So that you and your child(ren) can experience what our art classes have to offer, a noncommital first class can be scheduled.
The trial class is free if the student decides not to join. This allows you the freedom to try without obligation.
If they decide to join, then the trial class is considered the first class.
Students are taught individually even though they are in small groups, resulting in many scheduling benefits to you and your child.
For example, this allows students to start classes when ever they feel they are ready to.
Also they can switch class day and times seamlessly since the curriculum is dependent upon your child’s progress and not on the other students or assigned teachers.
To set the initial day and time, use the registration form to select your class.
Other benefits include:
Our members can pause classes between sessions or by freezing their account once a year.
Because we are a year round art academy, and not a semester based one, students have more flexibility for their schedule and their lessons.
Oam Studios Art Academy currently has 2 payment plans to choose from.
Tuition is dependent on the plan that is chosen and the age bracket that the student fits in.
12 Class Plan
The 12 Class Plan offers additional benefits because of the longer commitment that your child is making with us.
4 Class Plan
The 4 Class Plan comes with one Absence Credit.
*We do eventually hope to bring bulk classes to our members, where parents are able to select the amount of class credits that they would like to purchase at a time ranging from 1–365 class credits.
Paired by Age
Students are grouped by age in small teacher to student ratios.
Age bracket 5-8
Students from 5-8 years old are grouped together in class ratios of 1:3.
We are highly aware that students from ages 5-8 will not get the art lessons they deserve if placed in classes of more than 5 students.
We recognize that children of this age range need lots of one on one attention for their developing minds and insatiable curiosity.
By being taught individually in small classes, we can cut classes while maintaining the highest standards possible
Age bracket 9-11
Students that fit within the age bracket of 9-11 are grouped together in class ratios of 1:5 teacher to students
Children of this age range are more self sufficient, becoming concerned with socializing and fitting in, and now more aware of their talent or lack of talent in differing subject matters.
It’s important at this age that art remains fun, educational, disciplined, but not damaging their developing awareness of self.
Age bracket 12 & Up
Students that fit within the age bracket of 12 & up are grouped together in class ratios of 1:5 teacher to students
Adolescents of this age range are highly capable of focusing on their work and delighting in their concentration. At this age they are highly aware of what they enjoy doing and no longer seeking as much social praise from their peers.
Students in this range have serious issues to start focusing on that will determine their future. Regarding art, that could be an art portfolio for an art college or university whether their major is art related or not.
It could also include competing in art contests, or developing the habits of success such as completing a project that they’ve begun.
When a guardian purchases a class package for their students, they have the option of purchasing 4 class credits or 12 class credits.
Class credits are used when a student attends their class time or when they no longer have any more excused absences on their account and do not attend their class.
To avoid losing a class credit, guardians and students should be sure to not go over their allotted excused absences on their account.
*We do eventually hope that guardians will be able to choose the amount of class credits to purchase in bulk
Absence credits allow for a student to miss their class without a penalty so that the student is automaticall excused from class.
The student can then continue their class the following week exactly where they left off.
It is unneccasry to set a make up class, if the student has an absence credit on their account, since they will not be docked a class credit for their absence.
It is also unneccasry to notify us if your child will be absent
An absence penalty occurs when a student misses their class and no longer has any absence credits on their account.
An unexcused absence result in losing a class credit.
Guardians and students can avoid this by not going over their allotted excused absencesand by scheduling a make up class if they have 0 absence cedits on their account
Holidays, Vacations, & Absent Teachers
All accounts are frozen during scheduled holidays
Holidays do not affect class credits.
There is no need to notify us for classes that will be missed during Holidays and Vacations.
No classes are docked when the studio is closed.
Teacher Student Ratios
Students are taught individually while being in a group setting. Students are grouped together by age, not by skill level.
Each student will be working on different assignments based on their placement in our curriculum and also based on the student’s preference on the subject matter.
There is no formal critiquing between students unless they are in the Studio Art Class.
Freezing an Account
You may need to freeze your child’s account.
Freezing an account is necessary when you and your child will be gone for an extended time due to a vacation or emergency.
You do not need to freeze your account while the studio is on a holiday break.
Freezing a students account will remove the student from their scheduled class time and day. Parents can reschedule the class upon unfreezing the account, however, there is no guarantee that their previous class time and day will be available.
