The Arts 2018-19

Art Classes

TAUGHT BY:    Marisa Rodriguez is a homeschooled EIE Academy graduate who also attending  Pasadena City College to earn her Fine Arts degree.  Marissa and her mother Cynthia provide a very open and relaxing environment for learning the fine skills of art.  Each student works on their own special projects with Marissa and Cynthia providing helpful tips to the soothing influence of classical music.

Art History

Taught by:

Cynthia Rodriguez


10:00 – 11:00

Accepting new students all year.

We are vendors for:

Inspire Charter

Excel Charter

Sage Oak Charter

  • $60.00 per month
  • Charters:$65.00 per month
  • All supplies included
This is a one year course that introduces the student to world history through the ancient art of major world cultures. We start with the famous French cave drawings and walk through the timeline to include Egyptian art, Roman art, Greek art and culture, Medieval art, Christian art, Renaissance art and famous painters of the 19th and 20th century.
Each week we will discuss
The social, political and artistic events of the major eras in world history. The lessons include: lecture time, one or two videos, and a short drawing lesson on the art being discussed that day. Included is a sample reproduction of a sculpture, coins, or painting of that time era, and a sample of cultural food groups to expose the student to a hands-on experience only found in museums or by visiting the ancient sites. The class is for 8th through 12th grade.
Please contact Cynthia Rodriguez for more info or to register at:

Beginning Drawing

Taught by:

Marissa Rodriguez


12:30 – 1:30

Classes Start September 14, 2018



Sage Oak

CONTACT:  (626) 242-7410 Cynthia Rodriquez     or email:
COST:  $50.00 per month

In this class, students will learn  basic drawing and structure. Students will be taught different art techniques to create pencil sketches from both their imaginations, and from simple pictures. Each week, students will be taught how to use special tools such as different grades of pencils, colored pencil, cloth to blend, erasers, charcoal to create gradation from light to dark, perspective, and many more techniques used by artists today. The teacher will also cover the fundamentals of the color wheel and how it can be applied to the different mediums of art.  Students will also learn about famous artists such as: Monet, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and many more.

CONTACT:  (626) 242-7410 Cynthia Rodriquez     or email:

Intermediate Drawing and Painting


2:00 – 3:00

Classes Start September 14



Sage Oak

COST:  $55.00 per month

In this class, students will continue their drawing lessons with the teacher and slowly move into using watercolors and acrylic paint in the second semester. Students will learn how to mix primary colors to create custom paint for their acrylic art projects. Watercolor techniques will be taught using a high grade professional watercolor paper, suitable for framing. In addition, various tools will be used; training the student in a mixture of mediums, from colored pencil to charcoal, grades of pencils, cloth to blend, fine black pens for pen drawing, watercolor and acrylic paint (second semester). 10 students max.

CONTACT:  (626) 242-7410 Cynthia Rodriquez     or email:

Advanced Drawing and Painting


3:00 – 4:00

Classes Start September 14



Sage Oak

COST:  $55.00 per month

This class is for advanced drawing and painting students only. In this class students will work on individual art projects with the guided help of the teacher. Each student will bring in a picture of their choosing and will work with an 8X11 hard board high grade canvas to create their own acrylic rendering. One oil painting project on canvas in the second semester.  Prior experience is required for this class.  Each student will have time with the teacher to create a one on one experience for the student. Limited spots available.

CONTACT:  (626) 242-7410 Cynthia Rodriquez     or email:

An Introduction to Art History

A Classical Approach to Art History

Taught by

Cynthia Rodriguez




10:00 am-11:00 am

Classes Start September 14

COST:  $210.00 per semester per student

In this class we will be studying the Great Masters of art through out human history. You will learn about early Christian art, the Middle Ages, the Gothic period and much more. Short drawing lessons will also be incorporated in each weeks lesson. This is a beginner class and perfect for the student interested in history from the perspective of master artists, and those wishing to advance their knowledge and prepare for a career in the the field of fine arts. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to expand your understanding of history as seen through the eyes of the Master painters of their day. 

Books you will need: ( Please see Carolyn at EIE Academy to order this workbook)
An Introduction to Art History
by Barry Sebbing
Supplies you will need:
1) Set of 12 colored pencils
2) Set of 8 water-soluble markers
3) Medium nib black drawing pen
4) 3 Ring binder (for worksheet hand outs in class)

CONTACT:  (626) 242-7410 Cynthia Rodriquez     or email:


Kids and Teens On-Camera Acting Class

Taught by:

Casting Director and Set Coach

Chris Gillmore

Watch the interview with Chris about her class.


12:00 – 2:30 Introductory Class

3:00 – 5:30

Regular Class

New sign ups should meet at 11;:45


Classes are held on two Mondays

of the month.

