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Self-paced summer online drawing classes-- from our AP Studio Art teachers!
Linus Meldrum and Dianne Settino, 6/12/2011

Editor's Note from Susan Richman: I was so pleased to hear that our wonderful husband-and-wife team, Linus Meldrum and Dianne Settino are now offering their own online summer art classes for teens-- both homeschoolers and public / private school students. Hope this good offering helps your family gain new art skills and new enjoyment and appreciation-- and maybe that half-credit of art you need somewhere between 7th and 12th grade in Pennsylvania. And for a student who is considering a future AP Studio Art class, this would be a great 'lead up' course-- but know that all levels of ability are welcome in this summer program. And at our recent big Memorial Day Weekend AP Party here at our farm, it was wonderful to have Dianne and Linus and their son Hank taking part-- and two of their AP Studio Art: Drawing students... know that these two girls spent a good amount of time drawing together, including aiming to capture the flames of the huge bonfire we all enjoyed after the evening square dance / swing dance time in our bar!


*Old House, drawn by Hannah Richman, 8th grade-- she actually went on to major in painting in college*

Does your teen love to draw-- but is frustrated that they don't have the art skills necessary to get what they see in their mind down on paper? Are you wondering how to get an art half-credit for your child who doesn't seem to understand art? Are you a homeschooler who would like to get some of their credits completed in the summer to lighten your school year load? Or you may be a public school student that can’t fit art into their school-year class schedule. Want to learn to appreciate art and art history at a higher level? Accomplish these goals while discovering some of the challenges tackled by the great Art Masters of history.

If any of the above sounds like you or your child, then we have planned a summer course for you. Teens and adults of all ages, with an interest in art should read on….

Announcing: Self-Paced Summer ART Courses.

Linus Meldrum and Dianne Settino will be offering two self-paced summer courses for students ready for an art challenge. Our courses are developed for students in various learning environments, particularly teenaged homeschoolers.  

We will help your teen:
- develop their interest in art, and learn how to use their
basic skills and concepts to make their art come alive?
- earn high school credit in visual art?
-understand great art and want to learn "side by side" with Master Artists of history?
-explore the possibility of further art study?

These courses will focus equally on Art History (learning from direct study and observation of great works of art), Ideation (developing ideas into themes and using the visual language to communicate these ideas), Composition (how to design and arrange your image in a visual form) and Technique (how to use your materials correctly).

Each course will consist of 8 lessons. Each lesson will consist of an Art History component, a Technique exercise assignment and a Final assignment. The student will get two critiques. The first critique will assess their preparatory composition and technique sketches, and a second critique will assess their final work. This is similar to the process used in the PAHomeschoolers online Advanced Placement Drawing and Advanced Placement 2D Design Studio Art courses approved by the College Board.

Students receive our assignments, prepare sketches and final
drawings, digitally photograph the work and email the drawings to us.  We review the artwork and email our critiques.  The richness of each course is the depth of content - art historical references, specific approaches and observational techniques plus our personal encouragement and critical expertise.  

Your ability to take photographs with a high quality digital camera is a requirement.  Most cameras now shoot at 8 megapixels or greater. That will be sufficient for the needs of this class.

The materials we will use are: pencil, charcoal and ink.  All artwork will be drawn on heavy paper in a sketch journal and a 14 x 17 drawing pad.

The first assignment and materials list will be emailed on May 9. The students can complete the Assignments any time between May 22 and August 18. As soon as a final is received we will email the next assignment. This allows for flexibility and self-pacing. Instructors will be working individually with each student on their time schedule.  Artwork emailed by Sundays at midnight will receive a critique by Tuesday.  Artwork emailed by Thursday at midnight will receive a critique by Saturday.  Emailed questions are answered as they arrive.

Course Descriptions

Course 1 - PERSPECTIVE - Placing your ideas in a specific space and place. Using the conceptual tools of Perspective to measure and express space in a believable way.  Composing dynamic spaces using Perspective.

Course 2 - THE CLOTHED HUMAN FIGURE - The human figure and the Old Masters. Viewing and understanding the clothed figure as a dynamic whole comprised of component forms.  Building the forms of the figure in Line, and in Light – using edge-making and tonal value to make the forms of the figure in a believable space.

For further information and registration go to:


Questions? email us at: spiderdance@pa.net


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