Art for Exceptional Children Through Mirror Image Drawing for Grades 2-8 (2:00)
Course: Art for Exceptional Children Through Mirror Image Drawing for Grades 2-8
Instructor: Florbela Nienaber
Class Description: This class will explore art to meet the special needs of Exceptional Children, through basic mirror image drawing techniques. I will tweak the class based on overall students needs. Although we will use simple methods, other students will still enjoy this class. Depending on skill level they will have a choice of more challenging works if they choose, or I will encourage them to try other techniques when appropriate. I may use pictures books for inspiration as well if it meets the needs of the students. Students will be instructed to bring simple objects from home to use as inspiration (I will have objects available if they forget). Mirror image, still life observation, contrast, shadow, design, texture and simple printmaking projects, or collage will be explored at their level. Simple designs, terminology and art history may be included in this class; exploration, technique, and practice with mediums will be the primary focus. If student is taking multiple classes, they will do a different project.
Homework Requirements: none
Duration: 28 weeks
Books and Supplies required for purchase by families:
Canson (or similar) Mix Media pad 9x12 90-140lbs paper weight—with perforated pages; drawing pencils or a 2b pencil; eraser; scissors; glue stick; waterproof black marker or black zig writer round tip (Amazon); Crayola Twistables colored pencils; Tempera paint sticks on amazon.
8X10 portrait of student printed on printer paper or photo paper for mirror image/symmetry study.
Zig Writer Link
Plastic tool boxes or plastic craft boxes with handles are great to hold art supplies. Plastic binders with separate dividers are great to hold art work.
Teacher Bio: Florbela Nienaber attended Valencia Community College in Florida pursuing an education in Fine Arts. In addition she attended local community schools expanding her art skills and mediums. A mentorship with Disney Imagineer kickstarted her career in sculpting for Disney and Universal Studios. Since then she's explored other art forms while raising her children. Inspired by children's literature, she took to creative writing. She got her start writing puppet scripts for her church, which later transitioned to short stories. Florbela has attended children's literature writing & illustration conferences and has participated in writing critique groups. Over the years she’s taught art to budding artists in the community and homeschool groups. On weekdays she homeschools her two girls, then opens her Kernersville studio to art and pottery classes for both children and adults. Florbela appreciates real life experiences and exploring art on a personal level, without pressure just opportunity and meeting people wherever they are on their art journey. She enjoys inspiring students by encouraging them to try something new, and to learn to observe. Through her visual art classes students will start to see how they can use their skills in the real world, as they explore different styles. The skills they learn in art class and the topics covered in class, can help them get a better understanding of what it means to be an artist. Whether art to them is a means of relaxation from a stressful world. Art as a spiritual observation of God’s creation through their God given gifts. How fabric and textiles are made, teaching, art historians, life as a studio artist, book illustrators, sculptors, or a platform for graphic art; are just some ways students may make a connection to professions in the arts.