Drawing comes naturally to young children, and is fundamental to their learning, growth, and understanding of the world around them.
Our drawing clubs help children retain and develop these drawing abilities and sustain their enthusiasm for self-expression and creativity.
We teach traditional techniques in drawing and painting, combined with unique projects, and professional quality materials. Each 1⁄2 term covers a new exciting theme, exploring an array of mediums and referencing art history throughout.
To book your child for the next art project click on the logo of your school/club
3.30 - 4.30
noun man·i·fes·to \ ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō \
an art manifesto is a fundamental declaration of intent for an individual artist or a group of artists.
1 - My After School Art Club is a children's art school based in Hertfordshire. Our focus is on the teaching of fine art skills combined with unique projects; experienced teachers, and professional quality materials.
2 - The main emphasis during our art sessions is on developing over time lasting drawing skills through observation and practice. Regular drawing at any age enhance focus and concentration and increase self-esteem, and this is especially beneficial for school-age children.
3 - Wary of inhibiting creativity, we tend to avoid teaching children how to draw.
4 - Teaching drawing skills to children will not stifle creativity but will ensure they never lose it.
5 - Many children want to learn to draw realistically.
6 - The notion that drawing evolves naturally and that you shouldn’t give young children any guided instruction in drawing we believe to be a misguided one.
7 - Just as we are taught to combine letters to read, musical notes to play an instrument, and dance steps to dance, we believe that anyone can learn to draw well, that drawing is a learned skill, and not only possible for the few of us who are gifted with it.
8 - The Monart Method* is used in the planning and delivering of our drawing lessons.
9 - The Monart Method teaches a “alphabet” of shapes.
10 – We teach children to recognise these elements, we guide them as to how they might combine these elements on paper so that their drawings represent what they see.
11 - Each week our qualified and supportive teachers will guide the children on projects designed to teach the elements of contour/shape and in the process create fully-developed compositions.
12 - We design our projects to introduce children to a wide range of art, subject matters, media, and artistic techniques so that students may continually develop their skills at their own pace.
13 - By learning to view the world through these five elements and how to transcribe the information to paper, the children learn to become artists in their own right and will develop their own unique style of realistic interpretation.
Drawing with children by Mona Brookes
Drawing for older children and teens by Mona Brookes
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The importance of an art education
You don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering. However, art educationalists, and psychologists who study children's art, claim that it promotes educational benefits that other school subjects cannot. These benefits come both from practising art and from learning about it. The arts — while important to study for their intrinsic value — also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success.
Sources: The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children need to succeed in an increasingly right brain world.
Lisa Phillips. Author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner.