Children's Classes

 

CERAMICS

Fee includes clay, firings and glazes.


 

CREATIVE WAYS WITH CLAY - NEW! (ages 7+)
Carolyn LaLiberte (CLL-2)
Mondays, 1/12-3/16, 4-6pm
No class 1/19 and 2/16
$180, Members $150
Explore different hand-building techniques such as slabs, coils and pinch pots to form animal containers, puppets, rattles, etc. and then learn how to apply color and pattern.  Students will create their own personal stamps to use on their projects. 
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BEGINNING WHEEL (ages 10+)
Roy Kunisaki (RK-2)
Tuesdays, 1/13-3/3, 4-6pm
$180, Members $150
Learn wheel-throwing, trimming and glazing skills.


 

DRAWING & PAINTING


WATERCOLOR & INK FOR KIDS  (ages 7-9) 
Laurel Koss (LK-1)
Wednesdays, 1/14-3/4, 4:30-6pm
$150, Members $120
Where will a line take you?  Anywhere your imagination leads you.  Work with line by contour drawing in ink, and coloring it over with watercolor.  Learn how to work with watercolor in pencil, tubes, and pans. Instruction includes basic watercolor painting techniques, line drawing, and drawing with a brush to paint summer scenes, people, animals, toys, and city and landscapes.  
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YOUTH PAINTING & PASTEL (ages 9+)
Jennifer Siegal (JNS-5)
Tuesdays, 1/12-3/16, 4:30-6pm
No class 1/19 and 2/16
$150, Members $120
Explore a variety of painting styles and techniques while working with acrylic paints, watercolors and dry pastels. Learn color mixing, controlling the medium and shading techniques for realistic rendering. Paint a portrait with pastels, create a landscape in acrylic paints and paint a still life with watercolors.
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YOUTH DRAWING I (ages 7+)
Jennifer Siegal (JNS-4)
Tuesdays, 1/13-3/3, 4:30-6pm
$150, Members $120
Use charcoal, graphite and colored pencil while learning different shading techniques. Draw your favorite animal, an impressionistic self portrait and a gesture drawing of a summer tree. Use simple perspective to create a futuristic city.
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CHALK & OIL PASTEL (ages 6+)
Laurel Koss (LK-3)
Saturdays, 1/17-3/7, 10-11:30am
$150, Members $120
Using the soft look of chalk pastels and the bold colors of oil sticks, learn to compose drawings and paintings.  Lessons include color mixing, stroke techniques, and working with watercolor, markers, and acrylics on a variety of colors and textures of paper, board, and wood.  Projects include drawing exercises, the color wheel, flowers, the California landscape, food, baby animals, the aurora borealis, and portraits.  Examples of art from the classical Degas to the magical children’s illustrator Mary GrandPre will be presented.  It will be messy but fun!  Children’s stories reflecting the subject or art will be read, too.  
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ANIME & MANGA DRAWING - NEW! (ages 10+)
Jennifer Stillwell (JSW-1)
Tuesdays, 1/13-3/3, 4-6pm
$150, Members $120
Explore the fun and unique style of Japanese Anime and Manga. Focus on learning character proportions and stylistic features that make these characters come to life. Students will practice colored pencil and watercolor techniques to create images of their favorite anime and manga characters. They will also have the opportunity to design one-of-a-kind characters of their own.
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CARTOONING/MODELING SUPERHEROES (ages 7+)
Jennifer Siegal (JNS-1) Mondays, 1/12-3/16, 4-5:30pm
No class 1/19 and 2/16
$155, Members $125 
Draw and ink cartoons and superheroes. Give your character a name, powers and a story and then build a cartoon strip. Then sculpt your character in a 3-D clay version. Let your imagination run wild! Fee includes clay.
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MOSAICS FOR KIDS (ages 6+)
Robin Bott (RB-1) 
Mondays, 1/12-3/16, 4-5:30pm 
$180, Members $150 
Mosaic your own stepping stones, wall hangings, picture frames, paper weights and more using traditional techniques to incorporate ceramic tiles, stained glass, beads, etc. into unique keepsakes.  Fee includes supplies.



