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OUR METHODOLOGY

 

Here at Rainbow Art we offer three visual art programs for students under the age of 18 yrs. old (ask about our adult classes here). The programs are the Group, Individual / Advanced, and Portfolio. You can find more information about the programs by clicking the "LEARN MORE" buttons. You can also see in detail how our programs work together in THE CUP diagram below. 

 

GROUP PROGRAM

INDIVIDUAL / ADVANCED PROGRAM

PORTFOLIO PROGRAM

 

THE CUP

The Cup is a series of graphite drawings depicting a simple cup. We created this series of drawings to explain the progression of taught artistic principles in our programs here at Rainbow Art.

Next to each graphite drawing below is a short description of the basic art principles the drawing represents and an explanation of what would be taught to students who are at that particular level of learning. Under each description are examples of student work that portray the described principles. The images represent what could be expected of students who understand the principles described in each section. They also show that different mediums can be used to illustrate the various principles learned.


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LINE / ANGLEs 

LVL 0 - WE ADVISE DEVELOPING THIS SKILL AT HOME

This is the first step of image making. Though it is the first and most basic, mastery of drawing a line at the length and angle desired is crucial to almost every step that follows. From the line comes the ability to create a rectangle, square, then triangle. Without the ability to intentionally create desired lines, students cannot expect to accurately create representational or imaginary images with consistency.     


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OVAL / CIRCLE                  

LVL 1 - GROUP CLASS / INDIVIDUAL CLASS

At this stage students will learn to control drawing tools through drawing 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. In conjunction with the previous step, students will have the ability to begin creating images by combining lines, angles, ovals, and circles. These are the basic shapes that can be used to visually describe almost anything.

Level 1 student examples:


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PROPORTION 

LVL 2 - INDIVIDUAL CLASS

At this stage 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 3 student examples:


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COLOR / VALUE                 

LVL 3 - INDIVIDUAL CLASS

At this stage 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:


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OBservation / general lighting                  

LVL 4 - INDIVIDUAL CLASS

At this stage 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:


life drawing / basic composition              

LVL 5 - INDIVIDUAL CLASS / ADVANCED PROGRAM

At this stage 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 interpretation of the physical world on a 2D surface.          

Level 5 student examples:


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color theory / value grouping           

ADVANCED PROGRAM

At this stage students will learn color theory and value grouping. 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.         

Advanced student examples:


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ADV. Perspective / composition               

ADVANCED PROGRAM / PORTFOLIO PROGAM

At this stage students will learn advanced perspective techniques. They will learn of the bending of light in reflections, complex shadows, and complex camera angles and compositions.         

Advanced student examples:


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STORY               

ADVANCED PROGRAM / PORTFOLIO PROGAM

At this stage students will be taught storytelling concepts. Although storytelling can be taught at all stages of artistic development, students who have mastered more of the previous concepts will have the most tools for effective storytelling. Students will be able to choose which concept to apply to a given image in order to best convey the story being told. They will also learn of the importance of editing and art direction in storytelling.       

Advanced student examples:


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COMPS / STORY             

ADVANCED PROGRAM / PORTFOLIO PROGAM

At this stage students will learn to create comps (compositions) and sketches to achieve successful story-driven imagery. Very rarely will a narrative-based image be created successfully the first time it is manifested into an illustration. Many iterations of a particular image may be considered before the best composition is found to convey the narrative of an image. The utilization of comps and sketches is a vital step in the creation of good storytelling.     

Advanced student examples:


It should be understood that some students will naturally understand some principles more easily than others. Some may naturally understand line or color and struggle with other concepts. This is also the same with different mediums. Some may naturally and quickly pick up line drawings while others may gravitate to the brush and painting. At Rainbow Art we desire that all our students be open to learning not just what is within their natural skill set, but also what will stretch and grow them as artists. This willingness will open them up to the largest range of artistic pursuits in their future.