Fine Arts Academy
LIVE Classes ZOOMING Everyday! Enroll TODAY!
“As fear was gripping our world, and uncertainty was entering not only our lives but the lives our children, Mark Kistler opened his world up for us. Through his daily YouTube live broadcast in the spring and this summer’s Art Camps, my kids have learned more than just how to draw REALLY well. They have grown in so many ways through his teaching and encouragement. It is more than just an art class..he taught them to laugh again, gave them confidence, increased their ability to focus and problem solve, showed them that even while staying home we still can bond with a community. Art enriches our lives, don’t miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime to learn from a truly gifted teacher. We look forward his Art Academy this coming school year and know there are fun days ahead!”
– Misty, Kaitlyn and Jonathan
What Parents Are Saying About Mr. Marks ZOOM Art Classes!
“Mark makes art fun and easy! His skill as a ZOOM Art Instructor is FANTASTIC! The passion he has shines through in every lesson. He is enthusiastic and funny, and teaches art concepts effortlessly, in a way that kids (and parents!) can understand and immediately apply to their own art! I highly, highly recommend his ZOOM Art classes! All three of my children participated in his summer camp, and loved every minute!“.
P.S. Amorelle says she loves how you drew her with her long hair, and also to remind you that she is not AmorellE, but that Amorelle rhymes with ISABELLE.
Also…, I think it will be a very long time before anyone in our house can say hair without someone else yelling HAIR!!!!
Love it, blessings on you guys, and thanks again! “
– Beth-Anna Van Dellen
“Mr. Mark taught me to draw first during ‘The Secret City’ PBS Children’s art series in the 1980’s. Fast forward to these last 7 weeks of Summer Art camp, and I’ve been able to re-learn everything from my past and propel myself into the future all while breaking through the worst art block I had ever had. Mr. Mark pours his passion into every class, and before you know it, all four hours of the camp day are over, but what do you want to do after? Draw MORE, of course! These classes are amazing, and well worth the financial investment. It’s fun for the entire family! Try it, you will have an amazing creative time! “
– Mellodi P
“Like so many others my age, my first love for drawing and the arts started with Commander Mark’s Secret City. He was (and is) my hero! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that 35 years later, my kids would be getting live interactive lessons with him!!! Mark’s online summer camp was the BEST art camp experience my kids have ever had, and honestly, it’s the best online classroom experience I’ve ever witnessed. It was so well organized, and every single one of the talented teachers made sure to engage the kids, and shared so much of their wonderful talents with them. My kids cried when camp ended because they’d loved the experience so much. And now, I have a room full of the amazing artwork they created. It was such an amazing experience- I can’t recommend it enough. We’ll definitely be participating in your NEW Online Fine Arts Academy! We will be bringing more friends and family with us!!!”
“Myself and my two boys have been on Mark Kistler’s Zoom Art Lessons this whole week. I came across Mark’s work through his Draw in 30 days book during the COVID 19 lockdown here in Scotland. This book literally changed my life. I didn’t think I could draw before this but boy did Mark prove me wrong. He is right if you can draw your name you can draw in 3D. After completing the book, I searched for Marks YouTube channel and came across his hour of pencil power. My sons joined me on taking part in this daily activity. It became part of our lock down routine but also part of our escape from the worries around us. When the opportunity to participate in the summer camps came up, we were so excited and signed up straight away. We had been looking forward to being on for weeks and we were not disappointed. My sons and I drew and laughed at Marks stories, sitting side by side at our kitchen table. What a great way to reconnect and have fun with your children I promise you that. I am also a teacher and Mark’s ability is second to none, he copes with everything so seamlessly and really make you feel part of a really wonderful child friendly experience. I for one love being “Emma from Scotland”. We have loved drawing with Captain Mark, so much so we have signed up for his Fine Arts Academy! Suddenly winter in Scotland doesn’t really feel like it will be a problem or long this year. All we will need are our pencils and paper and our imaginations. Thank you Mark we love drawing with you, it changed our lives! We will never forget our year of drawing in 2020. We would recommend Mark and his drawing to everyone. Emma, John and Jacob from Scotland.”
