ART IS A SKILL
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Art is a Skill is an innovative art class designed for 13-17 year old students. This class was created to aid students with developing a strong technical skill set that will serve as a foundation for them as they grow.
Students at this age often get frustrated when they cannot visually conceptualize their ideas, our goal is to teach them how to draw and bring those ideas to fruition. Our notion is that art is a visual language and drawing is how we spell.
At The Space, we believe drawing is a learned skill, not a talent. Using traditional techniques, we will work with students and teach them about proportion, value, perspective and design while emphasizing a strong conceptual framework. We believe it is a mistake to separate techniques and ideas, Art is a Skill will help students develop both simultaneously.
While it is more difficult, students in this class will work directly from life. We feel that using photography is a roadblock to learning at this stage, and while it can be used as a tool later in development, there is no substitute for direct observation. We also understand that new generations need new approaches to learning. We are constantly thinking of new ideas to make learning more engaging for young artists. Everything from utilizing current technology to tinkering with the amount of time a model poses between breaks is designed to keep the students engaged.
During this course, we will encourage experimentation with regards to different materials, styles, and subjects. The class will culminate with a professional group show at The Space, where the students will attend their opening along with parents, friends, gallery owners and professional artists from the Bay Area.