Masters School of Art

Christian Center for the Arts

Westside MSOA Course Descriptions

Winter 2018 Westside MSOA Class List & Supplies/Materials


MSOA Westside terms run 10-12 weeks, whereas MSOA Clackamas terms are typically 18 weeks. Westside classes will correspond to those on the main campus, but since we don’t have any college students at Westside, our classes will take a full year to be equivalent to a single term at Clackamas. The pace won’t be significantly different. We won’t be trying to cram 18 weeks of material into 10 weeks. For that reason, a course numbered 101 at the main campus will take two terms to complete at Westside.


Drawing 101/102

No Prerequisites

All Ages/Levels

This class is a requirement for all students, who should plan to take Drawing 1 for their first 4 consecutive terms at Westside MSOA.

DESCRIPTION: During the first few weeks, students work on exercises that develop the right side of the brain and learning how to see artistically. The rest of the term will be spent copying a Masters black & white picture and possibly a landscape.
OBJECTIVES: To learn to see artistically and create a well composed picture.
SUPPLIES: Supplies are provided by MSOA from supplies fees.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Every student will be expected to practice basic weekly exercises that may take ten minutes a week.  Students present a final project at our Art Exhibit at the end of the term.

Drawing Animals

Prerequisites: Drawing 101 preferred

All Ages/Levels

DESCRIPTION: Students learn how to draw animals realistically with correct proportions, fur, shading and markings, etc. The class will begin with animal features such as eyes, nose, and ears. They will move on to learn how to create the look of different types of fur, skin or feathers. The students will then quickly move on to creating their first animal drawing, gridding the picture to help with proportion and proper placement. Students will draw a few practice animal drawings on regular copy paper throughout the term, drawing a variety of different animals such as birds, land animals, domestic animals, reptiles and underwater animals. Final projects are drawn on Bristol paper. The instructor will keep ongoing projects in the Animal Drawing box labeled for that class at the art school. This keeps unfinished work from getting lost, damaged, or forgotten at home.
SUPPLIES: The school will supply everything needed for this class. It is recommended, however, to bring an eraser (a thin or pointed eraser works best for hair and fur).  Towards the end of the term, please bring a frame or mat to fit 9” by 12” paper. This is for the final project to be displayed in the end-of-term exhibit.

Drawing Anime/Manga

Prerequisites: Drawing 101 and Figure Drawing preferred.

All Ages/Levels

DESCRIPTION: Anime is a very detailed form of cartooning. The students will learn to draw face shapes, body shape, facial expressions, body movement, inking and colored pencil. The students will also be learning some Japanese words and expressions. Each student will draw and color at least two characters to be submitted into our Art Exhibit at the end of the term.

Supplies: Prismacolor Premier Color Pencils, set of 12+. Get the largest set you can reasonably afford. The specific set of 23 “Anime” colors is recommended, but not required.

Drawing Portraits 1 & 2

Prerequisites: Drawing 101 preferred

All Ages/Levels
DESCRIPTION: Students learn to draw human face proportions, drawing features such as eyes, lips, noses, ears, mouths and hair. They learn simple mapping of shapes in the face such as light and dark areas. Students will work on many different expressions, becoming acquainted with the facial features. After becoming comfortable with the basic face shape, they copy a drawing of a simple face
OBJECTIVES: To learn to draw the entire face correctly.

Students must be able to successfully copy a face before taking Portrait 2.



Drawing The Human Figure

All Ages/Levels

Prerequisites: Drawing 101 preferred

DESCRIPTION:  Learning to draw the whole person (models / references are always modest and fully clothed).
OBJECTIVES: To learn to see shapes and lines in developing the human figure.
SUPPLIES: All required supplies are provide from the school supply fees.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Every student will be expected to practice basic weekly exercises that may take 30 minutes a week.  After the fourth week they should practice drawing figures of their family or friends. Students will present a final project at our Art Exhibit at the end of the term.

