Drawing Course Descriptions

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Fundamentals of Realistic Drawing with Graphite

Foundational instruction in drawing what one sees, to resemble the scene, item, or person as realistically as possible, from a classical philosophy. Students will use graphite (pencil) to work on a variety of exercises designed to help them learn the vocabulary of visual and fine arts, and develop/improve skills at the core of realistic drawing. Exercises emphasize seeing complex objects in terms of basic shapes, shading, pressure control, blind contour drawing to develop hand-eye coordination and a steady hand. Art concepts introduced and explored are line, shape, color/value, texture, form, space, light/shadow, shading, perspective, composition in still life.


Graphite pencils of various softness/hardness will be used, with different paper surfaces, sharpeners, blenders and erasers, possibly including charcoal as well. Lesson center around foundational drawing skills (so this course should be taken prior to or concurrent with any other drawing course). 

Setup and preparation of surfaces, proper care of tools, basic strokes, blending, and erasing techniques will be covered, as well as erasing / lifting techniques, hatching, stippling, linear marks, impressing and masking.

Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year (yes, even those who would prefer to paint...at some point in your painting career, you will need to DRAW something. So please take this foundational drawing class. :-)

Students who wish to more fully develop their drawing/painting ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as an artist, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.


Students who intend to concentrate their artistic expression in this medium should expect to spend a lifetime working to improve their artistic skills. There will always be more to learn. New Creations Academy offers Principles of Art – second-level (2-3 years) and Elements of Art – third-level (2-3 additional years) of painting instruction, which would follow the conclusion of 3 years of Fundamentals instruction.

**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a painting space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these task quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**


HOMEWORK SUGGESTED: Practice at home is encouraged. A pencil and a sketchbook are recommended. Homework is optional but will greatly speed improvement.

ART SHOWCASE: Instructor and student will select at least one completed piece from this course to display at the final Art Showcase. 


TOOLS/MATERIALS: From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply all materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. This includes all materials needed for display during Art Showcase. Students are welcome to bring their own, brands and models subject to prior approval of instructor, but should clearly label every piece with their name/initials so they don’t get lost or mixed up.

Materials useful for practice at home (which is always encouraged) are not provided, but Instructors can suggest appropriate tools/materials for the student to purchase on their own.


Second-year students will begin to provide their own tools and materials, after having learned to select, prepare and care for them in first-year classes. Approved materials and tools will be listed in course descriptions for students returning to New Creations Academy the second year.

Fundamentals of Drawing with Colored Pencils

Drawing using wax-based pencils containing colored pigments requires different skills than drawing using only charcoal or graphite. It's all about PATIENCE, layers and blending. Learn additional foundational drawing skills (above those in Fundamentals of Realistic Graphite Drawing which should be taken prior to or concurrent with this course) and how to employ colored pencils for realistic results. Color theory will be introduced.


In this course, students are introduced to the elements of line, shape, color, value, texture, texture, form, space, light/shadow, and perspective. Students receive brief instruction on introductory color theory and color mixing. 


As a course in drawing with colored pencils, students will learn about types of paper textures and colors, wax pencils, water-soluble pencils and oil-based pencils, comparing pencil sharpeners and erasers. Setup and preparation of surfaces, pigment swatches, proper care of tools, basic strokes, blending, layering, solvents and erasing techniques will be covered, as well as gradations, hatching, stippling, linear marks, feathered strokes, color choice and mixing, impressing and masking.

Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year.


Students who wish to more fully develop their drawing ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as an artist, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.


Students who intend to concentrate their artistic expression in this medium should expect to spend a lifetime working to improve their artistic skills. There will always be more to learn. New Creations Academy offers Principles of Art – second-level (2-3 years) and Elements of Art – third-level (2-3 additional years) of painting instruction, which would follow the conclusion of 3 years of Fundamentals instruction.


**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a painting space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these task quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**


ART SHOWCASE: Instructor and student will select at least one completed piece from this course to display at the final Art Showcase. 

TOOLS/MATERIALS: From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply all materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. This includes all materials needed for display during Art Showcase. Students are welcome to bring their own, brands and models subject to prior approval of instructor, but should clearly label every piece with their name/initials so they don’t get lost or mixed up.

Materials useful for practice at home (which is always encouraged) are not provided, but Instructors can suggest appropriate tools/materials for the student to purchase on their own.

