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SRS Lower Grades Art Workshop

This course will be both practical and theoretical. Students Kindergarten through 2nd grade will have age-appropriate opportunities to both explore the hands-on side of creating beautiful images as well as examining masterpieces to appreciate both their beauty and composition. There will be short explanations of technique, modeling an example, and lots of class time to practice, with sharing and feedback. We will use basic art supplies to create different visual affects as we explore various styles of painting. Students will have warm up exercised to develop their ability to reproduce what they see. The teacher will lead discussions at the beginning of each weekly lesson and then students will create or recreate at least one element from the masterpiece. The teacher will describe steps and work alongside the students modeling each lesson. Students will have a chance to share their unique creation with classmates. It will be the responsibility of each student (and their helper) to upload a photo of the finished project for each assignment. The class will be semi-independent because the parent-helper will not need to be “in” class but nearby if the student needs help for example signing in or opening a container.

The primary objective of the course is to encourage students to love and understand icons better. Students will identify color names, how to mix secondary colors, and the basic symbolic meanings in icons. Students will be able to identify the kinds of lines (straight, curve, angle) and be able to reproduce single object drawings. Students will expand their vocabulary for describing art, icons, and spring. Students will practice describing and observing masterpieces of art.

Art Workshop Course Map:
For 8 weeks, one-hour lessons in Zoom, the students will create art for the Paschal feast of nature as described in the Byzantine Poem, Stichoi for the Sunday of the Resurrection, By Arsenios of Corfu translated into English. In each lesson we will use images from this poem to build foundational art skills, examine masterpieces for beauty and composition. We will use both icons and non-church paintings or drawings by famous artists.



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Required Course Resources:
These are essential items for creating art projects in this course. Any supplies you have on hand will be fine. Brands are
only suggestions to give an idea of costs. I wanted to be as complete as possible to avoid later costs and frustrations.

-drawing paper (white printer paper) Copy and Print 20 8.5×11 500 sheets $7.17
-watercolor paper Essentials Watercolor Artist Paper 15 sheet Two pack $6.99
-paintbrushes, assorted sized US Art Supply 25-piece all-purpose brush set $4.99
-thin markers Crayola Fine 10 count $3.99
-thick markers Crayola Broad Line 10 count $3.97
-colored pencils CraZart 12 count $2.97
-transfer paper Speedball Graphite paper $3.99
-pregessoed craft board Hobby Lobby Smooth Gessoed Artist Panel 5×7” $2.49
-acrylic craft paints Crayola Washable Project Paint 6 count $4.69
-Palette/small tray/plastic plate DIY Art Painting Palette 10 well round $2.48
-Watercolor paints CraZart 8 colors in tray $1.54
-3 new school pencils with erasers
-cup for water
-scrap paper/cloth/paper towel for wiping brushes
-painters tape

Optional Course Resources
From God to You by John Kosmas SkinasPictures of God by John Kosmas Skinas
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
We will look at pages during class so not required, but for a child interested in Iconography, it has beautiful photos and
great descriptions to encourage and enrich their understandings of icons.

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Casey Newman has a master’s in teaching from the University of New Hampshire with a background in Language. She taught secondary school for more than five years before starting a family. Now at home with children, she has focused on her passion for art. While she had some foundational art courses at UNH, she was blessed to participate in courses in iconography, and she developed her skills while caring for her three young children. Over the past 7 years she has shared the fruits of these labors on her children’s website for free coloring pages. She taught for a year as PreK teacher at a small Classical Academy in OH, but now homeschools her three children, choosing to continue with classical themes, methods, and languages. Her passion for art has grown into an iconography studio in the home.

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebCam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
WebCam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.


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