Drawing with Pen & Ink Techniques

Intro to textures/shading techniques

Prerequisites:  Drawing 2 preferred

All Ages/Beginning & Intermediate Levels unless specified otherwise in class listing  

DESCRIPTION: This is an introduction to pen & ink class. Students’ drawing skills will be greatly enhanced as they come to understand the value and depth of expression that can be achieved through drawing with pen.  Students will become familiar with various pen techniques and styles through the copying of pen & ink illustrations. 

SUPPLIES: Each student will require their own Micron Brand ink pen sizes 005, 03, 05 or the Micron pack of 6 pens (size 005, 01, 02, 03, 05, 08).  Prismacolor pens are also an option.  Note:  These same pens can also be used for the next level of Pen & Ink


Drawing with Pastels: Landscapes/Still Life

Prerequisites: Drawing 101, Painting 101, Colored Pencil 101 preferred.  

All Ages/Beginning Level

DESCRIPTION: In this class, the students will learn how to mix and build layers of color in pastel as they work on their project. The first class is spent selecting and then drawing in pencil the piece they will work on. By the end of the term, students will leave with a greater understanding of how to begin and complete a pastel picture on their own. Please bring in a few photos of what you would like to use as your reference. The instructor will help you decide which picture to use.

OBJECTIVES: 1 Accurately render an image from a reference or still life; transfer techniques, 2 Learn to blend and mix colors, 3 Learn to shade to produce a realistic image using 3 methods; Shading with black and grey, shading with complimentary colors, shading with multiple shades of the same color. 


  1. A set of soft pastels, the biggest you can afford. These brands are all acceptable: Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, Rembrandt (A great bargain is a set of 15 half sticks in Rembrandt for about $22.00), Sennelier
  2. A set of pastel pencils, the biggest set you can afford. A good brand is Faber Castell. If you can not buy a full set, they sell them in open stock at Art Media for about $2.00 each.
  3. A set of hard pastels will be provided by MSOA. If you wish to purchase your own set of hard pastels, you will need a set of NuPastels, the biggest set you can afford.
  4. Pastel paper may be purchased at MSOA for $6.00 for one 11x14 sheet, which should be sufficient for the term.

  5. Drawing with Colored Pencil

DESCRIPTION: Each drawing is given life when color is used. Colored pencil class will show students how to use and discover the technique behind making professional quality colored pencil pictures.


Students in the level 101 class create a color wheel, learning basic color theory and practicing blending and burnishing colors. Students learn to observe and apply unexpected colors. They will render an apple, building a simple round form with layers of colors. They're then introduced to more complex forms, applying the basics of light and shadow. They now render a flower, a shoe or some similar assignment where they put these skills to work. Students must complete a second project: a landscape, still life, or animal that demonstrates they have grasped all these concepts and are ready for level 102.


Students learn to mix skin colors, work on depth, and more complex drawings. Masters School of Art coaching style is very individual. Many students advance very quickly and others need more time to master blending colors, creating depth and burnishing. Students can bring in pictures from home (to be approved by instructor).


Colored pencil 103 students are given creative assignments, which most are chosen by the student. Original work is encouraged and students may also be asked to do a colored pencil project of an old masters painting. 

SUPPLIES: Students are required to supply their own set of colored pencils. Prismacolor Premiere pencils are the best to use for their waxy base quality. It is easier to blend and build color with Prismacolor pencils. A basic set of 24 would be good enough to start. (Please do not purchase Crayola, Prismacolor Scholar or Prismacolor Verithin). Please mark all your pencils with your name/identifying mark.

HOW TO SUCCEED: Colored pencil is a class that takes a bit more patience due to building color up on your work. It is not a drawing is a color class. To be successful with Colored pencil, one needs to keep focused and be able to experiment with color freely. They also need to be willing to do every exercise from beginning to end and work hard on all final projects.


Drawing Cartoons

Prerequisites: Drawing 101 preferred

All Ages/Levels

DESCRIPTION: Cartooning 1 teaches the basics of how to draw simple cartoons. During our fall term, the students will be taught to draw cartoon people; during our spring term, they will learn how to draw cartoon animals. The class starts with facial expressions and then moves on to learn how to draw basic cartoon bodies. Students will also learn how to draw a few props and basic settings.
SUPPLIES: The school will provide all the essentials, but the student has to bring their own sense of humor. It’s also recommended they have a ruler, a good eraser, a pencil, a black ink marker and a set of Prismacolor Premier pencils 12 or more colors.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Each student will produce a one-panel cartoon illustration on 9x12 Bristol paper, which will be submitted into our Art Exhibit at the end of the term. To be successful in this class, students need to produce at least one cartoon strip by the end of the term.