Second-year students will begin to provide their own tools and materials, after having learned to select, prepare and care for them in first-year classes. Approved materials and tools will be listed in course descriptions for students returning to New Creations Academy the second year.

Fundamentals of Drawing Realistic Human Figures

Foundational instruction in drawing a person/people head-to-toe (from a Christ-honoring perspective, with the form always modestly clothed and posed), as realistically as possible. Students will use graphite (pencil) to work on a variety of exercises designed to help them learn the vocabulary of figure drawing, and develop/improve skills at the core of drawing a realistic human figure.

 

Graphite pencils of various softness/hardness will be used, with different paper surfaces, sharpeners, blenders and erasers, possibly including charcoal as well. Lesson center around foundational portrait drawing skills (so this course should be taken SUBSEQUENT TO or concurrently with the Foundations of Realistic Drawing course).
 

Setup and preparation of surfaces, proper care of tools, basic strokes, blending, and erasing techniques will be covered, as well as erasing / lifting techniques, hatching, stippling, linear marks, impressing and masking. Attention will be paid to proportion of the human figure, and possibly specific lessons on hands and feet, skeletal and muscular shape.
 

Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year.
 

Students who wish to fully develop their drawing ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of two to three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as an artist, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.
 

Practice at home is encouraged. A pencil and a sketchbook are recommended. Homework is optional but will greatly speed improvement.

 

**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a drawing space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**


Fundamentals of Drawing Realistic Portraits

 Foundational instruction in drawing a person/people (from the shoulders up to the head), as realistically as possible, from a classical philosophy. Students will use graphite (pencil) to work on a variety of exercises designed to help them learn the vocabulary of portraiture, and develop/improve skills at the core of drawing a realistic human face and features.

 

Graphite pencils of various softness/hardness will be used, with different paper surfaces, sharpeners, blenders and erasers, possibly including charcoal as well. Lesson center around foundational portrait drawing skills (so this course should be taken SUBSEQUENT TO Foundations of Realistic Drawing course). 

 

Setup and preparation of surfaces, proper care of tools, basic strokes, blending, and erasing techniques will be covered, as well as erasing / lifting techniques, hatching, stippling, linear marks, impressing and masking. Attention will be paid to proportion of facial features, skin and hair texture, shadows/light/highlighting and specific lessons on noses, eyes, ears and mouths.
 

Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year.

Students who wish to fully develop their drawing ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as an artist, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.

 

Practice at home is encouraged. A pencil and a sketchbook are recommended. Homework is optional but will greatly speed improvement.


**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a drawing space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**


Pen & Ink Drawing Fundamentals

Foundational instruction in drawing using pen and ink, students will use ink pen to work on a variety of exercises designed to help them learn grip, basic strokes, consistent marking, and pen control. Pen and ink requires attention to detail, patience and time. Since ink cannot be erased, techniques must be employed to keep the project moving. Art concepts introduced and explored are line, shape, texture, form, space, light/shadow, shading, perspective, composition in still life, architecture, landscape and animals.

Various pens, inks and paper surfaces will be explored. 


Setup and preparation of surfaces, proper care of tools, basic strokes, shading, texture, hatching, stippling, linear marks, spacing, weight, structure and gradation will be emphasized.

 

Lessons center around foundational drawing skills (so this course should be taken after or concurrent with Fundamentals of Realistic Drawing in Graphite course).


Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year .

  

Students who wish to fully develop their drawing ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of one to three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as an artist, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.


**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a drawing space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**
 

Practice at home is encouraged. A pen and a sketchbook are recommended. Homework is optional but will greatly speed improvement.ones.

Features of Creatures Great & Small - Fundamentals of Drawing/Painting Animals

Features of Creatures - Fundamentals of Drawing/Painting Animals

This course begins with instruction in drawing animals focusing on the characteristics that make each creature unique (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds). Students will begin with graphite (pencil) and progress through other mediums as appropriate to explore creating realistic feathers, fur, fins, scales, amphibian and reptile skin.


This course should be taken CONCURRENTLY WITH or SUBSEQUENT TO Foundations of Realistic Drawing course. 


Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year.


**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a drawing space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**


Students who wish to fully develop their drawing ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as an artist, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.


Practice at home is encouraged. A pencil and a sketchbook are recommended. Homework is optional but will greatly speed improvement.

