Register for Zoom After School Art Classes and Summer Art Camps

ZOOM SUMMER ART CAMPS

To Register for our Zoom Summer Art Camp there are two steps:

  1. **Please email me at Bethpaints@gmail.com, and send me **the week you’d like to sign up for, **your child’s name and their email address where I may invite you to the Zoom Session.

  2. **For payment, please pay through Venmo, $225 for the week to @Beth-Hird. (5 weekday classes, 2.5 hours each, 3-5:30pm PDT.)  You may also pay through Zelle, email for that is Beth.Hird@mac.com and my cell is 510-604-0036, if you need the last four digits. If you must use PayPal (not preferred) please use Friends and Family option only, and send to Bethpaints@gmail.com. Materials: No art supplies needed other than pencil, eraser, sharpener and paper – computer paper is fine! If you wish to buy different art materials, you may go to Blick in Berkeley, or order from them online.

Descriptions of Weekly Themes

Week 1: June 8-12 Still Life Drawing  Starting from a simple cylinder, and working towards a complex group of objects, we will learn techniques like shading, proportion, overlap, contour lines, texture, blind contour, and perhaps color, depending on what materials the students already have on hand. We will also practice a technique called upside down drawing, shown to help “see” proportions, shapes and values. Students are encouraged to bring their own objects to create a still life they love!

 

Week 2: June 15-19  Painting/Drawing Flowers We will draw and paint several flowers, taking time to observe shapes, colors and contours of the petals, leaves and stems. We’ll learn about creating a sense of depth and space, while working from both photos and real flowers. Students are encouraged to bring photos of a favorite flower to work from, or an actual flower in a small vase.We will learn about tints, shades, and tones, and basic color theory and color harmonies will be introduced to enhance students’ use of color.

Week 3: June 22-26  Draw Imaginary Creatures! We will draw several imaginary creatures, such as dragons, unicorns and hippogriffs, and also create our own imaginary creatures, from fusing body parts of several different types of animals. There’s no limit to the creativity that stems from this project! We will explore the basic proportions and shapes of animal bodies as well as the texture of animal skin, fur, and feathers.  Using these principles, students will have the opportunity to create hybrid and imaginary creatures.

Week 4:  June 29-July 3  People & Faces  We will explore the basic proportions and shapes of faces and the human body.We will draw people engaged in different activities, such as standing, walking, sleeping bike riding, dancing, scuba diving and more. We will also include instruction about drawing the face, with a general template of facial proportions. Students may also draw from photographs or from life using a mirror (self portrait).

Week 5: July 6-10   Drawing Landscapes!
We will learn basic landscape drawing skills, demonstrating atmospheric, tonal, and one, two, and three point perspective.  We will also do a fun and simple torn paper landscape, which shows how color can create depth in a landscape ‘collage painting’. Students will have the opportunity to draw and paint water, trees, mountains, and fields as well as elements of the urban landscape. Traditional and contemporary still life paintings will serve as the basis for our exploration of this genre.

Week 6: July 13-17 Drawing Ocean Creatures!
Starting with whales, dolphins and narwhals, and exploring sea turtles, monk seals and tropical fish, we will plumb the depths of the ocean to discover the hidden treasures from which we can draw inspiration to make art. From detailed clownfish hidden in anemones, to broad seascape paintings of the full moon setting over the ocean, we will experiment with different media to create paintings and drawings inspired by the ocean.

Week 7: July 20-24  Draw Your Favorite Domestic Animal:
We will draw many domestic animals, including  dogs, cats and birds, learning how to create the look of fur, claws, feathers and beaks! We will focus on shapes, proportions, textures and contours of each animal. Students are encouraged to bring a photo of their favorite animal or pet to draw from.  We will explore the basic proportions and shapes of animal bodies as well as the texture of animal skin, fur, and feathers. We will pay special attention to the gesture of the animals’ movements.

Week 8:  July 27-July 31 Painting/Drawing Flowers We will draw and paint several flowers, taking time to observe shapes, colors and contours of the petals, leaves and stems. We’ll learn about creating a sense of depth and space, while working from both photos and real flowers. Students are encouraged to bring photos of a favorite flower to work from, or an actual flower in a small vase.We will learn about tints, shades, and tones, and basic color theory and color harmonies will be introduced to enhance students’ use of color.  We will introduce exercises designed to expand the use of materials and techniques, including dry brush, wet-into-wet, stumbling and alla prima painting.

Week 9: August 3-7 Draw Imaginary Creatures! We will draw several imaginary creatures, such as dragons, unicorns and hippogriffs, and also create our own imaginary creatures, from fusing body parts of several different types of animals. There’s no limit to the creativity that stems from this project! We will explore the basic proportions and shapes of animal bodies as well as the texture of animal skin, fur, and feathers.  Using these principles, students will have the opportunity to create hybrid and imaginary creatures.

