00/mo

Prerequisite: NONE

Have you always wanted to be better at drawing?  Artists aren't BORN knowing how to draw...we practice hours and hours at our craft.  In this class, we'll be practicing the basic principles of drawing and the different types of drawings.  The emphasis will be on drawing as REAL as possible--not because realistic drawing is better than abstract, but because realistic drawings demonstrate that we have command of our skill!

Our class meets four times per month (any "fifth days" will be taken as a day off).  After these 12 lessons have been taught, we will cycle back through them.  Artists may join at the beginning of any month, regardless of whether we are in Week 1, 5, or 9.

Below is the 12-week outline for our Fundamental Drawing class:
Week 1 - Drawing accuracy lesson 1
Week 2 - Drawing accuracy lesson 2 
Week 3 - One point perspective drawing
Week 4 - Two point perspective drawing
Week 5 - Drawing from photograph (non-moving objects)
Week 6 - Drawing from photograph (moving objects)
Week 7 -  Still life drawing (shading, highlights, textures)
Week 8 - Still life drawing (contour, scale, perspective) 
Week 9 - Figure drawing lesson 1 (from photo)
Week 10 - Figure drawing lesson 2 (life)
Week 11 - Portrait drawing lesson 1 (from photo)
Week 12 - Portrait drawing lesson 2 (life)
This is an all-ages skill-development drawing class.  Students who are currently enrolled in classes may add-on the Fundamental classes for only $20/month.

FUNDAMENTAL Painting


Media: Acrylic Paint

Meets Tuesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm, beginning April 7OPTIONAL OPEN STUDIO: 8:00pm-9:00pm
Monthly Tuition $60.00

Enrolled students may add-on a Fundamental class for only $20.00/mo

Prerequisite: Drawing Fundamentals
Learn how to use your acrylic paints!  In this class, we'll be practicing the basic principles of painting and the different types of paintings.  The emphasis will be on painting as REAL as possible--not because realistic paintings are better than abstract, but because realistic ones demonstrate that we have command of our skill!

Our class meets four times per month (any "fifth days" will be taken as a day off).  After these 12 lessons have been taught, we will cycle back through them.  Artists may join at the beginning on any month, regardless of whether we are in Week 1, 5, or 9.

Below is the 12-week outline for our Fundamental Painting class:
Week 1 - Mixing colors lesson 1
Week 2 - Mixing colors lesson 2
Week 3 - Brushes, brush stokes and applying paint 
Week 4 - Blending lesson 1
Week 5 - Blending lesson 2
Week 6 - Layering paint colors
Week 7 - Importance of contrast (hard and soft shadows)
Week 8 - Painting objects
Week 9 - Painting landscapes lesson 1
Week 10 - Painting landscapes lesson 2
Week 11 - Painting portraits lesson 1
Week 12 - Painting portraits lesson 2
This is an all-ages skill-development painting class.  Students who are currently enrolled in classes may add-on the Fundamental classes for only $20/month.
Before enrolling for Painting Fundamentals,
all artists must complete the full 12 weeks of Drawing Fundamentals
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Use spray bottles to saturate your watercolor palettes! Brilliant! No more spilled water cups. Plus, it's really fast and kids love spray bottles. [Orange Easel Art]
Water cups on the tables can be a pain with little ones.  Especially little ones who like to play IN the water.  (Don't misunderstand us...we love waterplay.  But during a painting lesson, sometimes it's better to remove the water distraction!)  


We've eliminated the risk of a cup of water spilling all over someone's art work.
Use spray bottles to saturate your watercolor palettes! Brilliant! No more spilled water cups. Plus, it's really fast and kids love spray bottles. [Orange Easel Art]
Often times in our preschool classes, our instructors use spray bottles to wet our watercolors while the little ones paint.  You can saturate all the color cakes with just a few sprays.   The paint is ready quickly, which is important for sometimes-impatient lil' artists.  