Painting Course descriptions

Watercolor Painting

Fundamentals of Painting with Acrylic

 In this course, students are introduced to the elements of line, shape, color, value, texture, texture, form, space, light/shadow, and perspective. Students receive brief instruction on introductory color theory and color mixing. As a course in painting on canvas, students will learn about selection of quality canvas, preparation of canvas for painting, proper care of brushes and tools, and basic brush strokes.

  

**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a painting space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these task quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**

 
Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year.


Students who wish to fully develop their painting ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each painting student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as a painter, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.

Fundamentals of Painting with Watercolor

In this course, students are introduced to the elements of line, shape, color, value, texture, texture, form, space, light/shadow, and perspective. Students receive brief instruction on introductory color theory and color mixing. As a course in painting on watercolor paper, students will learn about types of paper and selection of quality surfaces and tools. Setup and preparation of palettes and paint, pigment swatches, proper care of brushes and tools, basic brush strokes and various watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry, masking and planning colors.  

**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a painting space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**


Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year.

 

Students who wish to fully develop their painting ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each painting student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as a painter, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.

Fundamentals of Painting / Drawing with Pastels

Learn additional drawing/painting techniques using dry pigment pastels: soft/chalk pastels, firm pastels and pastel pencils, to achieve realistic results in still life, landscape, animals and more. Color theory, blending and mixing will be introduced. Line, shape, color, value, texture, form, space, perspective, composition and light/shadow concepts will be reinforced.

 

Pastels will be applied to different paper surfaces, so tools, materials, surface preparation and drawing techniques will be explored. Setup and preparation of surfaces, proper care of tools, basic strokes, blending, and erasing techniques will be covered, as well as erasing / lifting techniques, linear marks, blending and layering.


Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year (even those who would prefer to paint. Some artists consider pastels as more painting than drawing.)


Students who wish to fully develop their drawing/painting ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as an artist, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.


**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a drawing space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**

Painting with Pastels for Teens

Painting / Drawing with Pastels for Teens (Fundamentals and Principles)

Learn additional drawing/painting techniques using dry pigment pastels: soft/chalk pastels, firm pastels and pastel pencils, to achieve realistic results in still life, landscape, animals and more. Color theory, blending and mixing will be introduced. Line, shape, color, value, texture, form, space, perspective, composition and light/shadow concepts will be reinforced.


Pastels will be applied to different paper surfaces, so tools, materials, surface preparation and drawing techniques will be explored. Setup and preparation of surfaces, proper care of tools, basic strokes, blending, and erasing techniques will be covered, as well as erasing / lifting techniques, linear marks, blending and layering.


Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year (even those who would prefer to paint. Some artists consider pastels as more painting than drawing.)


Students who wish to more fully develop their drawing/painting ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as an artist, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.


Students who intend to concentrate their artistic expression in this medium should expect to spend a lifetime working to improve their artistic skills. There will always be more to learn. New Creations Academy offers Principles of Art – second-level (2-3 years) and Elements of Art – third-level (2-3 additional years) of painting instruction, which would follow the conclusion of 3 years of Fundamentals instruction.


**Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a painting space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these task quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.**


PRE-REQUISITES: Age 13, Previous Experience in Realistic Drawing and Acrylic Painting Strongly Recommended


RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE:This course should be taken after at least one year of instruction in Drawing. This is the appropriate course for those students who have completed Fundamentals study and are ready to move on to Principles.


HOMEWORK SUGGESTED: 


ART SHOWCASE: Instructor and student will select at least one completed piece from this course to display at the final Art Showcase. 


TOOLS/MATERIALS: Teens in this class, and second-year students will begin to provide their own tools and materials, after having learned to select, prepare and care for them in first-year classes. Artists begin to develop preferences for specific tools and materials, surfaces and brands, as well as techniques. So students will begin to take increasing responsibility for selecting, providing, caring for, replenishing, and transporting their  own in class. Approved materials and tools will be listed in course descriptions for students returning to New Creations Academy the second year.


**Students will need to PLEASE BRING a set of Prismacolor Premier NuPastel color sticks (in a package of 24 is the minimum - available on Amazon for $15) to class each week (get a set as large as you can afford (especially if you plan to continue studying art in pastel).**


From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply soft pastels, paper/surfaces, pastel pencils, and additional materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. This includes materials needed for display during Art Showcase.