    2019 SCHEDULE

    • JANUARY 7, 14
    • FEBRUARY 4, 25
    • MARCH 4,11
    • APRIL 1, 8
    • MAY 6,13


    • JUNE 3, 10
    • JULY 8, 15
    • AUGUST 5, 12


    • SEPTEMBER 9, 16
    • OCTOBER 1, 8
    • NOVEMBER 4, 18
    • DECEMBER 2, 9



    • Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • California Enrichment Academy
    • Excel Academy
    • Golden Valley
    • Gorman
    • iLead
    • Inspire
    • Sage Oak
    • Sky Mountain


    • $125 per month private funds
    • $150 with charter funds made out to Home School Coaches 

    So…Whatever you’re thinking an acting class for kids and teens is, you will be happily surprised!  This acting class, taught by professional casting director and set coach of over 15,000 kids and teens, Chris Gilmore.  It is much more than just a class where students learn how to act professionally on camera for movies, television and commercials.

    The added benefits of this incredible series of classes are:  It builds the student’s self esteem and self image.  It teaches discipline and focus as well as teaching students to use their creativity and imagination.  It empowers the students to be able to speak in front of a group with great confidence and improves memorization, improvisation and even helps develop a sense of humor.

    From start to finish all students will learn the art of comedy, drama, two-party scene study, cold-reading, monologue technique, comedy improvisation as applied to on-camera film and television performances as well as commercial techniques.  Every month is a different acting theme.  This course is the Real Thing, and if acting professionally is the goal, students will receive all the skills necessary to pursue a professional acting career while having fun learning them.


    This class is highly suggested for kids 10 years old and under

    • The beginning steps of the same acting skills and themes taught in the intermediate/advanced class
    • A slightly slower paced class which encourages the student to ask questions and learn the techniques of acting from the beginning steps on
    • A strong focus on building the student’s confidence in themselves and in letting go of fear of performing in front of others
    • In this class, the teacher also evaluates the student’s learning style, confidence level, emotional needs, and develops a teaching plan for each individual student
    • Great class for a trained actor who has developed bad acting habits and needs to relearn the skills from a new perspective. (such as a theater-trained actor who needs to learn how to tone-down “theater acting” and approach acting from a more organic and internal level



    This class is highly suggested for teens

    • A faster paced class where students are challenged to utilize their acting skills to the max, as they learn new and more advanced skills
    • Many acting challenges are given which builds even more confidence
    • Great class for trained actors who are looking to continue growing in the art of on camera acting and seriously considering a professional acting career

    THE ADDED BONUS:  At the end of every month, all parents will receive an on-line video of the students’ performances in class so you can watch their progress. (upon request)

    CONTACT:  Chris Gilmore  (661) 600-7372

    Basics of Film

    Taught by Dan Shippey


    11:30 – 12:30

    COST:  $125.00 per Semester

    Even Spielberg had to start somewhere. The Basics of Film class will teach you the basic terms, techniques and skills needed to tell stories on screen. Whether you think you might want to consider a career in film, shoot videos for YouTube or make your home movies far more interesting this class will introduce you to the world of movie making. Each student will need access to a video camera (phones, iPods and tablets are completely acceptable) and a video editing program (only a basic video editing app or program like iMovie is needed). Each student will be making 4 movies in the semester and will screen their movies for classroom critique. At the end of the semester we will have a movie night where we will screen our final projects for friends and family.

    CONTACT:  Dan Shippey

    PHONE:  714-421-8448



    Scale Model Making

    Taught by:

    Robert Stuard

    Video Introduction:

    Video overview of Scale Model Making Class


    9:00 – 12:00


    COST:  $70.00 per month plus one time $50.00 material fee.

    OK, we know that your are thinking that this is a class for making model cars, planes or boats from plastic kits.  Well, guess what, you are wrong!  This is a real modeling class that will teach the student how to create (conceptualize) from basic building blocks to fantastic creations of three dimensional items, much like an architect would build to present his ideas to a client.  Through the use of basic mathematics, a ruler, matt board, scale woods, plastics glue and other building materials you will create model buildings or other objects using the blue prints and woriking in 1/4″ scale.  The student will learn how t take a vision (concept) and convert it to a fantastic three dimensional object.  This will be a great class!!  Parents are encouraged to attend at not additional cost to observe and participate in the class.

    Class Start Date:  September 7, 2018

    Age:  Students must be 10 years old or older.

    New students can enroll throughout the year.  First class session in September is a student – parent orientation.  This is a very important meeting that the parents should attend.

    CONTACT:  Marty or Carolyn @ EIE (626) 821-0025