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Drawing for Teens (Spring)

During this 9-week course, participants will focus on drawing as a form of design and imagination. Teens will learn how to use drawing skills to draw things that they cannot see or observe in the world around them, but rather that come from their own imaginations and ideas. Students will practice prompts and assignments that encourage them to generate new and creative ideas and learn about drawing as the most immediate way to capture an idea as it appears.  All levels are welcome. Differentiated instruction is provided to meet each student’s interests, needs, and strengths.

This spring class is the final class in this year-long, three-part drawing curriculum where participants learn the basics of drawing as a method to observe, design, and think about the world around them. By the end of the year, students should have a strong arsenal of drawing tricks and techniques in their pockets and an expanded idea of the possibilities and types of drawing that exist in the world today. Please note: You don’t need to have taken the fall and winter sessions to join this class. It is open to anyone interested in drawing.


Schedule: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 pm (1.5 hrs)
Session Dates:   Ends May 21, 2024; Open Enrollment
Grades: 6-12th

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10% multi-session / sibling discount. Tuition assistance is available.

  • Tuition: $284
  • Location: Kala Gallery and Classroom
  • Instructor: Ali Vaughan
  • 6 Classes
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024 — May 21, 2024
  • 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM
  • Materials fee included with tuition


About the Instructor:

Ali Vaughan is a multidisciplinary artist based in the Bay Area who works between sculpture and drawing. Her work investigates the confluence of geology and the body, and the complicated intersections of memory and family history. She has  exhibited work at  the de Young Museum, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the Coulter Gallery, West Magazine, and the Stanford Art Gallery. She was a metal arts residence at the Steel Yard in Providence, RI, and most recently a resident at Radio28 Creative Studios in Mexico City.  Ali received was a dual major and received her BA in Art Practice (with honors) and Art History at Stanford University.  In her teaching, she believes that artmaking can foster resilience, focus, investigation, and self reflection, and is  interested in allowing students to explore various mediums as means of self expression, including drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. As an educator and artist, she works with students to understand the different possibilities and challenges of different mediums, and feel that they have the freedom and confidence to move between them to express personally meaningful narratives. www.alivaughan.com