After School Art Classes

Starting from September 2020 I am offering after school art classes to students of primary and secondary schools in the area of Rotterdam and the Hague. Below you’ll find more information about my personal motivations and what type of classes I offer. 

When I look back now, the after school art classes my parents signed me up for not only taught me lots of new exciting techniques and nurtured my creativity, but indirectly also helped me develop a more creative approach to life and work. For a while I’ve been wanting to give after school art classes to kids myself and inspire the younger generation to explore their artistic potential to the fullest, just like I had the chance to do. 

During my classes students will gain both confidence and an understanding of the visual arts while building painting, drawing and mixed-media skills. Through guided, hands-on art projects, students develop an eye for color, composition and design. While mastering the fundamentals, they also learn lifelong habits regarding technique, material use and a deeper appreciation for art. Throughout the year, we’ll explore a variety of artistic concepts and techniques, using a wide range of different materials. Students build an amazing portfolio of completed artwork which they are proud of. I’m also happy to organize exhibition evenings of student’s artworks at the school, of course in consultation with the school board. 

Sessions are challenging and exciting and are split up in two different age groups; kindergarten – 5th grade, and 6th grade – 12th grade. Below you’ll find nine of the classes that I offer, but many more are possible depending on the interestrest of the students. The length of my classes can vary between 45 min and 90 min, depending on the preference of the school. If you’re interested in offering my classes as part of your after school activities program, feel free to contact me via my website or send an email to v.dehaanart@gmail.com. 

 

YOUNG VAN GOGH CLASS

Students are given a short introduction to van Gogh and the impasto technique he’s famous for. They will imitate this technique layering oil pastels over each other. Before they apply the technique, they’ll draw a still life object that I’ll bring to class. For example, a few pieces of fruit. This class is suitable for both ages

Materials: Drawing paper, drawing pencils, oil pastels and still life objects.roups. For the lower age group the technique and still life objects will be simplified. 

 

WATERCOLOR – OIL PASTEL PAINTING 

This is a great class for creating very beautiful art with vibrant colors. Each session students will be directed into a new painting according to a specific subject like their perfect beach, a floral composition or a wild tropical rainforest. Students will learn a few liquid watercolor techniques and also combine oil pastels with watercolor paint. The oily oil pastels resist the watery and when applying watercolor paint the oil pastels will shine through giving cool effects. This class is suitable for both age groups. 

Materials: Liquid watercolor in cups, brushes, drawing pencils, watercolor paper and oil pastels

 

MODEL MAGIC FUN

Model magic is a non-toxic modeling material that is easily manipulated and joined to make any form or shape. During each session students will get a lump of Model Magic, which they then have to divide into pieces to create their desired shape, for example their favorite cartoon character like this little guy from Frozen. This class can be extended to two sessions by having the students paint their Model Magic sculpture during the second session. This class is only for the lower age group.

Materials: Model Magic, beads, sticks etc.

 

DRAWING CLASS

At the beginning of each session I’ll give a short ‘how to draw’ class on a specific topic, for example dinosaurs. Students are shown how to follow step-by-step directions in order to draw the subject. This class is suitable for both age groups as the difficulty can be easily be adjusted, for example by adding shading. 

Materials: different sizes drawing paper, drawing pencils (2B and 6B) and graphite pencils.

 

SEMI-ABSTRACT PORTRAITURE CLASS

This is a different and more free approach to portraiture than most students are used to. I’ll start the session explaining the concept of semi-abstract art and showing the students the different steps required to draw and color a portrait, and abstractify it by adding shapes, lines and colors. They can either bring a photo from home but drawing from their imagination is encouraged. After sketching students are free to use a wide range of different media to add shading, color, and texture to their portrait. This class is only for the upper age group. 

Materials: Drawing paper, drawing pencils (2B and 6B), colored pencils, graphite pencils, drawing pens, sharpie markers, oil pastels and liquid watercolor paint.

 

ART TRADING CARDS

Art Trading Cards are small signed pieces of art which studenst can take home, or trade with each other to gather a lovely varied collection of each other’s art work. During each session nine cards are cut out from one A4 paper and are completed. This is a great way for students to share art with each other and learn to appreciate each other’s art. This class is suitable for both age groups. 

Materials: Drawing pencils (2B and 6B), colored pencils, oil pastels and sharpie markers. 

 

AIR DRY CLAY

At the beginning of the class students are led into a subject like tribal heads like this tribal version of Homer Simpson. Using air dry clay, they’ll make their own sculptures related to the subject. During the second session, the students will paint their  sculptures. Air dry clay is different to Model Magic as it hardens over time. Model Magic remains lightweight and somewhat flexible even when dry. This class is suitable for both age groups.

Materials: Air dry clay, beads, tempera paint and brushes.

 

SUMINAGASHI PRINTING

Suminagashi is the ancient Japanese technique of decorating paper with inks. It’s basically a marbling technique where inks are applied to the water surface which they float on. A piece of paper is then pressed onto the watersurface, allowing the inks to be printed onto the paper. This technique is instantly gratifying and gives very cool, complex and surprising patterns. This class is suitable for both age groups. 

Materials: Suminagashi floating ink, shallow marbling trays with water and watercolor paper.

 

FOAM PRINTING

This is another fun printing technique. Using various tools such as pens, students create a relief drawing on styrofoam plates. When their design is complete they cover their designs with ink using a brayer, and print them onto paper. This technique is great for creating artworks with great precision, and the best part is they can print their designs on various surfaces as many times as they want, even at home! This class is suitable for both age groups. 

Materials: Styrofoam, tools (pens, elastics, etc.), paper, pigment ink pad and a brayer.

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