Writing & Art Online Courses

CREATIVE EDUCATION FOR HOME SCHOOL AND PRIVATE GROUPS

The excitement of a blank piece of paper, the anticipation of what the imagination will conjure up and the creative process along the way is what makes learning through creativity rewarding and memorable.

A blank paper holds so many possibilities, and those possibilities are endless. The power of bringing that paper to life by writing, drawing or painting is exciting, challenging and satisfying.

These courses are taught via Zoom or Skype and are limited to 10 children per session so that we may give a proper amount of attention to everyone. Classes can be created by age group as per your preference. For younger children, we require that an adult be in attendance for guidance and hands-on help.

Creative Writing

Poetry or Prose with Denise Flagg (Mondays only)

4-week session (1 hour per week)-$300/10 children

INSTRUCTOR: Denise Flagg 

Poetry

The class begins with how to formulate an idea and the mechanics of writing an ABCB poem, a Tanka Poem and a limerick. This class includes a free PDF of Miss Mac’s book of poems for kids entitled Toenail Soup, written in ABCB rhyme. One or all of your poems can be illustrated during Sue Greco’s water color class.

 

Prose

Course Outline:

  • Write down some ideas.

  • Create a character and a setting for your story.

  • A story has a beginning, a middle and an end.

  • Draft your story.

  • Usually, there is a conflict in the story.

  • Resolve the conflict.

  • Read aloud to be sure the story flows.

  • Revise. Revise. Then, revise again.

  • Proofread. Then, proofread again.

  • Ask someone to read your story. Remember, constructive criticism makes you a better writer.

  • Learn your writing process. Writers all have their own technique for writing. Do what works best for you.

Poetry and Ishkabibbles

4-week session (1 hour per week)-$200/10 children

INSTRUCTOR: Donna McCarthy aka Miss Mac

 

The class begins with how to formulate an idea and the mechanics of writing an ABCB poem, a Tanka Poem and an Ishkabibble (nonsense) story. This class includes a free PDF of Miss Mac’s book of poems for kids entitled Toenail Soup, written in ABCB rhyme.

One or all of your poems can be illustrated during Sue Greco’s watercolor class.

ART

Step by Step Watercolor 

4-week session (1 hour per week)-$200/10 children

INSTRUCTOR: Sue Greco

 

Sue’s four-week watercolor program teaches the 4 basic techniques. In each class, l will instruct a new technique, and we will complete a painting of a different subject matter. These techniques advance skills and confidence with each class.

 

Basic materials needed:

Watercolor paints

Watercolor paper

Empty palette

Round tip brushes in 3 sizes (s,m,l in a soft nylon bristle)

Pencil

Eraser

2 cups for water

Paper towel

Step by Step Drawing 

8-week session (1 hour per week)-$400/10 children

INSTRUCTOR: Donna McCarthy aka Miss Mac

 

Donna’s ongoing drawing class is a foundational course that builds drawing skills from a basic understanding of lines and how they convey feeling, weight, and texture. From there we move onto understanding shapes and empty spaces, textures, perspective, and color theory. Once the basic skills are laid out (8 weeks) we move onto more complex drawings where all these elements are incorporated into one piece. Sketching in sketchbooks each week, outside of class, is highly recommended to hone skills taught during class.

Basic materials needed:

9 x 12 drawing pad                                                                            

#2 pencils                                                                                          

Fine point and fat sharpies or black permanent markers                 

Colored pencils

Eraser

Sharpener

Dry Erase Marker

Art Through Time & Around the World 

4-week session (1 hour per week)-$250/10 children

INSTRUCTOR: Donna McCarthy aka Miss Mac

 

This is a hands-on art history class and lessons can be planned with each group to coincide with general history, geography, science, sociology, psychology, math and language. Civilizations, culture and history are explored through drawing, painting and mixed media assignments that will often take more than 1 session to complete. Simple Research and writing assignments can be incorporated to do independently for preparation or review of the art lesson.  Miss Mac will work with each group of parents to create custom curriculum that can include subject matter being taught in other areas of study. Projects will not be repeated when booking concurrent sessions.

Materials depend on the specific project.

Illustrate Your Story 

8 Week session (1 hour per week)-$600/10 children

This class corresponds with Denise Flagg’s prose course

in story writing and should run subsequently.

INSTRUCTOR: Donna McCarthy aka Miss Mac

 

Course Outline:

Process for printing a book beginning to end

What is an ISBN number?

What is copyright and trademark?

Character development (different views)

What lines to illustrate

Layout do’s and dont’s

Single and double page spread illustrations

Making a book dummy