1. Can you briefly describe what you will be doing with the kids?
My curriculum is based on months, each few months there will be themes like people, animals, landscapes, nature. And each month there will be techniques to learn on like, texturing, color-blending, perspective, compositions, proportions while training their fine motor skills in drawing, coloring and painting. And I’ll slot in craft sessions to train their motor skills in cutting and crafting.
Moreover, I will also incorporate sessions where I’ll show them award-winning children’s books for inspiration and also short sessions on simple art history on famous artist and paintings. Each session will have concentration on techniques as well as creative thinking and even on moral values when we think broader into areas of training their patience, confidence, self-esteem and respect for each other as they draw and paint.
2. What are the fees and number of children you can teach?
I prefer private art sessions to be under 7 children so that both attention and quality can be ensured. With the number of children per session (1.5-2 hours long) varying from 7 to 1 child, the fees are within the range of $80-$200. Understandably, the fees goes up when the number gets smaller as it becomes more exclusive. Do give me a call and I would look into individual cases and give you an adequate fee.
3. What materials or equipments do you need us to prepare for the lessons?
Equipment: Table and chairs (enough to fit everyone) Materials: pencil (not mechanical kind), eraser, oil pastels (Pelikan, Lyra, Pentel are good brands), poster color (Giotto, Pelikan, Lyra), flat-tipped bristle hog brush (size 10 and size 4), newspaper, water container/plastic cup
Other materials to be used will be provided.
4. What kind of area or space would be fine for you to conduct the class? All we need is a table big enough to accommodate the kids and their materials, ensuring that they have ample space to draw and color and are not too cramped. Also, the table has to be of a suitable height so that the children will be comfortable in the art-making process and not get any neck-aches. The table also needs to be laid with newspaper. I will have my own whiteboard and markers.
5. We would love to have our kids learn art from you over a longer period of time, especially when the kids settle into your teaching style. We are wondering how long can the kids continue to learn art from you? Yes that is one of my goals in teaching as well. Would love to stay with the kids and slowly develop their skills and techniques and creative thinking as well. I would say that I would love to teach them for at least a year and if better, up to 2-4 years.
5. Why is my children still drawing stick figures at home when they can draw so realistically during art class? Well, there are two types of drawing which parents needs to understand and know. First is symbolic drawing and second is representational drawing. First, symbolic drawing are drawings which children do out of their imagination, through their observations and then freely drawing what they think it looks like. This is a perfectly fine practice, in fact, it is good that they are drawing. Children from three to eight will engage in symbolic drawing until about nine when they start to perceive things properly and grow out of their stick-figures and naturally transit into more representational drawing. Now, representational drawing is realistic interpretations of objects or can be the kind of guided drawing they do during artclasses.
Hence it is fine for them to draw symbolically whenever they have free time and realistically during planned and guided drawing sessions.