Art Classes for Kids in Columbus Ohio - CMAA

Art Classes


Annual gallery displaying artwork from all art students

About

Columbus Music and Art Academy offers high-quality drawing and painting art classes for children ages 4-18 from Columbus, Dublin, Powell, Upper Arlington and other Central Ohio communities. The art classes teach children correct drawing and painting techniques, line movement, shading, proportions, composition, and color concepts. At the end of the school year art students submit their artworks to the Annual Art Exhibition that is traditionally held in May.

Why Columbus Music and Art Academy?

  • We offer a unique and very successful art curriculum with focus on drawing and painting.
  • Each child receives personal attention from the art instructor.
  • All students present their art works at the annual Art Exhibition.
  • In addition to art classes, our students can take choir and music theory classes.

Benefits of the Art Classes

Our art classes help children develop:
  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Discipline
  • Problem solving skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Cultural and historical awareness
  • Art appreciation
  • Ability to make aesthetic judgments
  • Strong drawing and painting skills
  • And much more...

Groups

Ages 4-7

Students in these classes learn how to draw and paint by using basic shapes to build their artwork. Projects include inspiration from different artists, nature, and design. Step by step lessons ensure that your child creates a successful piece of artwork while learning basic art techniques.

August 18th: Line and Shape – Graphite Pencil. Students will learn the basics of line and shape and will use their knowledge to create a variety of invented images.

August 25th: Still-life Drawing – Graphite Pencil. Students will use their knowledge of line and shape to render an image of an observed object.

September 1st: No Class.

September 8th: Understanding Colors – Oil Pastels. Students will learn basic color mixing rules and will use them to create a colorful image.

September 15th: Painting Basics – Acrylic Paints. Students will learn the basics of how to use a paintbrush and palette. Students will use their knowledge to create a colorful image of an observed object.

September 22nd: Face Drawing Day 1 – Graphite Pencil. Students will learn basic rules for drawing a human face.

September 29th: Face Drawing Day 2 – Graphite Pencil. Students will complete their portrait drawing.

October 6th: Chuck Close Collaborative – Acrylic Paint. Students will work together to create a large-scale portrait inspired by the artwork of Chuck Close.

October 13th: Keith Haring Figure Drawing – Graphite Pencil/ Marker. Students will use Keith Haring’s artwork to help them understand basic figure drawing principles.

October 20st: Figure Drawing – Graphite Pencil. Students will use line, shape, and details, to draw a realistic representation of a person.

October 27th: Monster Drawing – Graphite/ Colored Pencils. Students will use their knowledge of figure drawing and a creative license to distort proportions and create several creature drawings.

November 3rd: Tree Painting– Acrylic Paint.s Students will learn several different ways to use their Paint.brush to create a colorful image of a tree. November 10th: Leaf Drawing – Oil Pastel/ Watercolors Students will use observation of line and shape to draw fallen leaves.

November 17th: Animal Drawing – Graphite Pencils. Students will learn how to use shape, lines, and details to draw realistic animals.

November 24th: No Class

December 1st: Clay Vessel (Day 1)– Air-dry Clay – Acrylic Paint. Students will use a hand building method to create a small clay vessel.

December 8th: Clay Vessel (Day 2) – Air-dry Clay – Acrylic Paint. Students will Paint. a story on their clay vessel.

December 15th, 22nd, and 29th: No Class (Classes Resume January 6th)

January 6th: 3-D Drawing – Graphite Pencil/ Colored Pencils Students will learn how to turn 2-Dimensional shapes into 3-Dimensional shapes using rules of perspective and value drawing.

January 13th: Winter Landscape Painting – Graphite/ Acrylic Paints Students will learn how to paint a winter landscape.

January 20th: Wayne Thiebaud Painting – Acrylic Paints Students will draw a 3-Dimensional food item and will paint it using the warm and cool color techniques of artist Wayne Thiebaud.

January 27th: Snowflake Symmetry Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will learn about symmetry and will use it to render several detailed invented snowflakes.

