FINE ARTS

Beginning Oil Pastels (spring semester 2014)

Description:

Oil pastel is a fantastic medium for transitioning young artists from black and white to color. Lessons will cover fine arts concepts such as color, blending, light and shadow, perspective and dimension, and layering and composition. Class is fun and upbeat, and students apply everything they learn immediately into their work. The bottom line goal is to help students become familiar with techniques of pastel use and color to the point where they can use pastel to express their own ideas in painting. They will be amazed at what they’re capable of even when drawing isn’t really their strong suit. Each student is required to finish and submit at least one final painting demonstrating the techniques taught in class. All submitted work will be cropped and mounted onto matte board by instructor and made ready for presentation, if time and class size allows.

Students wishing to earn a full high school art credit will need to complete 60 class hours that include instruction, practice time, a sketch diary of all lessons and painting assignments, and 2 special projects to be mounted for presentation. Other students will need to attend all scheduled classes and complete assignments and projects given by instructor.

Tutor: Sandy Adler

Length: Spring Semester

Prerequisite: None

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES STUDENT MUST BRING TO EVERY CLASS:

* A spiral bound (important) sketch book minimum size 9 X 12. * A set of drawing pencils, ruler, eraser and sharpener. * Basic set of colored pencils.

Class Size: Minimum 8 students, maximum 18.

Class Tuition: $175.00 per semester plus an approximate $25.00 fee that includes pastel sets and blending tools (specific brand required), mounting materials and all copies/handouts. All other supplies are listed below and MUST BE BROUGHT FOR FIRST DAY OF CLASS. Any supplies used in Drawing Basics can be used for Pastels.


Advanced Pastels (fall semester 2013)

Description:

Rather than learning one lesson at a time, Advanced Pastel students will do a series of paintings from start to finish, with a goal of completing at least 4 paintings by the end of the year. We will incorporate all lessons learned in previous classes, including drawing basics for a good initial sketch, composition, backgrounds, blending, light and shadow, and perspective. Examples include sandcastles against a sunset background, trees against a cloudy sky in a field at dusk, complex still life using several objects and a full background, tropical underwater scenes, fall landscapes, etc. Paintings will be carefully planned and executed by the student. By the end of this year, they should have at least 4 beautiful, frameable pictures and be confident, independent painters!

Tutor: Sandy Adler

Length: Fall Semester

Grade Level: 7th-12th

Class Size: Minimum 7 students, maximum 12.

Prerequisite: Must have taken Beginning Drawing and Beginning Pastels from Mrs. Adler in the past, either through WEST or another co-op, OR speak with instructor about other painting classes taken to obtain special permission.

Requirements: Students will need to attend all classes if possible, and complete all paintings assigned. May require some work outside of class time.

Tuition: $180.00 per semester plus any reimbursement for supplies ordered by instructor.

Supplies:

  • Set of Caron D’Ache oil pastels (a higher quality, blendable brand)*
  • Additional pastels to supplement starter set colors*
  • Spiral pad of 14 X 17 inch, heavy weight paper**
  • Drawing pencils with art eraser (O.K. to have regular #2 pencils for this class, but do need decent eraser)
  • Set of colored pencils
  • 2 pastel blending sticks***
  • At least 2 16 X 20 frames for completed work

*Many students may already own a set of Caron D’Ache pastels that are in good condition. If not, these can be ordered online or purchased at Dick Blick stores locally.

**This is a required purchase for all students due to the specific paper size and weight. Instructor can order spiral pads of paper at less than half the price available in stores.


Basic Drawing (fall semester 2013)

Class Objective:

To provide a solid foundation in drawing basics. Drawing is a very important building block that is foundational to all other mediums of art. Student will learn and apply a wide variety of art techniques, terminology, and uses of various drawing tools as they are introduced to elements of line, tone, shading, blending, graphing, and many other important drawing concepts.

Tutor: Sandy Adler

Subject: Drawing

Length: Fall Semester

Grade level: 7th – 12th

Class Size: Minimum 7 students, maximum 18.