Watercolor Painting Introduction

No Prerequisites

All Ages/Beginning Level

Description: Students will learn about various papers, brushes and their uses and how to properly take care of their tools. We will discuss the difference between lightly drawing basic shapes and using artists’ graphic tracing paper. The color wheel, color theory, brush strokes, and blending will be introduced and practiced. Depending on the class dynamic, we may discuss the uses of masking fluid and gum Arabic. Along the way, it will be fun to learn how to develop one’s own style by learning about negative painting, loose painting, detailed painting and line and wash methods if time permits.

Supplies: Students may purchase a basic watercolor kit containing brushes, paint and a palette, from MSOA.


Acrylic Painting: Landscapes/Still Life

Prerequisites: None

All Ages/Levels

Level 1 – Basic Landscape Painting

We begin with simple landscape paintings because students do not have to focus on fixed placement or structure as with complex objects or forms. In the beginning, it is our desire to develop confidence and to make painting a fun experience. Students become familiar with basic brushes, the palette knife, composition, contrast and blending colors. The instructor will initially give hands on instruction the first and second painting to illustrate technique. Hopefully, by the third painting the student can paint a landscape independently with minimal guidance. Before the student can move to the next level, they must paint a simple landscape without help.

Level 2 – Still Life and Intermediate Landscape

Students may choose a picture with objects such as flowers, teapots, wagons or landscapes with barns, boats or other architecture. We ask the student to purchase a canvas rather than use canvas paper. The student will become familiar with mixing paint from a limited palette and building simple dimensional forms with depth through layering and sometimes washes. Before students advance to the next level, they must complete one still life that displays they are comfortable rendering simple rounded forms. Students must also demonstrate general confidence and purpose of stroke, rendering what they see with minimal guidance.

Level 3 – People and Animals

Students are now ready to paint the complex form. They learn how to under-paint, use washes and mix paint for flesh tones. They will also learn how to paint hair.

The student must independently and successfully be able to complete a project before being invited to the Master Level Painting class.

Supplies: Paints and Brushes required: A basic paint and brush kit can be purchase through the School for $50. We will be supplying all canvas paper for beginners, but students are responsible to bring a canvas no larger than 11x14” for their final project.
If you will be purchasing the brushes on your own (not through the school), you need to find a large bristle flat brush, fan brush, medium round brush, small round brush/detail brush, and a blending/fluff brush. 
Required acrylic paints include: white, black, cadmium red, yellow (preferably cadmium, not lemon), ochre, blue, purple, and green. Highly suggested: Primary (bright) red paint. Students, (particularly advanced students) might consider investing in a wrigger brush, and a metal palette knife.
There are smocks in the classroom, but we suggest bringing your own apron or large shirt.
We strongly suggest marking your supplies with some sort of identifier unique to you: such as your name in permanent marker or on a paper covered by clear tape, or color tape, stripes of color at the end of handles, painted handles, or colored rubber bands. This will help prevent loss or confusion of paints and brushes.


Tackle boxes and bags make great containers for paints. Consider a separate container or area for paints and brushes. Put brushes somewhere they will not get crunched into odd shapes (by a plastic ziplock bag, or by other paints, for instance).



Stop-Motion Animation

No Prerequisites

All Ages/Levels

Description: Students will work both individually and on teams to complete their animations using building bricks.  The course will begin with basic concepts and practice.  Students will later be grouped by the instructor to work on their final projects.  The projects will consist of at least one character and a background moving over the course of at least 120 frames. Students will learn to use stop motion to make both their characters and backgrounds move. Students will not be able to bring projects home to work on them.  See instructor for getting additional work time if needed.

Supplies: The school will provide all necessary materials for this class.