— Emma McDonald
Our 13-year old absolutely loved the ZOOM drawing lessons! Mark is a brilliant combination of cheerful energy and skillful direction. Each drawing is 10-15 minutes, which is perfect for building art abilities while keeping the attention of busy young minds. The family sessions were a delightful bonus; I surprised myself at what I could draw!
Your Zoom Art Classes have been amazing! Juliana has looked forward to logging in and participating every chance she gets. And I have enjoyed being able to participate a couple of times myself. Thank you for doing what you do!! You have awakened a passion for art in our house!!
— Theresa M.
First, let me start off by saying that my experience with one of your books has fundamentally changed my entire perspective on learning how to draw. Because of this, I felt compelled to write you a letter of appreciation.
I’ve wanted to learn how to draw ever since I was a young child. Like many young children, I was discouraged when I was little because my drawings didn’t look how I wanted them to look. In my self-critical eye, my drawings didn’t look like much of anything, and I never had an art teacher who encouraged me to persist. I convinced myself that drawing must be a talent…that you can’t learn to draw unless you have the innate ability to do so. So, I stopped drawing, and did not pick up a drawing pencil again for many decades.
About five years ago, I picked up a “learn to draw for beginners” book by a different author. I did some of the exercises, but it never really “clicked” because the explanations in the book were written at a level far beyond what a beginner wants or needs to know. I almost felt embarrassed when my feeble sketches came nowhere close to resembling the expertly-drawn examples in that book. I was discouraged by my perceived lack of progress and abandoned my lessons before really getting anywhere. That same “drawing is a talent” opinion only strengthened in my mind after that failure as an adult.
However, about 6 weeks ago, I came across your “You Can Draw in 30 Days” book on my Kindle. The first thought in my mind was, “*I* can draw in 30 days? Pfft! Prove it!” Since we’re all in some sort of lockdown, I figured I could devote a few minutes per day to see if you were right. So I purchased your book, took out my long-dormant sketch pad and pencils, and dove into the first lesson.
My skeptical attitude was completely gone after that first sphere lesson. There’s something about your teaching style that immediately clicked with me. You present concepts in an easy-to-understand, non-threatening manner that instantly put me at ease. I didn’t feel badly if my initial sketches didn’t resemble the reference as closely as I would like them to. Your positive attitude comes across both through your writing and in the drawings you chose for the examples. I never felt as if I should give up just because my sketches weren’t quite where I wanted them to be. I could almost hear you encouraging me through the book to try again, to really study the lines in the exercises and give it another try. I went from never drawing to spending a couple hours per day on it. I flew through all 30 lessons in the book in 2 weeks and went back to repeat many of them.
Now, on the other end of the book, I know for sure that drawing is, indeed, a learned skill. I’m starting to see the shapes in everyday objects and have begun to sketch them as well. This would have never happened if it weren’t for your book. Thanks to the confidence this book gave me, I know that my nascent skills will continue to improve if I put in the effort every day. After approximately 35 years of WANTING to learn how to draw, this middle-aged man can now say that he IS learning how to draw! I have learned more about drawing from that book than I have from any other source.
Simply put: Thank you for publishing these books. I will always remember that you were the one who was responsible for giving me the confidence I needed to pursue a lifelong desire.
Greg and I our in our fifties-not too old to learn new things, though! We enjoy staying young and strong in spirit through our new ritual of drawing each evening with Mark Kistler and new friends on his ZOOM Fine Arts Academy! During this stressful time of Covid home isolation, Mr. Mark has inspired us to take a much needed break from the real world and explore joyful creative possibilities with our IMAGINATION! His LIVE ZOOM webcasts are wonderful for ALL ages and ALL artistic skill levels. We just love how Mr. Mark engages each of us participants often, personally, every lesson. Greg and I have discovered It’s an ideal “Date Night!” 5-nights a week!
-Terry and Greg Bradburn
You’ve got to try Mark’s live Zoom classes! Mark’s energy and ability to engage kids and adults alike really comes through in a live session. Live drawing together is so much better than recorded lessons (although those are really good too).
