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Sketchbook

Sketchbook Workshop is aiming to help students gain strong abilities to capture gestures and forms, as well as cultivate the habit of independent observation and art creation. The importance of sketching is self-evident: every masterpiece has had numerous solid sketching backups; every successful designer and artist demonstrates excellent sketching virtuosity. Through more than 400 pieces of practicing projects and multiple creative final projects in this class, students will harvest more than they expected. They will be exposed to immersive learning experiences, including exploring structures and gestures, collecting references, experimenting with compositions, narrating, and expressing via sketching. Inner interests in art and visual language expression capabilities will be enhanced; skills they learned from drawing and painting classes will be integrated. In short, this is a worthwhile time and energy investment that will help students to achieve the freedom of drawing.

Ages: 11+

Class: 2 hours / 1x week

Drawing

Drawing (Portfolio Prep) Class is designed for students 11 years+ to train and solidify advanced realistic drawing skills and solve almost all artistic problems including line, shape and form, light and shade, detail and texture, etc. Our systematically designed curriculum offers comprehensive themes (such as line drawing, geometric shapes, still life, portrait, and figure drawing) and scientific approaches. Students will also broaden their horizons and enhance their ability to aesthetics with art history knowledge inspiration. By completing all 4 levels of the class, students can independently complete projects with strong individuality and creativity that can be used directly in their college application and/or AP art portfolios.

  • Lv 1: Drawing Skills Fundamental (Required for ALL Portfolio students)
  • Lv 2: Advanced Still Life & Basic Portrait
  • Lv 3: Advanced Portrait & Figure Drawing
  • Lv 4: AP & Art Competition

Ages: 11-16

Class: 2 hours / 1x week

Painting

Painting (Portfolio Prep) Class is designed to acquaint students with color theories, materials, composition, and techniques of painting. Painterly representation as a major art medium will be emphasized. Color relationships as one of the essential features of painting will be analytically studied and explored through multiple interpretations and practices. The ability to manipulate visual elements to serve certain purposes is essential in the art discipline, and aesthetic judgment determines the outcomes. Students will also refer to and appreciate the masterpieces dealing with traditional and contemporary concerns regarding art movement and subject matter.

  • What We Cover In The Class:
  • Intro to Color System and Mixing Exercises
  • Still Life Color Temperature Studies
  • Still Life Value Patterns
  • Color Scheme Practices
  • Color Uses on Local, Optical, Emotional

Ages: 11-16

Class: 2 hours / 1x week

Portfolio Development

Portfolio Development (Cupertino/Fremont Campuses) class is designed for these three groups of students:

  • Experienced students who are ready to do the most to improve their artistic abilities.
  • Students who want to create a cohesive art portfolio that will complement their college applications
  • Students who are creating a high level art portfolio for art school application or AP Art Exam for college credit

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Ages: 14+

Class: 2 hours / 1x week

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Elective Classes

Oil Painting Foundation

Oil Painting Foundation (offered in Cupertino site) is offered to the CalColor student that has had a lot of experience with our Art Foundation classes and wants to try something new for a bit. This can be an add-on to your Foundation classes, or you can take a break from your Foundation classes and try out this special and legendary material!

The course objective is to introduce the students to the basics of oil painting and is a good bridge between Foundation and higher-level courses. This can also lead you into Advancement, which then leads you to PD prep and PD painting.

Ages: 7-10

Class: 1.5hours / 1x week

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Digital Anime

Digital Anime (Offered through Newark, Fremont, Mountain View, Cupertino and Online Campuses) have become a staple in young people’s literary consumption and they continue to become more sophisticated not only in art but in storytelling as well. Many modern comics like March are now considered literary works of art in the same vein as classic novels like to Kill a Mockingbird. This gives us an opportunity to use the popularity of comics and manga to introduce many students to the fundamentals of drawing and to unlock their hidden passion for visual storytelling.

Ages: 11+

Class: 2 hours / 1x week

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