High School Visual Arts Studio Courses

Students in the High School Visual Arts Summer Program choose two areas of concentration as their main subjects of study. If students would like to continue studying the same medium through two sessions, they will participate in a progressive curriculum.

Morning studios

Digital Media
This course explores the use of technology to allow students to explore their individualized concepts with greater sophistication of media, as they build on their knowledge of the programs and tools available. It incorporates software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and the use of equipment in the Digital Lab including tablets, digital cameras, photo printers and scanners to create two-dimensional, printed works as well as moving images. No previous experience is required but familiarity with Mac computers is recommended. Students must provide a portable storage device such as a thumb drive.

Book Arts (session 2 only)
This course will begin by examining what makes an “artist’s book,” and how the book form’s values of sequence, pace, multiplicity, and intimacy may be applied to any creative process.  Students will learn bookbinding techniques, such as pamphlet sewing, accordion folds, hardcover bindings, and several contemporary and historical structures. This course will also cover printmaking and papermaking methods, and will guide students in adapting these learned techniques into multiple personal projects.  This cross-disciplinary course is especially recommended for those students interested in incorporating text, sequence, or tangibility into their creative work.

Printmaking Techniques
This course explores techniques such as dry point, etching, wood-cut printing, linocut printing, collographic printing and screen printing. Students will learn about the various techniques associated with these print processes and develop printing skills that use the traditions of these media.

Personal Directions in Painting
Explores the characteristics and use of acrylic paint and water-based media such as watercolor and gouache. Students will create works that utilize the distinct characteristics of the various media. This course is appropriate for students of varying degrees of experience but students should have some drawing experience.

Figure Drawing
In this course, students will study the human form through direct observational drawing of live figures. Additional understanding of the body will come from the study of musculoskeletal anatomy. By learning about the underlying structures of the body, students will be able to more accurately and sensitively render their subjects. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of drawing media and techniques.

Afternoon Studios

Experimental Fashion
This course explores the expressive potential of fiber media in creating wearable sculpture and wearable art. Students will experiment with traditional and non-traditional techniques to create works of art with strong conceptual foundations. Communication of design ideas is an integral aspect of each student’s process. Experimentation is encouraged as students investigate the possibilities available in creating their projects.

Black and White Film Photography
This course is designed as an introduction to photography. Emphasis is placed on the exposure, development of black and white film, and the silver print as well as the aesthetics of photographic composition. The format includes class demonstrations, lab work, field assignments and critiques. Students are required to bring their own 35mm film camera; no experience is required.

Metals Studio
This course introduces metal materials as a medium of personal expression. Students will develop original designs into finished pieces using a variety of traditional and/or contemporary methods and materials such as cold connections, texturing, soldering and enameling as well as other fabrication methods such as casting, married metal and chasing.

Interdisciplinary Sculpture
Interdisciplinary Sculpture will explore visual, social and physical concepts of sculpture in relationship to idea development. Students will have the ability to immerse themselves in a diverse selection of sculptural processes including construction or fabrication, welding, carving, manipulation and casting. Students will work with a range of traditional and non-traditional materials and methods such as plaster, wood, metal, wax, working with found objects, kinetics, installation, digital fabrication through the CNC Router and 4D applications.

Explorations in Ceramics
This class covers a wide array of forming methods such as hand-building, slip casting and wheel throwing. Students learn to fabricate ceramic objects and are introduced to a variety of surface treatments such as glazing, under-glazing, sgraffito, slip trailing and sprigging. Studios are equipped with gas, electric and raku kilns. Emphasis is placed on the use of clay as an expressive material.