AN EXPERIENCE FOR OUR STUDENTS
We know there are several places to take art lessons, varying in size and style – from strict academic tradition to a more casual community center. Each has their own take on art education. Our FAQs are here to help. With all the choices, here’s what you can expect from Art & Design Studio of Janna Geary.
What makes your art instruction different from other art classes?
You will never hear me saying, “Today, we’re going to paint this apple.” Instead, I demonstrate the concept being taught, we practice it together, then focus on developing each child’s ideas and skills throughout a project.
This fluid approach allows us to help each student along independently. Because their project is different from their fellow classmates, students do not compare their work to others. This helps students stay genuinely interested in what they are painting or drawing without becoming discouraged.
I am invested in my students.
As an artist and a teacher, I am invested in each of my students…not just their creative walk, but in their daily lives. I help them develop both short-term and long-term goals and encourage them along the way as they uncover their creative ability. Every student has my support and creative guidance whether they are on your property or mine.
Students learn by my example how to recognize an opportunity to use their creative gifts and seize it!
I have been a full-time professional artist since 1998 and have sold art since I was 16 years old. My personal work has been shown in art galleries, and I have created custom paintings for interior design firms, for individuals, and commercial developments.
I’ve worked as a scenic artist for Disney and Universal Studios; and have painted sprawling murals along the way. When students see first-hand, a fine artist working, they become inspired by the process of professional projects.
I bring art and technology together.
Over the years, my graphic art and design work has complimented my fine art abilities. I form connections between paper and pencil and computer programs. Rather then addressing fine art and graphic design as unrelated courses, I bring them together to demonstrate how our fine art skills can give us the opportunity to create digital and tangible products.
I provide a unique studio experience.
Q: My child does not have any experience in art. Would your class be a good fit?
Q: My child is interested in graphic design or graphic art. Would your class be beneficial?
A: Any graphic artist will tell you that knowing a graphics program will not make you a “good” graphic artist. The foundation to becoming a good graphic artist is first learning to practice with pencil and paper. Acquiring basic fine art skills in composition, color, texture, form, perspective and line quality are necessary for any graphic artist. After these skills are developed on paper, it is time to move them into the computer. Here, you will work through another journey as you learn a digital art program; and once you can make your way around the screen, you can put those fine art skills to use once again! Our art classes are a great foundation to begin graphic art.
Q: Is my child safe at your studio?
A: I am insured, fingerprinted, Live Scanned and approved by the Department of Justice so you can ensure your child is safe.
Q: How much is class and how do I make my payment?
A: Our 2-hour Foundations and Honors Art Classes are $175 for 4 weeks of instruction. You will be sent an invoice via email and may simply pay online through PayPal or bring a check when you come to class.
If you are a homeschool family through a charter school, you may use your funds to pay for class. We are an approved vendor for River Springs, Inspire, Excel Academy, Julian Charter School, Sky Mountain, Dehesa, and Epic Charter School.
Q: How many students are in a class?
A: We limit our classes to just 6 students so everyone receives adequate attention and instruction during their creative journey.
Q: My child wants to get into an art school can you help?
One-on-one Portfolio Development Workshops are offered upon request for $300/academic year. I work outside of our normal class time to develop my student into a more confident artist. They learn different ways to pursue a creative career, how to speak about their work, prepare for college interviews, select the right images for their portfolios, properly photograph their art work, secure paying jobs using their talent while in high school, and complete scholarship applications. For best results, enrollment in this Workshop is recommended no later than the beginning of 11th grade.
ABOUT STUDENT ATTENDANCE
Q: What if we miss a class?
A: We expect our students to attend class regularly. We also understand “life happens.” If your child will be missing a class, please notify us as soon as possible so we may prepare our lesson accordingly. We’ll also arrange for a makeup session.
Q: What if I need to change a class time or day?
You may review our class schedule to determine a convenient day for your class (Foundations Art or Honors Art). You may send me an email to request to enroll in another day. You will be accommodated if a seat is available.
Q: What if we plan to go on vacation?
Please notify us in advance if your student will be on vacation. Billing will continue, however, you will be entitled to makeup sessions to account for your missed class(es).
Q: What if we need to withdraw from class?
A: If you are no longer able to attend our class, we request parents to contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the next billing date if you are withdrawing your child. Refunds will not be given for any unused classes.