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Magical Monsters and Creatures Drawing and Painting Class (Ages 8-12)

In this weekly class, we will work together to invent astonishing creatures from our own imaginations using drawing techniques, watercolor, and storytelling to bring our work to life using drawing and watercolors.
Lauren deSerres
73 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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105 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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This class is meant to teach students how to approach an open-ended creative project, and to feel more confident in their ability to make decisions and develop their own artistic voices. 
I've been teaching grades K-12 for over a decade and have used this curriculum with a multitude of ages. This curriculum has been used and modified over the years so that it will set students up with the tools they need to be successful in creating their own works of art. In addition to teaching art, I am a professional painter and I use these same tools to create my art. My approach to teaching is hands-on, exploratory, and creative. I like to begin by demonstrating the basic skills, having students demonstrate the basic skills, and then allowing them to apply those skills to a creative project. I meet students where they're at and my goal is to grow their skills and their confidence so they feel empowered to tackle their own projects outside of class. 

Learners are encouraged to take risks, ask questions, and also to use their mistakes to create new techniques. This is a growth-oriented class, and exploration through process is the main goal. It's the journey that's important, not the destination. Students will learn lots of new techniques that they can add to their "artist toolbox." Once they have these techniques, they can use them to explore projects on their own. 
Tools for this course: **I encourage you to gather these materials from around the house. You don’t need to purchase these specific items if you already have them. The sources are suggestions.** Art Box to store tools in. Cardboard box works well! ______________________ Safe, flat place to dry artwork ______________________ Table that can get messy ______________________ Salt (coarse grain or coarse grain sea salt works best, but table salt will also work) ______________________ Crayons Crayola works best (white crayon especially) ______________________ Rubbing Alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizer ______________________ Paper Towelsor Regular old towel for drying brushes ______________________ cotton swab, or sponge ______________________ Dish of Water ______________________ Pencil, Sharpener, Eraser ______________________ Ruler ______________________ Watercolor Set: I recommend a pan set rather than tubes. Any set will work, but here are some suggestions if you are interested. Amazon: Blick: ___________________ Watercolor Pencil set Any set will work, but here are some suggestions if you are interested. ___________________ Brushes Any set will work, but here are some suggestions if you are interested. ___________________ Drawing supplies: Pencil and Eraser ___________________ Ruler ___________________ Crayons: Crayola Crayons $5.99 on Amazon ___________________ Watercolor Paper Pad: Any brand will work, but here are some suggestions if you are interested. Canson (100510941) XL Series Watercolor Pad, 9" x 12", Fold-over cover, 30 Sheets $5.97 on Amazon ___________________ Apron ___________________
1 hour 45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Lauren deSerres
Lives in the United States
MFA, Mixed Media Painter
73 total reviews
48 completed classes

About Me

My passion has always been visual arts. I think that art-making and creating is part of the human experience. Creation comes in many forms, and I believe all are equally important. All students deserve to be treated as human beings capable of... 
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