Children's Classes

CERAMICS

Fee includes clay, firings and glazes.

 

BEGINNING WHEEL (ages 10+)
Roy Kunisaki (RK-2)
Tuesdays, 4/8-5/27, 4-6pm

$180, Members $150

Learn wheel-throwing, trimming and glazing skills.
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INTRODUCTION TO CERAMICS (ages 6–10)
Adrian Sandstrom (AS-3)
Wednesdays, 4/9-5/28, 4-5:30pm
$180, Members $150

Learn hand-building techniques by creating imaginary creatures, animals and more. Make pinch and coil pots and experiment with texture.
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DRAWING & PAINTING

 

CARTOONING/MODELING SUPERHEROES (ages 7+)
Jennifer Siegal (JNS-1)
Mondays, 4/7-6/2, 4-5:30pm
No class 5/26
$205, Members $175
Draw and ink cartoons and superheroes. Give your character a name, powers and story and build a cartoon strip. Bring your character to life in a 3-D clay version. Let your imagination run wild! Fee includes clay.
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MOSAICS FOR KIDS (ages 6+) 
Robin Bott (RB-1)
Mondays, 4/7-6/2, 4-5:30pm
No class 5/26
$180, Members $150

Mosaic your own stepping stones, wall hangings, picture frames, paper weights and more using traditional techniques to incorporate ceramic tiles, stained glass, beads, etc. into unique keepsakes.
Fee includes supplies.
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STOP ACTION MOVIE MAKING (ages 9+) 
Jennifer Stillwell  (JSW-3)
Wednesdays, 4/9-5/28, 6-7:30pm
$150, Members $120

Let’s make a movie! Stop Motion is a fun course for children introducing the art and principles of animated film making by taking a series of still photographs of everyday objects while moving them about to create a movie that will make them seem to "come alive".
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YOUTH DRAWING I (ages 7+)
Jennifer Siegal (JNS-6)
Wednesdays, 4/9-5/28 4:30-6pm
$150, Members $120

Use charcoal, graphite and colored pencil while learning different shading techniques. Draw your favorite animal, an impressionistic self portrait and a gesture drawing of a summer tree. Use simple perspective to create a futuristic city.
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Class is closed. Please call PVAC to be put on the waiting list: 310-541-2479.


YOUTH DRAWING II (ages 9+)
Jennifer Siegal (JNS-7)
Thursdays, 4/10-5/29, 4-5:30pm
$150, Members $120

Study value and shading using charcoal to draw a monochromatic still life. Draw a profile and learn how to create skin color using colored pencil. Learn proportions and draw a figure in action like a ballerina or soccer player. Using pen, learn how to cross hatch and draw realistic buildings in perspective. With pencil, draw hands in different poses. Previous drawing experience required.
Prerequisite: Youth Drawing I or equivalent. 
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IMAGINATION & CREATIONS (ages 4+) 
Robin Bott (RB-4)
Thursdays,4/10-5/29, 4-5:30pm
$180, Members $150

Explore drawing, painting and sculpture through tile mosaics, papier-mâché masks, fantasy space art and shadow boxes. Try printmaking, puppet making, air-dry clay sculpture, drawing and more!
Fee includes supplies.
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CHALK & OIL PASTEL (ages 6+)
Laurel Koss (LK-4)
Saturdays, 4/19-6/14, 10-11:30am
No class 5/24
$180, Members $150
Using the soft look of chalk pastels and the bold colors of oil sticks, learn to compose drawings and paintings.  Lessons include color mixing, stroke techniques, and working with watercolor, markers, and acrylics on a variety of colors and textures of paper, board, and wood.  Projects include drawing exercises, the color wheel, flowers, the California landscape, food, baby animals, the aurora borealis, and portraits.  Examples of art from the classical Degas to the magical children’s illustrator Mary GrandPre will be presented.  It will be messy but fun!  Children’s stories reflecting the subject or art will be read, too.  
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MIDDLE SCHOOL MONDAYS

NEW!

 

EXPLORING MIXED MEDIUMS
Laurel Koss (LK-1)
Mondays, 4/7-4/28, 2:30-4pm

4 class sessions
$115, Members $85
Explore drawing, lettering, printmaking, and collage. Begin with a variety of line drawing techniques including contour, using pencils, pens, markers, and watercolors. Then move on to lettering, printmaking, and a collage self-portrait using decorative paper and pages from magazines, newspapers, catalogs, and black and white photocopies of your face. Fee includes all supplies.
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DRAWING FOR BUDDING DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS & ARCHITECTS
Bill Ungar (BU-1)
Mondays, 5/5-6/2, 2:30-4pm
No class 5/26
4 class sessions
$115, Members $85

How do designers create a new type of skateboard? How do engineers create a new kind of scuba diving snorkel? How do architects create a new building? If you think they start by sitting down at the computer, you'd be wrong. Everything that is designed and engineered first starts with a drawing (or series of drawings). Industrial Designer Bill Ungar will teach students the basic techniques of product, engineering, and architectural drawing - and how to think like a designer, engineer, and architect.
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TEEN/COLLEGE PREP ARTS & DESIGN


ANIMATION

Jennifer Stillwell (JSW-2)
Thursdays, 4/10-5/29, 6:30-8:30pm

$150, Members $120

Traditional animation teaches the hand-drawn technique developed and refined by the artists of Walt Disney studios. Students will learn how to create the "Illusion of Life" by drawing a series of still images that will be photographed individually, and then played back as an animated movie.
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SEW FUN

TEEN BEGINNING SEWING         NEW!
(ages 10 – 15)  
Terry Madison (TM-2)
Thursdays, 4/10-5/29, 4-5:30pm
$160, Members $130

Dust off that sewing machine!  This beginning sewing class will teach you how to thread your machine, wind your bobbin, and get you sewing in no time.  Make several garments; each project will teach you a specific skill related to the sewing machine and its many stitches and feet. Each student MUST provide their own machine to bring to class.  

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INTRODUCTION TO FASHION DESIGN 
(ages 14+)
Gerard Dislaire (GD-1) 
Monday– Friday, 6/9 – 6/20, 10:30am-5:30pm 
*Final fashion show Sunday, 6/22, 2pm **$890, Members $860 
Unique opportunity to work with fashion design professional, Gerard Dislaire, formerly of Juicy Couture, for a thorough introduction to the exciting world of fashion design! Explore the process of fashion design, creating along the way, various projects reflecting individual aesthetic. Many aspects of this fascinating industry will be covered, such as fashion history, textiles, the design process, and how a fashion company functions.  Students will participate in a wide range of exercises, including but not limited to: creating concept boards and color palettes, selecting fabrics and trims, designing within specific themes, sketching from live models, re-purposing vintage garments to create an original piece and staging a presentation of their work. A field trip is part of the workshop and will introduce the aspiring designers to real-life fashion environments such as design studios, fashion design schools, and fabric stores (subject to change, based on availability).  *Click here for Supply List. **Partial scholarships available. Register now


*NEED INDIVIDUAL HELP PREPARING YOUR COLLEGE ADMISSION PORTFOLIO? 
Work one on one with an artist/instructor to edit and prepare your portfolio. For information, contact Angela Hoffman, 310-541-2479.    

WIDER OPPORTUNITIES

Check out our adult classes. Most instructors accept high school students. Call Angela Hoffman, 310-541-2479, to determine what meets your needs.