February 3rd: Snowflake Relief Prints – Water based Printing Ink Students will use one of their snowflakes from the previous lesson and will create a series of relief prints.

February 10th: Polar Animal Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will learn how to use shape, line, value and texture to draw an image of a selected animal.

February 17th: Profile Portrait Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will learn how to draw a portrait from a profile point of view.

February 24th: Cartoon Faces – Graphite Pencils/ Colored Pencils Students will learn how to break the rules of portrait drawing to invent their own creative faces.

March 3rd: Picasso Inspired Portraits – Acrylic Paints Students will learn about Cubism and will create their own Cubist portrait painting.

March 10th: Hand Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will learn several drawing techniques that will help them to draw realistic hands.

March 17th: Drawing A Room – Graphite/ Colored Pencils Students will learn how to use perspective to draw a 3-dimensional interior space.

March 24th: Motion Drawing – Graphite/ Colored Pencils Students will learn several techniques for drawing an object in motion.

March 31st: No Class April 7th: Impressionist Still Life Painting – Acrylic Paints Students will use the artwork of Impressionist Painters as inspiration for painting their own image of an observed object.

April 14th: Impressionist Landscape Painting – Acrylic Paints Students will use the artwork of Impressionist Painters as inspiration for painting their own image of a landscape.

April 21st: Georgia O’Keeffe Abstracts – Watercolor Pencils/ Paint Students will use the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe as inspiration for creating their own abstract paintings.

April 28th: Zoo Animal Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will use their animal drawing skills from earlier in the year to work on drawing their own animals from observation.

May 5th: Outside Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will learn how to use line and shape to draw nature from observation.

May 12th (Last Day): Drawing Games – Graphite/ Colored Pencils Students will learn several drawing exercises that require cooperation and creativity.



Ages 7-12

Using painting and drawing, students in these classes will refine their skills and have much opportunity to make their own artistic decisions. Students will be given more opportunity to talk about their artwork and the artwork of peers and professionals.
August 18th: Blind Contour Drawing - Colored Pencil. Students will learn a drawing technique that teaches careful observation and hand-eye coordination.

August 25th: Still-life Drawing – Graphite Pencil. Students will learn basic rules of drawing from observation and will render an image of selected objects.

September 1st: No Class.

September 8th: Value Drawing Day 1 – Charcoal Pencil. Students will learn different techniques for drawing with value.

September 15th: Value Drawing Day 2 – Charcoal Pencil. Students will use their knowledge of value drawing to add dimension to a drawn object.

September 22nd: Composition with Shapes – Graphite Pencil. Students will learn basic rules of composition and will use them to carefully assemble imagery using shapes.

September 29th: Understanding Color – Acrylic Paint. Students will learn basic and advanced color mixing techniques and principles.

October 6th: William Wegman Painting Day 1 – Acrylic Paint. Students will use the artwork of William Wegman as inspiration for completing their own painting.

October 13th: William Wegman Painting Day 2 – Acrylic Paint. Students will finish their William Wegman inspired painting.

October 20st: Portrait Drawing (Day 1) - Graphite Pencil. Students will learn basic proportions of a human face.

October 27th: Portrait Drawing (Day 2) – Graphite Pencil. Students will learn basic proportions of a human face.

November 3rd: Chuck Close Collaborative – Acrylic Paint. Students will use the artwork of Chuck Close as inspiration for creating their own large scale portrait.

November 10th: Figure Drawing (Day 1) – Graphite Pencils. Students will learn Basic figure drawing techniques.

November 17th: Figure Drawing (Day 2) – Graphite Pencils. Students will use their knowledge of the figure to draw a realistic person from observation.

November 24th: No Class

December 1st: Paint. Like the “Masters” – Acrylic Paint. Students will select a famous Paintingand will try to create their own version of it by duplicating the colors and the brush techniques.

December 8th: Paint. Like the “Masters” – Acrylic Paint. Students will select a famous Paintingand will try to create their own version of it by duplicating the colors and the brush techniques.

