We offer three programs for students under the age of 18: Group, Individual / Advanced, and Portfolio (ask about our adult classes here). Find more information about our programs by clicking the "LEARN MORE" buttons below.
INDIVIDUAL / ADVANCED
Our classroom is designed to maximize modularity. With a modular classroom, we are able to change our setups to provide the most effective environment for our students to learn and experience the visual arts. Shown here are our still life, group lesson, class discussion, gallery, and normal classroom setups.
Our value for the process makes for a longer path to creating finished pieces. The visual arts are, in fact, one of the most difficult art forms in which to track progress. In the culinary arts, for example, it is relatively clear when you have overcooked or under-seasoned a meal. Likewise, in music it is easy to notice if your timing is off or if you’ve played a note too sharp or flat. However, in visual art, it is difficult to know if a piece is “successful” or “unsuccessful” because development in visual art can seem very subjective and ethereal. But, just like culinary or musical arts, successful visual art is built on certain principles that can’t be broken.
Here at Rainbow Art our programs aim to demystify this development and provide a clear and tangible measure for progress. Our programs are broken down into levels, with each level teaching various artistic principles, methods, and techniques. When the goals for each level are complete, students may progress to the next level of learning while strengthening what they have learned in the previous levels.
Many of these principles, methods, and techniques will be taught through presentations, demos, notes, exercises, and projects. The CUP diagram below breaks down how we track our students’ artistic progression through our levels.
The Cup diagram is a series of graphite drawings of a cup that we created to explain the progression of artistic growth within our students. As students progress through the levels, we can see how their drawing of a cup would progress as they understand and apply those principles and techniques. Under these drawings are examples of work done by students who have applied the principles and techniques from that level.
Level 1: basic shapes
Level 1 students learn to control drawing tools through drawing lines, angles, ovals, and circles. Mastery of these shapes will allow for the creation of more complex, arching shapes and S curves found in more complex images. Combining these basic shapes will allow students to visually describe almost anything.
Level 1 student examples:
Level 2: PROPORTION
Level 2 students will learn basic proportion. This will aid in the creation of imaginary images and is crucial to the creation of representational ones. During this stage students will learn the importance of assessing and editing their image in order to create the most accurate representation of their subject.
Level 2 student examples:
level 3: COLOR / VALUE
Level 3 students will learn basic color and value. They will learn about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, complementary colors, and basic color harmonies. Although value can emulate various lighting situations at this stage, value will be taught as the transition between light and dark and the mastery of that transition will be emphasized.
Level 3 student examples:
level 4: OBservation
Level 4 students will learn about observation and general lighting. Understanding of these concepts will allow students to draw more accurate representations of their subject. They will be able to apply the concepts of value to actual lighting situations and create the illusion of scale, space, and dimension. They will also observe more subtle nuances in the shape, scale, angle, color, and value of an observed subject.
Level 4 student examples:
level 5: life drawing
Level 5 students will learn basic life drawing, as well as the basic concepts of composition. With these techniques students should be able to create and compose multiple subjects in a single image. They will learn how to navigate negative space, foreground, and background, and how to interpret the physical world on a 2D surface.
Level 5 student examples:
Advanced students will learn color theory, value grouping, and advanced and creative perspective. Understanding of these techniques will allow for the creation and understanding of complex lighting scenarios. Students will engage in creating visual hierarchy within a piece in order to direct the viewer’s eye. They will also learn about the bending of light in reflections, complex shadows, complex camera angles and advanced composition.
Advanced student examples:
Portfolio students will learn about professionalism, presentation, and communication. At this level, students are expected to have a mastery of the principles, mediums, and techniques from all the previous levels. Students will also learn about how to present their work, understand their process, edit portfolios, and know their market. This program is only for those who plan on pursuing art as a career and/or plan on majoring in some visual art in college.
Portfolio student examples: