Advanced Exploration

This series of five classes for students ages 11-18 emphasizes personal responsibility. Students create projects of their own design and grow to become independent artists. Teachers provide guidance and individualized demonstrations to help students achieve their specific goals. Warm up exercises will also enhance technical, conceptual, observation and intuitive processes. New Advanced Exploration students will first complete two preliminary projects which teach the concepts, processes and vocabulary to work productively with our instructors online and show students how to set up for projects and manage their own studio space. Students must provide their own materials. A sketchbook will be required. Our teachers are prepared to teach both two dimensional and sculpture online, but individualized demonstrations are only two dimensional at this time.

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

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 for Students New to ADEX

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

Masking tape for stretching paper  –  Blick  –  Amazon

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

Graphite pencil  –  Blick


Oil pastels  –  Blick  –  Amazon

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

White gesso  –  Amazon  –  Blick

Acrylic varnish (8oz)  –  Blick  –  Amazon

Varnish brush  –  Blick  –  Amazon

(Optional) Acrylic matte medium (8oz)  –  Blick  –  Amazon

Supplies from your home

  • Tissue paper or collection of collage paper
  • Paper towels
  • Hair/blow dryer

Supplies List By Day for Students New to ADEX

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

Day 1

  • Bristol paper (stretched to board with masking tape)
  • Pencil
  • Gesso
  • Craft brush
  • Tissue paper or collection of collage paper
  • Paper towels
  • Blow/hair dryer for drying art

Day 2

  • Continuing on same paper as Day 1
  • Watercolor paint tubes
  • Watercolor palette
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Water cup for rinsing brushes
  • Craft brush
  • Oil pastels
  • Matte medium
  • Varnish
  • Varnish brush
  • Color wheel (optional)
  • Paper towels
  • Blow/hair dryer for drying art

Day 3 

  • Variety of supports for teacher to select from once student decides on media and tools
  • Media and tools determined by students
  • Water cup for rinsing brushes
  • Matte medium
  • Varnish
  • White gesso
  • Paper towels
  • Blow/hair dryer for drying art

Day 4

  • Continuing with same support, media and tools from Day 3

Day 5

  • Continuing with same support, media and tools from Day 4