Frequently Asked Questions
What if I miss a class? Are the classes recorded?
Yes, the classes are recorded and you can watch the recording about 24 hours after the live class. During your first class, your teacher will show you how to access the videos.
Can I join a class after it has started?
Yes, you can join and watch the recordings to catch up.
Can a high school student take the summer class?
Yes, high school students are welcome to join the summer class if they don't have time during the school year to take "Paint Your Way Through Art History". I created the summer class for parents, especially parents who will be teaching using "Marvelous to Behold" so I mention teaching tips sometimes. It goes fast and only covers 12 artists. I really recommend the year-long class for students though, they cover a lot of interesting artists that aren't in the summer class: Van Gogh, Giotto, Pollock, Picasso, Matisse, and much more.
My student is considering graphic design, do you have a class for that?
My year-long class covers much of what I did in my first year of design school. We practice
the design fundamentals with artists such as Matisse, Escher, and Seurat. They'll learn about color mixing for print, positive and negative space, showing tyexture, showing motion, and creating dynamic compositions, and more. I believe that learning design using paper, pen, and paint is a strong foundation. They can translate all those skills to the computer when they're ready. After they've done Art History, they should take "Great Books" in which we will learn more about typography, book covers, and illustrations, all great foundational skills for graphic designers.
If I took the summer class, can I take Art Level 2?
Yes, you can. Except, you will have missed a lot of good things that are in Paint Your Way Through Art History. The second semester, especially. We do lots of modern art, which is really prevalent in design today. I'd hate for you to miss out on that: Matisse, Escher, Pollock, Picasso...those guys had a huge influence on graphic design. So, if you're not going to be a senior, and you have the time, I'd suggest doing Paint Your Way Through Art History. Some of the artists are the same, but you can tweak the art project...do something a little different the second time. If you are a senior and you want more open-ended projects and you're really self-motivated, then you may enjoy Art Level 2.
Do you offer discounts?
I offer an early bird rate. If you register and pay your first semester tuition by July 15, you can save money. No coupon code or anything is needed. The price will be lower until July 15.
All students get a discount on all books! So you can buy any book for the student price, $5 off.
How much do the supplies cost for Paint Your Way Through Art History?
$60 to $80. The biggest expense is going to be the art journal. It's $30 on Amazon. (But, you'd spend more buying canvas or art paper, so for 30 pieces of art, it's a good deal.) All other supplies are available in a wide range of prices, so you can choose how much you want to spend...for example Artist Loft acrylic paint is about $8 a tube (you need 5 colors). Golden is at least twice that price. Other brands are in the middle...but sometimes there is a buy one get one free! Keep an eye out for deals close to school starting. You can also save money by not buying black...mix your own. Brushes and other supplies are also available in a variety of prices.
Can a younger student join a class for older students?
If they have a lot of art experience and are self-motivated, yes. Paint Your Way Through Art History includes a 20 minute lecture on art history that younger students might find boring. We cover worldview and philosophy...which they will get the most out of if they are 14 or older. Paint Your Way Into the Woods does not have a lecture component. There is a brief introduction, then students get busy doing art together. If your student loves art and is younger than the age for Into the Woods, they should be fine...you may need to be available to help with the tech.
How do you keep your supplies organized?
At Micheals they have scrap booking boxes that are about 14 x 14 inches that work well. Any basket or box that you already have works well too. Just keep it all in one container. That will hold all the art supplies. Keep them all together with scissors, tape, pencils, scrap paper, etc. so that they have everything handy.
What is the sequence of art classes that my child should take?
We're flexible because lots of different levels can enjoy drawing the same subjects. You're welcome to choose a topic that interests your student whatever their level is. If you have a young student, here is a recommended sequence:
3. Medieval History
4. Sea and Sky
5. Art History
6. Great Books
7. Watercolors (parents will enjoy this too)
All levels are welcome in all classes, you don't have to take them in this order.
Do the classes coordinate with Classical Conversations?
They do, although we're totally independent of CC, we just happen to have a lot of friends in CC, so here is how they relate:
Fables - Foundations
Woods - Foundations
Medieval History - 4th, 5th, and 6th grades (upper Foundations)
Sea and Sky - Challenge A and B and I. (Foundations students welcome, too.)
Art History - coordinates with Western Cultural History in Challenge II
Great Books - coordinates with Challenge IV (Odyssey, but is good for III to introduce the characters)
Watercolors- coordinates with theology in Challenge IV
You are welcome to take any class at any time. All levels are welcome in all classes! This match up is just for reference.
I have kids in different art classes, why do they have different fall breaks?
Our art teachers set their own calendars and they plan their breaks around their families' schedule because we value families and want our teachers to spend time with them. You are welcome to take breaks when you need to (for the same reason). That's why there's always a recording of the class available...take off time when you need it and use the recordings to watch the class when it's a good time for your family.