Gifted Arts students receive visual arts instruction in various forms, particularly drawing and painting. In addition to learning professional techniques and experimenting with new media, the class will follow the entire artistic process from initial sketches to final works, from artist statement to public presentation. Selected media may include watercolor, ink, colored pencil, etc. With an illustrative bend, the course emphasizes visual storytelling. Students will create works that communicate their ideas, experiences, and personal styles within an encouraging, inspiring environment.
Terri Shay has been working as a professional artist for over 30 years. She is an illustrator, painter, and educator. From illustrating the art of children’s books, expressing popular topics and seasonal events in greeting cards, to bringing her travels to life on canvas, her emotive soul is shared. Terri is currently teaching Color, Design, and Painting at Saint Louis University and Saint Louis Community College. Terri and recently graduated SLU Painting major, Emily Zoernig, will be working with the elementary and middle school level artists.
For students at the high school level, Ruth Reese is the instructor. Ruth Reese explores the richness of porcelain, black stoneware and red earthenware in her sculptural work. In addition to ceramics and sculpture, Ruth also teaches painting and drawing. In addition to working at SLU, she has completed an Artist in Residence at Craft Alliance St. Louis and can be found directing the REESE Gallery in St. Louis, MO. Ruth has been awarded the Regional Arts Commission Artists Fellowship Grant in 2016 and an A.I.R Vallauris Residency for the summer of 2019.
2019 Summer Session• Grades 5-6• June 10-21 or June 10-28 $300/$425
Open to visual artists entering grades 5 and 6 in 2019-2020. Students are given instruction in drawing and painting techniques from SLU Fine Arts professor, Terri Shay. The class is designed to be instructional, fun, and promote creative expression. The session runs from June 10-21 or June 10-28, Mondays-Fridays, 9:00-12:00. Students may take the class for a two-week ($300) or three-week ($425) session. All classes are held at Xavier Hall, the Fine Arts building at Saint Louis University.
2019 Summer Session• Grades 7-8 June 10-2 or June 10-28 $300/$425
2019 Summer Session• Grades 9-12 July 1-11 or July 1-18 $300/$425
High school students are given instruction in various drawing and painting techniques utilizing composition, space, perspective, value, light and shadow, volume and texture, and color. This class is taught by artist, gallery owner, and teacher, Ruth Reese. The class runs from July 1-18 Mondays-Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Students may take the class for a two-week ($300) or three-week ($425) session. All classes are held at Xavier Hall, the Fine Arts building at Saint Louis University.