Saturday, March 3, 2018

Summer 2018 Session

The following schedule is for our Summer 2018 term. Please note that, while we no longer offer day camps, we have increased our evening classes to include Mosaics, Sculpture, and our NEW classes in Writing, Poetry, and Shakespeare.

Registration is open to current JSA students ONLY, through March 18.  Registration will be announced to the public on March 19.  Classes will begin June 4, and run through August 2. There will be NO CLASSES during the week of  July 2-6.   Cost for the summer term, including supply fee, is $120.  One jhalf of tuition will be due at registration, with the remainder due on the first day of class. All summer fees are nonrefundable.

Class descriptions are located at the bottom of the schedule.
(Deadline to register for Maya’s Shakespeare class is May 15)


Studio A (Mrs. Tanya)
4:00-5:00 K-2nd grade
5:00-6:00 5th-6th grade
6:00-7:00 Digital (5th-Sr High)

Studio B (Miss Maya)

4:00-5:00 K-2nd grade
5:00-6:00 3rd-5th grade
6:00-7:00 Painting (3rd-5th grades)


Studio A (Mrs. Tanya)
4:00-5:00 5th-6th grade
5:00-6:00 Drawing (Jr/Sr High)
6:00-7:00 Painting (Jr/Sr High)

Studio B (Miss Maya)

4:00-5:00 3rd-5th grade
5:00-6:00 Painting (K-2nd grades)


Studio A (Mrs. Tanya)
4:00-5:00 3rd-5th grade
5:00-6:00 Sculpture (3rd-6th grade)
6:00-7:00 Sculpture (Jr/Sr High)

Studio B (Miss Maya)

4:00-5:00 Poetry Writing (6th-Sr. High)
5:00-6:00 Fiction Writing (6th-Sr. High)
6:00-7:00 Shakespeare (9th-12th grades)


Studio A (Mrs. Tanya)
4:00-5:00 Mosaics (3rd-6th grade)
5:00-6:00 Mosaics (Jr/Sr High)
6:00-7:00 Portrait Art (Jr/Sr High)

Studio B (Miss Maya)

4:00-5:00 Poetry Writing (6th-Sr. High)
5:00-6:00 Fiction Writing (6th-Sr. High)
6:00-7:00 Shakespeare (9th-12th grades)

Poetry Writing:

Studying both historical and modern pieces by such poets as William Wordsworth, Robert Browning, and Dylan Thomas, among others, students will learn the basic elements and devices of poetry, participate in engaging sensory and and emotional exploration, and contemplate the relevance of the modern poet. Throughout the semester, students will compose a variety of their own poetic compositions. (Students will be provided with writing journals.)

Fiction Writing:

Exploring classic works by such authors as Victor Hugo, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and C.S. Lewis, among others, students will investigate the various subgenres of fiction, learn their key elements and applications, and appreciate the writing process through imaginative exercises and word play. In the course of the summer semester, students will build upon learned techniques to produce their own original fictional works. (Students will be provided with writing journals.)


Transporting into the world of William Shakespeare, students will study the atmosphere and devices of Renaissance theatre and the lasting importance of such performances, while reading and comprehending two of the playwright's foremost works—The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and the comedy of The Taming of the Shrew. At the end of the summer semester, students will be able to consider the major themes and characters of each play and discuss common motifs in the writings of Shakespeare. (Students will be provided with play books.)


Students will use a combination of various materials to create 3D sculptures. We will look at the works of Jean-Fran├žois Glabik, Alexander Calder, and non-sculpture artists, such as Wassily Kandinsky.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cold and Flu Guidelines

The cold and flu season is upon us. To help combat the spreading of germs at the studio, we are presenting the following guidelines. Please note, that we will be taking a zero tolerance stance. Parents or students who do not adhere to these guidelines, will be dismissed from classes.  We always welcome make up days for those who need to miss class.  

Students should not come to class when any of the following circumstances apply:
1. Child did not go to school due to illness.
2. Child has a cold. Even if the student went to school, they should NOT come to art.
3. Child has a fever or sore throat.
4. Child is complaining of a stomachache or has diarrhea and vomiting.
5. Anyone in the household has been diagnosed with the flu in the past week. The entire household must be free of the flu for one week before student returns to art.  According to, the flu can be spread one day before symptoms begin to one week after onset.