Week 10: August 10-14  Upside Down Drawing!
We will draw images upside down – it’s fun! The best skill for learning to draw “what you see”, accurately. All you need for materials are paper – computer paper, or art paper of that same size, a pencil, an eraser, and if you have it on hand, color media like color pencils, oil pastels, color markers, or even watercolor. Nothing fancy! If you don’t have any color materials, no problem! And if you can find a photo of something personal, something you really like, that’s great too! This project trains the eye to see shapes, proportions, and lights and darks (tonal values) and in this you use a photograph or image, but draw from it upside down. Shading, form, contour, value, and subtraction techniques will be introduced.

Week 11: August 17-21 Drawing Wild Animals! We will focus on drawing wildlife from all kinds of ecosystems, including jungles, savannahs, deserts and mountains. We’ll focus on animals such as elephants, big cats (tigers, lions, cheetahs, jaguars), giraffes, rhinos, gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, bears, tortoises, various reptiles, eagles, raptors, wetland birds and more!Students are encouraged to bring a photo of their favorite animal or pet to draw from.  We will explore the basic proportions and shapes of animal bodies as well as the texture of animal skin, fur, and feathers. We will pay special attention to the gesture of the animals’ movements in their natural habitats

Week 12: Draw Imaginary Creatures! We will draw several imaginary creatures, such as dragons, unicorns and hippogriffs, and also create our own imaginary creatures, from fusing body parts of several different types of animals. There’s no limit to the creativity that stems from this project! We will explore the basic proportions and shapes of animal bodies as well as the texture of animal skin, fur, and feathers.  Using these principles, students will have the opportunity to create hybrid and imaginary creatures.

AFTER SCHOOL ART CLASSES

To Register for our ZOOM After School Virtual Art Classes, there are two steps: 

  • **Please email me at Bethpaints@gmail.com, and send me **the date you’d like to sign up for, **your child’s name and their email address where I may invite you to the Zoom Session.
  • **For payment, please pay through Venmo, $40 for each class to @Beth-Hird. My cell is 510-604-0036 if you need the last four digits. Or log onto Paypal(click on the blue word PayPal) and go to “Send Money” option, then pay $40 for each class, to  Bethpaints@gmail.com,  Friends and Family option only, please.

More information on our After School Virtual Art Offerings:

Drawing People! We will draw people engaged in different activities, such as standing, walking, sleeping bike riding, dancing, scuba diving and more. We will also include instruction about drawing the face, with a general template of facial proportions. Students may also draw from photographs or from life using a mirror (self portrait).

Drawing Wild Animals! We will focus on drawing wildlife from all kinds of ecosystems, including jungles, savannahs, deserts and mountains. We’ll focus on animals such as elephants, big cats (tigers, lions, cheetahs, jaguars), giraffes, rhinos, gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, bears, tortoises, various reptiles, eagles, raptors, wetland birds and more! 

Drawing Landscapes!
We will learn basic landscape drawing skills, demonstrating atmospheric, tonal, and one, two, and three point perspective. It’s a slightly more complex project, but very rewarding in terms of learning these skills. We will also do a fun and simple torn paper landscape, which shows how color can create depth in a landscape ‘collage painting’.

Still Life Drawing!
We will create several still life drawings. Starting from a simple cylinder, and working towards a complex group of objects, we will learn techniques like shading, proportion, overlap, contour lines, texture, blind contour, and perhaps color, depending on what materials the students already have on hand. Students are encouraged to bring their own objects to create a still life they love!

Drawing/Painting Flowers!
We will draw and paint several flowers, taking time to observe shapes, colors and contours of the petals, leaves and stems. We’ll learn about creating a sense of depth and space, while working from both photos and real flowers. Students are encouraged to bring photos of a favorite flower to work from, or an actual flower in a small vase.

Upside Down Drawing!
We will draw several images upside down – it’s fun! All you need for materials are some paper – 4-5 sheets, computer paper or art paper of that same size, a pencil, an eraser, and if you have it on hand, color media like color pencils, oil pastels, color markers, or even watercolor. Nothing fancy! If you don’t have any color materials, no problem! And if you can find a photo of something personal, something you really like, that’s great too! This project trains the eye to see shapes, proportions, and lights and darks (tonal values) and in this you use a photograph or image, but draw from it upside down.

Draw Your Favorite Animal: Dogs! Cats! Birds!
We will draw several animals, such as dogs, cats and birds, learning how to create the look of fur, claws, feathers and beaks! We will focus on shapes, proportions, textures and contours of each animal. Students are encouraged to bring a photo of their favorite animal or pet to draw from.

