Explore Art & Art History (7-11 years)

In this age group, children will learn about constructing compositions based on spatial perspective, they will also learn to create their own complex colour palettes based on primary, secondary and tertiary colour mixes, as well as light-dark contrasts or complementary colours.

They will also learn basic shading techniques for drawing to create the effect of three-dimensionality. Drawing skills will be practiced in relation with colour and inspired by masterpieces in the history of art.

Children will learn about different brush painting techniques as well as shading and drawing with charcoal, graphite and pastels. They will also learn about using proportions in drawing portraits.

A great variety of artistic media will be explored, from watercolour to acrylics on canvas and children will be encouraged to develop their personal brush style and a visual vocabulary that will help them fully express themselves creatively.

Optical phenomena will be studied for understanding light and colour and enhancing vision, imagination and creativity will be a core part of the course. Occasionally, other techniques such as printmaking, sculpture, modelling or collage will be also explored, from a painter’s perspective.

OFFERED: Mondays at 16:16 for Ages 4 - 6 years and Monday at 17:10 for Ages 7 - 11 years.

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Art History Instructor, Ema

Emanuela Marcu is a London-based Romanian artist educator whose fine art projects range from painting, printmaking and installation art to collaborative, interdisciplinary art projects, participatory art and artistic interventions within the educational space.

Among her recent projects could be mentioned a collaborative art educational piece commissioned by the Watermans Gallery using sculpture, installation art, printmaking, collage and other media, as well as a piece reuniting the fields of fine art and theatre created for the educational department of the National Gallery.

Emanuela Marcu graduated from the Painting Department of the University of Art in Bucharest and the Philology Department of the University of Bucharest and holds a Fine Art MA degree awarded by Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, the University of the Arts London.

Her artistic language has been influenced by abstract expressionism, by conceptual art and the Fluxus movement and by the social sculpture of Joseph Beuys. She believes that her educational practice is a continuation of her artistic one and often tries to create projects that bring complex, interdisciplinary elements in the fine art field. She is a practicing artist, having exhibited in galleries and in unconventional, experimental spaces in London and internationally.

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What do you enjoy about teaching at 3HC?

Children’s love for painting, their freedom and spontaneity inspire me a lot! The classes actually help me get ideas for my own art projects, they are collaborative spaces, where ideas are shared and explored. I love most of all their creative energy!

What do you do for fun?

I love to go out with friends to see live concerts or art shows, or just chatting and having a laugh.

What was your favourite snack or cereal when you were young?

My favourite snack was a special kind of cherry cake baked by mother.

What is one of your favourite parks, restaurants or cafes in the city?

I love St. James Park, and my favourite café is Coffee Circus in Crouch End.