December 15th, 22nd, and 29th: No Class (Classes Resume January 6th)

January 6th: Perspective Drawing (Day 1) – Graphite Pencils Students will learn rules of perspective drawing and will use them to draw their own invented 3-Dimensional Space.

January 13th: Perspective Drawing (Day 2) – Graphite Pencils Students will learn rules of perspective drawing and will use them to draw their own invented 3-Dimensional Space.

January 20th: Wayne Thiebaud Thumbnails – Graphite Pencil Students will learn the process of thumbnailing in preparation for a painting project inspired by the artwork of Wayne Thiebaud.

January 27th: Wayne Thiebaud Painting (Day 1) – Acrylic Paints Students will use the artwork of Wayne Thiebaud as inspiration for creating their own colorful representation of an invented 3-dimensional object.

February 3rd: Wayne Thiebaud Painting (Day 2) – Acrylic Paints Students will use the artwork of Wayne Thiebaud as inspiration for creating their own colorful representation of an invented 3-dimensional object.

February 10th: Animal Drawing (Day 1) – Graphite Pencils Students will learn how to use shape, line, texture, and value to create a realistic rendering of an animal that they choose.

February 17th: Animal Drawing (Day 2) – Graphite Pencils Students will learn how to use shape, line, texture, and value to create a realistic rendering of an animal that they choose.

February 24th: Pen and Ink Drawing -Ink Pen Students will learn how to use texture and pattern to create value.

March 3rd: Facial Feature Drawing – Graphite/ Charcoal/ Pen and ink Students will draw a realistic image of a selected facial feature using their preferred drawing medium.

March 10th: Hand Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will learn several drawing techniques that will help them to draw realistic hands.

March 17th: Interior Perspective Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will learn how to use rules of perspective to render an invented interior space.

March 24th: Motion Drawing – Graphite/ Colored Pencils Students will learn several techniques for rendering an object in motion.

March 31st: No Class April 7th: Still Life Painting Day 1 – Acrylic Paints Students will use observation of shape and color to render an image of selected objects.

April 14th: Still Life Painting Day 2 – Acrylic Paints Students will use observation of shape and color to render an image of selected objects.

April 21st: Glass Drawing – Charcoal Pencil Students will learn how to use highlights and shadows to render a realistic image of a glass object.

April 28th: Final Drawing Project Day 1 – Various Materials Students will create a final project using their own chosen subject and drawing medium.

May 5th: Final Drawing Project Day 2 – Various Materials Students will create a final project using their own chosen subject and drawing medium.

May 12th (Last Day): Final Drawing Project Day 3 – Various Materials Students will create a final project using their own chosen subject and drawing medium.



Ages 12+

This class is the most advanced and allows students to develop their own project from a given example. Oil painting, perspective drawing, portraiture, and design are taught in this class. Students receive one on one instruction to enhance their developing artistic skills.
August 18th: Blind Contour Drawing - Colored Pencil. Students will learn a drawing technique that teaches careful observation and hand-eye coordination.

August 25th: Still-life Drawing – Graphite Pencil. Students will learn basic rules of drawing from observation and will render an image of selected objects.

September 1st: No Class.

September 8th: Charcoal Still Life Drawing Day 1 – Charcoal Pencil. Students will use charcoal and value to render observed objects.

September 15th: Charcoal Still Life Drawing Day 2 – Charcoal Pencil. Students will finish their observational drawing.

September 22nd: Composition with Shapes – Graphite Pencil. Students will learn basic rules of composition and will use them to carefully assemble imagery using shapes.

September 29th: Understanding Color – Acrylic Paint. Students will learn basic and advanced color mixing techniques and principles.

October 6th: Self Directed Color Project Day 1 – Acrylic Paint. Students will render an image of an observed object in color.

October 13th: William Wegman Painting Day 2 – Acrylic Paint. Students will finish their observational painting.

October 20st: Portrait Drawing (Day 1) - Graphite Pencil. Students will learn basic proportions of a human face.

October 27th: Portrait Drawing (Day 2) – Graphite Pencil. Students will learn basic proportions of a human face.