Materials useful for practice at home (which is always encouraged) are not provided, but Instructors can suggest appropriate tools/materials for the student to purchase on their own. Acceptable brands of SOFT Pastels are Sennelier, Jack Richeson, Unison, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, Diane Townsend, with some being higher quality/more expensive brands. Students are welcome to bring their own SOFT pastels to class as well.  Instructor must approve before you begin using them. Clearly label every piece with their name/initials so they don’t get lost or mixed up.



Painting with Oil for Teens

Painting / Drawing with Oil for Teens (Fundamentals and Principles)
Learn additional drawing/painting techniques using oil paint to achieve realistic results in still life, landscape, animals and more. Color theory, blending and mixing will be introduced. Line, shape, color, value, texture, form, space, perspective, composition and light/shadow concepts will be reinforced.

Oil paint will be applied to different paper surfaces, so tools, materials, toning/surface preparation and drawing techniques will be explored. Setup and preparation of surfaces, proper care of tools, use and storage of oil paints, basic strokes, blending, underpainting, and other techniques will be covered.


We use organic, non-toxic, solvent-free and low-fume materials when at all possible, including medium, brush cleaner, paint thinner/turpentine, gesso and paints.

PRE-REQUISITES: Age 13, Previous Experience in Realistic Painting Strongly Recommended

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE:This course should be taken after at least one year of instruction in Drawing and one year of instruction in Acrylic Painting. This is the appropriate course for those students who have completed Fundamentals study and are ready to move on to Principles.

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED:

ART SHOWCASE: Instructor and student will select at least one completed piece from this course to display at the final Art Showcase.

TOOLS/MATERIALS: Students will need  a smock/apron, 3 brushes, and a set of oil paints for use in class and practice at home. Students must bring to class a set of Winsor & Newton Oil Paints - starter kit of 10 colors - (approximate price $25) (label with their name) a container appropriate for transporting these tools, as well as the wet art piece from class to home each week. Instructor MUST approve the paints and brushes prior to use in class. REQUIRED set of oil paints as indicated.... Acceptable brands of oil paints for this class include Winsor & Newton, Gamblin (which is more expensive). The starter kit colors will need to be replenished by the student if they run low during the term.


From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply a single canvas per project, medium, brush cleaner, paint thinner/turpentine, gesso, paints needed other than the 10 basic colors in the starter kit, and additional materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. Materials needed for display during Art Showcase, such as desired frame, must be provided by the STUDENT and pre-approved by the instructor. Students are welcome to bring their own (brands and models subject to prior approval of instructor), but should clearly label every piece with their name/initials so they don’t get lost or mixed up.

Materials useful for practice at home (which is always encouraged) are not provided, but Instructors can suggest appropriate tools/materials for the student to purchase on their own.

Teens in this class, and second-year students will begin to provide their own tools and materials, after having learned to select, prepare and care for them in first-year classes. Artists begin to develop preferences for specific tools and materials, surfaces and brands, as well as techniques. So students will begin to take increasing responsibility for selecting, providing, caring for, replenishing, and transporting their  own in class.
Approved materials and tools will be listed in course descriptions for students returning to New Creations Academy the second year.  


Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year (even those who would prefer to paint. Some artists consider pastels as more painting than drawing.)  Students who wish to more fully develop their drawing/painting ability should prepare to take this course for a minimum of three (3) academic years beginning at age 10+. Instructor will repeat crucial material each year, but will customize some exercises as well as mid-term and final projects to the experience and ability of each student. As the student returns and applies focus and effort to growing as an artist, then materials, tools, surfaces and techniques will be varied and expanded by the instructor to guide students to progress in their development.  Students who intend to concentrate their artistic expression in this medium should expect to spend a lifetime working to improve their artistic skills. There will always be more to learn. New Creations Academy offers Principles of Art – second-level (2-3 years) and Elements of Art – third-level (2-3 additional years) of painting instruction, which would follow the conclusion of 3 years of Fundamentals instruction.  **Every artist must learn the discipline of setting up a painting space, preparing the tools/materials (and their mind) for creativity, and cleaning up/caring for tools and materials. So each class includes time for setup/cleanup during which ALL students are expected to help. When students take responsibility to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently, more time is available during the class period for creating.** 


FAQs

 Q: Should students take every kind of painting class, or stick to a single medium?
A: The more experience an artist has in various styles and media, the better they can potentially get.


