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Art Classes

School Year Program

Kids | Teens | Adults | Special Needs

Firstlight is all about training artists.

“They just love doing art!” This is what we hear all the time, and it’s the most important thing. To consider yourself an artist you just need enthusiasm. We get students who have never held a brush before, as well as more advanced artists who are already selling their work. No matter where an artist is on their journey, if you seek to improve, we’re here for you.

We have a powerful curriculum we’ve developed for over 15 years. Students move up from level to level, learning new insights and techniques. Our students have proved over and over that anyone who loves art can make it to the expressionist level – and realize their dreams.

The Course terms are a full school-year.

  • Classes meet once a week

  • 36 lessons in each school year

There are two paths to follow.

  • Traditional Art Path

  • Cartooning Art Path

Our Paths may be traditional, but we like to think the way we teach is revolutionary. We’ve worked to make difficult art concepts and techniques super-easy to master. We seek to inspire and encourage our students. We’ve developed our own simple-to-understand instructions that cover the same things college-level schools do, but in ways kids can understand.

It looks like we’re doing pretty well. We’re proud and humbled to have brought over 2000 students through our studios, with many students staying 10 years or more with us. Yay! (Read the testimonials below.)

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How we do this art thing.

 

ARTISTS

There are 3 things artists need: 1) Essential Insights, such as how to draw accurately, composition, and color mixing. 2) Foundational Techniques needed for drawing and painting. And 3) Self-expression. We build-in space for personal expression at every opportunity, because that’s what artists crave. We know this because we’re artists!

TEACHERS

We not only train our students, but we constantly train our teachers as well. Every lesson we have is fully written out, with video demos, slideshows, examples, teacher talks, and PDF prints of all our exclusive worksheets and carefully chosen reference photos. Every bit of each lesson is all on one web page that teachers can see at a glance. It’s so good we sell it to other teachers.

LESSONS

The curriculum is designed to be interesting as well as challenging. We don’t spend more than one or two weeks on any project, and we don’t overwhelm with too much information. Every lesson stands on it’s own, so missing one doesn’t slow anyone down, and it’s easy to make up at one of our Saturday Open Studio sessions. They’re free for registered students!


TECHNIQUES

  • Drawing
  • Palette knife
  • Pastel Blending
  • Opaque layers
  • Glazes
  • Hatch Shading

MEDIA

  • Pencil
  • Charcoal
  • Ink
  • Oil Pastels
  • Acrylics
  • Watercolor
  • Clay
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers

Traditional Art Path

KIDS | TEENS | ADULTS

The first level is our Foundations course, spanning 2 school years, which is perfect for beginners, and great for more advanced artists too. Students move from Foundations up to the 2nd level, Creations, and finally up to Expressions, where they master the techniques and realize their own form of expression with a personal art coach.

The classes are so small and training so personalized, that students from several years are combined in one group, giving everyone more choices. It’s also encouraging for the new students to see how they can progress.

1. Foundations:
– Apprentice (year one)
– Builder (year two)

2. Creations:
– Creator (year three)
– Master (year four)

3. Expressions:
– Expressionist (year five and up)

 

Cartooning Art Path

AGE 9 & UP

Toons classes begin with Toons 1. Students learn the basics of drawing, modeling, expressions, and various objects that build up a vocabulary of cartoon elements to work from. Toons 1 can be taken for several years because we change the curriculum projects each year. Older students can begin or move up to Toons 2, and progress into more advanced projects and character development. They progress to Advanced Toons 3 and can take this class for several years. We change the projects often, and students work on their own style, structure, 3D form, and strong character-building techniques.

  1. Toons 1 – age 9 – 12
  2. Toons 2 – age 13 and up
  3. Toons 3 – Advanced

 

KIDSART (small program)

This is our program for 6 & 7 year olds. It’s all about having loads of fun with preview lessons that help prepare for the Big Programs.

Kids this age can learn so much, but they also want to show you what they can do. That’s why we have a completely different program for them, with a curriculum that allows for their learning style.

 

 
Special Needs For Young Adults

Use the button further below to learn more about this exciting program.

Essential Supplies

We’ve known people who quit art because they didn’t know they just had cheap supplies. Bad supplies always frustrate artists. High prices can frustrate parents and.. well, artists. Since we’re artists too, we do our best to provide great tools at the lowest prices we can. We work on it! We really do.

Every student must begin the year with a FULL YEAR’S WORTH of art supplies.

That’s so we’re not calling parents and selling things during class – when we really want to be teaching art.

Here’s a button below for our dedicated art supply page, where you can see a list, print it out, check what you need, and send us an order form so we can put it all in a bag for you. Tap the button to get your supplies now!

Pricing

We try to keep this simple too.

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TUITIONS

$1227 for the Big Programs – Traditional & Toons. (monthly installment plan payments: $129)

$1110 for the Small Program – KidsART ages 6 & 7. (monthly installment plan payments: $116)

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REGISTRATION FEE

$30 per year

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SUPPLY FEES

$225 for a full new set of traditional supplies with case

$130 for a full new set of toons supplies with case

$50 KidsART supply fee (kept in the classroom)

Use the red REGISTER NOW button below to head over to our Customer Portal, which is run by a big whoop-de-doo software company. If you have any big whoop-de-doo problems with it let us know, and we’ll make things happen.

Our registration page shows current availability in each class.

What folks say about us

Ann, adult student

The art class is the high point of my week. The teachers are great at helping us each at our level of experience. We have lots of fun, and try all different types of projects. It is a very encouraging atmosphere

Parent of 6 year old

“Art class is the highlight of his week!”

Hannah, Parent

“They both said they loved all the activities and couldn’t point out a favorite.  We most definitely will take part next summer and can recommend it to others wholeheartedly. Thanks for everything.”

Parent of 12 year old

“When I pick her up from class, she asks me if she can have art class every day after school!

Shea, Parent and student

I realized not only that she was being taught the same things I learned in art school, but that she was getting it – at only age 9. Your ability to translate it into fun for kids is wonderful.”

Allyson, Parent of 9 year old

We feel so blessed to have discovered first light.  She enjoys class so much”

student work

Oh yeah, they’re fantastic
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Ages 4 – 7 Student Artwork

Ages 8 – 12 Student Artwork

Ages 13 & Up Student Artwork

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