Requirements: Students wishing to earn a full high school art credit will need to complete 60 class hours that include instruction, reading & video assignments, practice time, a sketch diary of all lessons and drawing assignments, and 2 special projects to be mounted for presentation. Other students will need to attend all scheduled classes and complete drawing assignments and projects given by instructor.

Tuition: $180.00 per semester plus an approximate $10.00 fee that includes mounting materials and all copies/handouts.

Supplies Students Must Bring to Every Class:

  • A spiral bound (important) sketch book minimum size 9 X 12, prefer 11 X 14. Paper can be sketching/drawing quality, the more pages the better for optimal creativity!
  • A set of drawing pencils including at least one H-lead, and a range of B-leads at least including B-2, B-4, and B-6.
  • At least one charcoal pencil.
  • Kneeded erasers.
  • Ruler and sharpener.
  • Blending tortillions (NOT the harder blending stumps…)

 

Mixed Media Level I

SUBJECT: Mixed Media Level I

TUTOR NAME: Sandy Adler

CLASS TYPE: One Semester Course, SECOND SEMESTER ONLY, classes held every week.

CLASS SIZE: Minimum 8 students, maximum 18

PREREQUISITE: Must have taken Beginning Drawing AND Beginning and/or Advanced Pastels as well, either through WEST or another co-op, OR speak with instructor about other painting classes taken to obtain special permission.

DESCRIPTION: This is a new course for WEST this year. Students will be introduced to three new mediums: pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and compressed charcoal. Lessons will rotate through these mediums, beginning with the seven basic strokes of pen and ink, and incorporating watercolor into the pen and ink projects. Lessons will cover a wide variety of technique in all three mediums, from extremely detailed to more abstract.  Students will also learn how these mediums have been used by famous artists of the past, as well as present-day applications.

(Click here for Sample lessons of all mediums)


REQUIREMENTS: Students will need to attend all classes if possible, complete all assigned projects, and prepare at least two pieces for final mounting and display at the year-end Spring Showcase.  May require some work outside of class time. 

CLASS FEE:  $185.00 per semester plus supplies.

 

SUPPLIES: Everything listed below can be purchased through instructor in a bulk order to save costs, and any supplies from previous semesters can be used.

1.    Blick Spiral Bound sketch pad 11 X 14, 70 sheets, 80 lb. paper - $7.50

2.    Drawing pencils, set of 6 soft B leads - $5.00

3.    At least one charcoal pencil - $1.50 each

4.    Kneaded Eraser - $1.00 each

5.    Blending tortillions (NOT the harder blending stumps…) - $.50 each

6.    Ruler, at least two paint brushes fine and medium, regular eraser, and sharpener (bring from home)

7.    Set of 24 watercolor pencils - $8.50 (I recommend buying this set through me, it’s an amazing price and the pencils are a good quality.)

8.    Sharpie marker ultra fine - $1.00

WEST Secondary Choir

Description:

Do you love to sing? Do you love listening to music? Do you have a desire to perform?

Join your friends in this Choir experience for an exciting 90 minutes each week of singing together and exploring the passion of music!

Enroll in this class and build confidence in your singing voice and music skills while preparing choir selections for a student concert!

This secondary choir experience will take into consideration the student enrollment and music will be chosen to complement the size and the talents represented in the class.

Vocal techniques taught will include how to properly warm up the voice, correct posture, correct breathing skills, proper diction, tone production, musical expression, harmony skills with 2-4 part music, how to read vocal choir music and basic music theory.

Repertoire~

Music will be selected from a wide variety of styles including Classical, Jazz, Folk, Contemporary Christian, Pop and Musical Theatre Show Tunes.

Each student will receive vocal coaching.

Solo and Ensemble work will be included by audition.

Music History and listening may be included in this class period.

A student choir concert at the WEST Showcase will be included at the end of each semester.

Participation of each choir student will be required in the concert.