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other Course descriptions

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The Art of Poetry

Age 12+

Class goals:

-Familiarize ourselves with the history of poets and their work from ancient to modern times

-Learn how poetry structures work and try our hands at writing in various styles

-Complete as a group one in-class Epic Poem through weekly line writing

- a writing lab may be spread between Units

Drawing and doodling is allowed in this class!

Unit One: Introduction to poetry

Texts: The Bible, Homer’s Odyssey, Epic of Gilgamesh

Unit Two: Oral Interpretation in poetry

Texts: Homer’s Odyssey, Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Unit Three: Episodes in Poetry

Texts: This will be an interactive history lecture, from many texts. 

Unit Four: Form in Poetry: Rhyme and Rhythm

Texts: Shakespeare and Donne sonnets, Oxford Book of Comic Verse, Robert Frost

Unit Five: Form in Poetry: Symbols and Songs

Texts: another interactive lecture, this time involving music

Unit Six: Language in Poetry: Assonance, Alliteration, Emphasis

Texts: various poems of all types

Unit Seven: Reading Poetry

Texts: students will bring a favorite poem to class, to read aloud if desired.

Unit Eight: Writing Lab


Around the World in 16 Weeks

Cultural Geography

Age 10-12

Course Objectives: Identifying the continents, oceans, major rivers, mountain ranges, and learning their significance

Drawing outlines of the continents in relation to each other on a map

Learning to name many countries and their capitals, as well as discuss customs and cultural contributions 

Exploring some of the more unique animal and plant life on various continents

Unit One: It’s a Small World?

Overview of World Geography

Unit Two: Close to Home

Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Unit Three: Neighbors to the North

Canada and the USA

Unit Four: A Whole New World

Central and South America

Unit Five: Small but Mighty

Europe

Unit Six: Land of the Czars 

Russia and its neighbaors

Unit Seven: Across the Dateline

East Asia and the Indian Subcontinent

Unit Eight: Cradle of Civilization

The Middle East

Unit Nine: Down Under

Australia and the Pacific Rim

Unit Ten: From the Delta to Good Hope

Africa

 
 

The Play’s the Thing: interpreting dramatic literature

Class Goals: 

-Familiarity with the work of major playwrights 

-Learn how to read a play

-memorize and present one monologue and participate in a dramatic reading


Unit One: What’s in a Play?

Learning the basics of dramatic literature-cast list, stage directions, format, dialogue, monologue

Unit Two: Prose and Verse

Historic overview with readings

Unit Three: Classical Interp

Works of the Greeks

Unit Four: Words, Words, Words

Golden Age English language theatre

Works of Shakespeare 

Unit Five: Modern Drama

Works of the 18th-21st centuries

Unit Six: Oral Interpretation 

Reading drama for an audience

 

Exploring Paper Arts & Sculpture

This course uses paper as a medium for creating art, including Paper and cardboard sculpture, origami, paper plate flowers, paper mache, paper clay, paper cutouts, quilling, printing and collage.

Students interested in a broad survey of art techniques as a foundation for other artistic expression should take this course at least one academic year.

PRE-REQUISITES:

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE:

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED: 

ART SHOWCASE: Instructor and student will select at least one completed piece from this course to display at the final Art Showcase. 

TOOLS/MATERIALS: From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply all materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. This includes all materials needed for display during Art Showcase. Students are welcome to bring their own, brands and models subject to prior approval of instructor, but should clearly label every piece with their name/initials so they don’t get lost or mixed up.

Materials useful for practice at home (which is always encouraged) are not provided, but Instructors can suggest appropriate tools/materials for the student to purchase on their own.

Second-year students will begin to provide their own tools and materials, after having learned to select, prepare and care for them in first-year classes. Approved materials and tools will be listed in course descriptions for students returning to New Creations Academy the second year.


Fundamentals of Calligraphy and Lettering

This course introduces the creative art of hand-drawn lettering. Students will learn a variety of lettering styles and techniques for creating hand-lettered illustrations. More than just a penmanship class, calligraphy and lettering class will develop a student’s sense of letterforms as artistic and graphic elements.

Various pens and pencils will be used.

PRE-REQUISITES:

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE:

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED: 

ART SHOWCASE: Instructor and student will select at least one completed piece from this course to display at the final Art Showcase. 


