Art Classes – Teenager
There are two distinct areas of study to focus upon when teaching teenagers art production, technical art and analytical art. The far easier of the two is the technical aspects of whatever media is being explored in a given project. Demonstrating and familiarizing students with the various processes and procedures associated with a specific medium is always fun and relatively straightforward. Typically the students are excited to get to work and dive into their projects eager to make a calculated mess with the newly discovered materials. It is only then that a majority of them realize they lack the second and more important ingredient of art making: the ever illusive idea. This particular component of the creative process has long plagued both veteran artists and beginning students seemingly for as long as we as a species have been making marks.
There is a fascinatingly complex relationship for students to discover between the physical act of making art and the psychological reasoning behind it. Art at its core is a form of communication; a vehicle of expression and whether it is sophisticated or shallow there needs to be some degree of motivation behind an artwork if it is to stand any chance of resonating with an audience. In other words, the artist needs to know why they are creating a particular image and allow that reasoning to influence the direction of the work. Otherwise the work is in danger of becoming another trite image in an ever expanding ocean of kitsch. Evan work created with exceptional technical skill if lacking a clearly defined purpose becomes a transparent window exposing the artist’s lack of intention.
In the classroom it can be a delicate task to try and facilitate the development of unique ideas. One of my constant objectives is to encourage students to allow an idea to develop, grow and blossom far beyond their initial conception. In the end making art is essentially about making decisions. One decision leads to another and exponentially they grow into a chain of thoughts that reach out to the world in an attempt to make contact and communicate and it all starts with just one idea.
Teenagers as a whole are very eager to learn, as the greater majority of them have spent the last ten years of their young lives in a constant state of accumulating knowledge. Great to work with as they are in a constant state of expectancy in a world where everything is possible, very easy to teach.
Teenage Art Classes – Saturday 4:00 – 6:00
7 two hour art classes 100 euros
Maximum students per class – 10
Extra Curricular Leaving Certificate Art course covered. (60% of the art exam is practical, Imaginative Composition, Design and Craftwork, Still life, Life Sketching, 30% History of Art)
Third level Portfolio Presentation covered.
All aspects of painting, drawing, sculpture, introduction to pritmaking, digital photography, Photoshop, Illustrator
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