Art as a Language

Our art classes are taught by a team of credentialed K-12 educators and artists who have an extensive teaching experience in art spaces, museums and schools. They will be guiding our students by inspiring them and giving them instruction in how to accomplish their numerous projects. Students will be progressively introduced to the six elements of art: line, space and mass color, texture, form and value before being invited to explore their creative selves.

Our art lessons are both educational and entertaining and some are focused on educating students about how art originated, how different theories developed over time and the perception of arts depending on the different cultures and in connection to their language. 

In our center, art classes are not only restricted to arts & crafts, although students are allowed to express themselves creatively.  We teach students some basic understanding of how to draw and paint. Some art workshops will include notions of art history and culture in order to learn about the artists who created techniques that made them unique and known for their specific set of talents.

Our broad art curriculum include teaching the fundamentals of drawing, building with recycled materials, mosaic, basics and advanced brush techniques for watercolor and oil paintings, lithography, cartooning, flower making and clay sculpture.

Art classes are taught either in English or in Spanish. For some classes, art is integrated into the Spanish curriculum so the kids can be engaged in learning some aspects of the language while unleashing their creativity and improving their visual skills. Some art workshop will be conducted in French as well.

For the 5 years and younger, the focus will be mainly on raising awareness for diversity of material used in art and developing the hand-eye coordination habit. For the 5 to 9 years age group, it will be more about developing individual creativity while learning artistic skills and receiving guidance at the same time. For the 10 years and above, the art team will get them inspired by past and contemporary artwork with the goal of developing technical proficiency. Three-dimensional projects will incorporate techniques ranging from drawing to sculpture. Projects will use not only fine art materials but also recycled materiel to create one of a kind works of art.

Students will approach art using a large array of material and tools. Please inquire directly at Bay Language Academy for the list of multiple projects and activities offered for 2012/2013. See below two of our Summer camps themes:

Summer Camp Art Curriculum (sample, for more details, inquire with Bay Language Academy)

France: Explore Painting with the Impressionists: Students will gain familiarity with the landscape works of Monet, Renoir and Cezanne.

Humans in Art Across cultures: Students will explore representations of the human figure in visual art across cultures and throughout history. They will practice figure drawing, create shadow puppets, and aboriginal skeletal paintings. They will build African Fang Reliquary Figures from the Ivory Coast and learn about the miraculous healing qualities of Milagros from Spain representing organs and body parts.

Birds Life Cycle Project: Students will learn about different types of birds, be able to identify their body parts and describe their life cycle and habitats. They will create artistic investigations of birds from various perspectives.

Camp sessions are limited in space and are formed on the first-come first-served basis. Http://www.baylanguages.com/Summer


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