Classes and Courses

Classes and Courses

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Get Inspired with Visual Art & Design!

The top priority at the Studio for Creativity and Imagination (SCI) is the safety and well-being of every student.
In all decisions, SCI will adhere to the recommendations and guidelines from the Government of Canada, the Province of Quebec, and Sante QC for Health and safety protocol.

Visual Art & Design classes offer young people from preschool to adult the ability to learn how to develop ideas and reflect visually on the world around them. Courses at SCI ensure students first develop a strong foundation before moving on to more advanced techniques, no matter the age at which a young person first encounters their artistic practice.

SCI offers a rich curriculum for students at every level. Experience-based learning is at the core of SCI’s program objectives. As children learn new visual skills and techniques, they will put them into practice in a way that develops their individual creativity. Student engagement—through classroom discussion, critique, and exhibition-making—helps children and youth develop real-world skills such as communication, confidence, and discipline.

Placement in all Art & Design programs is based on age. Each course is 10 weeks in length and lasts 1.5 - 2.5 hours depending on the course and age of child.

See below for examples of course we offer including specific details and descriptions.

Drawing & Sketching
Ages: 4-6, 6-7, 7-9, 9-12, teens*
Classes: 1.5 hours
*teen class 2.5 hours

The foundation of all visual art rests in observation and interpretation. Learning to draw and sketch are fundamental skills that afford children the ability to explore and experiment with their ideas and thoughts with what they see in the world around them. Learning to sketch one’s ideas and thoughts on paper gives agency for nascent ideas to become more complex.

Painting & Drawing
Ages: 2-3, 4-6, 6-7, 7-9, 9-12, teens*
Classes: 1.5 hours
*teen class 2.5 hours

Using art history as the backdrop to this course, students will learn different techniques of drawing and painting. They will learn to use colour to express and enhance form, composition, and ideas. Students will try various painting techniques, such as watercolour, layering, tempera, and impasto. Each painting project will build students’ drawing skills as they express their thoughts and ideas through colour. Through group discussion and self-reflection students will improve their ability to communicate their ideas confidently and clearly.

Printmaking, Painting, & Drawing
Ages: 2-3, 4-6, 6-7, 7-9, 9-12, teens*
Classes: 1.5 hours
*teen class 2.5 hours
Students will explore and build on their design and drawing skills through printmaking. Various techniques in printmaking will be explored such as: monoprinting, collograph, serigraphy, and linocut. The history of printmaking will serve as a backdrop to this course as students create original works. Through group discussion and self-reflection students will improve their ability to communicate their ideas confidently and clearly.

Ceramic Arts
Ages: 5-7, 7-9, 9-12, teens*
Classes: 2 hours
*teen class 2.5 hours
Inspired by the world around them and the work of traditional and contemporary clay artists, students will learn the fundamentals of clay manipulation through handbuilding. Students will develop skills in clay modelling and design through the techniques of pinch, coil, and slab work. Through group discussion and self-reflection students will improve their ability to communicate their ideas confidently and clearly.

Mixed Media Sculpture
Ages: 2-3, 4-6, 6-7, 7-9, 9-12, teens*
Classes: 2 hours
*teen class 2.5 hours
Using drawing and painting as the foundation for this course, students will design spatially. Mixed media sculpture encourages students to think ‘outside the box’ and design their ideas using a variety of materials. The journey of making is an adventure where students problem solve and develop hands-on skills combining materials like found objects, wood, paper/papier maché, clay, cloth, etc.

Claymation
Ages: 5-7, 7-9, 9-12
Classes: 2 hours
From backgrounds to characters and their stories, students will learn the basics of claymation i.e. stop-motion animation using plasticine. Students will develop skills in movement and pacing, storyboarding, timing, and sound alongside traditional ‘making’ skills like backgrounds, props, and characters. Older students will learn and expand their knowledge of various software needed to pull a claymation video together. The magic of claymation is that it combines multiple skills and encourages students to bring disparate parts into a whole.

Comic Book
Ages: 9-12, teens*
Classes: 1.5 hours
*teen class 2.5 hours
Enter into the world of narrative where students learn to create a graphic novel from scratch. Students will learn character design, storytelling, drawing, and composition. At higher levels, students expand on these techniques and skills. All levels use pencils, paper, and brush pens to draw.

Saturday Workshops
Ages: 6-12, teens
Classes: 3-3.5 hours
Monthly Saturday or Sunday Workshops are a great way to introduce children to art education. These workshops are aimed for the uninitiated artists but are fun ‘one time’ art activities for the advanced student as well. Examples of projects include: Comic Book, Claymation, Painting Our Pets, Handbuilding with Clay, to name a few.

Workshops begin with a story. Snack and exercise time are also included in the session.