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Deana Neibert, a native Oklahoman, spent the first 18 years of her adult life teaching theatre. In Oklahoma, she was the drama and stagecraft teacher at Edmond Memorial High School where she was a member of the International Thespian Society. While at EMHS, Deana directed over 30 plays and musicals. In 2010, her husband, Lee was offered a job as a theatre professor at USC Upstate. Deana then moved to South Carolina where she was the managing director of the Spartanburg Youth Theatre. Although Deana spent many hours designing and painting sets, making props, and sewing costumes, she decided to trade the stage for a paintbrush. In 2016, Deana decided that she was ready to study art full time and attended USC Upstate in order to become certified to teach art. Deana currently teaches art to children at the YMCA, in local schools as an Artist in Residence, and teaches privately. Deana also teaches art to special needs adults at USC Upstate. Deana’s latest artworks have been in shows at USC Upstate, The Chapman Cultural Center and The Kentucky Derby Museum. Deana is thrilled to join Whizkidme family and cannot wait for you to visit her classes.

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class plan

Fall Semester

Artapalooza | 4-8 | Drop-In

 

 

Week

Session Topic/Theme

Class Structure 

Students will do & learn: 

Materials needed 

1

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create characters or scenes from the beloved children’s book


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

2

Pete the Cat. I Love My New White Shoes

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create characters or scenes from the beloved children’s book


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

How To Catch a Mermaid

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create characters or scenes from the beloved children’s book


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

4

Shh…We Have A Plan

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create characters or scenes from the beloved children’s book


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black marker or sharpie

5

A Bad Case of Stripes

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create characters or scenes from the beloved children’s book


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

6

Where the Wild Things Are

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create characters or scenes from the beloved children’s book


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice
  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

7

I Want My Hat Back

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create a cat inspired by the famous artist, Paul Klee.


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

8

Imaginary Towns

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create their very own imaginary town. 


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrush and water cup
  • Paper towels
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

9

Kandinsky Inspired Animals

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create an animal using art techniques used by Kandinsky in his works of art.


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black marker or sharpie

10

Fall Leaves

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create an art print inspired by the beautiful leaves of fall.


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Black Paper
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrush and water cup
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Glue

11

Princess and the Pea

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create their art piece inspired by the fairytale, Princess and the Pea


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

12

Pirates…arrrgh

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create their pirate inspired art


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

 

13

Cute Kitten

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content:  What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create a very cute baby kitten.


Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their artwork and discuss how they might use learned techniques in future art pieces. 

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

Fall Semester

Artapalooza | 9-14 | Progressive

Week 

Session Topic/Theme

Course Structure

Students will do &  learn: 

Materials needed 

Weeks 1 & 2 

Illustrate Your Name

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content: What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to illustrate their name.



Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their understanding fonts and illustrationand show their piece so far.  We will discuss what we will do next week.

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

Weeks 3 & 4

Banyan Tree’s

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content: What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create a beautiful and unique banyan tree.



Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their understanding about the uniqueness and beauty of banyan trees.

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

Weeks 5 & 6

Light At Night

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content: What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create a “Light At Night”  art piece.



Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their understanding about what light looks like at night and how it might inspire future art pieces.

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

Weeks

7 & 8

Paper Weaving

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content: What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create painted paper and then, using fiber techniques, will learn how to weave.



Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their understanding weaving terms and how this might influence them as artists.

  • White paper (2-3 sheets)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Watercolors
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Clear tape
  • Glue Stick

Weeks

9 & 10

Looking Up At The Fall Trees

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content: What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create art looking up into a tree covered in fall leaves.



Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their understanding of how perspective completely changes the way you create art.

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

Weeks

11 & 12

3D Cone Illusion Art

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content: What are we going to do?

Young artists will discover how to create a piece of art that uses highlight and shadow to create an optical illusion.



Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their understanding of highlight and shadow and how it can trick the eye into seeing something completely different.

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice

Week 13 & 14

Through the Wardrobe

Intro: Getting to know you

Young artists will share who they are, what previous art experience they have, and what art means to them.  We will also go over all materials needed.


Content: What are we going to do?

Young artists will use their wonderful imaginations to create their own world living inside a beautiful wardrobe.



Closing: What did we do?

Young artists will share their process for imagination and how this might change their perspective on art.

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Color makers of your choice
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Using The Class Plan

Please Note: Both Age Groups (if applicable) will follow the same class plan structure and content. The content delivery will  be tailored to the age group.