A guardian can have their students account frozen if they will be absent for an extended period of time that is a minimum of 1 month and no more than 3 months. This ensures that they do not lose class credits during that time period.
Please contact your child’s teacher to freeze an account.
Scheduling a Make Up
You do not have to schedule a make up class if you use an absence credit since no class credit will be docked for the excused absence
Absence credits are used automatically if the stuent does not attend
You will want to schedule a make up class if your account is out of absence credits, inorder to avoid an absence penalty, which will dock a class credit
Time vs. Quality
At Oam Studios, we strive to teach our students the intricate techniques that go into mastering an art material and medium.
Because of this, we assign our students exercises in order to perfect those techniques before attempting the techniques on their final projects.
We believe that practice is more important than how many projects are completed.
We believe that a student should complete one project to their highest capability, with the best training, concentration and use of time. This ensures that their work can be used for competitions and portfolios.
We do not believe in rushing students to complete several low quality projects that the student and parents will not be proud of.
Many of the art projects require at least 3 months to complete. Some take nearly 6 months. Please understand that a master artist also requires much needed time to complete their work and that a student requires much more.
Please let us know if you agree or disagree with these values.
The Art Gateways
The Oam Studios Art Curriculum is made of 17 sections that each consist of 4 levels totaling 72. These sections, or gateways as we like to call them, cover most of the techniques and mediums that Master Omar has learnt through his career as an artist.
Each gateway represents an important section of art mastery:
Students will choose the Gateway they would like to study and persue the prerequisites to reach the level that they have choosen. They will be able to change their goals during their journey, but mainly between levels. We believe that at this stage in their art career it is important to complete what they start.
An adult can start reading a book and within the first five pages decide to never lift that book again. When a child is starting to read, its important that they finish what they start so that they can develop a meaningful understanding of their likes and dislikes. They may be surprised by what they learn.
Levels within each Gateway
Within each of the 17 Art Gateways, there are four levels. Each level is represented by a Oamie-Mon character that the student will earn as a badge for their accomplishment of completing a level.
An OamieMon character is similiar to a Pokemon character, giving the student higher stats and increasing their art capabilities. You can view the characters from the students profile page.
To bring in as much fun and enjoyment to the process of learning the visual arts, We have created a story and mythology for the students that can be read and explored below and also at the curriculum page
The 17 Contrade
The Italian medieval city of Sienna is made up of 17 contrade, or what in english would be referred to as city districts. Each of these 17 districts has a patron creature that is symbolized upon each of the districts colorful and unique flags.
There is the district of the Snail, the Shell, the Unicorn, the Porcupine, the Eagle. the Turtle, the Owl, the Panther, the Goose, the Tree, the Elephant, the Shewolf, the Dragon, the Dolphin, the Ram, the Giraffe, and the Caterpillar.
The Secret of the Masters
Unbeknownce to the layman and the sunday artist is a well kept secret held by master artists from across the world.
This secret, I will reveal to you now if you only promise to never tell another living soul. Do you promise? Do you truly promise? If you promised twice then and only can you know.
The secret is that each of the 17 districts have a hidden gateway that leads to different world of art. You only need find the gateways and enter them in order for your journey to of becoming an artist to commence.
Worlds of the Artist
Through each of these gates, you will find a world of art in turmoil. Something has fallen out of balance and caused disharmony to each. It will be up to you to learn the techniques unique to each world in order to bring it out of chaos and back into order.
Do not fret though young art apprentice, because through each of these gateways you will find friendly OamieMon that will help you learn the art materials and techniques to fulfill your purpose.
“The work of an artist is to make order of chaos” - Master Paskewitz
The 17 districts surround the center plaza named Piazza del Campo. This plaza is world renown for a yearly horse race, known as the Palio, where the triumphant horse wins a special banner designed by a world renown artist.
The horse race is brutal and there are no rules that govern it. In fact, its not even important if the rider makes it across the finish line, since it is the horse that is praised as the winner, leaving the rider forgotten
More importantly though, there in the piazza remains a fountain named Fonte Gaia which is secretly known amongst artists as the final gateway to becoming a Master Artist.
However, for the fountain to open, and the final challenges to begin, the fledgling artist must bring balance to the 17 other worlds of art.
Do you have what it takes to become a Master Artist?
Each student at Oam Studios Art Academy recieves an online profile page that stores their account information, awards and achievements.
