An elegantly stenciled gray, metal door heralds Both Sides’ studio space, an attention-focusing haven of clean lines, white walls, and ample natural light. It’s planted in Pilsen’s main arts corridor, meaning that students need only wander down the block to soak up inspiration from other galleries.
Within this space each day, the instructors at Both Sides Art aim to stimulate the left and right sides of their students' brains with art classes that encourage wild flights of creativity grounded in a solid grasp of technique and history. Adult courses take place weekday evenings and cover topics such as drawing for beginners and abstract painting. While enjoying a BYOB glass of wine or sippy cup of champagne, students learn essential skills such as drawing 3-D images, handling oil paints, and poetically telling off their inner critics.
Self-expression. Creativity. Critical thinking. These are just a handful of the skills students build when studying art. And they do more than study art at LK Art Gallery?they immerse themselves in it. During hands-on classes, youngsters learn to doodle cartoon characters and dabble with clay before adopting intermediate drawing techniques such as proportions, shapes, and composition. While studying modern art, they experiment with color and different application methods, such as painting with brushes made of Andy Warhol's wig. And in creative art, kids form mixed-media projects that may include collage and sculpture.
But LK Art Gallery isn't just for kids; the business also welcomes adults with its BYOB art classes. These sessions pair participants with an instructor who leads them through the steps of creating an acrylic painting that they can then take home or gift to someone allergic to paintbrushes.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.