Behind Our ART NERD Motto is
Winged Canvas' Teaching Method
Picasso believed that all children were born artists, and we at Winged Canvas agree. While the education system focuses predominantly on sciences, maths and languages, we at Winged Canvas hope to fill an important gap that every child needs. Through our workshops and classes, we want to foster and nurture creativity in children and teens via visual arts.
From encouraging students to express their emotions, to teaching cultural awareness, to supporting social interaction skills, to expanding their imagination and knowledge, there’s no denying that visual arts are a key component in childhood development.
At Winged Canvas, all workshops and tutorials are founded on our four pillars of learning. As a studio that lives and breathes for the arts, we wholeheartedly believe in being Art Nerds! Which is why, our four pillars cater to the visual art process for budding art lovers.
N.E.R.D. is at the core of our art programs:
Inspire students with visual examples that introduce a new concept
During the first pillar of learning, our Winged Canvas instructors NURTURE our students by introducing them to new artwork and examples and concepts they’ll be learning throughout the class. For students who have no prior art knowledge, we hope to inspire with visual examples, style references, and ideas/concepts that they may not have encountered before. This provides the students with good background information along with their expectation aspirations for the finished piece. Through this process we hope they find inspiration and express their own voice and styles, within the taught theme. During this stage, we want to foster a sense of curiosity and excitement from the students—by introducing them to a new piece, students are faced with their next challenge and their brains are bubbling with ideas, opinions, and inspiration.
Identify, discuss, and interpret what was observed
During the EXPLORE stage of our learning process, students and the instructor then proceed to discuss, interpret and identify what they observed. This is a beneficial component to the learning process as students try to grasp the foundations of this process, while also asking any questions they may have about the techniques. This step is key in helping with student growth in the visual arts, while also helping them grow their problem solving skills.
Instructor demonstrates the technique or creative process (step by step)
In the RECREATE stage, Winged Canvas instructors do a demonstration of techniques needed to recreate the artwork that was shown at the start of the lesson. From seeing it, to understanding it, to watching someone do it, RECREATE is a key step in the process, as students really get a chance to learn and observe the technique step-by-step. After a group explanation, our instructors then provide one on one time and personalized instruction during each student’s design process.
Students create within the theme, using the new concept or skill learned
While the technique was originally taught at the start of the process, the final stage opens doors for students to interpret the technique and process in his or her own unique way. In the DESIGN stage, interpretation of the theme is encouraged, which is fostered through the student’s own interests and stories. Students can then design original artwork rich in meaning, personal style and imagination.
With adults and teens working on art portfolio studies, we use the NERD teaching method on a more individual basis in Art Mentorship: a program designed for one-on-one-style learning for more specialized students. Our Art Mentorship & Tutoring program for children 6-15 years of age offers kids the opportunity to experience the NERD teaching method in a semi-private tutoring style program that is taught one-on-one style with lessons tailored to each child’s individual needs and goals.
Adults and teens have their own ideas and interests, and may prefer one-on-one instruction and demos compared to the step-by-step group learning model. For example, in our Art Mentorship program for adults and teens, a student may be inspired by the Group of Seven (Nurture) and have the desire to create their own subjects while interpreting that style (Explore). They may then proceed to watch a demo by the instructor (Recreate) to learn the technique and apply it to a subject that is meaningful to them (Design).
We believe in the benefits of learning from different artists and instructors, as having an array of artists can provide unique perspectives and interpretations of the world.
Winged Canvas instructors are experienced industry professionals who specialize in different areas, from illustration to comic books, 3D art and toy-making, watercolour to acrylic, plein air to oil painting—all areas that teach the skills and concepts needed in building a strong art foundation for future creative success.