DeRaud Art School is continuing to grow as our students excel in learning and creativity. Beginning in the Fall of 2018 with a handful of students at our River Park location, we quickly settled into our home studio at the end of the year. By June 2019 we had 13 students, and by December 2019 we grew to over 50. At the end of the Spring semester 2021, we totalled 71 students, ages 5-18! To celebrate our success, we had our first annual ART SHOW with over 200 in attendance.
Both the 2021/22 and 2022/23 school years brought further growth, and classes for both Mark and Wendy averaged between 90 and 100 students. Our 2nd and 3rd annual art shows were both was packed to the gills with 86 students' art work represented!
Ours is a realistic drawing curriculum that has enough structure for achieving skill and mastery, while giving freedom for individual creativity. It is a progressive art curriculum starting with animal drawings and progressing to Still Life, volume drawing, value, shading, and some faces. Students will learn to use a variety of media, including colored pencil, markers and pastel. Artist/Instructor Wendy DeRaud teaches students ages 5-10.
For junior high and high school students, Mark DeRaud offers more advanced courses, including the Art 1 & 2 courses are aimed at older students ages 11-18. Mark teaches serious students only, and ages 11 & 12 year old students are recommended to present a portfolio of work before acceptance.
For Wendy's class: 8 students max/4 student minimum per class - Ages 6 and up
(Note: 5 year olds can be accepted into class if they are able to sit still and
follow step-by-step instruction, upon acceptance by the instructor.)
For Mark's class: 12 students max/4 minimum per class, ages 11-18.
We are Vendors for Yosemite Valley and Monarch River Academy Charter Schools. We teach homeschool, private, public and charter school students.
Location: DeRaud Art School @ the DeRaud Home, 1161 West Celeste Avenue in Fresno.
Mark & Wendy DeRaud, Artists & Instructors
Watch this short video to see some of our students showing what they've done in our art classes.
Just a sample of many videos in art instruction for Beginning, Intermediate or Adult art students of all ages. Find more at our channel, DeRaud Art, on You Tube.
Students will learn to draw by learning to see, and take home a beautiful drawing every week.
Students will be introduced to the elements of art and will learn to draw animals with step-by-step instruction. Weekly 2 hour classes include lessons on the color wheel, line, shape, form, and an introduction to Still Life. Mediums include high-quality markers, color pencils, and pastel.
Instructor: Wendy DeRaud
Wednesday, 10-12pm FULL
Thursday, 1-3pm FULL
Thursday, 4-6pm FULL
Recommended, but not required, for students who have completed Beginning Drawing 1 class.
Students will continue to develop their ability to see, and take home a beautiful drawing every week.
Students will integrate the elements of art into learning to draw more animals, mammals, reptiles, insects, birds, fish, etc, with step by step instruction, continuing to develop their skills with color, line, shape, form and creativity. Mediums include high-quality markers, colored pencils, and pastel.
Instructor: Wendy DeRaud
Tuesday, 1-3 pm FULL
Wednesday, 4-6pm FULL
Thursday, 10-12pm-1 spot (girl)
Recommended, but not required, for students who have completed the year-long Beginning Drawing and Drawing 2 classes.
This new Intermediate class is for older students who are interested in trying other drawing forms other than animals. Students will draw from Still Life, practice faces, copy famous artists' work, as well as other styles of art. They will continue to develop their skills with color, line, shape, form and creativity. Mediums include high-quality markers, colored pencils, and pastel.
Instructor: Wendy DeRaud
Intermediate 1- Tuesday 10-12 pm
Intermediate 1 - Tuesday, 4-6pm (FULL)
Intermediate 2 - Wednesday, 1-3pm (FULL)
This course provides a balanced visual arts program which guides students to achieve the standards in the visual arts and visual perception while participating in various forms of creative expression.
Students will apply the elements of art in the following units: learning how to see, contour drawing, positive and negative space, value drawing, pen and ink drawing, linear perspective, color theory, watercolor, pastel, portraits, design concepts and careers. Grades 9-12 for a-g credit, grades 7-12 for enrichment. Instructor: Mark DeRaud
Note: Days and times subject to change, new classes may be added
You can email me your 1st choice and 2nd choice for a class time slot and I'll get back to you soon to let you know you're on the list. email@example.com
Feel free to give us a call or send me a text during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, and we'd be happy to answer any questions and sign up your child. (559) 326-3160
If we do not meet the 4-student minimum for any given class, that class will be canceled, so please pick out a second option if your first choice doesn't work out. Thank you for being flexible!
We never know just how much parents may want their children to take an art class, so we will always be open to starting a new class as they are needed!
At the end of the Spring Semester, we put on an art show with all our students' work on display in our home gallery. This year's art show will open on Friday, May 5th and will run till Thursday, June 1st. You can watch videos from the past 2 art shows on our YouTube channel.
Feel free to visit during our weekly classes and see if they are a good fit for your child. Your student can always try a class for free.
1161 West Celeste Ave., Fresno, CA 93711