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Discover the beauty in great books as you develop your drawing, painting and graphic design skills. We'll be inspired by great books like, "Out of the Silent Planet",  the "Odyssey," and characters from Shakespeare. 

Meets weekly for an hour and a half

14 weeks per semester

Suggested Prerequsite: "Paint Your Way Through Art History"

Early Bird Prices:

$329 per semester*

$599 for the full year*

Pay for the full year and save!

*These prices include the registration fee.

Registration fee is non-refundable.

Prices good until July 15.

(Prices increase by $20 after July 15.)

Class Calendar:

Fall Semester begins the week of Aug. 26.

Fall Break: the week of Oct. 14

Last day of Fall semester is the week of Dec. 9

Spring Semester begins the week of Jan. 13

Spring Break the week of Mar.10

Last week of class: the week of Apr. 21

If you would like to take this class, but cannot meet at the time offered, please email

If we have 6 or more students on the waitlist, we will open another session. (Classes need a minimum of 6 students.)


Continue learning new drawing and painting skills each week and focus more on original ideas. We will discuss where new ideas come from and learn methods for generating new ideas. Students discuss their ideas and creativity becomes contagious. These classes tend to be more relational with more time for students to talk and they have more opportunities to try their own thing and see where it leads them. We often combine art history with pop culture to create fun new paintings. We spend create landscapes, still life, and portraits and introduce  graphic design projects like album covers, expressive typography, and book design using traditional methods (painting, drawing, and cut paper). Students may use software to create their art in this class.

The book, "Imaginative Realism" will be our guide for creating fantasy characters. Purchasing the book is optional. I recommend it for students who have a real passion for drawing fantasy characters and settings.

The book, "Graphic Design Fundamentals" is recommended for students who are particularly interested in graphic design. It is optional reading.

"Design" is solving problems with art.

ALL CLASSES ARE RECORDED SO YOU CAN WATCH LATER IF YOU MISS A CLASSNote: tuition is per student. If siblings take the class, they both pay tuition.

This course alternates every year between GREAT BOOKS and GREAT ADVENTURES

2024-25 will be Great Books ​​. 2025-26 school year will be Great Adventures,

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This is one of my favorite classes to teach. I love seeing students find their own voice and express themselves. Projects are loosely defined and students can modify the project so they do it their own way or their own style. 

I also love the classes that students lead, I get to try new things, too!

This class is a great complement to Challenge III and/or Challenge IV.

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Fine arts skills:

Landscapes, still lifes, portraits and sculpture.

Design skills:

Typography, album covers, book covers, and illustration (If students want to use Illustrator they can. The design book above will get them started.)

We explore where new ideas come from and learn ideation methods

Student Take Overs:

students have the opportunity to lead a class in the second semester.


The theme for this class changes each year because students often take this class for two or three years.

2024-25 will be GREAT BOOKS: Creating Art inspired by Out of the Silent Planet, Select Shakespeare Characters and Scenes, and the Odyssey

2025-26 will be GREAT ADVENTURES: Art Around the World

We will learn about the culture, art, and religion of each country/continent and create fine art and graphic design projects inspired by that area. Focus will be on non-Western art and religions.


We'll learn about expressive typography and discuss how images and typography can work together. Students will create design projects such as posters, album covers, and product packaging. These samples are from Advanced Art and Design when the theme was "Great Books."



First semester, we'll follow the route of Marco Polo from Italy to Israel, to the Middle East to China.

Second semester: Japan, Australia, South America, then Africa.

The last 5 weeks are available for students to lead a class. (Leading a class qualifies this course to be given HONORS credit. It is optional. Students who want to make this an honors class will choose a date and work with the instructor to develop and lead one hour and a half class.)


We'll generally spend 3 weeks on each country.

 I'll show a slide show on the art, culture, and religion of that country and students will do a fine art project inspired by that country's art.

Students take the art from the previous week and use it to inspire a graphic design.

(For the graphic design project, students can do hand lettering or use Canva or Illustrator.)

Optional Readings:


The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions: What Every Christian Needs to Know by Gerald R. McDermott. (link at right)

Graphic Design Fundamentals: An Introduction & Workbook for Beginners by Kris Taft Miller (Includes an introduction to Adobe Illustrator if you are interested in that, I can answer questions related to Illustrator at the end of class.)

Your syllabus will have reading assignments from these 2 books if you want to add on one or both books. 

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"Not only does it push you to be a better artist, it gives you a great community of other artists and friends!"  -Greta

"I didn't realize I wanted to get better at art until I took this class and realized how much I enjoy it!  -Julian

"It helped me develop my sense of color and how to use color. I can replicate photos now because I understand what I'm seeing."  -Caelyn

"This class gives me opportunity to grow without the stress :)" - Clara


Supply List


You'll need all the supplies from "Paint Your Way Through Art History" --

Drawing pencils and pens, paints, plus the following:

Spiral Bound Art Journal of Mixed Media Paper that is 11 x 14 inches

Sketch book or plenty of copy paper for sketching

the 5 mixing colors from Art History (ultramarine blue, magenta, yellow, black, white)

Burnt Sienna acrylic paint

Unbleached titanium acrylic paint

Ultramarine Violet acrylic paint (optional, because you can mix this)

A compass for drawing circles or a circle template (For Great Adventures)

Ruler (14 inch or more)

Markers (Crayola or better brand)

Colored pencils (PrismaColor or similar brand)

Gold foil


Flat brushes

Round brushes

1 to 2 lbs of a polymer clay like Sculpy Clay 

Poster board to cover your work area


Great Adventures uses the book "World Religions" as we learn about non-western art and culture.


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