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Young Rembrandts in Newark

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Class Description
CRITICAL ELEMENTARY DRAWING: Young Rembrandts drawing classes teach children how to draw using step-by-step instruction and best education practices. The same structured, skill based learning used to teach science, math and reading is used to teach children how to draw. Young Rembrandts’ tiered lesson plans match engaging subject matter, skill based learning and positive classroom techniques to achieve unparalleled success in the classroom. No prior art class experience necessary. All materials are supplied by Young Rembrandts. New lessons each class and each session.

35430 Blackburn Drive
Newark, CA 94560
Phone: 925-353-1704
Email: [email protected]


Young Rembrandts classes at other locations


Dear Parents,


With the new school year well on its way, we hope that your child is enjoying the Young Rembrandts classes and you have been proud of their creative work. They truly are creating their own masterpieces to be proud of and learning so much in the process.


Take a look at the images below for a sample of projects your student drew which showcase his/her own individual style and flare!


Remember to ask your child about the ART TERMS taught in each and every lesson in the Critical Elementary Drawing curriculum.

(*lessons are subject to change and may vary by location.)


We are proud to offer Young Rembrandts classes and workshops at other locations as well. Find a location near you.


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Lesson Summaries


Critical Elementary – Baseball Still Life

  Today we drew a still life composition featuring different sports balls. This lesson provided excellent practice for drawing circles. Careful planning and an understanding of proportion enabled us to create a balanced composition. Color pencils allowed us to give the drawing depth and volume through the use of highlights, shading, and shadows.


Applying what you’ve learned: Drawing sports balls can be a fun exercise for drawing circles. Applying what you have learned, can you draw different sports balls?


Critical Elementary – Taffy Apples 

Today we drew taffy apples. This delicious treat was the subject of our composition. The large apples were covered with taffy and candy toppings. Drawing the apples provided great practice for drawing circle shapes. The apples overlapped the patterned border. Vibrant colors and color harmony enhanced this wonderful drawing.


Applying what you’ve learned: 

Carefully planning a composition can produce excellent results. Can you design a new drawing featuring taffy apples?


Critical Elementary – Bunnies in Bed 

Today we illustrated an adorable drawing featuring cartoon bunnies during their bedtime. Each bunny was given a unique facial expression. We carefully planned our drawing, resulting in a balanced composition. The patterned quilt and striped wall were colored with vibrant, contrasting colors. We also learned the importance of color harmony.


Applying what you’ve learned: Colorful patterns can really enhance a drawing. Can you draw this composition again but with new patterns on the quilt?


Critical Elementary – Van Gogh(Art History) 


Today we learned about one of the great master artists, Vincent Van Gogh. Inspired by Van Gogh’s sunflowers, we emulated his style and created a similar composition. Our sunflowers were very stylized with irregular circles and lines. This resulted in a very dynamic illustration. The use of warm colors brightened our drawing.


Applying what you’ve learned: Vincent Van Gogh had a very unique style that made his work memorable and groundbreaking. Can you develop a style of your own? 


Cartooning – Animal Characters


Today we drew these animal portraits. Posing for photographs can be incredibly fun. We imagined ourselves taking the photographs of various cartoon animals. This lesson allowed us to explore facial expressions and figure poses. Vibrant colors reinforced the cartoon theme.


Applying what you’ve learned: Drawing portraits is excellent practice for illustrating faces. Can you draw more portraits featuring new animals with different expressions.


Cartooning –  Cactus Jokes

Today we drew cactus jokes. We learned how to personify these prickly plants through the use of facial expressions, figure gestures, and clothing. The cacti were illustrated in humorous and relatable situations. These drawings strengthened our compositional skills.


Applying what you’ve learned: Unique plants, like cacti, make great characters. Can you create new characters from different plants?


Cartooning – Baseball Characters

Today we created a series of dynamic drawings centering around the popular sport of baseball. Through the use of facial expressions and body gestures, we personified inanimate baseball objects and transformed them into fully realized cartoon characters. The addition of action lines conveyed a sense of motion.


Applying what you’ve learned: Inanimate objects can be personified through the addition of facial expressions and figure poses. Can you create new characters from different sports equipment? 


Cartooning – Dog Thought Sequence 
Today we learned how to convey a story through the use of sequential images. We created a humorous sequence and imagined what thoughts would cross a hungry dog’s mind. This lesson strengthened our compositional and figure drawing skills. The use of lettering and sound effects enhanced our cartoon drawings.


Applying what you’ve learned:

It’s fun to imagine what goes through the minds of our pets. Can you draw a new sequence featuring this hungry dog?


FUNdamental Drawing – Ladybug
lgToday we drew a friendly insect that is found in gardens. This oval-shaped ladybug was placed atop a large leaf. This lesson provided great practice for drawing circles as we drew a spotted pattern on its wings. Vibrant crayons were used to color our detailed, outdoor scene.


Applying what you’ve learned: Drawing insects is an excellent way to learn about simple shapes. Using circles, ovals, and lines, can you draw different insects like spiders, beetles, and ants?


FUNdamental Drawing – Gumball Machine
gmToday we drew this gumball machine. Gumball machines are fun because they are colorful and dispense candy at the turn of a knob. This lesson provided excellent practice for drawing circles, and it also taught us about the concept of overlapping shapes.


Applying what you’ve learned: This 

was a great introduction to drawing overlapping circles. Using what you have learned, can you draw different shapes like triangles and squares overlapping one another?


FUNdamental Drawing – Fish Bowl

fbToday we drew this detailed, fish bowl scene. We filled our fish bowl with fish, plants, bubbles, and pebbles. The fish varied in size and were decorated with colorful patterns. This lesson strengthened our circle and oval drawing skills.


Applying what you’ve learned: Drawing fish is not only easy, but also fun. Can you create a new underwater scene that features fish of all shapes, sizes, and colors? 


FUNdamental Drawing – Clown Puppet

cpToday we drew this friendly, clown puppet. Puppets are fun, imaginative characters. This lesson was a great introduction to drawing a basic face and body. Simple shapes like ovals, circles, and rectangles were used to create our colorful friend. A big smile and wild hair gave our puppet personality.



Applying what you’ve learned: Puppet characters are good practice for drawing simple faces and bodies. Using what you have learned, can you create new puppet characters?


Young Rembrandts

P.O. Box 11111-4682 Chabot Dr.

 Pleasanton CA 94588

Tel: (925) 353-1704