The profile pages are super convenient for parents for several reasons:
On the student's profile page, guardians can quickly see their child's progress by referring to a progress wheel that depicts the percentage of the current project completed
Students also will let the teacher and parent know how they feel about the current project or studio by selecting an emoji that represents their feelings.
Their profile page also has behavior bars which indicate how well they are seated, concentrated, hand raising, and cleanliness.
We update guardians by posting current progress images and critiques on the students activity walls tab
Parents can ask for an update any time but we will also automatically do so when students hit certain progress percentages
Parents and other members can comment on the posts or make their own posts to encourage community conversations
Each student will have their art work uploaded to their portfolio tab with a custom critique
Guradians and students can look back at their progress and share it with their friends and family
Click on the levels tab from the students profile page to view all the levels of our curriculum
The OamieMon creatures display in color when a student has competed that level and earned their OamieMon creature.
Click on the OamieMon creatures for more information about the levels and for story information regarding the mythology.
Art students earn several digital awards that can be traded in for physical or digital gifts
💸 For the completion of each level, students earn art money that can be spent by the student at our student stores online or in person
🧁 class cup cakes are gifted by the art teachers randomly and after 4 are collected, they become teachers apples.
4🧁 = 1💸 + 1🍎
🍎 teacher apples are earned when the student shows the very best behavior improvement of their class.
4🍎 = 1💸 + 1💎
💎 digital diamonds for being the absolute best behavec student in the whole class.
6💎 = 5💸 + 1👑
👑 class crowns are accumulated by earning 6 digital diamonds. Each crown means a visit to the art store.
Gathering oamjoji awards result in more art money and higher student status.
In order to spend their earned art money, students must earn all 4 Behavior Oamojis.
🪑 The chair oamoji is earned by remaining at their seat and asking for permission to leave the table
👁 The eye oamoji is earned by concentratiing on their art project and resisting the temptations of distraction
🖐 The hand oamoji is earned when a student consistenly raises their hand and asks for permission to speak
🧼 The soap oamoji is earned when a student keeps their space organize, cleans up after themselves, and helps the teacher and classmates maintain a clean and safe studio space
Additionally, student can earn more art moeny and oamojis by competing in art competitions.
🍄 The mushroom oamoji is easily earned just by participating in any online art competition.
🍄 = 5💸 + 1🧁
🌷 The flower oamoji can be earned by participating in an in-person competition and participating in the award ceremony by at least attending.
🌷 = 10💸 + 1🍎
⭐️ The star oamji is earned when the student places second or third in any art compettiion.
⭐️ = 25💸 + 1💎
🏆 The trophy oamji is earned when a student places first in any art competition and is highly coveted.
🏆 = 50💸 + 1👑
Leveling Up Character Oamojis
🧖 After completing a level, a student is classed as an artist type. Students can multiclass depending on the way they conduct themselves as an artist during their projects
👩🚀 Art Astronauts are very intelligent and use science and math for making their art work super precise.
More importantly though, there in the piazza remains a fountain named Fonte Gaia which is secretly known amongst artists as the final gateway to becoming a Master Artist.
🦸♂️ Art Heroes are very social and talkative. This can be helpful to their classmates when they focus their social skills on helping their art teacher and classmates discuss art and solving art problems.
🥷 Art Ninjas are very silent and private when they work. Art Ninjas rarely ever distract their fellow students but they have to be really careful to not be too shy.
🧙♂️ Art Wizards are very imaginative and creative students. They see the world as a magical place without limits and art allows them to explore their mystical ideas.
We have a distinct curriculum with levels that build upon themselves with ever increasing mastery.more info
Art students will learn several techniques and materials since supplemental exercises are provided to improve skills.
In-person classes will provide art materials while online classes require guardians to gather them.more info
Each art student starts at their own level & is taught individually while in a group based on their age.
Worksheets are provided so that skills deficits can be identified & addressed before starting final projects.
Creativity is nurtured through the expression of differing systems of abstraction at the art school.
Basic Drawing is our first mandatory project for new students. In this project, we expect a student to learn the following:
Through a series of exercise sheets, along with the guidance of an Oam Studios teacher, the student will complete a cartoon drawing. The subject matter is the student’s choice.
Stippling and Classical Drawing pair well together as the second mandatory project. It is the perfect project to slow down, concentrate, and recognize all the minor details that make an artwork refined. It is also a project that tests the student’s understanding of values, math, spatial awareness, concentration, and patience.
