Studio Art: Foundations

What is “good” Art?

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Student Master Copy

The Ancient Greeks pursued what is true, what is good and what is beautiful.  Truth. Goodness. Beauty. These are the Classical Ideals.  The artists of the Renaissance rediscovered these ideals and continued the pursuit.  The Greeks, their cultural inheritors the Romans and the artists of the Renaissance through their pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty created artwork that the world today still reveres.  Yet, sadly in our current culture of relativity these questions: “What is True?”; “What is Good?” and “What is Beautiful?” are largely taboo.

At the Renaissance Academy students ask the questions.

Studio Art: Foundations provides students with the knowledge they will need to answer the question: “What is good Art?”

Hannah Apple Value Study
Student Value Study

Based on the solid foundation of observation, students will be taught to draw by learning first how to see. They will then explore concepts of color theory through painting. Throughout the course, the elements and principles of design will be taught by exposure to the masterpieces of Western art.

The course will consist of study and discussion of the masterpieces of Western art; sketchbook exercises including non-evaluative exercises; projects, including real world projects; one-on-one evaluation of student artwork and class critiques. Live class time will consist of personal feedback, group critiques and class drawing exercises and games. In addition, asynchronous instruction will be given each week through a playlist of videos, animations, and written instructions for exercises and projects.


Many wet and dry media will be used in this class including charcoal, ink, watercolor and gouache.  To see the complete supply list please follow this link:

Foundations Supply List

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Student Sketch


Must be 14 years old by first day of class.


Monday 2:00-3:30 pm EST

September 2017-May 2018




120 hours of work equal to 1 high school credit in Fine Art


Max 9 students