Fundamentals of Voice

This course introduces the student to vocal music and the basics of music theory. The students will work on individual and group music, and will perform at the final Art Showcase.


Exploring Music

This course introduces the basics of appreciating music in all its many forms. Students will listen to  a variety of music styles and techniques produced through the ages.


Fundamentals of Stop-Motion Video

This course introduces the art of stop-motion video, using examples of the art form from the beginning of film-making. Students will learn a variety of stop-motion techniques, styles and materials for story-telling, and explore the foundations of story-boarding, timing, script-writing, scene, plot, character, audio in music and voice-over, lighting, continuity, set development. Various materials may be employed including clay, Lego building bricks, whiteboard drawing, paper cutouts, drawn characters and small figures like stuffed animals, stickbots or dolls. Terminology common to video development will be used and students will learn to dissect a scene and reproduce it. The second-semester final project will be a video produced in teams, employing all the lessons completed in the first semester.

Devices and software will be provided for in-class use.

The stop-motion video application we will employ this first year can be acquired for tablets, laptops and phones at a very low cost, so students can practice the lessons on their own at home, using a device they own. Homework is not required, although it is encouraged.

PRE-REQUISITES:

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE:

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED: 

ART SHOWCASE: Instructor and student will select at least one completed piece from this course to display at the final Art Showcase. 

TOOLS/MATERIALS: From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply all materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. This includes all materials needed for display during Art Showcase. Students are welcome to bring their own, brands and models subject to prior approval of instructor, but should clearly label every piece with their name/initials so they don’t get lost or mixed up.

Materials useful for practice at home (which is always encouraged) are not provided, but Instructors can suggest appropriate tools/materials for the student to purchase on their own.

Second-year students will begin to provide their own tools and materials, after having learned to select, prepare and care for them in first-year classes. Approved materials and tools will be listed in course descriptions for students returning to New Creations Academy the second year.


Fundamentals of Live-Action Video

This course introduces the art of live-action video exploring various purposes and styles of video, including documentary, trailer and news, vlogging, features and series. Students will learn a variety of video principles that enhance story-telling, the foundations of setting, plot and character. Techniques in script writing, storyboarding, lighting, set development, audio, shot framing, editing and continuity will be addressed. Consideration will be given to assembling a crew, scouting locations, and choosing props and actors.

In the first semester, students will learn to dissect an assigned scene and reproduce it, shot for shot. The second-semester final project will be a video produced in teams, employing all the lessons completed in the first semester.

Students are encouraged to bring a smartphone or tablet with a video camera to class that they can use to capture video. With practice, they will improve in their ability to frame and record steady shots from interesting angles, and employ editing to tell stories. Devices and software will be provided for use in class.

The video editing application we will employ this first year can be acquired for tablets, laptops and phones at a very low cost, so students can practice the lessons on their own at home. Homework is not required, although it is encouraged.

PRE-REQUISITES:

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE:

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED: 

ART SHOWCASE: Instructor and student will select at least one completed piece from this course to display at the final Art Showcase. 

TOOLS/MATERIALS: From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply all materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. This includes all materials needed for display during Art Showcase. Students are welcome to bring their own, brands and models subject to prior approval of instructor, but should clearly label every piece with their name/initials so they don’t get lost or mixed up.

Materials useful for practice at home (which is always encouraged) are not provided, but Instructors can suggest appropriate tools/materials for the student to purchase on their own.

Second-year students will begin to provide their own tools and materials, after having learned to select, prepare and care for them in first-year classes. Approved materials and tools will be listed in course descriptions for students returning to New Creations Academy the second year.


Fundamentals of Silkscreen for Art & Business

Students will learn the silk-screening process from start to finish, beginning with preparing screens for emulsion, applying emulsion, artwork selection or output, exposure, washout, preparing exposed screens for ink, setup and registration on a single-color or multi-color press, applying ink, and curing, then reclaiming screens. Students will produce at least one printed piece each semester.

Business elements of ecommerce and point-of-purchase will be discussed, including commercial value of an image or item, analysis of labor costs, raw materials and supplies, production time, inventory management, fulfillment, and profit margin, marketing and promotion.

PRE-REQUISITES:

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE:

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED: 

ART SHOWCASE: Instructor and student will select at least one completed piece from this course to display at the final Art Showcase. 

TOOLS/MATERIALS: From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply all materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. This includes all materials needed for display during Art Showcase.

