Explore Art & Art History (4-6 years)

With this age group, colour mixing of higher complexity will be learned, and children will use in their own compositions the colour wheel theory for creating primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

Children will experiment with prisms and learn about light, shadow and colour. Other colour harmony principles will be taught, such as the cold-warm colour contrast and the one of complementary colours. The colour theory learned will be exemplified by masterpieces from the history of art and children will apply it in their own interpretations of the paintings.

Basic principles of spatial perspective will be taught as well as the relation between colour and emotion. Children will be encouraged to discover their own, unique brushstroke style and to discover their personal colour composition schemes. Elements of modern art and abstract art will also be introduced, gradually.

Children will learn different painting techniques in various media and their visual language will be greatly enriched, helping them gain confidence in expressing themselves creatively. The aim is to obtain an enhanced vision, to learn to truly see. Their creative thinking and imagination will be greatly encouraged. Occasionally, other techniques such as printmaking, sculpture or modelling will be explored, from a painter’s perspective.

OFFERED: Mondays at 16:16 for Ages 4 - 6 years and Monday at 17:00 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.