Since we’ve been home a lot more during the pandemic, we started watching Mark’s live Facebook drawing sessions. We took Mark up on his offer to join a free Fine Arts Academy Zoom session. Our whole family was drawing together and having so much fun with Mark! We’ve signed up and everyone is always excited by what they’ve drawn during each class. From a 6 year old, to teenagers, and even us parents, are all having a great time and are seeing real results from Mark’s drawing lessons. Come join us on the calls – you’re going to love it.
-The Carrasco Family
What Supplies Will We Need?
I’m delighted your family is enrolling in my Fine Arts Academy! I have so many wonderful lessons planned for you!
ART SUPPLIES: for my classes basically just paper, pencils, blending stomp, and sketchbook. However I’ve listed some additional optional tools and helpful web links to order.
ALL ART TEACHERS ART SUPPLIES LISTS are posted below in their biography and class description block.
Supplies your family will need to participate: I suggest a full set of each item listed below for each participating member of your family.
Take a sneak peek at some of the drawing lessons that Mark may draw in your class!
Why: Because learning how to draw in 3-D builds important creative thinking skills, powerful problem solving skills, and a solid foundation for future art success (careers in children’s book illustration, digital 3-D game design, digital 2-D and 3-D animation). Many of Mark’s alumni students are successful digital game designers and animators with resume projects including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Bugs’ Life, Toy Story, Marvel Comics, Leapfrog Toys, etc.
Each session each day is different. Each hour students explore new adventures. These themes include:
The Revenge of Ninja Banana!
Xtreme Skateboarding Dinosaurs!
Fluffy Bunny Rabbits Playing DS-Nintendo!
Mermaids and Spitting Sharks!
Horses, Kittens, Tigers
Kittens, Bunnies and Robot Squirrels
Alien Creatures That Crawl
Tree Root City
Mermaids and Sharks
Moon Base Alpha
Pyramids and Penguins of Ancient Egypt
Kangaroos and Crocodiles
Marshmallow Metropolis and the Adventures of Super Marshmallow
Fantastically Fabulous Fish
Jumbo Jellyfish’s Expedition
Outrageous Octopus and the Lost Treasure
King Arthur’s Camelot
Sharks that BURP!
Dynamic Drooling Dinosaurs
Radical Robots of Planet Pluto…(ooops, Dwarf rock in space Pluto)
Furry Fat Cats
Unicorns and Flying Trolls
Bugs that RULE!
Ants Wearing Pants
And many more!
On some days, Mark will feature the work of successful children’s book authors and illustrators, exploring unique drawing in 3-D styles such as:
Michele Gagne (Odd Numbers)
Tedd Arnold (Parts)
Chris VanAlsburg (The Z Was Zapped and Polar Express)
Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Gary Larson (Far Side)
Suzy Spafford (Suzy’s Zoo)
Lynn Johnson (For Better of For Worse)
and many more.
With parents supervision and participation ALL students sign a “Virtual Learning Safety Pledge”. This pdf document is a printable family worksheet to be reviewed as a family and posted on your refrigerator or other common family space. This safety guide applies to all internet virtual learning programs. It covers proper polite respectful SAFE etiquette when using the text box, microphone, or camera.
STUDENTS HAVE THE OPTION TO MUTE CAMERA AND MICROPHONE AT ANYTIME. We have learned over our 11 weeks of 2020 Summer ZOOM Art Camps, that some families prefer not to have their children on camera at any time. This is perfectly acceptable. For families who choose to allow students camera and microphone access, know that Mark Kistler has conducted over 2,000 LIVE online Art Workshops over the last 10 years. He has been 100% successful in teaching in a very safe turbo family G-rated learning environment. Unlike LIVE YouTube, Facebook or Instagram, our ZOOM classes are 100% private exclusive access to enrolled families only.
