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Collierville Arts Academy
Fine Arts Classes: Ages 5-Adults

Our Fine Arts classes are organized by age and skill level.  All beginning students will learn foundational basics such as line, shape, color, composition, form, and perspective in an age appropriate manner. From there we cover, texture, pattern, value/hue, brushwork, and more. Students with previous experience attend a complimentary class and meet with an instructor to determine the appropriate class for their level of skill.


Our class sizes are small and well-managed by our experienced teachers.  Our Fine Arts Classes at Collierville Arts Academy are a wonderful way for students to express themselves. Experience and education in the fine arts is a valuable lifelong skill that will benefit a student of any age.  


Fine Arts: FAQ


How do I know what fine arts class my student or I belong in at Collierville Arts Academy? Students ages 5-adult are placed into classes first by their age and then by their experience level.  When you register, please be certain you use the correct birthdate for the student you are enrolling so our online system will present you with correct class options.  For students with previous experience, we suggest that you call our office to arrange for a free placement class with one of our instructors.


How long is the fine arts season?  Our fine arts season is similar to an academic year and runs August through May.  During June and July we offer a separate Summer Session.


How do I enroll for a fine arts class? Enrollment for new students and returning students can be completed online or in-person. To register and enroll online, you can begin by creating your free account online here.


How do I pay my fine arts tuition? When you decide to register for a class, our automated front desk management system allows you to select payment options, ten (10) monthly installments at our regular tuition rate, two (2) payments (including a tuition discount), or payment-in-full (including a tution discount).  Monthly tuition installments are due before the 7th of the month.  We encourage auto-pay setup to avoid a late payment fee. We accept cash, checks, credit and debit cards for tuition payments.  


Are there any other expenses outside of tuition?  There is an annual registration fee of $30 for one student or $50 for an entire family.   We offer a quality Student Gallery Showings twice a year.  All students in our fine arts classes are invited to display at least 1-2 pieces in our Gallery Shows.  There is no fee to participate in our Fine Arts Gallery Shows.


Are the art materials for my class(es) included in my tuition?  Yes, all fine arts class materials are included with the tuition.


What should I wear to class?  We recommend that students wear clothing that will not be damaged if something should get on the garment.  This is especially true for our younger students and for painting or mixed media classes where more messes can happen.  We do have aprons available in the studios.


Can my child try out a class before enrolling?  Yes, we offer a complimentary visit class for new students.  Please call our office at 901-861-7001 to arrange a visit.


I missed fall registration, can I still enroll? Yes, we accept new students when we have spaces available in a class.  Please call our studio office at 901-861-7001 to inquire.


Can I observe class?  Yes, we have an 'open door' policy for parents to observe all of our classes at any time. We have closed circuit camera systems recording 24/7 in all of our studio spaces, so you can sit in the lobby and observe class too.



Fine Arts: Class Descriptions


Fine Arts Discovery (age 5-6) (7-12) (45 min class or 1 hour class/1x per week) Students learn about basic shapes, lines, textures using age appropriate drawing and sketching skills for still life, landscape, and imaginative drawing projects will be completed. The color wheel relationships are introduced, basic perspective concepts, and care for art room materials too. Students will complete watercolor, acrylic paint, and mixed media projects. Clay, mosaics, paper, and other media projects will be presented during the season. Students will be asked to display two of their art pieces in our semi annual Fine Arts Gallery Shows in November and April.


Fine Arts Drawing Class (Ages 7-12) or (Ages 13-17) (1/hour class/1x/week) Our beginning fine arts drawing classes develop foundational sketching and drawing skills for young artists. Students will use a variety of simple objects and subjects to spark their creativity and imagination using traditional media such as pencil, charcoal, color pencils, etc. Students learn the techniques of shading, highlighting, textures, applied pressure, and more to bring a new level of sophistication to their artwork. Our will create many sketches and finished drawings on subjects that range from still life, landscapes and animals, people and more. Our Fine Arts students will be invited to participate in our semi-annual fine arts Gallery Shows in November and April. All materials are provided.


Fine Arts Painting Class (Ages 7-12) or (13-17) (1/hour class/1x/week) Our beginning fine arts drawing classes develop foundational sketching and drawing skills for young artists. Students will use a variety of simple objects and subjects to spark their creativity and imagination using traditional media such as pencil, charcoal, color pencils, etc. Students learn the techniques of shading, highlighting, textures, applied pressure, and more to bring a new level of sophistication to their artwork. Our will create many sketches and finished drawings on subjects that range from still life, landscapes and animals, people and more. Our Fine Arts students will be invited to participate in our semi-annual fine arts Gallery Shows in November and April. All materials are provided.


Anime & Comics (ages 9-12) (1/hour class/1x/week)This is a layered drawing class combining the stylistic considerations of the anime-look with the story-telling techniques of comic framework. Want to work on your anime drawing skills or learn a different approach to developing a style? In this course, you will go through a process of reinforcing sketching skills, building detail to create unique characters, experimenting with inks, color markers, and more! Explore cartoon drawing techniques to better understand how to convey comic style or develop ideas for a character and storyline. You will use storyboard techniques to plan and develop a series of drawings that you'll sketch and complete with inks. All materials are provided.


Fine Arts Homeschool Class (Ages 7-12) or (Ages 13-17) 1/hour/1x/week) Collierville Arts Academy is thrilled to be offering a homeschool fine arts class. Our fine arts curriculum will include drawing, painting, oil pastels, clay, mixed media, and art history throughout the season. Students learn color, value/hue, techniques of shading, highlighting, textures, applied pressure, and more to bring their drawing skills to a new level of sophistication. We will also work with watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, inks, and much more. Students will be invited to participate in our semi-annual fine arts Gallery Shows in November and April. All materials are provided.


Anime & Comics (ages 13-17) (1/hour 1x/week)This is a layered drawing class combining the stylistic considerations of the anime-look with the story-telling techniques of comic framework. Want to work on your anime drawing skills or learn a different approach to developing a style? In this course, you will go through a process of reinforcing sketching skills, building detail to create unique characters, experimenting with inks, color markers, and more! Explore cartoon drawing techniques to better understand how to convey comic style or develop ideas for a character and storyline. You will use storyboard techniques to plan and develop a series of drawings that you'll sketch and complete with inks. All materials are provided.


Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Crafting Classes for Adults (ages 18+) 1/hour/1x/week)  Our fine arts class for adults includes drawing, painting, mixed media, clay, mosaics, crafting and much more.  This is a wonderful class that is presented at the beginning level for adults that want to engage their creativity and develop excellent skills in the fine arts.  The variety of media and materials used throughout the course are inspiring!


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