Art Classes


  2016-2017 Art Classes

The art classes at Between Friends will provide students with the opportunity to learn about art styles, art history, and art techniques through a variety of experiences with materials; from chalk and colored pencils, to painting, and sculpture. These lessons are intended to be fun as well as being taught with an educational purpose in mind.


Beginning Tuesday September 6th, 2016

Beginner/Intermediate: Tuesdays 4:00-5:15pm

Intermediate/Advanced: Tuesdays 6:00-7:15pm

Below are the different art lessons that will be taught for the first few weeks:

  1. Students will look at the work of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post impressionist painter, and will recreate their own version of his iconic painting “The Starry Night”.  They will begin this project using paint and color mixing techniques onto canvas. They will add 3 dimensional elements such as beads, glitter, gems, paper, fibers, sand, etc. to make this piece uniquely their own.
  2. Students will learn about the art of collage making. This technique involves composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of magazine pictures and words. Students will be encouraged to choose images and colors that represent the autumn season.
  3. While learning about some of the many and varied cultures which have made masks, as a class we will discuss why people have made masks throughout history, and why masks are still a popular art form.  Using paper mache to create a mask of their own,  students will focus on building different parts of the face in three dimensions and accentuating parts for various effect. After these have dried, students will paint, draw, or attach other components to their masks.
  4. Using colored pencils, students will learn about light and reflection through rendering an image of the human eye. This process will include drawing, adding and removing color, shading, and texturing to the image.
  5. Students will build foil armatures and will use these to help support sculptures made from oven bake clay. These sculptures will be of animals, real or imagined, and will focus on creating form, texture, and negative space around the animal. These sculptures will then be painted and embellished according to each student’s personality. This project will  lead into a discussion about the popular city art walk animal sculptures used around the country to increase community participation in the arts.

Fee is $10 per week paid monthly and includes all materials

If you are interested in signing your child up for an art class or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call the arts center at: (207) 989-7100