FOCUS Mixed Media Art Lessons

Drawing with a variety of mediums

This class will help improve motor skills, develop self confidence, promote curiosity and overall help kids learn something new while providing a sense of achievement upon completion of various drawings or projects.

Every class an aim is set, outlining the goal(s) of the new activity or ongoing project. All supplies will be provided by Focus Academy, with exception to a materials fee that may be assigned to support certain projects, with parental approval first.

Care is taken to pick techniques or assignments that are engaging and inspiring with individual and group guidance throughout the lesson. Since there might be different age groups, sensitivity to their abilities will be considered a priority.

MIXED MEDIA ART is teaching kids how to take a number of the following techniques to use it on a single art piece including but not limited to:

Working with graphite pencils of varied densities.

Using a set of pencils that are graded on the European system using a continuum from "H" (for hardness) to "B" (for blackness), as well as "F" (for fine point)ranging from a very hard, light-marking pencil to a very soft, black-marking pencil usually ranges from hardest to softest as follows we are able to explore a range of tones.

By applying such a wide range of grades our artists become more aware and interested in their ability towards creating a full range of tones from light grey to black.

Shading (with still life compositions)

A process used in drawing for depicting levels of darkness on paper by applying media more densely or with a darker shade for darker areas, and less densely or with a lighter shade for lighter areas. There are various techniques of shading including cross hatching where perpendicular lines of varying closeness are drawn in a grid pattern to shade an area. The closer the lines are together, the darker the area appears. Likewise, the farther apart the lines are, the lighter the area appears.

Pointillism techniques

A style of painting in which small distinct dots of color create the impression of a wide selection of other colors and blending. Aside from color "mixing" phenomena, there is the simpler graphic phenomenon of depicted imagery emerging from disparate points.

The technique relies on the perceptive ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to mix the color spots into a fuller range of tones.

The practice of Pointillism is in sharp contrast to the more common methods of blending pigments on a palette or using the many commercially available premixed colors. Pointillism is analogous to the four-color CMYK printing process used by some color printers and large presses, Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), Yellow and Key (black). Televisions and computer monitors use a pointillist technique to represent images but with Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) colors.

Perspective Drawing

In the graphic arts, such as drawing, is an approximate representation, on a flat surface (such as paper), of an image as it is perceived by the eye. The two most characteristic features of perspective are that objects are drawn:

A) Smaller as their distance from the observer increases.
B) Foreshortened: the size of an object's dimensions along the line of sight are relatively shorter than dimensions across the line of sight.


A collage (From the French: coller, to glue) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

A collage may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.

Basic Brush painting, India Ink techniques

Using a simple black ink once widely used for writing and printing, and now more commonly used for drawing, students will learn how to apply such techniques as hatching, cross hatching, stippling, slow dotting, squiggling, and zig zag lines adding dimension to their work plus giving students a new array of elements to add to their creative toolbox.

Color Mixing ( complimentary colors ) painting

There are two types of color mixing: Additive and Subtractive. In both cases there are three primary colors, three secondary colors (colors made from 2 of the three primary colors in equal amounts), and one tertiary color made from all three primary colors. _________________________________________________________________________________________

Essentially these techniques are taught separately so kids could fully understand the medium and then in a combined manner ( Mixed Media ) use them to create an exciting art piece.

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