Fine Arts University began in 2016 by Amber Lee and is an art program designed to partner with local creative professionals who guide students in an experience in the creative arts. FAU begins with the FAU 1001 Intro to Art class over a period of 6 weeks.
Students learn they are created by the Creator to be creative. They learn about their gifts, are encouraged to put their gifts to use and learn the potential for them to be productive citizens as creative professionals now and in the future. While learning a variety of genres of art, students also learn the importance of character.
The FAU 1001 Intro to Art is truly that; each student gets 1 hour per week as an introduction to the following areas of fine art:
Music and Creative Writing
Each week we introduce a new subject where students learn the basics taught by local professionals in that specific area of study. It is basically a mini and extremely condensed version of the first year of art school. After students complete FAU 1001 Intro to Art, they can take the next level of classes offered like FAU 2001 Sculpture.
To see how you can join me or support what I'm doing, see more on the Support FAU page.
Both of my kids are creative, intelligent and gifted in their unique ways. When my daughter began Kindergarten, I noticed that her school experience was not encouraging her in her creative abilities, but, in several ways, discouraging her to be who she was created to be. I continued to see this trend with other students but saw little to no change. In fact, I kept seeing a decline in her confidence and wanted a way to support her and other creative kids.
So in 2016, I was able to serve as the VP of Programs position with our PTA and decided to start something to fill in the creative arts gaps I saw in her education. I was inspired and moved to action by my daughter's and other students' struggle as young elementary students to feel valued for their gifting while trying to learn.
I decided to call it Fine Arts University, with the intention to expand the program to be offered all year and have in-depth creative arts study through after school education. Eventually I'd like to see the daily curriculum in schools enhanced to meet the learning needs of these creative kids as well which I outline more on the Future of FAU page.
The Fine Arts University program was originally offered to K-5 students through local school's PTA after school programs and will eventually get back into schools once the restrictions lift for the 2020-2021 school year.
However, because of the restrictions in public schools, I am expanding classes to any individual and partnering with homeschool and private groups with Art Club and other classes. Limited sign ups are available on my artist website: A Life That's Rad. I am adding more classes on a regular basis for both online and in-person options.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will work with your local school or group to add this program.
FAU is for the student who is looking for a deeper dive into the world of art. It is a great way to experience various art forms and learn what may be the most interesting over a 6 week period of time.
A more casual art class is Art Club. I work with local homeschool groups and have open classes for sign that are per class instead of a 6 week course. I am also offering 1 time classes like collage, chalk art and others, all on my on my artist website: A Life That's Rad. I am also available as an artist for your corporate event. Please contact me if you'd like to book me as a local artist for your event.
After a student completes the FAU 1001 Intro to Art class, they can expand into other areas of study such as sculpture, photography, fashion design and more.
I have curriculum and plans for varying levels of the Fine Arts U program in the areas mentioned above so that students can dive deeper into that study many years before they enter higher education. I am partnering with local creatives to design more specific programs for those students who have an area of art they are interested in.
I started FAU 2001 Sculpture in the Spring of 2020 where students learned more about tools, materials, artists and techniques in sculpture. Projects cover various methods of sculpture and students create works of art while learning foundations of character such as patience, respect and more.
Another example being developed is FAU 2001 Fashion Design. It is in the launch phase currently...students will learn about fashion, design their own fabric, then work with a local fashion and costume designer to create their own piece with their custom fabric. These students have taken the FAU 1001 Intro to Art and want to learn more.