If you got an email requesting to come do this survey, it’s because you previously expressed an interest in kids’ art lessons with me. I really appreciate your interest!
I’m following up to try to refine the course offering based on the responses I got. Overall, there were 9 people responding that they were interested in progressive kids’ lessons. I’m excited to get going, but I wanted to share some details about how the lessons might be structured in terms of duration, frequency, syllabus, etc.
One guiding principle I’m trying to stick to is allowing people to either drop in or to commit to longer-term lessons. To achieve that, I’ve come up with some options that I hope will work for the most people.
- I’ve come up with a 12-week course. The course will be structured so that each lesson can stand alone (so a drop-in would find value in the class) but also be part of a larger whole, so people in the 12-week course will continue to grow. It will involve some drawing in the beginning to discuss line, value, and how to represent objects 3-dimensionally, but will then switch to oil painting. If you’d like to stick with drawing or do acrylic or watercolors instead of oils, you are welcome to join us as well, but my expertise is in drawing and oils. Also, if you’re more of an abstract person than a landscape person (I’m a landscape person), then that’s OK, too. The principles I will teach will be useful regardless of subject matter.
- Kids’ classes will be 2 hours long, once per week. I prefer 3 hours with adults because you lose time with everyone getting set up in the beginning and cleaning up at the end. However, that’s a bit too long for kids, depending on the age, so we’re going to try 2 hour lessons for the first 12-week session. Also, I intend to do a brief (15-30 minute) presentation or demo at the beginning of each class to discuss that day’s topic. The net result would be that you’d have at least 1 of those 2 hours to do productive art work on your own and apply that day’s lesson. Some days will involve defined exercises but most days will be your choice for subject matter to paint. Parents are welcome to come with their kids. If they wish to participate on their own art work they will be charged, but there’s no charge for coming and watching.
- Rates will be $30/session for drop-ins. Prepaying for the 12 week session would be $299 (a $61 discount off of drop-in rates).
- Rates stated above don’t include materials. If you’d like to avoid investing in your own materials (for drop-ins, for example), I’d be happy to provide them for a $10/session materials fee.
- If you’d like to invest in your own materials (recommended for those who will do more than occasionally drop in), I will provide a materials list.