Basic Drawing is our first mandatory project for new students. In this project, we expect a student to learn the following:
Color Pencil Shading
Through a series of exercise sheets, along with the guidance of an Oam Studios teacher, the student will complete a cartoon drawing. The subject matter is the student’s choice.
Stippling & Classical Drawing
Stippling and Classical Drawing pair well together as the second mandatory project. It is the perfect project to slow down, concentrate, and recognize all the minor details that make an artwork refined. It is also a project that tests the student’s understanding of values, math, spatial awareness, concentration, and patience.
The student will be given a lecture and exercises on classical drawing that will help the student to draw more accurately. They will delve into exercises that will inform them of angles and how to measure them. They will also learn how to measure distances in order to strengthen their instinct for proportions.
Finally, the student will go through a couple of exercises on stippling in order to better recognize values and fades.
Pointillism • Acrylic Painting
Pointillism is a painting technique that was developed and credited to Georges-Pierre Seurat, a French artist from 1859-1891. As our third and final mandatory project, we are continuing our understanding of values and in addition are introducing a in depth understanding of hue.
In this project, the student will learn the following attributes of acrylic painting:
Grid Transfer Method
Introduction to Color Theory
Proper Paint Mixing
Brushes and Application
Paint Brushes Maintenance
Grid transferring is an essential technique to every artist’s repertoire, and acrylic paints are perfect material to begin good painting habits due to its drying speed, cleanliness, and forgiveness.
In the summer of 1884, Seurat began work on A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The painting shows members of each of the social classes participating in various park activities. The tiny juxtaposed dots of multi-colored paint allow the viewer’s eye to blend colors optically, rather than having the colors physically blended on the canvas.
This ten foot wide painting took him two years to complete. Much of that time, however, was spent drawing numerous studies and sketches in the park in preparation for the final work.
Many forms of shading techniques have been invented over the course of art history. Cross hatching is respected because of its complexity; an artist shades their drawing by placing thousands of overlapping lines one over another that are parallel or intersecting.
Crow Quill Dip Pen
In this series of exploration and study, the student will be using a crow quill dip pen to learn to shade using hatching techniques. All the while, the student will continue to develop their classical drawing skills and be introduced to Romantic Drawing.
Our students practice hatching by replicating some of the works by Albrecht Dürer, because of his masterful use of cross hatching and simple hatching. Albrecht Dürer was an artist from Nuremberg Germany during the Northern Renaissance.
Block Printing (or linocut printing) is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originatied in China. In antiquity, the method was used for printing on textiles and later on paper. Students will learn a variety of techniques from Block Printing.
High Contrast Design
What we appreciate most about block printing is the high contrast imagery that it forces an artist to create. This forces the art student to begin to think artistically, creatively, and abstractly.
Historically, there are the masterful block prints made by the Japanese ukiyo-e masters. They would use a series of wood blocks for one image that would line up and register with each other. Each Wood Block was for a different color that was to be printed. Most people are familiar with the block print titled The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai circa 1829-1833.
Manga illustration is form of comic drawing conforming to an illustration style developed in Japan. “Manga” is a word used to refer to both comics and cartooning.
What is particularly exciting about teaching Manga to students is that it is very popular amongst children and adults and is a great way to introduce facial and body proportions in a fun way.
Students will focus on the following skills.
Manga Face Proportions
Copic Ink Pens
An artist can spend a lifetime perfecting manga illustration. Its popularity and eye-catching appearance is worth learning for immediacy and entertainment. Using the numerous types of inking pens and the use of high quality markers are an essential skill set that all art students should take time in learning.
Graphite drawing is a much more advanced technique; an artist will use a full spectrum of pencils ranging from B9-H9. Common yellow no.2 pencils are HB pencils that lie in the middle of the pencil spectrum and are not suitable for in depth graphite drawing. Students will be learning the following:
Advanced Classical Drawing
Graphite Pencils B9-H9
Stumps & Tortillions
Students will render basic three-dimensional shapes for their exercises, and then proceed through a series of projects that serve as perfect college portfolio pieces.
Going further in-depth in classical and romantic drawing, precision and artistic flares are more observed and encouraged.
Oil Painting is one of the most refined artistic styles in existence. The materials are highly respected and have qualities such as vibrance and a slow drying time that artists love to have on their side.
Students will learn the intricate methods of oil painting from paint application to tool maintenance.
The focus of the first project in oil painting is realism so that we can measure the skill and understanding of each student. From there, we will move to abstract forms of oil painting such as impressionism.
