HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSES GRADES K–8
FALL 2017–SPRING 2018
Each year RAM offers 16 homeschool classes that are structured into 4 units of 4 classes each, and run September through May. Units focus on a particular era or culture while exploring formal elements and principles of design in visual art. Two sessions of each class are held Wednesdays; register for morning (9:30–11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (1–3 p.m.) session for each of the 4 units listed. Space limited, registration required.
This “unit model” allows us to explore an era or culture in greater depth and allows for further discovery of students’ individual artistic interests. Each class begins with a lesson on the history and context of a technique or style, followed by a project exploring these concepts. Because many themes carry over from week to week, it will not be detrimental to miss one of the classes in a unit. To gain a broader sense of artistic creation, we will explore two periods each from Western and non-Western traditions. Students may register for any number of units.
WEDNESDAYS, 9:30–11:30 AM OR 1–3 PM
UNIT 1: SEP 13, SEP 27, OCT 11, OCT 25
UNIT 2:NOV 8, NOV 29, DEC 13, JAN 10
UNIT 3: JAN 24, FEB 14, MAR 7, MAR 21
UNIT 4: APR 11, APR 25, MAY 16, MAY 30
$40 per unit (4 classes each)
$70 per semester (Unit 1 + 2; Units 3 + 4)
$125 per year (Units 1–4)
TO REGISTERCALL (815) 972-2874
UNIT 1: ANCIENT GREEK ART
SEP 13, 2017 / COLOSSAL COLUMNS
Ancient Greece had three major styles of architecture: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Learn how to identify each type, and create Grecian columns of your own.
SEP 27, 2017 / POTTERY + PATTERNS
Artists and craftsmen from ancient Greece decorated their pottery with exciting stories and geometric patterns. Practice designing Greek patterns, then use them to decorate your own vessel.
OCT 11, 2017 / ARCHAIC COINS
The coins of ancient Greece were decorated with all kinds of subjects, including animals, plants, symbols, and mythical characters. Create your own Greek coins to keep or trade with your classmates!
OCT 25, 2017 / MOSAIC MYTHS
Ancient Greek artists used mosaic tiles to decorate floors and walls with patterns, portraits, and legends. Tell a story through art by using mosaic tiles to represent a character from Greek myth.
UNIT 2: NATIVE AMERICAN ART
NOV 8, 2017 / SAND PAINTING
Native Americans from the Navajo tribe use sand and other natural elements to create temporary art during cultural ceremonies. Create your own version of a sand painting using salt and watercolor.
NOV 29, 2017 / WEAVING + BEADING
Textiles are practical items used by cultures across the world, and each Native American tribe has different traditions for creating and decorating them. Try your hand at making a loom and weaving a coaster or placemat out of yarn.
DEC 13, 2017 / TOTEM POLES
Learn about totem poles, the monumental sculptures created by the Haida and Tlingit tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Use animal figures and more to create your very own totem pole.
JAN 10, 2018 / DREAM CATCHER
Dreamcatchers were created by the Ojibwa tribe to protect children from bad dreams. Rest easy and make your own dreamcatcher out of materials like ribbon, feathers, and beads.
UNIT 3: SOUTH + SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART
JAN 24, 2018 / SHADOW PUPPETS
Shadow puppet theater is a favorite form of performance art and storytelling in Southeast Asia. In this class you will create a puppet that you can use as art or to tell your own story.
FEB 14, 2018 / KNOW YOUR BUDDHA
Artists use different styles and symbols to give us clues about what their pieces are communicating. Discover how to identify special features of the popular historical figure Buddha and then create your own illustration using the clues you have learned.
MAR 7, 2018 / MANDALA MANIA
South and Southeast Asian art are known for their beautiful colors and intricate patterns. Try your hand at creating a design, and mesmerize your friends and family by making a painted stone mandala paperweight.
MAR 21, 2018 / INDIAN ELEPHANT MASK
Masks are used in theater throughout the world to help actors depict different kinds of fantasy characters. Decorate your own mask of the mythical elephant figure Ganesha with bold and colorful Indian patterns.
UNIT 4: MODERN ART
APR 11, 2018 / REPEAT IMPRESSIONS
Impressionist Claude Monet painted haystacks in all types of weather to explore how the art elements of color and light can depict atmosphere. Challenge yourself to think like Monet and create different versions of the same scene.
APR 25, 2018 / CUBIST GUITAR COLLAGE
Cubism changed how artists thought about depicting their subjects by representing multiple viewpoints all at once. Begin to explore the modern art concept of abstraction by creating a guitar collage just like Pablo Picasso.
MAY 16, 2018 / CUBIST PORTRAITS
Continue to think like a Cubist as you learn how they applied their techniques to portraiture. Create a mask of yourself or any character you choose so you can dress up as a Cubist painting.
MAY 30, 2018 / ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
Modern art began by exploring ways to abstract subjects like landscapes, objects, and people but eventually went on to not represent subjects at all! Explore non-representational art by creating Abstract Expressionist paintings full of energy and color like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.