 

Fundamentals of Culinary Arts with Lab

Students will learn basics of kitchen sanitation, food safety, planning, preparing the workstation, mixing, measuring, and terminology used in a commercial kitchen. Lessons will include selecting typical tools and operating standard equipment for preparing basic elements of meals and desserts. SAFETY of ingredients, practices and tools will be covered until students all get it. Kitchen chemistry will be reviewed, as well as nutrition, allergens, reading recipes, judging ingredient quality, substitutions and presentation/plating. This first year will focus on recipe basics and baking breads, cookies, muffins and cakes. Students will produce at least one prepared item each week. Concepts of food service, entertaining and catering will be discussed, including portion size, storage and transport, food costs timing and labor.

There is A LOT OF CLEANING UP required in this class. Students will have ample opportunity to practice setting up and cleaning up, hard work and patience.

Cooking can be really fun!

A kitchen can be hazardous with hot or slippery surfaces, heavy items, or possible food contamination. Students will have opportunity every week to practice safe, focused action, and learn to prevent mishaps. Closed-toe shoes with sufficient non-slip tread are required. An apron will be provided, but hair must be pulled back from face and secured using a clean hat, bandana or hair band and pins.

Allergens WILL BE USED in the kitchen for this class. If your student is allergic to wheat, eggs, dairy, nuts or other common ingredients, sadly this class is not for your student.

PRE-REQUISITES:

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE:

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED: 

ART SHOWCASE: 

TOOLS/MATERIALS: From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply all materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. This includes all materials needed for display during Art Showcase. Students are welcome to bring their own, brands and models subject to prior approval of instructor, but should clearly label every piece with their name/initials so they don’t get lost or mixed up.

Materials useful for practice at home (which is always encouraged) are not provided, but Instructors can suggest appropriate tools/materials for the student to purchase on their own.

Second-year students will begin to provide their own tools and materials, after having learned to select, prepare and care for them in first-year classes. Approved materials and tools will be listed in course descriptions for students returning to New Creations Academy the second year.


Fundamentals of Photography for Art & Business

Students will use their own smartphone to practice basic techniques in telling stories using photographs. Shot composition, exposure, angle, lighting will be covered. Digital resolution as well as privacy will be addressed.

Uses of images for other art medium, online, advertising and web design will be discussed.

PRE-REQUISITES:

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE:

HOMEWORK SUGGESTED: 

ART SHOWCASE: One image from each semester will be selected by instructor and student to display at mid-term and final Art Showcase.

TOOLS/MATERIALS: Students need to bring a smartphone or table with rear-facing camera to each class. From the Materials/Lab fees each student pays, New Creations Academy will supply all other materials necessary for in-class use for first-year students. This includes all materials needed for display during Art Showcase. Students are encouraged to bring devices subject to prior approval of instructor, and should clearly label every piece with their name/initials so they don’t get lost or mixed up.


Teen Literary Society

Teens will select classic literature from a curated list, read the literature in an agreed-upon timeframe, and come to the location each week to discuss, critique and explore the themes and style of each composition. An adult moderator will help guide teen students in staying on track.

Each student agrees to keep up with the reading every week and participate in discussions.

Books selected for reading are NOT covered in the Materials/Lab Fees nor the Tuition. Parents are encouraged to check books out from the library, or buy used.


Creative Writers Share Group

Share is a place to pursue something you care about—your writing— with other people. An adult moderator will help guide teen students in encouragement and improvement for all members. You agree to take the voluntary writing work from your fellow students as seriously as you take your own writing. This group provides critique and beta readers — people who have agreed to read your stories and provide feedback without expecting anything in return.

Each student agrees to write each week and also read the work shared by fellow students. Some recitation will be required.

Student will select a single composition each term to share live during an exhibit, and/or online at the academy website.

Restricted to Age 13+


Fundamentals of Commerce and the Field Trip to BizTown

Using curriculum provided by Junior Achievement, students will explore basics of life and business, completing job applications, writing checks, civics and commerce.

At the conclusion of the semester, students will meet at the BizTown facility for an enactment of a day in the life of a modern town. Recommended for age 8-14

CEOs and/or Mayor and other key positions necessary for the functioning business or town will be chosen by classmates and the adult moderator.

Homework is minimal. Parents will need to join the student, drive the student, to/from the field trip. Tentatively scheduled for December 11.

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