We’d be happy to put together a program that meets your school’s specific needs, working within time and financial budgets.  All materials and instruction are included in these programs.  GGYS requires only work space from the partner school – tables and seating for the designated number of children.  Access to running water is appreciated but not required.  Below are some suggestions of programs we can do for your school:

Multi-Media NAEA/CCSS/CG4T&L Full Year In-School Program

Yes, that is an alphabet soup of a program name, but it expands on our drawing programs to include other media and projects as well -- all of which align with guidelines issued by the National Art Education Association, the Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts and to the Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.  We are up to speed on all current standards, and are watching for the new standards by Common Core for Creative Arts released in 2014. 

This is a full year, 37 week program designed to meet all students once a week from September through June.  We believe in building strengths and understanding by regular instruction and long work periods.


Famous Artists (The Pantheon of Western Art)

Individual projects that explore the style and content of works by Matisse, Monet, VanGogh, Klee, Klimt, Mondrian, etc.  Links: language arts, social studies.


Anonymous Artists from around the World

In this study unit, we explore artwork by people who are often unattributed, and discuss the role of creativity in cultures across the globe.  Explorations include: Aboriginal dot painting (Australia), cherry blossom painting (China), appliqué collage/Hmong (Thailand) and Kuna (Mexico), exterior home design/Ndebele women (South Africa), needlework design (South America and Eastern Europe), kente weaving/Ashanti people (Ghana), Adinkra printing/Ashanti people (Ghana), etc.  Links: history, social studies.


Textile Skillcamp

An exploration of basic skills to create and manipulate fabric: weaving (paper and yarn), sewing (felt, burlap and calico), embellishment (surface design with printing and drawing), needlework (bargello, cross stitch and needlepoint).  Experiments in clothing hacking and repair, paired with a larger discussion on the downside of cheap expendable clothing as it impacts our environment.  Links: science, environmental studies, social studies



Exploration of printmaking styles and methods: modular print blocks for patterning, scratch foam printing with one or more colors, reductive printmaking from a single printing plate, monoprinting in one or multiple colors.  Links: math, language arts


3D Skillcamp

Learning the use basic tricks to create depth and contrast in even the simplest of drawings: foreshortening, shading, shadows, placement, size and more.  We use #4 artist pencils and sketchbooks to start, and then move to chalk pastels and oil crayons as we create scapes with depth, emphasis and intent.  Links: math, geometry.


Fonts and Graphic Design

Young artists are often asked to present their research and learning in a graphic documentation – display boards, web pages, report covers.  We learn to use lettering skills, placement, size and white space to create emphasis, visual style and help communicate ideas in a visual way.  Links: science fair, history fair.


Character Engine

Design a fantasy character and then render this creature in full 3-D illustrated novel style, using highlighting, shading and shadows to bring your being to life.  We begin with simple line drawings and finish with an oil crayon rendition on colored paper.  Links: language arts


Click to learn more about:

Learning to Draw/Drawing to Learn

for lower elementary students.


Drawing for Older Children

for grades 4 and up.