In this age group children will learn basic colour mixing skills, drawing and using different types of brushes and media for painting. Children will find inspiration in masterpieces from the history of art, and in children’s illustrated books, and they will learn how to contemplate and understand paintings. They will also be encouraged to imagine the story depicted by the painting or illustration and to talk about the feelings it conveys and the colours and shapes used for creating it.
Basic visual language skills will be gained. Their imagination will be stimulated and their natural exuberant creativity will be encouraged. Knowledge about colours, shapes and using different fine art tools will give them confidence and a wish to explore and discover new ways of painting. Occasionally, other techniques such as printmaking, or modelling will be explored, from a painter’s perspective.
With this age group, colour mixing of higher complexity will be learned, and the colour wheel theory of creating primary, secondary and tertiary colours will be used in their own compositions. Children will experiment with prisms and learn about light, shadow and colour.
Other colour harmony principles will be taught, such as the cold-warm colour contrast and the one of complementary colours. The colour theory learned will be exemplified by masterpieces from the history of art and children will apply it in their own interpretations of the paintings. Basic principles of spatial perspective will be taught as well as the relation between colour and emotion.
Children will be encouraged to discover their own unique brushstroke style and to discover their personal colour composition schemes. Elements of modern art and abstract art will also be introduced, gradually. Children will learn different painting techniques in various media and their visual language will be greatly enriched, helping them gain confidence in expressing themselves creatively.
The aim is to obtain an enhanced vision, to learn to truly see. Their creative thinking and imagination will be greatly encouraged. Occasionally, other techniques such as printmaking, sculpture or modelling will be explored, from a painter’s perspective.
In this age group, children will learn about constructing compositions based on spatial perspective, they will also learn to create their own complex colour palettes based on primary, secondary and tertiary colour mixes, as well as light-dark contrasts or complementary colours.
They will also learn basic shading techniques for drawing to create the effect of three-dimensionality. Drawing skills will be practiced in relation with colour and inspired by masterpieces in the history of art.
Children will learn about different brush painting techniques as well as shading and drawing with charcoal, graphite and pastels. They will also learn about using proportions in drawing portraits.
A great variety of artistic media will be explored, from watercolour to acrylics on canvas and children will be encouraged to develop their personal brush style and a visual vocabulary that will help them fully express themselves creatively. Optical phenomena will be studied for understanding light and colour and enhancing vision, imagination and creativity will be a core part of the course. Occasionally, other techniques such as printmaking, sculpture, modelling or collage will be also explored, from a painter’s perspective.
As well as reinforcing their knowledge about colour mixing and the colour wheel, in this age group students will learn to create sophisticated colour palettes for their paintings, based on Johannes Itten’s seven colour contrast theories, as well as other artists’ colour theory principles.
They will thus learn how to create their own original colour compositions and they will enrich their visual vocabulary. A greater freedom of expression and achieving a personal vision will be encouraged, and the exploration of the compositional principles will help them gain confidence and explore creatively their own visual vocabulary. They will also learn thoroughly about shading techniques, proportions and perspective, and applying them in either portraiture, landscapes or still life compositions.
They will learn complex techniques exemplified with masterpieces from the history of art, such as the glazing technique used in the Renaissance chiaroscuro compositions or the optical mix techniques used in impressionist and modern art. Different painting styles will be presented in their art history context and optical phenomena and the light spectrum will be discussed.
They will experiment with painting on different compositional scales (including tackling painting on very large surfaces) and they will try out a great variety of painting media. They will also learn how to create abstract compositions and express emotions and different states of mind through colour and line.
The aim of the classes is to help the students gain creative independence, an enhanced vision, and discover a personal, original painting style, while exploring a great variety of painting techniques guided by examples from the history of art.