La Porte, TX
NASA Ground Control Officer to
The International Space Station
Mark Kistler is excited to invite Bill Foster as one of our distinguished featured guests to our Fine Arts Academy. As Mr Mark draws a space exploration lesson, Mr Bill will be on ZOOM live with us, answering students questions about NASA Ground Control and The International Space Station. This is a LIVE webisode you don’t want to miss!
Bill Foster has worked as a contractor in the NASA Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center for over 40 years, supporting as an Engineer for the first 17 years and as a Ground Control Officer (GC) since 1997. He was the lead GC for Ascent and Entry support on the final 42 Space Shuttle missions. Following the loss of Columbia on the STS-107 mission, Foster enlisted the help of Star Trek Scenic Arts Director Michael Okuda to create the Spaceflight Memorial Emblem which now hangs in every active control room in the MCC along with the emblems for the Apollo1, STS-51L (Challenger) and STS-107 (Columbia) missions. Foster currently serves as the lead GC for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner Spacecraft as part of the Commercial Crew effort to ISS, the lead Ascent/Entry GC for the Artemis program to take US astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars, as well as an International Space Station GC. In addition to the Spaceflight Memorial Emblem, he initiated the effort to created special graphics for the Flight Directors based on their selected team names, which are displayed in the Mission Control Rooms when they are on console, and personally designed many of them. He has been married to Debbye Foster for the last 36 years and lives with their two children in La Porte, TX, a few miles north of the Johnson Space Center. He also has two other children from a previous marriage who live in Anthem, AZ and Round Rock, TX, with two children each of their own.
Children’s Author and Illustrator
Cartoonist, Private Eye
Chairman of the Professional Cartoonist’s Organisation (PCO)
Clive Goddard is an Oxford based children’s author and illustrator as well as being a cartoonist for Private Eye and Chairman of the Professional Cartoonist’s Organisation (PCO).
As an illustrator he drew all the pictures for around 30 non-fiction books for Scholastic including the Horribly Famous series. His first children’s novel ‘Fintan Fedora the World’s Worst Explorer’ is a comedy adventure story set in the Brazilian rainforest which was inspired by his own love of travel and comedically disastrous experiences. (ie. Being chased by an angry ostrich in Swaziland, getting heatstroke in Namibia, food poisoning in Thailand, being robbed in China and having his rucksack soaked by a leaky toilet in the Netherlands.)
The book won the Stockport Schools Book Award and the Hounslow Book Award and now has three sequels taking our chaotic hero, Fintan Fedora to Russia, China, South Africa and Australia.
Clive’s school visits offer creative writing and cartoon drawing workshops as well as a very silly, but encouraging whole-school assembly.
More information at www.clivegoddard.com
3-D Pop-Up Art, Folding Art, Painting
Thursdays 1:00pm – 1:50pm
My personal journey began with sketching as a child, then to working on graphic designs for T-shirts as a teen. As an adult, I have designed and painted larger-than-life wall murals and now I love teaching art classes. I reside in Houston, Texas and I am a homeschool mom of 3 (2 graduated and 1 to go). And a proud U.S.Marine Mom! When not putting my latest art onto paper, I can be found “pumping iron”at the gym with my husband of over 20 years. My family is very committed to saving animals and you can find our house is always full of foster animals from our local animal shelter! Beware, you just may see or hear a puppy in a live class!
Draw. Paint. Create.
Fold Out Art
Cute Animals Character Illustration
Pop up and fold out classes:
Glue stick, no liquid glue
Watercolor painting classes:
2 jars of water
2020/2021 School Year, (September-May excluding standard school holidays)
2021 Summer Art Camps, (June-August)
2021/2022 School Year, (September-May excluding standard school holidays)
Mondays – Fridays
CENTRAL TIME ZONE
LIVE from Houston Texas
11:00am – 11:50am All Ages "Turbo Talented Artists Group!”
Students may log-in to one or ALL sessions, once a week or EVERYDAY!
Emmy Award Winning Art Educator Mark Kistler has taught millions the JOY of drawing! He will teach and INSPIRE your family too! Joining Mr. Mark throughout the month are Award Winning Nationally Acclaimed Artists, and Art Educators, including: