What should you expect from an art class with me?
I model flexible thinking and creativity.
My students know that if they ask, “Stephanie, can I…” the answer is usually “Yes!!”
I emphasize the PROCESS of art-making. Exploring different ways to use materials is a fundamental part of thinking like an artist.
Each student will have a unique end product – I don’t dictate what students’ art will look like. Unless I’m teaching a very specific technical skill, I give students room to make projects their own, and offer guidance as needed.
I keep classes small (between 6-10 students, depending on age) to ensure engagement with each student!
I’m working on some fall after-school options for elementary age students – stay tuned!
Other class topics include, but are not limited to:
Watercolor Wow: Watercolor Painting From the Basics to Beyond
Multi-session class for ages 7-10 (5 days, 1 hour each day, $125 includes tuition & materials)
In this process-oriented painting class, learners start with the fundamentals of watercolor and quickly move beyond the idea of using watercolors to simply paint solid colors. They’ll explore brushstrokes, practice blending, and marvel at the different textures and effects they can get when we combine watercolors with other art materials! Students will gain familiarity and comfort using this versatile art medium.
Oil Pastels 101: Wonderful, Messy, Blendy Fun
Multi-session class for ages 7-9 (5 sessions, 1 hour each, $125 includes tuition & materials including a brand-new box of Crayola oil pastels that students keep at the end of the week)
Oil pastels are so much more than messy crayons! In this class, young artists explore the delights of blending & creating texture with pastels, as well as how to take care of them. This is not step-by-step, but joyful exploration! (You’ll also learn how to minimize the mess!)
Making Art From Mistakes and Imagination: Creative Prompts for Art Play, Fostering Creativity & Growth Mindset!
Introductory single-session class for ages 6-10 (and up!)
Learn how a “mistake” or unexpected start can lead to a whole new way of thinking! Creative art prompts, like the one I demonstrate in my Kennedy Center video, inspire flexible and imaginative thinking. Learn how a “mistake” or unexpected start can lead to a whole new way of thinking! Creative art prompts and games inspire flexible and imaginative thinking. This is less an art-making class and more of a creativity class. Let’s gather to explore the twists and turns of your imagination as we create and laugh together!
Making Art From Mistakes and Imagination Creativity Club: Creative Prompts for Art Play! Fostering Creativity & Growth Mindset
Multi-session class for ages 6-10 (and up!)
Why stop with one intro session? Let’s meet weekly explore the twists and turns of your imagination as we create and laugh together! Learn how a “mistake” or unexpected start can lead to a whole new way of looking at things – creative art prompts and games inspire flexible and imaginative thinking. This is less an art-making class and more of a creativity class.
Drawing from Observation: The Basics of Perception (Learn to Draw What You See!)
Multi-session class for ages 11+
Anyone can learn to draw what they’re looking at – learning to draw is about learning to see. Through a series of perceptual-based drawing exercises, you’ll unlock your ability to notice more clearly and reproduce on paper what you see in front of you.
Tessellations: Art, Math, and the Magic of Making Amazing Patterns
Multi-session class for ages 8+
How did artist M.C. Escher create his magical interlocking patterns? How did Islamic artists create infinite, complex patterns that seem to continue on forever? It’s not as impossible as it looks! Learn how art & math come together to create amazing interlocking infinite patterns, which can be decorated in so many different ways. (Don’t worry – even though I’ll mention geometry terms along the way, this is not a math class.)
BOOKMAKING CLASSES/BOOKMAKING PARTIES (for kids or adults!)/BOOKMAKING TEACHER TRAINING CLASSES:
Since I am a book artist, teaching bookmaking is a passion for me!
Bookmaking is a wonderful way to bring out the storyteller in all of us. When people make books – they want to fill them!
Just a few options, either single- or multi-session classes:
Pop-Ups 101: Bring Paper to Life With Pop-Up Cards & Books!
Multi-session class for ages 8 or 9+
Pop-ups never fail to elicit “ooh”s and “aah”s – they’re like magic! In this engaging 3-day mini camp, up to eight learners will join together for 1.25 hours each day to learn pop-up basics, make lots of paper move and talk, and create a simple book to showcase some of their pop-up creations. Your learners will be making handmade greeting cards for a long time after this class is over!
Beginning Bookmaking: Single-Session Bookmaking Classes for Ages 8-11! (1.25 hours each, $30-35 each includes tuition & materials)
In these individual bookmaking classes, up to eight learners will join together for 1.25 hours to explore different simple bookmaking techniques – all involve folding, most involve glue, one involves stitching with a blunt tapestry needle (no poked fingers!) – all five classes end up with awesome blank books to fill however they like! Most of these are projects that kids can recreate at home later on without overly expensive supplies.
Single-Session Bookmaking Class for Ages 5-7! (Limited to 6 students)
Beginning Bookmaking: Modified Pamphlet Stitch Book With Beaded Binding
1 hour-long session, $30 includes tuition & materials
In this bookmaking class, up to eight artists from ages 5-7 will join together for one hour to learn how to create a modified pamphlet stitch book with a beading binding. They’ll learn how to fold the pages and how to connect them using a shoelace*, decorating the binding with beads as they go. Once they’ve finished putting their book together, they’ll have time to draw and decorate!
*This project can be recreated at home using string or yarn.
Pop-Up Basics: Single Session Pop-Up Classses for Ages 8-11! (1.25 hours each, $30 each includes tuition & materials)
Pop-ups never fail to elicit “ooh”s and “aah”s – they’re like magic! In these engaging stand-alone classes, up to eight learners will join together for 1.25 hours to learn pop-up basics, and make lots of paper move and talk. Your learners will be making handmade greeting cards for a long time after this class is over!
Beginning Bookmaking & Pop-Ups Basics
Multi-session class for ages 8-11 (4 sessions, 1.25 hours each)
In this fun class, budding bookmakers will meet for 1.5 hours each session to learn simple bookmaking and pop-up techniques. They’ll make a handful of books (some folded, some stitched with blunt tapestry needles) and pop-up cards, along with a a pop-up book! The best part: these are things that kids can recreate at home without overly expensive supplies!
Tempera Painting Basics: The Joy of Mixing Colors, & More
Multi-session class for ages 6-9
In this introductory class, explore the magic of color mixing, making tints and shades, and using our skills as color alchemists to move into creating more fully realized paintings.
Art Appreciation Conversation: Discuss & Sketch With a Museum Educator
Multi-session class for ages 7+
What can we learn by looking at, discussing and drawing from works of art? How can we make connections to our daily lives? We’ll look at several related artworks based on a theme (for example: portraits, power; landscape), discuss and draw from them. Some artworks will really appreal to some learners and not others – this is one fun thing about looking at and discussing art in a group! Gain experience looking at and discussing art, understanding there is no “right” answer you ought to have. Although I’ll provide some information about the artwork in an organic fashion, please note that this will not in any way be a lecture or an art history lesson. I’m primarily acting as a facilitator of conversation!
Young Artists Explore Line & Shape
Multi-session class for Ages 4-6
In this process-focused class, young artists will play with the art building blocks of line and shape through drawing and collage! What are lines? What are shapes? What can we do with them? We’ll be learning about different types of lines, organic and geometric shapes, and creating simple images to explore those concepts.
Multi-session class for ages 6-9
How can shapes tell a story? Let’s dive into the element of shape through collage exploration. We’ll explore elements of composition and be inspired by illustrator Leo Leonni as we learn to tell a visual story through collage.
Private Art Tutoring
Single- or multi-session class for any age!
What are you interested in learning? I have experience with numerous media other than mentioned here, and would be happy to work with you to develop something appropriate based on your needs and skill level.
I’ll add more as the urge strikes!
Email me to set up or join a class, and get your creativity flowing!