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Art Class: Drawing & Painting Animals (Ages 9-12)

Susan Garrison
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(69)
In this ongoing class, your child will follow along in a step-by-step drawing or painting lesson of a variety of animals throughout our weekly lessons.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 6
Students will learn about the identifying features & some interesting facts about specific animals as we draw or paint them.  They will also learn drawing, shading and textural techniques in drawing and painting mediums and how to create a balanced composition while keeping the animal at the focal point.

Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
There will be no formal assessment; however, we will take the time to hold up our drawings and paintings to celebrate and encourage each other's progress several times throughout our creative process and again at the end of class. I'll watch for opportunities to give more guidance or tips throughout the lesson as needed.
Grades Offered
Most of our classes will be drawing lessons in which we begin with a pencil and then add color as time allows using a choice of items from our Regular Drawing Supply List.  You'll also find special dry drawing tools that may be requested for a few animal lessons throughout the year as well as some painting supplies that will be needed several times each semester.  Please be sure to check our classroom page postings each week for supplies needed for the upcoming class so that you can help your child gather those before class time.   

Bring the following to every class unless otherwise posted in our classroom page:
Pencil, Eraser, Sharpener
Paper (8”X10” OR 9”X12” sketchbook or drawing paper)
Coloring Tools (crayons, colored pencils or twistable versions of either of those)
Tip:  Please do not bring markers to class; they are not well-suited for blending and shading possibilities.

Kneaded Eraser and thin, soft Vine OR Willow Charcoal Sticks & Charcoal Pencils
Soft Chalk Pastels
Oil Pastels

ONE 8"x10" or 9”x12” White ACRYLIC PAINT SURFACE (See Several Options Below):
Stretched Canvas, Canvas Panel/Board, or Acrylic Canvas Paper
(What are the differences? . . . Stretched Canvas has primed (coated white) canvas stretched over a wooden frame & stapled to the wood.  Canvas Panel/Board feels more solid like the canvas is mounted/glued to a stiff cardboard.  Acrylic Canvas Paper is thick, coated paper that is flexible but won't warp and tear as easily as other papers and comes in a pad of multiple sheets.) 

ACRYLIC PAINTS:   (not tempera, not watercolor, not oil)
I suggest a variety of different colors including Blue, Red, Yellow, White & Black plus also Green, Orange, Purple & Brown although your child may not choose to use all of the colors.  (Thicker acrylic paint in tubes are the best consistency for our painting techniques.  If possible, try to avoid using the thinner acrylics in plastic bottles that sound watery when shaken.)  

PAPER PLATE to use as a paint palette. (Optional to use a plastic paint palette instead or even a disposable pie tin)

ACRYLIC PAINT BRUSHES in a variety of sizes.  Include a couple of medium size ROUGH Flat Brushes (looks like a square on the tip but bristles are rough and a little prickly to the touch.  Also include a couple of very small SMOOTH Acrylic Brushes (1 very small Round brush like a pencil tip shape and 1 slender Flat Square Shape)  Please avoid brushes that are flimsy and bend when put under a stream of water. (Those are watercolor brushes instead of acrylic brushes.)

WATER in a metal can, plastic cup or glass jar.

pencil, eraser, sharpener
9"x12" Watercolor Paper (or or 8”x10”)
A set of Watercolor Paints (just a simple set of 8 or 16 colors
A few Watercolor Paint Brushes in different sizes
Water in an open cup, can or jar
Paper Towels
Oil Pastels in a variety of colors (be sure they are NOT the type that can be blended with water--it would say it on the package if it is) (Crayons are an OPTIONAL SUBSTITUTION for oil pastels.)
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(69)
Hi, I'm Susan Garrison, a professional artist who also loves teaching kids!  I've been drawing & painting all my life and teaching children for the past 3 decades.  After earning my BS Degree in Art Education K-12 from Middle Tennessee State... 
Group Class


1x per week
60 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-12
2-4 learners per class

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