Woodland Fine Arts Academy seeks to provide creatives a nurturing environment while offering instruction is various forms of creative arts. Creativity is a natural human behavior, you should never stop doing it!
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso
BENEFITS OF art EDUCATION
As young children explore paint by putting it all over their hands, or create collages with torn paper, it’s noticeable how involved they get in their activities. Children delight in exploring and creating with art materials. These art experiences help children develop many life skills.
Art is important for children especially duringtheir early development. Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood. Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self-esteem and creativity.
Art helps to develop cognitive skills. As children draw, paint, and make collages, they are learning about the world (color, shape and size of objects). When they use paints, glue, and markers, children are planning, experimenting, and problem solving. As children mix paint, they learn to understand cause and effect. Art gives children chances to make decisions, and to learn from the experience of making choices about their art work.
Art offers opportunities for self-expression. Children express how they feel and think about the world through their art, which gives them a way to express the feelings and ideas that they don’t have the words to talk about. This way of expressing themselves helps childrento cope with the natural stresses of growing up. Art helps children to develop a sense of their own individuality, a sense of self-respect, and an appreciation for others’ work.
Intro to Art - 1st-3rd Grades This class is designed to introduce young students to a variety of art mediums and techniques such as acrylic, gesso, stencils and gel prints. Students will explore and discover new tools to create art. Each student will be designing and constructing an Art Journaling book through the semester. Join us as we create together.
Traditional to Digital Art - 3rd-5th Grades, 6th-12th Grades This class will help students explore the visual nature of artistic expression through all forms of traditional art, all the way into the new age of the digital art medium. Students will be taking their creative ideas into several mediums where they can discover whole new worlds, full of colors and tools to express their unique visions -- from sketching to composition and color theory, from painting on the page to the unlimited tools of the digital world, like photo-manipulation and texture brushes — tools to help them create their very own characters and worlds. They’ll learn to dream big and see art in a whole new way. The only limitations will be the size of their imaginations!
Note on digital tools: all art supplies for this class will be provided by WFA for all students, however if a student has a personal iPad & iPencil and would like to bring it to class to use for a project, they will need the specific software called, “Procreate”. Please contact the teacher with any technical questions you have.
Visual Art - 4th-12th Grades Art Journaling, Gelli Printing and Book Binding In this class, students will explore different techniques which will ignite their creativity in art. They will learn different styles of book binding, gelli prints, mono print technique, and will have the opportunity to create a book. Art journaling is a medium for creativity; similar to a writing journal, it incorporates colors, images, patterns, paint, stencils and many other mediums. All materials will be provided.