Our classes are held weekdays, from 3:00-5:30pm PDT.
Single Classes are welcomed and encouraged! Each class will be a separate, single lesson, and the classes won’t build upon each other as they have in the past. We would love to have your child with us for an afternoon, a few days or even a week! Or two! Please give us at least 24 hours notice that you intend to enroll your child (the night before).
To Register for our ZOOM Summer 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, $55 for each class, or $235 for the week, to @Beth-Hird. My cell is 510-604-0036 if you need the last four digits. Or you may pay through Bank of America’s Zelle, using my email Bethpaints@gmail, or my cell, 510-604-0036. Or you may use my PayPal account: paypal.me/ElizabethHird153
The General Themes for each week:
Week 1: July 4-8 Draw Animals 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!
Week 2: July 11-15 Draw 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 3: July 18-22 Draw Domestic Animals: 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.
Week 4: July 25-29 Draw/Paint 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.
Week 5: Aug. 1-5 Draw Animals 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!
Week 6: Aug. 8-12 Draw 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’.
Week 7: Aug 15-19 Drawing Wild Animals! From Polar bears in the Arctic to Panthers in Patagonia, penguins in Antarctica and Giraffes, Lions and Rhinos on the African Savannah, we’ll focus on these wild animals and their movements in their habitats, and include endangered species in the mix! Special attention will be paid to fur, feathers, scales, fins and claws, and the textures, colors and the camouflage capabilities of these wild creatures!