Saturday Youth Program
Art is a passion for many young people, and the Southern Atelier opens its door to youth who are interested in learning art through the classic Atelier training method. Our objective is to introduce budding art students to basic drawing, while stimulating imagination in a fun and interactive environment.
Barque* drawings allow the student to acquire the skills necessary to complete a high-level work of art from start to finish. Students complete a precise drawing in graphite pencil to begin with, and then gradually move to charcoal work.
The skills learned with these principles and techniques can be applied to any number of art forms, from anime illustration to fine art painting.
The overall objectives in our Youth Program are:
- Students learn and develop the discipline of the drawing craft. This helps with overall discipline and focus in other areas of life and builds character.
- Students learn to draw what is actually in front of them, instead of what they think they see. In other words, they will learn to draw an actual tree instead of a stylized “lollipop” tree.
What to Expect
Our youth program focuses on the following:
- Block-in a basic shape such ear or other facial features.
- Learn to measure precisely.
- Control of values. Values are gradations of shade from black to white.
- Look for masses of light and shadow. Instead of concentrating on the details, the student learns to squint and look for the big shapes.
- Gain understanding of how to render 3-D objects on a 2-D surface.
- Learn how light reacts on the form.
- Understand the basic anatomy of an object.
This class is open for all school age students.
Date and Time: Every Saturday afternoon from 1:00-4:00pm
Fee: $300/10 Classes, $40/drop-in
Drawing board (approximately 21”x27”)
Clips for drawing board
Quality white drawing paper (18”x24”) peel-off pad (Strathmore 400 or Canson Mi Tientes)
Full set of good quality graphite pencils from 6H—6B, such as from Faber Castell, or comparable
Hog bristle brushes #2 and #4 (Brights) and #8 (Filbert)
2—3 Kneaded erasers
*Charles Bargue (1826/27–1883) designed a course of study for artists that is often used today in Ateliers to teach precise renderings of the figure. Students begin with simpler cast drawing copies and progress to master drawings and live figure drawing and painting. Like the curriculum of the 19th century Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the Bargue method is designed so that the student can choose to render nature in both idealistic and realistic fashions. Southern Atelier carries on this incredible traditional method of figure study in all of our programs. Young Students who learn the discipline and focus of drawing precisely can transfer the skills from the Bargue to any form of art, from illustration to fine art painting.