“Every child is an artist.” – Pablo Picasso

Art at GDS is “Experimental.” Kids of all ages will get in touch with their inner Picasso and experiment with different materials, discover the world through touching, watching, smelling, listening, observing, and analysis. They will get to express themselves, learn from their mistakes, clean up after themselves, reflect on their actions, embrace diversity, have an opinion, appreciate beauty, break away from stereotypes, see and respect others’ point of view, and innovate!

GDS ART CLASSES

ART SENSORY PLAY

FOR AGES 1-2Y

In this class, children will be introduced to the basic elements of art through color and shape recognitions as well as color mixing. It is a multi-sensory experience as children explore a wide-variety of age-appropriate and nontoxic media. They will develop fine motor skills by painting, drawing, squeezing glue, stringing beads, peeling stickers, and cutting, collaging, stamping, and using clay. Each class will include a movement activity, sensory activity, and storytime.

*NOTE: Mommy/ Daddy & Me – A caregiver is required to participate. Siblings may join together with one caregiver.

WILD ART

FOR AGES 2-3Y

Advancing to an older age group, the 2-3 year old art classes will continue building on children’s art fundamentals through a wider exploration of age-appropriate discovery with nontoxic media. We will move at a faster pace and undergo projects that are slightly more sophisticated and require more focus. Children will develop fine motor skills by painting, drawing, squeezing glue, stringing beads, peeling stickers, and cutting, collaging, stamping, and using clay. Each class will include a movement activity and storytime.

STORY ART

FOR AGES 3-4Y

With 3-4 year olds, we will expand upon the children’s knowledge of shapes, color, and color mixing and learn new ways to put shapes together. They will experiment with paint, watercolors, cray pas, markers, clay, paper, wood, glue, and collaging materials. They will learn about texture, size, balance, two- and three-dimensionality, parts of the body and face, negative space, moving images, and placing objects within a landscape or pattern. Fine motor skills are honed in each class. We will conduct larger group projects such as murals, and the kids will teach, share and collaborate together. Children will also learn to make choices, contribute ideas, and follow directions. The children will work on fun, colorful art projects that they can enjoy and often play with for years to come. Projects will take 4-5 weeks to complete so make sure to commit your time and imagination!

CREATIVE ART

FOR AGES 5-7Y

At this age group, GDS art class will focus on mixed media, with a focus on three-dimensional, multi-layered projects that teaches the elements of fine art. Children will experiment with paint, pencils, charcoals, pastels, cray pas, water colors, collage, clay, paper, cardboard, wood, fabric, and other media. Art concepts explored will include line variations, parts of the whole, balance, construction, and color mixing. Children will learn to make personal choices, contribute ideas, and work independently.We will conduct larger group projects such as murals, and the kids will teach, share and collaborate together. Projects can take up to 4-5 weeks to complete, and each class may include a story and a movement activity.

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