The student will be given a lecture and exercises on classical drawing that will help the student to draw more accurately. They will delve into exercises that will inform them of angles and how to measure them. They will also learn how to measure distances in order to strengthen their instinct for proportions.
Finally, the student will go through a couple of exercises on stippling in order to better recognize values and fades.
Pointillism is a painting technique that was developed and credited to Georges-Pierre Seurat, a French artist from 1859-1891. As our third and final mandatory project, we are continuing our understanding of values and in addition are introducing a in depth understanding of hue.
In this project, the student will learn the following attributes of acrylic painting:
Grid transferring is an essential technique to every artist’s repertoire, and acrylic paints are perfect material to begin good painting habits due to its drying speed, cleanliness, and forgiveness.
In the summer of 1884, Seurat began work on A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The painting shows members of each of the social classes participating in various park activities. The tiny juxtaposed dots of multi-colored paint allow the viewer’s eye to blend colors optically, rather than having the colors physically blended on the canvas.
This ten foot wide painting took him two years to complete. Much of that time, however, was spent drawing numerous studies and sketches in the park in preparation for the final work.
Many forms of shading techniques have been invented over the course of art history. Cross hatching is respected because of its complexity; an artist shades their drawing by placing thousands of overlapping lines one over another that are parallel or intersecting.
In this series of exploration and study, the student will be using a crow quill dip pen to learn to shade using hatching techniques. All the while, the student will continue to develop their classical drawing skills and be introduced to Romantic Drawing.
Our students practice hatching by replicating some of the works by Albrecht Dürer, because of his masterful use of cross hatching and simple hatching. Albrecht Dürer was an artist from Nuremberg Germany during the Northern Renaissance.
Block Printing (or linocut printing) is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originatied in China. In antiquity, the method was used for printing on textiles and later on paper. Students will learn a variety of techniques from Block Printing.
What we appreciate most about block printing is the high contrast imagery that it forces an artist to create. This forces the art student to begin to think artistically, creatively, and abstractly.
Historically, there are the masterful block prints made by the Japanese ukiyo-e masters. They would use a series of wood blocks for one image that would line up and register with each other. Each Wood Block was for a different color that was to be printed. Most people are familiar with the block print titled The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai circa 1829-1833.
Manga illustration is form of comic drawing conforming to an illustration style developed in Japan. “Manga” is a word used to refer to both comics and cartooning.
What is particularly exciting about teaching Manga to students is that it is very popular amongst children and adults and is a great way to introduce facial and body proportions in a fun way.
Students will focus on the following skills.
An artist can spend a lifetime perfecting manga illustration. Its popularity and eye-catching appearance is worth learning for immediacy and entertainment. Using the numerous types of inking pens and the use of high quality markers are an essential skill set that all art students should take time in learning.
Graphite drawing is a much more advanced technique; an artist will use a full spectrum of pencils ranging from B9-H9. Common yellow no.2 pencils are HB pencils that lie in the middle of the pencil spectrum and are not suitable for in depth graphite drawing. Students will be learning the following:
Students will render basic three-dimensional shapes for their exercises, and then proceed through a series of projects that serve as perfect college portfolio pieces.
Going further in-depth in classical and romantic drawing, precision and artistic flares are more observed and encouraged.
Oil Painting is one of the most refined artistic styles in existence. The materials are highly respected and have qualities such as vibrance and a slow drying time that artists love to have on their side.
Students will learn the intricate methods of oil painting from paint application to tool maintenance.
The focus of the first project in oil painting is realism so that we can measure the skill and understanding of each student. From there, we will move to abstract forms of oil painting such as impressionism.
Oil painting is a very advanced form of painting and is not suitable for beginner artists. In order to reach the oil painting level, a student must complete the prerequisites of the three foundational projects. The materials and tools are also very expensive and delicate, so the student must also earn trust from the art teachers.
When a student begins Portrait Drawing, their skills are truly tested. One of the most difficult subjects to draw is a person’s likeness because anyone capable of seeing will immediately notice any mistakes that the artist has made. This is especially true when the likeness is of someone that the viewer has seen before. Students will learn the following:
Students will study the proportions of the face and work on exercises to memorize the formula. They will typically begin with a generic drawing to memorize proportions, then draw a recognizable celebrity, and finally a self portrait.