 If we have a smaller class and time allows, we let the artists spray their own paint palettes.  Preschoolers love spray bottles.  

These small bottles are from from Dollar Tree.  
 
 
If you've never been inside our studio, we'd love to give you a peek into one of our most special spaces.  This is our preschool art room.  We have ten classes a week in this room!  This space is especially designed for our 12 -month-olds through our five-year-olds and can be used for group instruction as well as creative exploration. 
Our decor is inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia approach to the learning environment.  Click the link below to get a short video tour: 
 
 
Each week, we provide a prompt for anyone who is keeping (or starting) an art journal.  These are simply a "jumping off point."  Something to get you started!  Where you take it, is up to you!

This week, we're borrow a fun post from artsforlifenc.org.


Fill a bottle with a space, place, or time that you want to capture and keep forever.  

Use any medium...paint, pencil, collage, or a combination of media.

Click the photo to the left for a printable mason jar template if you'd like an starting point!
Share your Art Journal pages with us on our facebook page or tag us @orangeeaselart on twitter and instagram!  We love to see what you're making!

 
 
It's easy to skip over Thanksgiving and get straight into Christmas, especially with all the cute crafts and art activities floating around Pinterest.  Let's face it, there's just MORE STUFF out there for the snowy winter holiday at the end of December.  
Never fear, we've rounded up a few of our favorites for the November holiday:

GRATITUDE Mandala

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Express and display your thankfulness in an artful way with this mandala drawing prompt.

Take it one step further by including intricate geometric designs likethese mandalas.

From: http://orangeeaselart.com

Leaf Coloring Pages

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Suitable for every age and skill level.  Studies have shown that coloring reduces stress.  

(all the more reason to add these to your pre-holiday schedule, right?)


From: http://www.itsybitsyfun.com/

Mayflower Step-By-Step Drawing

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For young artists who want a challenge, try your hand at drawing the Mayflower.  

Once you have the drawing sketched out, outline in a fine point paint and add color with watercolors.

From: http://drawinglessonsfortheyoungartist.blogspot.com

Turkey Step-By-Step Drawing

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If the Mayflower tutorial above is too advanced for your little artist, try this simple turkey drawing!

You could color your finished drawings and even laminate them for use as holiday placemats.

From: http://thepearlsofhomeschooling.blogspot.com

More Step-by-Step Drawing Resources

Check out our Pinterest Board! (yes, you'll find some Santas and Olafs on there too)
 

Playdough Trees

11/05/2014

 
Fall Preschool Activity: Playdough
Because ALL kids like to play with sticks.

We've had fun making these "trees" with our toddlers and preschoolers.  Fall colored playdough and sticks.  

Could it get any easier? 

If you wanted a playdough that smelled like fall, you could use our Fall Playdough Recipe.

Once we had the trees constructed, we even added some "leaves" by tearing the playdough into bits and pressing it onto the "branches."
Fall preschool activity: Playdough
 
 
Last month we needed 20 rolling pins for our young artists who were learning to roll out clay slabs.  Well, we didn't NEED 20 of them, but we didn't want them to have to share; we're not opposed to sharing, but in this case, the down-time would mean less practice and learning time.   And we only have 60 minutes together.

Rather than purchase a bunch of rolling pins, we fashioned our own from pvc pipes.  They worked perfectly.  They are smooth, durable, fairly light weight and inexpensive!  They can be cut to any length.  (Ours are approximately 12 inches.)  We used a miter saw to cut them.
Since making our rolling pins, we've learned that they are also wonderful for rolling out playdough and for rolling out paint!
 

Journal PRompt #10

11/03/2014

 
written by Megan Fostich
Each week, we provide a prompt for anyone who is keeping (or starting) an art journal.  These are simply a "jumping off point."  Something to get you started!  Where you take it, is up to you!
Share your Art Journal pages with us on our facebook page or tag us @orangeeaselart on twitter and instagram!  We love to see what you're making!