Greater Denton Arts Council

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Winter Session | Wednesdays, January 17 - March 7, 2018
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Student drop off 3:00 – 3:30; classes 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Early Bird $120 (until January 3); GDAC Member $130, Non-Member $140

Arts After School is an exploratory program for students ages 6-10 that investigates the history of art and provides a forum for creative self-expression. This program not only offers art instruction, it nurtures life skills that foster constructive youth development. Through visual analysis and personal reflection, students will assess and interpret the ways in which they relate to the world and each other while gaining confidence in their decision making and public speaking capabilities. All supplies provided. Class size is limited; advanced registration required. 


weekly class descriptions

January 17: STEAM
As technology continues to rapidly advance, science becomes increasingly relevant to our lives. And while art and science are traditionally understood as unrelated fields, this session will lead students in an examination of the intersections between art and technology. This study is equal parts analytical inquiry and creative process as students play, experiment, and make discoveries that will amaze both the eye and mind.

January 24: Jewelry
It’s art you can wear! Jewelry has been used for centuries to express identity and assert status. Students will discuss different forms of body adornment from across the globe and make their own decorative ornaments to sport around town.

January 31: Abstract expressionism
In the mid-twentieth century, American artists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko broke away from figurative representations in art and looked towards a language of abstraction that focused more on the process of creation than on the outcome. During this lesson, students will consider how abstract expressionism invokes emotions through color, shape, and line and learn to differentiate between representational and abstract art. Students will then create artworks through improvisational painting. 

February 7: Puppetry
Puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling that entertains audiences through the animation of inanimate objects. In this unit, students will put their imaginations to work as we look at different kinds of puppetry before creating our own human, animal, or hybrid friends.

February 14: Collage
In collage, there are no rules. It allows artists to work with a variety of different mediums, ripping and reassembling them into unexpected combinations. After exploring a few examples, students will create a mixed-media, no holds barred collage of their own.

February 21: Propaganda art
Everyone knows art is nice to look at. But do its powers extend beyond its beauty? This week students will investigate art as a tool for spreading ideas and influencing attitudes. In the second half of class, kids will produce their own piece of propaganda art that endorses a cause important to them.

February 28: Pointillism
Have you ever admired a painting and then stepped closer and realized it is thousands of dots placed next to each other? This week kids will learn about the science of seeing and how Impressionist artists used color theory to create their intricate masterpieces. To put their knowledge to the test, kids will compose their own pointillist-inspired artworks.

March 7: Student exhibition
On this last day of class, students will have the opportunity to put the finishing touches on their semester’s work. In the second hour, we invite parents to come view an exhibition of the kids’ projects and celebrate their accomplishments.