Like learning ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ on the piano it is possible to eventually learn Mozart with basic practiced steps. Beginning students learn through practice pictures, still life, artist inspired projects, and sketchbook inventions. Students are placed in the skill level appropriate to age and skill level.
Instructors guide students with examples, demonstrations, and questions. With time students become comfortable correcting their own mistakes, refining the practice of drawing. Once students learn and sketch with more ease they take on more complex visual images, still life subjects, and projects. Though the classical practice in line, shape, volume, value, and form is important, it is the studio’s philosophy through experience that this practice is enhanced by play, creativity, and invention. To use the imagination is to stimulate the creative vision of the individual and where JULIEART instructors witness the passion in their students.
The curriculum for attaining skill while experiencing drawing and painting through the artist eyes is influenced by the classical measuring system recreated into a formula students can easily learn from. The Sumi technique influences students in the expressive brush stroke practice giving students more tools in using their brush intuitively. The Joy and study of color theory of warm and cool hues is based on the Impressionists, embedded in a way each age group can comprehend and use in designing their own work. Modern Art lends to learning design, and theory of play, pattern, and exploration opening students to new ideas and approaches of working in their art making process.
Students learn from the beginner through intermediate and advanced skill levels:
Figure drawing 2 hour sessions are held once a month. Students take this course also take 3 lessons a month in drawing and painting from the masters, and learn to compose paintings from their own images. This is a study of the portrait/clothed figure and how to approach drawing from life, while building the study of oil painting with a limited color pallet, and gradually building up to the full color pallet. Creative design is encouraged and assigned in various projects.
Adult drawing starts with classical measurement methods. The absolute beginner can learn these tools and build on this knowledge in understanding how to set up a drawing. Once students build on this practice of line, shape, volume, value, and form students are guided into painting, taking the practice into a more advanced structure as well as color theory gradually painting with limited color pallet into the full color pallet. Classes may include the approach to expressive painting styles and look at various artists and styles as inspiration.
Each student’s tuition for this weeklong workshop is $200.00 per workshop. Two workshops (for all day camp only) is $350.00. This includes materials. The workshops run three hours long with a break of 15 minutes. Students need to bring their own snack and drink for the break.
Julie Kothman received a BA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a focus on drawing and painting. Her work has been shown in University galleries and prominently featured in their annual spring show in 2008. In 2012, she received an honorable mention award from the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto for her charcoal work. In 2016 -17 participated at the SWAIA Native American Market in Santa Fe New Mexico for drawing and painting of her native family Yurok/Paiute ancestry featuring watercolor paintings of (Paya Osa) water jug baskets.
While working at an art studio on the peninsula, Julie had the opportunity to teach figure drawing to children and teens of all ages. Through teaching she discovered she has a great passion and skill for guiding students-in both a classroom and private lesson setting-to fully realize their artistic potential. With an instruction style that is both engaging and laid back, she is able to genuinely connect with her young students and bring about great results in their artistic progress. Her years of experience have allowed her to develop a novel and creative curriculum that she is excited to share with students at JulieArt Lessons.
Elaine Jek attained a BA with an emphasis on Studio Arts from Loyola Marymount University in California. She went on to create a body of work in watercolor botanical illustration, oil painting, silverwork and lapidary.
In 2012, she had a solo show of her oil paintings on the neutrino at the NuFact 2012 Conference: International Workshop on Neutrino Factories, Super Beams and Beta Beams at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Elaine’s botanical illustrations from 2013 to 2016 are collected in the Alcatraz Florilegium, created to document plants growing on the infamous island. In 2017, the Botanical Artist journal published her article, Musings While Painting a Deadly Nightshade, based on her watercolor painting of the Solanum marginatum.
Volunteering at her daughter's school, she found that she greatly enjoys sharing her love of Art. Elaine believes that Art not only helps the mind observe, question and interpret the world, Art also nourishes the spirit.