HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSESGRADES K–8 
WEDNESDAYS, WINTER–SPRING 2019

Each year RAM offers 16 homeschool classes that are structured into 4 themed units of 4 classes each, and run September through May. One session of each 90-minute class is held Wednesdays for grades K–8; register for the afternoon (1:30–3 p.m.) session for each of the 4 units listed. Space limited, registration required.

GRADES K–8
WEDNESDAYS, 1:30–3 PM

UNIT 3: JAN 23, FEB 6, FEB 20, MAR 6
UNIT 4: MAR 20, APR 10, APR 24, MAY 15

COST
$40 per unit (4 classes each)
$70 per semester (Unit 3+4)


TO REGISTER
call (815) 972-2874

UNIT 3: ASIAN ART

JAN 23, 2019 / BUDDHIST ART
Explore the evolution of the representation of Buddha and how different regions of the world portray his likeness. Craft a mandala of your own, and learn the symbolism and importance of this ancient form.

FEB 6, 2019 / MESOPOTAMIA + THE ART OF THE BABYLONIANS + SUMERIANS
Considered the cradle of civilization, Mesopotamia brought advancements not only in written language but also art that have stood the test of time. Explore deities and make your very own clay cylinder scrolls.

FEB 20, 2019 / CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ARTISTS
Contemporary Asian artists we will explore include Mamafaka (graphic design),
Takashi Murakami, Li Jin (ink artist), and Gade (Tibetan painter). Each student will create their very own cartoon monster.

MAR 6, 2019 / CHINESE BRUSH TECHNIQUES
Learn about history of the use of Chinese brushes for landscapes and calligraphy. Explore this painting method using ink and watercolor.



UNIT 4 (AFRICAN ART)

MAR 20, 2019 / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ART OF THE DEAD
The highly stylized and symbolic art of ancient Egypt is examined in this course. Learn about Egyptian tomb practices and the meaning of each symbol. Plan and decorate a burial tomb.

APR 10, 2019 / MOROCCAN ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
Learn the history of style and decoration in Moroccan architecture. Students will learn the form and function of zellige tile work while creating a sample of their own.

APR 24, 2019 / WEAVING + BASKET MAKING OF AFRICA
Learn the ancient techniques of weaving and basket making in Africa. Demonstration by local artist Kathie Webb will help prepare students to design their own piece. 

MAY 15, 2019 / CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ARTISTS 
African art has seen a resurgence in the late 20th century to today. In this course, we will look at contemporary African artists Kemang Wa Lehulere, Moshekwa Lange, and Mary Sibande.

TO REGISTER CALL (815) 972-2874 


HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSESHIGH SCHOOL
THURSDAYS, FALL 2018–SPRING 2019

Each year RAM offers 16 homeschool classes that are structured into 4 themed units of 4 classes each, and run September through May. Two sessions of each 90-minute class are held Thursdays for high schoolers; register for morning (9:30–11 a.m.) or afternoon (1:30–3 p.m.) session for each of the 4 units listed. Space limited, registration required.

HIGH SCHOOL
THURSDAYS, 9:30–11 AM

UNIT 3: JAN 24, FEB 7, FEB 21, MAR 7
UNIT 4: MAR 21, APR 11, APR 25, MAY 16

COST
$40 per unit (4 classes each)
$70 per semester (Units 3+4)


TO REGISTER
call (815) 972-2874


UNIT 3: MODERN ART, 1860–1945

JAN 24, 2019 / POP ART 
This art movement challenged the art world with the question, what is art? We will explore artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Niagara Detroit, and David Hockney. We will blur the lines between high and low culture art by creating a pop art inspired piece of our own.


FEB 7, 2019 / IMPRESSIONISM + CUBISM 
We will look at how both Impressionism and Cubism use of intense brushstrokes and impasto paint challenged more traditional views of painting. Students will choose their preferred style and create a masterpiece of their own. 

FEB 21, 2019 / FUTURISM + DADA + BAUHAUS 
Around the First World War, these movements looked to embrace the future and go beyond the old ways of creating art to represent modernity. Futurism strived to represent modern life through all the sensations, not just visual; Dada went against the grain by embracing nonsense with its members engaging in “anti-art;” and Bauhaus destroyed the barrier between structural and decorative art, becoming a major influence in art, architecture, and design. Students will brainstorm on how to create the ultimate anti-art piece. 


MAR 7, 2019 / ART NOUVEAU 
In this lesson we will explore this highly ornate and stylized art movement. This art style highly influenced by arts and crafts was not only seen in fine art but also décor and graphic design. Looking to pieces by Gustav Klimt and Aubrey Beardsley we will create our very own Art Nouveau poster.  

UNIT 4: CONTEMPORARY ART, 1945–PRESENT

MAR 21, 2019 / SURREALISM 
Channeling the unconscious, surrealists sought to break with the tradition of painting realistic subject matter. From Salvador Dali to Joan Miro, each artist sought to express the unconscious. We will take elements from Surrealist artists and create a collage piece.

APR 11, 2019 / MINIMALISM + HARD-EDGE PAINTING
These two movements heavily influenced by geometric abstraction, sought to explore color, line and shape. As we explore the various artists who created in this bare bones method we will paint a small series of our own minimalist art.

APR 25, 2019 / FLUXUS
In this course, students will question what art really is through the eyes of George Maciunas, the “Father of Fluxus Art.” Described as the most radical movement of the ’60s we will see how artists, performers, composers and dancers challenged the conventional notions of traditional art forms.

MAY 16, 2019 / INSTALLATION + LAND ART
In the ’60s and ’70s installation and land art sought to challenge our views of art in space and our relationship with the environment. Artists like Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson used land and found pieces to create gigantic pieces of environmental art. As a group we will create and construct an installation of our own.




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