STOP ACTION MOVIE MAKING (ages 9+) 
Jennifer Stillwell (JSW-3) 
Thursdays, 1/15-3/5, 4-5:30pm 
$180, Members $150
Let’s make a movie!  Stop Motion is a fun course for children introducing the art and principles of animated film making by taking a series of still photographs of everyday objects while moving them about to create a movie that will make them seem to "come alive".
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HANDS ON SCULPTURE - NEW! (ages 9+) 
Jennifer Siegal (JNS-3) 
Wednesdays, 1/14-3/4, 4-5:30pm 

$180, Members $150

Explore sculpture!  Learn to build an armature, model from clay, carve stone-like material, construct a wire-mobile and create a soft sculpture.  We’ll create animals, figures and abstract designs. Bring paper and pencil to class.  Fee includes supplies.
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IMAGINATION & CREATIONS (ages 4+) 
Robin Bott (RB-4) 
Thursdays, 1/15-3/5, 4-5:30pm 
$180, Members $150 
Explore drawing, painting and sculpture through tile mosaics, papier-mâché masks, fantasy space art and shadow boxes. Try printmaking, puppet making, air-dry clay sculpture, drawing and more! Fee includes supplies.
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TEEN/COLLEGE PREP ARTS & DESIGN


MIDDLE SCHOOL MONDAYS      NEW!

Join us after school on Mondays-have a snack at the Stripe Café and then unleash your creativity!


EXPLORE EXPERIMENT EXPRESS!

Robin Bott (RB-5) 

Mondays, 1/12-2/23, 2:30-4pm 
No class 1/19 and 2/16

5 class sessions, $130, Members $100 

Fee includes supplies

Draw, paint, tear paper, glue.  Every week, a chance to try a new medium: colored pencils, markers, chalk pastels, watercolor, wood, and collage on a variety of surfaces.  Have fun creating a new work of art after a hard day at school!

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DRAWING FOR ASPIRING DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS & ARCHITECTS

Bill Ungar (BU-1)

Mondays, 3/2-4/6, 2:30-4pm 
No class 3/30
5 class sessions
$120, Members $90

How do designers create a new type of skateboard? How do engineers create a new kind of scuba diving snorkel? How do architects create a new building? If you think they start by sitting down at the computer, you'd be wrong. Everything that is designed and engineered first starts with a drawing (or series of drawings). Industrial Designer Bill Ungar will teach students the basic techniques of product, engineering, and architectural drawing - and how to think like a designer, engineer, and architect. 

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MAYA BASICS - NEW! Jennifer Stillwell (JSW-2)

Wednesdays, 1/14-3/4, 4-5:30pm

$160, Members $130

Love 3-D Animation? Want to learn to make your own 3D animated movies? PVAC now offers a class in Maya Basics taught by our resident animator, Jennifer Stillwell. Maya is the high-end 3D modeling, animation, texturing and rendering software used by the animation and gaming industry. A student version is free to download. Students are required to bring their own laptops with a 64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor, able to accommodate a file size of at least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended), with 4GB of free disk space for install, and a three-button mouse.


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ANIMATION

Jennifer Stillwell (JSW-4)
Thursdays, 1/14-3/4, 6:30-8:30pm 
$150, Members $120
Traditional animation teaches the hand-drawn technique developed and refined by the artists of Walt Disney studios. Students will learn how to create the "Illusion of Life" by drawing a series of still images that will be photographed individually, and then played back as an animated movie.
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*NEED INDIVIDUAL HELP PREPARING YOUR

COLLEGE ADMISSION PORTFOLIO?

Work one on one with an artist/instructor to edit and prepare your portfolio. For information, contact Angela Hoffman, 310-541-2479.

WIDER OPPORTUNITIES

Check out our adult classes. Most instructors accept high school students. Call Angela Hoffman, 310-541-2479, to determine what meets your needs.