“Every child is an artist,” Pablo Picasso said. “The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Problem solved! We’ve created a handy guide to the grown-up art class you should take, based on your favorite childhood art supplies.
How to use this guide:
- Remember your favorite art activity as a kid. Summon the joy and reckless creativity of your youth.
- Find your favorite art supply below and see what we paired it up with.
- Call the School office for guidance on what class to take, and have fun in our classes! Check out the full catalog here.
crayons → pastel
Crayons, pastels, conté crayons, oil sticks — they’re all based on the same idea: pigment and binder. In other words, pure color and something to hold it together. Your box of Crayola used wax as a binder and had some filler, too; you’ll find pastels (and artist-grade crayons) have a better feel on the paper and keep their color longer.
Pastels: coloring for adults!
play-doh → clay
In grade school, you probably made clay pinch pots (or coil pots), then one day your teacher brought them back from the kiln and they were hard, shiny, and lasted forever. You can have even more fun with clay as an adult — just ask our ceramics department!
paint → paint
This one was pretty obvious. These paints aren’t non-toxic, so you can’t use your fingers — but hey, for that, there’s always art on the iPad.
pencils → pencils
No joke — you can make some serious art with pencils (that is, graphite) and colored pencils, and all without making a mess. In some drawing classes, you’ll expand your repertoire to media like charcoal and ink, too.
yarn → fiber art
Fiber art is more popular than ever! And you can put it on your wall or yourself.
Elmer’s glue → mixed-media
Were you the kid who was mixing stuff into your paint, or collecting cool stuff you found on the ground so you could make it into something? Good news! The art world has legitimized your experiments, which are called (respectively) “mixed media” and “found object” art. Translation: you see art everywhere, and that’s pretty cool.