While these guidelines may not be practiced at local schools other after school programs, we are hoping that our parents will understand the need to protect those at our studio who are at high risk of developing complications from contracting the flu.  In addition to the above guidelines, we will be taking extra measures at disinfecting our studio and supplies after each class. Until the flu has died down, we will be using art supplies which will not damage student clothing, therefore not requiring the students to wear aprons.

We appreciate your help and understanding during this season. For more information on and updates about the flu, please see the website.

Monday, October 16, 2017

What On Earth Is Happening In Art Class?! (October)

Our October has been filled with art, learning, and fun! Below are a few things we've been up to at the studio.


"Suprematism, the invention of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, was one of the earliest and most radical developments in abstract art. Its name derived from Malevich's belief that Suprematist art would be superior to all the art of the past, and that it would lead to the "supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts." Heavily influenced by avant-garde poets, and an emerging movement in literary criticism, Malevich derived his interest in flouting the rules of language, in defying reason. He believed that there were only delicate links between words or signs and the objects they denote, and from this he saw the possibilities for a totally abstract art. And just as the poets and literary critics were interested in what constituted literature, Malevich came to be intrigued by the search for art's barest essentials. It was a radical and experimental project that at times came close to a strange mysticism. Although the Communist authorities later attacked the movement, its influence was pervasive in Russia in the early 1920s, and it was important in shaping Constructivism, just as it has been in inspiring abstract art to this day." (
3rd-6th Grade:

Illustrator Andy Warhol was one of the most prolific and popular artists of his time, using both avant-garde and highly commercial sensibilities.
Born on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol was a successful magazine and ad illustrator who became a leading artist of the 1960s Pop art movements. He ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, filmmaking, video installations and writing, and controversially blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics. Warhol died on February 22, 1987, in New York City.” (

"Claude Monet also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise." (

Albrecht Durer (1471 - 1528) was a German painter, printmaker and theorist from Nuremberg. His still-famous works include the Apocalypse woodcuts, Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Saint Jerome in his Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514), which has been the subject of extensive analysis and interpretation. His watercolours mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium. Durer's introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, have secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical treatise which involve principles of mathematics, perspective and ideal proportions.
His prints established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Renaissance in Northern Europe ever since.

Much like the 3rd-6th grade classes, our Jr/Sr high students are studying the work of Pop artist, Andy Warhol. However, this class is applying his techniques to their self portraits. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

What on Earth is Happening in Art?!
It’s been a busy semester so far!  Here is a look at some of the artists we’ve been studying since August.

If you have a  kiddo in the K-6th grade, you may have noticed some of the following influences in the artwork they have brought home.

"Constructivism was an artistic and architectural philosophy that originated in Russiabeginning in 1913 by Vladimir Tatlin. This was a rejection of the idea of autonomous art. He wanted 'to construct' art. The movement was in favour of art as a practice for social purposes. Constructivism had a great effect on modern art movements of the 20th century, influencing major trends such as the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements. Its influence was pervasive, with major effects upon architecture, graphic design, industrial design, theatre, film, dance, fashion and to some extent music.” (Wikipedia)

To read more about this type of art please see:

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation.  The movement Seurat began with this technique is known as Neo-impressionism. The Divisionists, too, used a similar technique of patterns to form images, though with larger cube-like brushstrokes.” (Wikipedia)
To read more about this type of art, please see:

All of our students in K-6th and the Jr/Sr High Drawing classes have been studying the work of Diego Rivera.

"Diego Rivera was the most visible figure in Mexican muralism, a large-scale public-art initiative that emerged in the 1920s in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. During the Mexican Revolution that began in 1910 Diego Rivera used his talents as a painter to fuel the movement with passion. Widely known for his Marxist leanings, Rivera, along with Marxism Revolutionary Che Guevara and a small band of contemporary figures, has become a countercultural symbol of 20th century, and created a legacy in paint that continue to inspire the imagination and mind." (

To read more about  this artist, please see:

Our Drawing and Portrait Art classes have been exploring the genius of da Vinci. 
"Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a painter, architect, inventor, and student of all things scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term “Renaissance man.” Today he remains best known for his art, including two paintings that remain among the world’s most famous and admired, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Art, da Vinci believed, was indisputably connected with science and nature. Largely self-educated, he filled dozens of secret notebooks with inventions, observations and theories about pursuits from aeronautics to anatomy" (
To read more about this artist, please see: