Greater Denton Arts Council

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Spring Session | Wednesdays, March 21 - May 9, 2018
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Student drop off 3:00 – 3:30; classes 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Member $130; Public $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

March 21: Kinetic Art

In the nineteenth century artists began to explore how they could extend past the static surface of the flat canvas into dynamic planes of movement. In this unit, we’ll set our gears in motion as we consider how wind, motors, or human intervention impact our perception of art. We’ll round out our discussion by creating moving, multi-dimensional artworks influenced by some of the leading kinetic artists.

March 28: Stained Glass

Seen in the windows of the Chartres Cathedral and the lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, stained glass is thought of as one of the most beautiful and prized materials. Its brilliant colors and complex means of manufacturing have given it a reputation of luxury that is admired by all. To break down its mystique we’ll travel through time and space to discover where, when, and why it has been used to depict religious, academic, and domestic themes. We’ll end the class by creating faux stained glass designs that will dazzle and delight.

April 4: Cubist Abstraction

Why see from one perspective when you can see from multiple? That was the attitude of cubist painters in the early twentieth century. During this lesson, students will examine the works of artists like Picasso and Braque and think about the deconstruction of three-dimensional forms into separate elements. They will then apply those same ideas to the production of a cubist artwork that asks them to closely analyze the objects and people they see every day.

April 11: Masks

Used in ceremonies and theatrical performances, masks have been employed for reasons both ritualistic and entertaining. This week students will explore the various contexts that masks are used in before assembling personalized face coverings intended to protect, amuse, or even entrance.

April 18: Weaving

Weaving is one of the oldest forms of textile production that can be found in cultures across the world. Students will learn about the methods used to create the traditional craft and its function throughout different civilizations. In the second half of class, kids will become acquainted with basic techniques and play with patterns and colors as they make their own hand-woven creations.

April 25: Watercolor

From Chinese scroll painting to botanical illustrations, watercolor is one of the most widely practiced artforms. After exploring its use in science, education and beyond, students will conduct a hands-on investigation of color saturation and combination while they paint watercolor artworks.  

May 2: Paper Sculptures

This session will lead students in an examination of what happens when you try to transform two-dimensional shapes into three-dimensional sculptures. Looking at the works of artists such as Calder and di Suvero, students will be inspired to build sculptures that incorporate balance, rhythm and repetition.

May 9: Student Exhibition

On this last day of class, we invite parents to come view an exhibition of the kids’ projects and celebrate their accomplishments.