Summer Art Intensive Courses

Pre-College Art courses for high school students

Cel Animation Cel Animation offers extensive techniques and tools to create animation on paper. We will explore concepts of transformation, loops, and rhythm. The students learn to edit the footage in FinalCut or Premiere CC with add-on sound effects and music.
Contemporary Art Issues Contemporary Art Issues introduces students to current visual art practices and concepts. The class primarily consists of guest artist lectures, visits to galleries, and digital presentations. In this course students will be asked to discuss and write about issues in art. They will also be introduced to questions that explore exhibition criteria, the market, site specificity, the hierarchy of materials and methods, art’s role in contemporary society, and who determines art’s value; ultimately, the students are asked to define for themselves what is meaningful artwork.
Creative Writing Creative Writing workshops are taught with the visual thinker in mind. Students approach writing from a creative point of view learning to express themselves through poetry, word games, objects, existing text, and journals. Students also visit current exhibitions at major art museums and galleries to enhance their written works. A poetry reading, and publication of student work concludes the course.
Digital Photography This course introduces digital photography as fine art. Topics include basic DSLR camera operation and an introduction to the history and theory of photography, from the daguerreotype to digital. Students will also benefit from learning advanced methods in imaging software, invaluable to a career in digital media. Students will create a photography that articulates original ideas, keeping in mind the complex ethical issues associated with representation.
Drawing Introduction to Drawing is designed to explore drawing as the fundamental language for all art forms through observation of still life, interiors, exteriors and the figure. Using a variety of mark-making and mark-subtracting tools, color media, and large-scale formats, students learn to bridge drawing’s basic elements to form compositional, individual statements. Through discussion and critique, students discover the vocabulary by which to talk about drawing and express their ideas visually. Class work is complemented by sketchbook exercises, and guest artist critiques.
Graphic Design Graphic Design is taught as an art medium and form of communication. Students are introduced to a variety of two-dimensional design concepts and an introduction to letterforms (basic typography). Drawing, collage, digital photography, and computer programs (such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator) are used to execute the class assignments.
Stop-motion Animation Stop-motion Animation teaches the basic technique of Claymation. And along with other found objects, the students learn how to build sets and light the scenes. Students will be working in groups and complete either abstract or narrative animations. Later they learn to edit the footage in FinalCut or Premiere CC with add-on sound effects and music.

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