Vocal Coach/Director: Mrs. Linda Lindeen

Length: Year long classes; with the encouragement to stay in CHOIR and build skills year after year at WEST

Grade Level: 6th-12th grade

Class Tuition: $180 per semester, plus $10 music supply fee.

NOTE: If student is enrolled in both CHOIR and DRAMA, a total of $50 may be deducted from the combined tuitions. These two classes complement each other and are very beneficial to take together.

Class Size: Minimum 10 students

Prerequisite: No prerequisites

Homework: Student will be expected to work on music at home.


Drama

Description:

Do you love a good storyline? An amazing script? A funny or serious movie or play? Do you love to act or have you ever wanted to try to act? Do you wish you could speak clearly in front of your peers or groups of people with confidence? Do you love to dress up in a costume or use a different voice and “become someone else?” Do you wish you knew how to act in front of an audience without fear or nervousness?

This is the class for you! Enroll in this class and you will be sure to make new friends as you explore and study the world of DRAMA as an actor!

This class is for students who have never been on the stage AND experienced actors.

The purpose of this Theatre Arts/Drama Class will be to introduce students to as many aspects of drama as possible, to allow them to experience for themselves the diversity and excitement of theatre and drama and to encourage them to develop the love of theatre which is necessary for the successful productions of a play at any level.

Areas taught will include:

Beginning acting terms, theatre history, improvisation, emotional development of characters, articulation and diction skills, concentration, character development, solo performance for peers, working together as a cast, memorization skills, blocking, props and costumes, live performance for an audience.

Students will participate in hands-on exercises with Acting, Scene Work, Characterization, Games and Improvisation. The class will become a cast and scenes will be developed and rehearsed for a polished performance at the end of each semester.

This will be a high energy, fun class for all students with class participation for everyone!

Students will perform at the WEST SHOWCASE at the conclusion of both semesters.

Participation is required at the end of each semester performance.

Tutors: Mrs. Linda and Mr. Tim Lindeen

Length: Year long classes; with the encouragement to stay in DRAMA and build skills year after year at WEST

Level: 6th-12th grade

Class Tuition: $180 per semester plus $25 supply fee

NOTE: If student is enrolled in both CHOIR and DRAMA, $50 total may be deducted from the combined tuition of these classes. These two classes complement each other and are very beneficial to take together.

Class Size: Minimum 10 students

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Will include some reading, possible projects and memorization of lines/scenes at home.


Songwriting and Contemporary Music Technique

NOTE:  Students who in previous years took this class for one semester may join and gain more and new knowledge in this area, plus receive studio time

Description:

Songwriting is one of the most rewarding and challenging aspects to music. While many musicians and singers have a strong interest in songwriting, traditional music studies rarely equip them with the necessary tools to be successful. This class will encourage students to write their own material by creating a safe and constructive environment for them to develop.

Using a music theory base and creative process, the class teaches how to write strong melodies and lyrics, how chords work, what good song form is, and how to produce your songs. The class will examine various genres including worship, rock, pop, and country while emphasizing the genre interests of the individual songwriter.

During the first semester, each student will receive a solid foundation on music theory and contemporary music technique and will also write four original songs. The second semester is highlighted by a studio session for each student to record one of their songs, accelerated theory concepts, and a more in-depth approach to music production. From start to finish, this class is hands-on rather than lecture based and will keep students engaged regardless of their specific musical backgrounds.

NOTE: Students who have previously taken Songwriting 1 could join this class at the start of the spring semester!

Tutor: André Rodriguez

Length: Full year.

Grade Level: Grades 6-12

Tuition: $165 per semester plus recording session/listening materials of $50 This fee will be collected second semester due to students in recording booth second half of year.

Class Minimum: 6 students

Text: The Everything Music Theory Book $25 and is purchased by tutor. This text is purchased fall semester and used throughout the year.

Prerequisite: Two years of private instrument or voice lessons.

Homework: 2-3 hours per week