November 3rd: Chuck Close Collaborative – Acrylic Paint. Students will use the artwork of Chuck Close as inspiration for creating their own large scale portrait.

November 10th: Figure Drawing (Day 1) – Graphite Pencils. Students will learn Basic figure drawing techniques.

November 17th: Figure Drawing (Day 2) – Graphite Pencils. Students will use their knowledge of the figure to draw a realistic person from observation.

November 24th: No Class December 1st: Paint. Like the “Masters” – Acrylic Paint. Students will select a famous Paintingand will try to create their own version of it by duplicating the colors and the brush techniques.

December 8th: Paint. Like the “Masters” – Acrylic Paint. Students will select a famous Paintingand will try to create their own version of it by duplicating the colors and the brush techniques.

December 15th, 22nd, and 29th: No Class, (Classes Resume January 6th)

January 6th: Perspective Drawing (Day 1) – Graphite Pencils Students will learn rules of perspective drawing and will use them to draw their own invented 3-Dimensional Space.

January 13th: Perspective Drawing (Day 2) – Graphite Pencils Students will learn rules of perspective drawing and will use them to draw their own invented 3-Dimensional Space.

January 20th: Wayne Thiebaud Thumbnails – Graphite Pencil Students will learn the process of thumbnailing in preparation for a painting project inspired by the artwork of Wayne Thiebaud.

January 27th: Wayne Thiebaud Painting (Day 1) – Acrylic Paints Students will use the artwork of Wayne Thiebaud as inspiration for creating their own colorful representation of an invented 3-dimensional object.

February 3rd: Wayne Thiebaud Painting (Day 2) – Acrylic Paints Students will use the artwork of Wayne Thiebaud as inspiration for creating their own colorful representation of an invented 3-dimensional object.

February 10th: Animal Drawing (Day 1) – Graphite Pencils Students will learn how to use shape, line, texture, and value to create a realistic rendering of an animal that they choose.

February 17th: Animal Drawing (Day 2) – Graphite Pencils Students will learn how to use shape, line, texture, and value to create a realistic rendering of an animal that they choose.

February 24th: Pen and Ink Drawing -Ink Pen Students will learn how to use texture and pattern to create value.

March 3rd: Facial Feature Drawing – Graphite/ Charcoal/ Pen and ink Students will draw a realistic image of a selected facial feature using their preferred drawing medium.

March 10th: Hand Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will learn several drawing techniques that will help them to draw realistic hands.

March 17th: Interior Perspective Drawing – Graphite Pencils Students will use rules of perspective and observation to render an image of a space in the building.

March 24th: Motion Drawing – Graphite/ Colored Pencils Students will learn several techniques for rendering an object in motion.

March 31st: No Class April 7th: Still Life Painting Day 1 – Acrylic Paints Students will use observation of shape and color to render an image of selected objects.

April 14th: Still Life Painting Day 2 – Acrylic Paints Students will use observation of shape and color to render an image of selected objects.

April 21st: Glass Drawing – Charcoal Pencil Students will learn how to use highlights and shadows to render a realistic image of a glass object.

April 28th: Final Project Day 1 – Various Materials Students will create a final project using their own chosen subject and medium.

May 5th: Final Project Day 2 – Various Materials Students will create a final project using their own chosen subject and medium.

May 12th (Last Day): Final Project Day 3 – Various Materials Students will create a final project using their own chosen subject and medium.




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Staff

Erik Kotheimer

Erik Kotheimer Art Instructor

Erik Kotheimer has been teaching drawing and painting classes at Columbus Music and Art Academy since 2009. He teaches classes for all ages and skill levels.

Erik is an Ohio native, from the Cleveland-Akron area. He received a Bachelors degree in Art Education from Kent State University in 2006. Upon graduating he moved to the Columbus area to pursue a full time teaching position in a school system, but fell in love with working with small groups of gifted students. Since then, he has had the opportunity to teach for a variety of institutions in the Columbus area including the Art for a Child's Safe America Foundation,The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department, The McConnell Arts Center in Worthington, The City of Upper Arlington, Blick Art Materials, and Girl Scouts of America.