Draw Imaginary Creatures: Dragons! Unicorns! We will draw several imaginary creatures, such as dragons, unicorns and hippogriffs, and also create our own imaginary creatures, from fusing body parts of several different types of animals. There’s no limit to the creativity that stems from this project!

Drawing Ocean Creatures!
Starting with whales, dolphins and narwhals, and exploring sea turtles, monk seals and tropical fish, we will plumb the depths of the ocean to discover the hidden treasures from which we can draw inspiration to make art. From detailed clownfish hidden in anemones, to broad seascape paintings of the full moon setting over the ocean, we will experiment with different media to create paintings and drawings inspired by the ocean.

Collage!
We will create one or two collages – you will need magazines, scissors and glue, or tape, and a backing to glue it on. (Can be a big or small piece of paper, cardboard, color construction paper, etc.).  Collage “choices” can range from things of a certain color, things of a certain texture, etc., and/or any other ideas or themes that you choose. You may cut up your own drawings, or photos, too!

 Interpretive Sculpture!
We will collect materials around the house to make into sculptures. This can be very broadly interpreted by the students, giving a lot of freedom for creativity in finding and using things for sculpture that might not otherwise be thought of for that use. For example, some basics could be aluminum foil, toothpicks, paper clips, paper towel rolls, etc., but there are many, many others.

Please disregard instructions below, this is for our in-person camp, which will not be held this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

To register for Dancing Paintbrush Studio Summer Art Camps, there are two steps:

1. First, make a payment via Paypal below. Payment MUST be made in order to hold your space. You will receive immediate confirmation from Paypal, and within 24-48 hours, an email confirmation from us, along with a Welcome Letter. PLEASE NOTE: your confirmation and Welcome Letters will be sent to your email address that comes from PayPal.  (There are separate buttons for Daylong Immersion Days, Before camp and After camp, and Deposit options; they are at the very bottom of the page, when you scroll down). We enroll on a first come, first served basis. 

2. Second, fill out the Registration Form (you MUST register your child, or your application will not be accepted):  Click here for our online Registration Form.
For Daylong Immersion Days, please indicate on the Paypal page which day(s) your child will attend.

You may also make payment with a check, indicating the week(s) of your choice, to: Dancing Paintbrush Studio, 7547 Terrace Dr., El Cerrito, CA, 94530.

Cancellation Policy:  If you need to withdraw from your week of chosen camp week, we require 21 days notice, and we offer a 50% refund of your camp tuition.

Changing Your Week Policy:  If you need to change your week to another week, we require 21 days notice, otherwise we charge a $100 fee for changing your week.

Tuition:

Early Bird Discount, before May 1st:

Artists age 5-13,  $450

Counselor-in-Training (CIT’s) age 14-17, siblings, & referrals, $425

After May 1st

Artists Age 5-13 $495

Counselor-in-Training (CIT’s) age 14-17, siblings, & referrals, $475

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 Week 1:  June 8-12, Drawing  

 Artists age 5-13: $450

 

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals: $425


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Week 2:  June 15-19, Paint:Color  

Artists age 5-13: $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425

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Week 3:  June 22-26,  Animals & Imaginary Creatures 

 Artists age 5-13: $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425

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Week 4  June 29-July 3, People and Faces 

 Artists age 5-13:  $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425

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Week 5 July 6-10, Landscape, Still Life & Oceans

Artists age 5-13:  $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425

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Week 6: July 13-17,  Drawing 

 Artists age 5-13: $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425

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Week 7:  July 20-24,  Animals and Imaginary Creatures  

 Artists age 5-13: $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425

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Week 8:  July 27-July 31,  Paint: Color

 Artists age 5-13:  $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals: $425

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Week 9:  August 3-7,  Landscape, Still Life & Oceans

 Artists age 5-13:  $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425

 

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Week 10:  August 10-14,  Drawing 

 Artists age 5-13: $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425

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Week 11:  August 17-21, Animals and Imaginary Creatures   

 Artists age 5-13:  $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425 

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Week 12:  August 24-28,  Paint: Color 

 Artists age 5-13:  $450

CIT’s age 14-17, siblings, & referrals:  $425

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Daylong Immersion (one day), $135/day, 9am-3pm.

Please write us an email to let us know which day you need!

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Beforecare and Aftercare, $15/hr.

Beforecare and Aftercare, 8-9am, and 3-5pm, $15/hr., are available in one hour blocks (no partial hours). Please update the total hours required on the Paypal form. There is no Aftercare on Fridays, camp ends at 3pm.

Please indicate total number of hours desired, and which days you will need before or after care on the Paypal page.

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Deposit, $150. Remainder due May 1st

Please indicate number of weeks, and which weeks you prefer, in quantity.

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