HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSESGRADES K–8
WEDNESDAYS, FALL 2018–SPRING 2019
Each year RAM offers 16 homeschool classes that are structured into 4 themed units of 4 classes each, and run September through May. One session of each 90-minute class is held Wednesdays for grades K–8; register for the afternoon (1:30–3 p.m.) session for each of the 4 units listed. Space limited, registration required.
WEDNESDAYS, 1:30–3 PM
UNIT 1: SEP 12, SEP 26, OCT 10, OCT 24
UNIT 2: NOV 14, NOV 28, DEC 12, JAN 9
UNIT 3: JAN 23, FEB 6, FEB 20, MAR 6
UNIT 4: MAR 20, APR 10, APR 24, MAY 15
$40 per unit (4 classes each)
$70 per semester (Unit 1+2; Unit 3+4)
$125 per year (Units 1–4)
TO REGISTERcall (815) 972-2874
UNIT 1: NORTH AMERICAN ART
SEP 12, 2018 / NATIVE AMERICAN ART FORMS
Explore how the different nations of native peoples created art for worship and celebration. Each student will create their very own Navajo-style sand painting.
SEP 26, 2018 / POP ART EXPLOSION
This movement challenged the art world with the question, What is art? Explore artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Niagara Detroit, and David Hockney. Blur the lines between high and low culture art by creating a pop art-inspired piece of your own.
OCT 10, 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 like Frank Stella, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, and Lee Krasner.
OCT 24, 2018 / MEXICAN MURALISM + REVOLUTIONARY ART
The Mexican revolution had a huge impact on Mexican art from 1910-1920. Learn about the artists associated with this movement and how the revolution impacted their art. Inspired by the work of Diego Rivera we will create a mural of our very own with artist Gabriel Karagianis.
UNIT 2: EUROPEAN ART
NOV 14, 2018 / RENAISSANCE ART
The renaissance was a pivotal time in history in Europe that included advancements in art, science, math, and philosophy. Explore renaissance masters Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael (we don’t mean the Ninja Turtles) and draw your very own Sistine Chapel-style piece.
NOV 28, 2018 / ANCIENT GREEK ART
The highly stylized art of ancient Greece focused on the relationship of humanity to the gods. Greek art of this time period showed the ideal human figure. In this lesson we will study the relationship between art and storytelling by forming and painting our very own Athenian vessel.
DEC 12, 2018 / MODERN ART EXPLOSION
Explore the different forms of modern art that developed in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Select an artist from our library of books to explore in an individual study.
JAN 9, 2019 / CHIAROSCURO
Learn this technique of extreme light and dark from masters Da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Create a piece of your own using still life and charcoal.
UNIT 3: ASIAN ART
JAN 23, 2019 / BUDDHIST ART
Explore the evolution of the representation of Buddha and how different regions of the world portray his likeness. Craft a mandala of your own, and learn the symbolism and importance of this ancient form.
FEB 6, 2019 / MESOPOTAMIA + THE ART OF THE BABYLONIANS + SUMERIANS
Considered the cradle of civilization, Mesopotamia brought advancements not only in written language but also art that have stood the test of time. Explore deities and make your very own clay cylinder scrolls.
FEB 20, 2019 / CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ARTISTS
Contemporary Asian artists we will explore include Mamafaka (graphic design), Takashi Murakami, Li Jin (ink artist), and Gade (Tibetan painter). Each student will create their very own cartoon monster.
MAR 6, 2019 / CHINESE BRUSH TECHNIQUES
Learn about history of the use of Chinese brushes for landscapes and calligraphy. Explore this painting method using ink and watercolor.
UNIT 4 (AFRICAN ART)
MAR 20, 2019 / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ART OF THE DEAD
The highly stylized and symbolic art of ancient Egypt is examined in this course. Learn about Egyptian tomb practices and the meaning of each symbol. Plan and decorate a burial tomb.
APR 10, 2019 / MOROCCAN ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
Learn the history of style and decoration in Moroccan architecture. Students will learn the form and function of zellige tile work while creating a sample of their own.
APR 24, 2019 / WEAVING + BASKET MAKING OF AFRICA
Learn the ancient techniques of weaving and basket making in Africa. Demonstration by local artist Kathie Webb will help prepare students to design their own piece.
MAY 15, 2019 / CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ARTISTS
African art has seen a resurgence in the late 20th century to today. In this course, we will look at contemporary African artists Kemang Wa Lehulere, Moshekwa Lange, and Mary Sibande.
HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSESHIGH SCHOOL
THURSDAYS, FALL 2018–SPRING 2019
Each year RAM offers 16 homeschool classes that are structured into 4 themed units of 4 classes each, and run September through May. Two sessions of each 90-minute class are held Thursdays for high schoolers; register for morning (9:30–11 a.m.) or afternoon (1:30–3 p.m.) session for each of the 4 units listed. Space limited, registration required.