Understanding Oil Paint
Purposes of Brushes
Palette Knife Use
Glazing and Scumbling
Chroma in Oil
Oil painting is a very advanced form of painting and is not suitable for beginner artists. In order to reach the oil painting level, a student must complete the prerequisites of the three foundational projects. The materials and tools are also very expensive and delicate, so the student must also earn trust from the art teachers.
Portraiture & Charcoal
When a student begins Portrait Drawing, their skills are truly tested. One of the most difficult subjects to draw is a person’s likeness because anyone capable of seeing will immediately notice any mistakes that the artist has made. This is especially true when the likeness is of someone that the viewer has seen before. Students will learn the following:
Students will study the proportions of the face and work on exercises to memorize the formula. They will typically begin with a generic drawing to memorize proportions, then draw a recognizable celebrity, and finally a self portrait.
Adire African Textiles
Adire Textile Art is a spectacular way to teach the power of pattern and repetition to an art student. It is also fantastic because the cloth can be used afterward to make a number of useful things like pillows, reusable lunch bags, purses and t-shirts. The student will learn the following from this project.
Repetition and Pattern
Application of Starch
Sewing & Stuffing
Most students after making their design and staining the fabricate opt to make a pillow from their artwork. If the student is old enough, we will teach the student how to sew using a sewing machine. Sewing is one of the most useful skills someone can learn.
Believe it or not, it took humans until the 1400s to discover how to draw perspective accurately. This accomplishment can be credited to Filippo Brunelleschi during the Italian Renaissance.
Our art students will learn these techniques in order to broaden their artistic skills.
Students will learn:
Students will also learn other perspective techniques throughout other project series. This project is specifically for interiors of buildings and structures.
Oil Pastel brings together the dry and liquid abilities of visual arts beautifully. Oil pastels have the feel of lipstick when used directly from the stick and can be used alongside turpentine and paint brushes to blend and achieve a number of effects. Oil pastel is an advanced material and an art student will be learning the following:
Oil Pastel Application
Oil painting requires a healthy understanding of charcoal drawing, oil painting, and cross hatching to develop a masterful oil pastel drawing. Because of this we have a set of prerequisites that a student must pass before learning this difficult, yet beautiful, art material.
People are often familiar with pastel because of Edgar Degas and his many exquisite drawings of ballerinas.
Papier-mâché is one of those art forms that prove to be an extremely useful skill to have learnt. It is useful for a number of projects including: mask making, statues, floats, piñatas and dioramas. We take Papier-mâché very seriously at Oam Studios Art Academy.
Creative Hybrid Creature Design
Wheat Paste Preparation
Airbrushing & Maintenance
Texture, Rhythm, & Pattern
The project requires the student to be extra creative as they design an alebrije (hybrid creature) for the first step. They then must construct their sculpture, paint it, and finally airbrush the highlights and shadows.
The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, “Alebrijes”. Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he saw in cardboard and papier-mâché and called them Alebrijes.
In the dream, the mystical creatures told him that he would heal and live so long as he created them in our world.
A still life is a drawing or painting that focuses on still objects. The subject matter is inanimate and never moves, typically with a focus on household objects, flowers, or fruits.
Still life drawings can be a subtle and poetic way of describing a feeling or situation by the use of juxtaposing objects.
Students will learn:
Drawing from Life
Shape & Form
Light Theory & Rendering
Students will compose a still life to draw or paint depending on if they have already completed Graphite Drawing I or Oil Painting I and II
The artist of Holland have mastered a form of still life called Vanitas, which was a still life usually consisting of a human skull and other objects, which were made to warn the owner of the painting against pursuing vanity.
Wheel Thrown Ceramics
Making ceramic pottery on a wheel is a very difficult and advanced art form. At the same time, it is an extremely rewarding art technique that once the student is confident in their abilities, becomes a relaxing and rewarding skill to have. Pottery is fantastic because of the usefulness of the vessels and the beauty of the completed work once glazed. Prerequisites for this art form are ceramics I, II, and III.
Wheel Throwing Tools
Students will learn how to throw pottery on the wheel and complete a vase and mug. Thereafter they will have to become more creative and add a theme with sculptured elements.
Once the basics of wheel throwing is mastered, the artist is able to go deeper into the creative and artistic aspects of this art form. This can be seen clearly in the pottery of Bonnie Seeman, a Floridian ceramicist who disguises her pottery with naturalistic vegetable embellishments.