Art Smarts offers after school art lessons to kids. Children are encouraged to try new avenues of creativity by using several different drawing and painting techniques, mediums and subject matters. We help them to expand their horizons for their future successes in life by demonstrating to them how many different kinds of artists make their living through various art projects we provide.
Our mission is to provide quality art instruction to children after school that goes above and beyond the expectations of both children, their parents, and respective principals or supervisors in the facilities where the art instruction is taking place.
Our goal is to provide a positive uplifting environment of creativity, raising children's self-esteem through encouragement.
The "Wow Factor" is an important element to Art Smarts, helping to keep art projects fresh, interests peaked and motivating students.
Lesson Plans and Art Mediums
Art Smarts has several lesson plans which if never repeated, can go on for approximately 4 years. This way the student can continually learn different things in art. There are several lessons pertaining to animals, from birds and reptiles to wild animals and even cats and dogs. which is always a favorite. Art Smarts has a wide variety of lesson plans including landscapes, seascapes, portraiture, still life, design and even abstract painting. We also teach some cartooning as well as Manga, Japanese wide eyed cartooning, a favorite in the Middle Schools.
We draw and paint using all sorts of mediums. Colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, aqua crayons, and watercolor pencils are some of the many explored mediums. We may use colored paper, canvas boards, watercolor paper and even show them how to recycle brown paper bags into faux animal hides. Whatever the lesson, the kids just love to take art classes with Art Smarts.
Art Smarts teaches art in several schools, both elementary and middle, ages from 5 - 12.
How Art Smarts started
I was born and raised in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. After receiving a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, I furthered my education at the San Francisco Art Institute and also San Diego City College. When our children reached school age, I was the Art Docent Coordinator at their school, Murray Manor Elementary, for 10 years. That's where I discovered the need for art to be put back into the schools and where Art Smarts began its first after school program.
President of Art Smarts, Inc.
P.O. Box 191441
San Diego, CA 92159-1441
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