Saturday Program Courses
Saturday Program instructors create their own curricula, so the particular projects and techniques explored vary depending on the interests and expertise of each year’s teaching team. See below for a preview of each course!
The Saturday Program offers six courses to 9-12th grade students: Architecture, Digital Media/Photography, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, and Sculpture. These courses are led by current Cooper Union undergraduates studying Art and Architecture, who share their experiences and insight with their students.
ARCHITECTURE | COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students of the Architecture class explore the basics of space and structure, creating drawings and architectural models.
DIGITAL MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHY | COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students of the Digital Media/Photography course learn camera and photography basics before embarking on their own media assignments.
DRAWING | COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students of the Drawing class explore the fundamentals of drawing in a range of media — charcoal, graphite, ink, and pastel.
GRAPHIC DESIGN | COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students of the Graphic Design course explore design principles on paper and using the Adobe Suite.
PAINTING | COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students of the Painting class gain key painting skills like canvas preparation, material handling, color mixing, and working from observation.
SCULPTURE | COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students of the Sculpture class create 3-dimensional works using a variety of media — cardboard, clay, plaster, fibers, and fabric.
For high school seniors interested in applying to art or architecture schools, The Saturday Program also offers two "Senior Studio" courses in Visual Art and Design intended to help students create college-ready portfolios. These intensive studio courses include individual advisement and studio visits with professional artists. Applicants to Senior Studios must attend an informal work review before gaining admission.
SENIOR DESIGN STUDIO | COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students of the Senior Studio - Design class work to create college-ready design portfolios.
SENIOR VISUAL ARTS | COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students of the Senior Studio - Visual Art class work to create college-ready visual arts portfolios.
Every Saturday Program course contains a one-hour writing session with a professional poet. This allows students to express themselves in another format and explore connections between art and writing.
WRITING SESSIONS | COURSE DESCRIPTION
For one hour every Saturday, students work with a professional poet to channel their ideas into written pieces.