Fine Art Fundamentals Series 1.5

Five online classes include live interaction with an instructor for a unique personalized experience! In this part of the first series, students will use charcoal, chalk pastels and watercolors to create two artworks that are original and truly their own. Students will apply elements of form and composition to their drawings while exercising creativity and developing observation skills. Each series of online Fine Art Fundamentals classes build on different composition concepts. Series 1 explores Focal Point, or how size and elements of art create a focal point in composition.

There is a one-time, pre-requisite Online Form Class each student who is just starting Fine Art Fundamentals must complete. This class teaches students about form and composition, preparing students with the necessary understanding of these concepts to more confidently apply them in the projects designed for our Fine Art Fundamentals and Advanced Exploration programs. Sign up for the Online Form Class.

Watch this Parent Guide video which includes instructions on how to set up an art space at home and how you can achieve a more independent and empowering experience for your child.

Find the list of supply needs by day below. Plan to spend about 15 minutes preparing the supplies before each class.

Weekly (one day per week) options are available year round and daily (week-long) options are available during school breaks.

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Supplies Information

Quality art materials of good value have been specially selected for these classes because we know better supplies and tools improve the outcome of art making. Limited palettes of specific colors teach color mixing and are preferred over a palette with many colors. Our colored pencil selection provides the unique practice of layering and pressure control to blend and is preferred over softer colored pencils that mimic the practice of using soft chalk pastels to blend.

Listed below are the required supplies plus a number of choices and brands. Please allow time to acquire the needed art materials. If you purchased these supplies before or have these supplies at home, no need to purchase again.

Required Art Supplies

Board (~16×20″) for stretching paper  –  Blick

Masking tape for stretching paper  –  Blick  –  Amazon

1 sheet tinted (not black) pastel paper (12-14″ x 17-19″ in size, purchase by pad or single sheet)

  • Pad (purchase 18″x24″ in size and tear in half for projects)  –  Blick  –  Amazon
  • Sheet (purchase 19″x25″ in size and tear in half for projects)  –  Blick-Strathmore (any tint)

1 sheet bristol vellum drawing paper (12-14″ x 17-19″ in size, purchase by pad or single sheet)

Tube watercolors  –  Blick List-Van Gogh

  • Recommended colors: Permanent Red Violet, Permanent Red Light, Permanent Lemon Yellow, Phthalo Green, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Deep Blue, Yellow Ochre, Black

Soft hair watercolor brushes  –  Amazon-Mozart

Watercolor palette  –  Blick-Richeson Slant Palette  –  Amazon-Richeson Slant Palette  –  Michaels-Artist’s Loft

Water cup for rinsing brushes

Squirt bottle  –  Blick-Squeeze Bottles

Paper towels

Tracing paper  –  Blick  –  Amazon

Composition templates (download and print)  –  PDF

Graphite pencil  –  Blick

Eraser

Chalk pastels  –  Blick  –  Michaels(24set)  –  Amazon

Hairspray fixative  –  Target

Black and white charcoal pencils  –  Blick  –  Amazon  –  Michaels

Vine charcoal  –  Blick  –  Amazon

Glue stick

Child scissors

Ruler

Toy from home

Supply List By Day

Prepare for each day of class by having the following supplies ready beforehand.

Day 1 Swim Outside the Box Part 1

  • Tinted (NOT black) paper (12-14″ x 17-19″ stretched to board on all four sides)
  • Ruler
  • Graphite/ebony pencil
  • Black charcoal pencil
  • White charcoal pencil
  • Eraser

Day 2 Swim Outside the Box Part 2

  • Continuing on same paper as Swim Outside the Box Part 1
  • Chalk pastels
  • Black charcoal pencil
  • White charcoal pencil
  • Eraser
  • Hairspray fixative

Day 3 Unreal Part 1

  • Tracing paper
  • Composition template for 18″x24″
  • Graphite/ebony pencil
  • Eraser

Day 4 Unreal Part 2

  • Bristol vellum paper (12-14′ x 17-19″)
    • Fold and tear sheet of bristol paper in half
    • Stretch one half sheet to board with masking tape on all four sides
    • Tape one side of the other half sheet to the top of the board
  • Masking tape
  • Watercolor tubes
  • Watercolor palette
  • Cup with 1″ of water for rinsing brushes
  • Squirt bottle
  • Soft hair watercolor brushes
  • Vine charcoal
  • Eraser
  • Black charcoal pencil
  • Hairspray fixative
  • Paper towels
  • Toy from home
  • Ruler (optional)

Day 5 Unreal Part 3

  • Continuing on same paper as Unreal Part 2
  • Child scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • Black charcoal pencil
  • White charcoal pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Vine charcoal
  • Tracing paper
  • Masking tape
  • Toy from home