Adire Textile Art is a spectacular way to teach the power of pattern and repetition to an art student. It is also fantastic because the cloth can be used afterward to make a number of useful things like pillows, reusable lunch bags, purses and t-shirts. The student will learn the following from this project.
Most students after making their design and staining the fabricate opt to make a pillow from their artwork. If the student is old enough, we will teach the student how to sew using a sewing machine. Sewing is one of the most useful skills someone can learn.
Believe it or not, it took humans until the 1400s to discover how to draw perspective accurately. This accomplishment can be credited to Filippo Brunelleschi during the Italian Renaissance.
Our art students will learn these techniques in order to broaden their artistic skills.
Students will learn:
Students will also learn other perspective techniques throughout other project series. This project is specifically for interiors of buildings and structures.
Oil Pastel brings together the dry and liquid abilities of visual arts beautifully. Oil pastels have the feel of lipstick when used directly from the stick and can be used alongside turpentine and paint brushes to blend and achieve a number of effects. Oil pastel is an advanced material and an art student will be learning the following:
Oil painting requires a healthy understanding of charcoal drawing, oil painting, and cross hatching to develop a masterful oil pastel drawing. Because of this we have a set of prerequisites that a student must pass before learning this difficult, yet beautiful, art material.
People are often familiar with pastel because of Edgar Degas and his many exquisite drawings of ballerinas.
Papier-mâché is one of those art forms that prove to be an extremely useful skill to have learnt. It is useful for a number of projects including: mask making, statues, floats, piñatas and dioramas. We take Papier-mâché very seriously at Oam Studios Art Academy.
The project requires the student to be extra creative as they design an alebrije (hybrid creature) for the first step. They then must construct their sculpture, paint it, and finally airbrush the highlights and shadows.
The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, “Alebrijes”. Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he saw in cardboard and papier-mâché and called them Alebrijes.
In the dream, the mystical creatures told him that he would heal and live so long as he created them in our world.
A still life is a drawing or painting that focuses on still objects. The subject matter is inanimate and never moves, typically with a focus on household objects, flowers, or fruits.
Still life drawings can be a subtle and poetic way of describing a feeling or situation by the use of juxtaposing objects.
Students will learn:
Students will compose a still life to draw or paint depending on if they have already completed Graphite Drawing I or Oil Painting I and II
The artist of Holland have mastered a form of still life called Vanitas, which was a still life usually consisting of a human skull and other objects, which were made to warn the owner of the painting against pursuing vanity.
Making ceramic pottery on a wheel is a very difficult and advanced art form. At the same time, it is an extremely rewarding art technique that once the student is confident in their abilities, becomes a relaxing and rewarding skill to have. Pottery is fantastic because of the usefulness of the vessels and the beauty of the completed work once glazed. Prerequisites for this art form are ceramics I, II, and III.
Students will learn how to throw pottery on the wheel and complete a vase and mug. Thereafter they will have to become more creative and add a theme with sculptured elements.
Once the basics of wheel throwing is mastered, the artist is able to go deeper into the creative and artistic aspects of this art form. This can be seen clearly in the pottery of Bonnie Seeman, a Floridian ceramicist who disguises her pottery with naturalistic vegetable embellishments.
Oam Studios’ curriculum outline takes the student through Arts numerous materials, techniques, and styles. The curriculum may vary for Studio level students that are concentrating on their college art portfolios or AP art classes.
Each of the curriculum projects is supplemented with custom worksheets that have been developed by Omar Morineau through his decade experience of teaching.
The list below illustrates our curriculum outline and can be further explored by exiting this window and venturing further down on this webpage. Note: “ws” indicates that worksheets are assigned.
Once the three fundamental projects are complete, the instructor, guardian and student will decide upon the next project and its materials based on several factors.
Oam Studios Art Academy utilizes the very best art materials for the students level. These materials are chosen from Omar Morineau’s extensive experience using several art materials.
Certain materials are perfect for a novice artist, but some materials and brands will halt the students progress.
When lessons are taken at one of our studio locations, the materials are provided to the student by the studio.
When a student is learning through our online art classes, the guardian of the student should provide the materials. It is highly recommended that they purchase the materials that we recommend from our material list.
Art Mediums that we utilize are listed below.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the brands and art materials we use.