NIU Community School of the Arts


Art Classes

Ages 4 - 12
6 Saturdays, 1 - 3 p.m., Art Building, 2nd Floor
Fall:  September 21 - October 26
Spring:  February 8 - March 22, no class on March 8
Final shows:  October 26 and March 22, 3 p.m.
Teachers: Art education majors, supervised by NIU School of Art faculty.
Fee: $48.  The Art Express class fee is waived for children and grandchildren of NIU employees and students. However, the $15 registration fee is due for each student.  This class does not qualify for community school discounts.

Children work with a variety of media to make original works of art in a fun and exploratory atmosphere. Every semester, students create new projects that stretch the imagination through a multicultural and multimedia approach. There is a new theme and curriculum every semester. Classes are organized by age and are limited in size. Parents and children take artwork home at the end of the final show, scheduled on the last day of class. Early registration is recommended. All materials are supplied.

Ages 8 - 13
4 Thursdays, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m., Room 207, Art Building 
Fall:  September 19 - October 10
Spring:  January 30 - February 20
Teacher: Nathan Crocker
Fee:  $60 (semester)

Learn to create comics that tell a great story.  Learn how to develop your own characters and to express action and emotions with your drawings.  Tell your character's story by developing the setting, storyline, and plot.  At the last class, students take home a finished comic.

Week 1:  Introduction and brief history of comics.  Learn how characters are created. Collaborative drawing exercise.  Start creating your own character.
Week 2:  Create different setting for your character.  Create your Splash (first) page.
Week 3:  Create your story and learn how to make a plot and storyline.  Collaborative drawing exercise.
Week 4:  We throw it all together and create comics. 

Students are asked to purchase these materials and bring them to the first class.  All are available at Michaels.

No. 2 pencil
Rubber eraser
12-pack multicolor colored pencils
Fine black markers - For outlining. Copic sketch markers are great and easy to clean; Crayola would work, too.
Sketchbook:  8.5 x 11 in.  or 9 x 12 in. with 70 lb. bright white paper. 24 pages (at least) with tear out sheets. 
1 - 22 x 28 sheet poster board (for week 3) 

See an illustration drawn by the instructor Nathan Crocker.