THURSDAYS, 9:30–11 AM OR 1:30–3 PM
UNIT 1: SEP 13, SEP 27, OCT 11, OCT 25
UNIT 2:NOV 15, NOV 29, DEC 13, JAN 10
UNIT 3: JAN 24, FEB 7, FEB 21, MAR 7
UNIT 4: MAR 21, APR 11, APR 25, MAY 16
$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: RENAISSANCE PERIOD, 1100–1600
SEP 13, 2018 / ITALIAN RENAISSANCE PERIOD
The renaissance was the rebirth of science in art. We will explore the common themes of the renaissance period portrayed by artist such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Da Vinci. Each student will create a renaissance inspired masterpiece of their own.
SEP 27, 2018 / GOTHIC ART
We will explore the tenants of gothic art and architecture. We will look at the explosion of printmaking, sculpture and stained glass during this time. Lesson will include redesigning a gothic structure.
OCT 11, 2018 / ROCOCO
This style was found not only in art of the time but also architecture and interior design. Rococo became the playful and frivolous reaction to the Baroque style. This course will explore the style in different forms while students create their very own rococo miniature interior.
OCT 25, 2018 / MANNERISM
Originating in Florence and Rome the Mannerist style highlighted the end of the High Renaissance period. We will explore artist Rosso Fiorentino and the School of Fontainebleau. Students will design a mannerist style sculpture.
UNIT 2: ROMANTICISM, 1790–1880
NOV 15, 2018 / THEMES OF ROMANTICISM
Nature, transcendence, revolution, emotion these were the major themes explored in Romantic art. We will explore pieces like Watson and the Shark and Liberty Leading the People while creating a piece based upon one of the themes explored.
NOV 29, 2018 / THE INDIVIDUAL + SELF-PORTRAITS
We learn the history of Romanticism and how it emphasized emotion and individuality. Each student will critique the painting The Desperate Man by Gustave Courbet while drawing a self-portrait of their own.
DEC 13, 2018 / HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL LANDSCAPES
This American art movement embodied the romantic periods vision of landscape painting. We will learn how the founder Thomas Cole started this school and the various artist who attended. Students will paint an inspired piece based upon geographical landmarks in Rockford.
JAN 10, 2019 / MUSIC + ART
Students will listen and discuss how music and art of this period influenced one another. After listening to a selection of classical music from Rockford Symphony Orchestra, students will create a piece inspired by what they heard.
UNIT 3: MODERN ART, 1860–1945
JAN 24, 2019 / ART NOUVEAU
In this lesson we will explore this highly ornate and stylized art movement. This art style highly influenced by arts and crafts was not only seen in fine art but also décor and graphic design. Looking to pieces by Gustav Klimt and Aubrey Beardsley we will create our very own Art Nouveau poster.
FEB 7, 2019 / IMPRESSIONISM + CUBISM
We will look at how both Impressionism and Cubism use of intense brushstrokes and impasto paint challenged more traditional views of painting. Students will choose their preferred style and create a masterpiece of their own.
FEB 21, 2019 / FUTURISM + DADA + BAUHAUS
Around the First World War, these movements looked to embrace the future and go beyond the old ways of creating art to represent modernity. Futurism strived to represent modern life through all the sensations, not just visual; Dada went against the grain by embracing nonsense with its members engaging in “anti-art;” and Bauhaus destroyed the barrier between structural and decorative art, becoming a major influence in art, architecture, and design. Students will brainstorm on how to create the ultimate anti-art piece.
MAR 7, 2019 / SURREALISM
Channeling the unconscious, surrealists sought to break with the tradition of painting realistic subject matter. From Salvador Dali to Joan Miro, each artist sought to express the unconscious. We will take elements from Surrealist artists and create a collage piece.
UNIT 4: CONTEMPORARY ART, 1945–PRESENT
MAR 21, 2019 / POP ART
This art movement challenged the art world with the question, what is art? We will explore artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Niagara Detroit, and David Hockney. We will blur the lines between high and low culture art by creating a pop art inspired piece of our own.
APR 11, 2019 / MINIMALISM + HARD-EDGE PAINTING
These two movements heavily influenced by geometric abstraction, sought to explore color, line and shape. As we explore the various artists who created in this bare bones method we will paint a small series of our own minimalist art.
APR 25, 2019 / FLUXUS
In this course, students will question what art really is through the eyes of George Maciunas, the “Father of Fluxus Art.” Described as the most radical movement of the ’60s we will see how artists, performers, composers and dancers challenged the conventional notions of traditional art forms.
MAY 16, 2019 / INSTALLATION + LAND ART
In the ’60s and ’70s installation and land art sought to challenge our views of art in space and our relationship with the environment. Artists like Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson used land and found pieces to create gigantic pieces of environmental art. As a group we will create and construct an installation of our own.