Courses

24 Frames per Second: Digital Animation

 

DT-2013 morning
M–F, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Studio DMS

 

Create short, animated movies using Flash software, and explore the basic concepts of drawing, sound, interactivity, symbols, and text. Students will develop an understanding of Flash tools through structured exercises and demonstrations. Examples of contemporary commercial and artistic animation will be shown to provide students with a broader understanding of the many ways in which animation tools are used. The course will conclude with a screening of student work. 

Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge.

“I learned how to animate, had fun, and made new friends.”

 

From Line to Life Drawing

 

DR-2043-01 afternoon
M–F, 1:30–4:30 pm, Studio 13 

 

Learn the fundamentals of composition and drawing, working from still life settings and live models. Through observational drawing, this class will introduce traditional and nontraditional techniques using graphite, charcoal, ink, and other media; students will also investigate how light and shadow create form, content, and mood in a drawing. Class time will focus on technical assistance, hands-on demonstrations, informal critique sessions, and slide talks that provide a historical context of the medium. 

Models in the Young Artist Program are clothed or in bathing suit attire. No prerequisite.

“I learned to take constructive criticism from the teacher and other students, and to draw using many different types of mediums and on different surfaces.”

 

Action: Video Life

 

NG-2005 afternoon
M–F, 1:30–4:30 pm, Studio 8 

 

Explore the diverse uses of video in modern culture, ranging from music videos to documentaries to personal journals. Students will learn the basics of video camera operation, lighting, and editing to create innovative video work based on their personal interests. An overview of various video genres and related artwork will reveal the many possibilities of the medium. The course will address all aspects of video production and post-production, and will conclude with a screening of student work. A personal video camera is helpful, but not necessary. 

No prerequisite.

“I loved how there was so much to work with and there was so much equipment and help that we had access to.”

 

Expressive Painting: From Fundamentals to Inspiration

 

PA-2001 morning
M–F, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Studio 117 

 

Develop creative and technical fluency in painting by exploring color and composition, surface preparation, and paint handling. Working with acrylic paints, students will learn a range of techniques from classical to contemporary, while developing an understanding of the fundamentals of visual expression. Specific issues in students’ work will be addressed in group critiques; slide lectures will focus on contemporary trends in painting and will provide inspiration for content. 

No prerequisite.

This class was overall an amazing experience. I have learned a lot about painting and I think this class was a great way to help me express myself in a new way.”

 

Through the Lens: Black-and-White Photography

 

PH-2001 morning
M–F, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Darkroom and Studio 21 

 

Learn the basics of shooting with a 35mm camera, black-and-white film processing, contact printing, and print enlarging while experimenting with traditional and nontraditional photographic methods. Students will explore various themes in photography and will create a series of photographs based on their own interests and experiences. 

No prerequisite. Students must provide their own 35mm camera with shutter speed and aperture control. 

"I honestly had the best time in this class and looked forward to it daily. I learned so much and I am in love with developing, printing and everything to do with film."

Lights, Camera, Click: Digital Photography

 

PH-2002 afternoon
M–F, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm, Studio 20A 

 

Explore digital photography as a creative and expressive tool. Students will use Adobe Photoshop as an introduction to the digital darkroom and printing technology as they build an understanding of fine art photography. Course time will be divided between discussions about the medium of photography, lectures/demonstrations, critiques of student work, digital printing strategies, and lab sessions. Students will work on technical assignments that will support a final body of work. 

No prerequisite. Students must provide their own digital camera with manual settings. 

"The wealth of resources was incredible compared to other environments! I learned a lot!”

Screenprinting

 

PR-2005 morning
M–F, 9:30 am–12:30pm, Studios 1 and 2

 

This course introduces students to screenprinting processes and techniques, utilizing drawing skills, digital technology, and basic design principals. The course will teach students how to prepare a screen using photo emulsion and a printmaking darkroom, print images on a variety of surfaces from fabric to paper, mix water-based inks, and register colors. Students will then use these skills to design and print posters, T-shirts, stickers, and other forms of art. 

No prerequisite. 

"I learned a new skill very well and now it is one of my favorite things to do, I would love to screenprint in the future.”

Clay Forms: Building in 3D

 

SC-2013 afternoon
M–F, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm, Studio 106

 

Working from photography, models, and molds, this course will uncover the possibilities of working with the body by addressing the processes, techniques, and concepts at play in contemporary figurative ceramics. Working with a range of direct construction methods, students will experiment with materiality, three-dimensional design, and functionality. Students will also learn more about low-fire surface treatments and glazing, as they complete their projects.  

No prerequisite. 

The teacher was very supportive of creativity and guided us in creating art.”