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Introduction to the Elements of Art

This class is for children who enjoy their art classes in school and would appreciate greater freedom in what they create. The course will cover the 7 Elements of Art and the 12 Principles of Design, then guide students along a basic art creation process. By the end of the course, each student will have an art piece to share and present in front of their classmates. Ages 6-9

Fundamentals of Drawing

You will be guided into a new way of seeing how to draw in this fun introductory course. Learn how to create depth in your drawings by bringing a light source into your work. You will also learn about value scale, composition, perspective, the color wheel, and more. Discover the meaning behind the colors you use and how to use layering techniques to bring your drawings to life! Ages 12-16

Fundamentals of Drawing

This course is a fun way to learn new drawing skills and how to train your eyes to really see. There is no "can’t” in this introduction to drawing course – only “I can!” You will be guided on how to render an object, bringing depth into your work. Explore how to use color and source of light to make your ideas come to life. Build your confidence in drawing through light homework, an introduction to color theory, value scale, still life studies, perspective, composition, and so much more! Ages 9-12

ArtTrax: Drawing I

In this course, you will learn the basics of drawing, such as contour lines, light and shadows, and how to embody gestures. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult

Fundamentals of Drawing

Whether you are just getting started or have never drawn before, this course will give you all the tools and skills you need to begin your drawing practice! Learn the basics of drawing like perspective, value scale, color theory, volume of an object, and how to create a light source in your drawings. With these skills you will be able to create realistic drawings with depth. Impress yourself on what you can create with simple tools while building your confidence in your drawing skills. After this class, you will be ready for advanced drawing classes! Ages 16-Adult

ArtTrax: Drawing III

This course, as well as building on the knowledge of the previous two courses, introduces new topics, such as how to work with accidents, how to choose your subject matter and style, and exploring abstractions. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult

Drawing Sampler

This fun workshop will guide you into some of the fundamentals of drawing. You will be guided into a new way of looking at how to draw by exploring light source, rendering techniques, layering, value scale, and exploring a bit of color theory. We will start to train the eye to see in this informative foundation to drawing workshop. Whether you're just starting out or have never drawn before you will see notable improvements in your drawings and will want to continue to expand your drawing skills! Ages 9-12

ArtTrax: Drawing II

In addition to reviewing topics in Drawing I, in this course you will learn how to enhance your drawings using basic shapes, negative space, and perspective. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult

Drawing Sampler

This fun workshop will guide you into some of the fundamentals of drawing. We will start to train the eye to see. You will learn a new way of looking at how to draw by exploring light sources, rendering techniques, layering, value scale, and a bit of color theory. Whether you're just starting out or have never drawn before, you will see notable improvements in your drawings and will want to continue to expand your drawing skills! Ages 9-12

Colored Pencil Sampler

This fun, colored pencil workshop will lighten the heavy handed. You will explore color through colored pencils with blending techniques like burnishing, as well as explore how to bring a light source into your work. You will also learn about color theory, creating volume of an object, blending techniques, layering, texturing, and more! The techniques explored in class will help give your artwork a sense of depth! Ages 16-Adult

Drawing from Life: Develop Daily Sketchbook Practice

Develop drawing skills and cultivate daily creative practice by sketching from life. Learn to loosen your hand, frame your composition, and capture simple moments to create a cohesive body of work (and perhaps a lifelong habit)! We will use simple, portable materials that make it easy to incorporate drawing into your everyday routine. You'll leave with a sketchbook and new practices to explore. This class includes field trips to the Fine Arts Center! Adults

Creative Sketchbook: Drawing from Life

Learn to draw from your life! Cultivate a daily creative sketch-booking practice and an observational eye. Learn to sketch life loosely, consider composition, and capture simple moments to create a cohesive body of work. We will use simple, portable materials that make it easy to incorporate drawing into your life. You'll leave with a sketchbook and creative practices to take with you anywhere! This class includes field trips to the Fine Art Center galleries and other walking adventures! Ages 12-16

Start Your Week with Creative Practice

Join us to create dedicated time in your weeks for your creative practice. If you've been looking to incorporate more art into your life, this class is for you! We will experiment with mixed media 2D and sketchbook techniques with a focus on creating a regular space for play, self-expression, and loosening our creative minds. Explore everything from line and texture to mark making and word art, plus creative community conversation topics each week! Adults