No Prerequisites

All Ages/Beginning Level

DESCRIPTION: Develop skills in the performing arts, story-telling, creativity, teamwork and confidence. Introduction to Drama provides a basic introduction to skills involved in creating and participating in theatre. Students will be given a foundation in stage direction, movement, stage composition, voice, and character work. 

SUPPLIES: Drama Journal, Pen/Pencils, Loose/comfortable clothing and clean, easy-fitting socks/footwear.


Musical Theater 1

No Prerequisites

All Ages/Beginning Level

DESCRIPTION: An introduction to performing, singing, choreography, as well as creativity, teamwork, and confidence. The Musical Theatre Class will highlight popular scenes from either a Broadway Musical or Disney, such as Beauty and the Beast. In the class students will try out for individual and/or group parts. There will be non-singing parts as well as singing parts. At the end of the term the students will perform during the revue.


Musical Theater 2

Prerequisite: Audition or Instructor Approval

Age 10+/Intermediate Level

DESCRIPTION: More challenging (and more fun!) honing in skills and more information. - students qualify for this class if they have approval from the musical theatre instructor. Note: every musical theatre student from Fall 2017 term does qualify. The Musical Theatre Class will highlight popular scenes from either a Broadway Musical or Disney, such as Beauty and the Beast. In the class students will try out for individual and/or group parts. There will be non-singing parts as well as singing parts. At the end of the term the students will perform during the revue.



Spanish Conversational and 1A/B Combined

No Prerequisites

All Ages/Beginning Level

Students who completed Spanish in Fall 2017 at Westside, and new students will all be together. There will be some review of last term’s concepts and vocabulary before new material is covered.

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH Class objective: This class is conversational, which means by the end of the class students should be able to clearly introduce themselves, ask questions, and have simple conversations with Spanish speakers. This may include restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trips, etc.

While this class is not a formal class, grammar rules are discussed because they are important to be understood when learning any new language. There won’t be much writing in class (maybe to the delight of some!), but there will be assigned homework. Some homework will be self-corrected by the student with an answer sheet to optimize speaking time in class.

SPANISH 1 Class objective: This class starts out with full, conversational phrases, greetings and introductions already learned in Conversational Spanish (CS). As the class progresses, students are encouraged to speak in longer, more complex sentences. In CS, students only used “you” and “I” in sentences. This level will delve into “they” and “we” which changes verb tenses.

A stronger focus on verbs expands students’ conversational ability. Also discussed will be the use of more popular nouns and adjectives in addition to the introduction of prepositions, etc. For example:

CS: I live in a blue house.

SP 1: We live in a light blue house on the corner of Hall and 5th in Beaverton. 

Spanish A/B: Greetings, Simple verbs and nouns, Questions

Supplies: Pen/Pencil, Notebook, folder or binder to keep handouts and assignments should be brought to class each week


Creative Writing/Poetry to GET PUBLISHED

No Prerequisites

All Ages/Levels

Class objective: The ultimate goal in creative writing is to either be published or to enter a contest by the end of the term. It is not required, but it will be fun for those who opt in. Leading up to that, students will learn how to organize their writing in a way that appeals to their audience. Topics covered will be fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

The mechanics of writing benefit any genre. Formatting, dialogue, tone, angle, point of view (POV), and how to write clean copy will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to submit compositions to the MSOA Newsletter.

Creative Writing: Write what you know, Treat every word like a pound - get rid of unwanted ones!, Submit your writing to contests, magazines, newspapers

Supplies: Pen/Pencil, Notebook, Computer/tablet (optional)


Creative Writing with Classical Art

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)

Prerequisites: None

All Ages/Levels

Goal: Learn short story elements, create original stories from classical works of art,

learn writing techniques to engage the reader

Course description: This class is designed to encourage students in the creative art of

Story writing, using classical works of art as inspiration. Using the Writing from

Pictures unit from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, students will learn the

basic elements of a satisfying short story, generate details for a story using questions,

and use techniques to clearly and concisely evoke mood and engage the reader’s


Supplies: Pen/Pencil, Looseleaf “binder” paper, folder or binder for handouts and writing assignments, Computer/tablet (optional)