Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 11-14

Young teen art and design classes are designed to introduce students to a variety of mediums, processes, materials, and ideas. Teens will develop technical skills and learn how to translate their ideas into visual form.

Note: We are unable to make any exceptions to the stated age limits for these classes. Thank you for your understanding. 

Photography is an ever expanding and multi-faceted medium. Some methods have been used for over one hundred years, and are still used today! In this class students will experiment with alternative techniques such as cyanotypes, photograms, photomontage, and creating photographs on different surfaces (such as fabric, wood, and more). These processes only require the right mix of chemistry, sunlight, and objects to work! This hands-on class will focus on experimentation, creative thinking, and one's own development of photographic expression.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jun 20 - Jun 24
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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Students in this class will enjoy learning how to make their own paper and hand bind their own journals and sketchbooks. This multi-faceted class will jumpstart budding printers, papermakers, and bookbinders! Students will make piles of handmade paper to dye, bind into books, and use for printmaking. By the end, each student will have made a half dozen or more book structures (traditional and sculptural). The class will also experiment with several simple printmaking techniques (relief printing, stencil printing, and more) designed to quickly get text and images onto the pages.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jun 27 - Jul 1
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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Students in this class will learn about the expansive and diverse world of comic book stories and drawing styles, while learning the fundamental aspects of comic book creation and design. They will create original characters and story-lines and be introduced to the techniques, materials, and disciplines used to create professional comic art. Students will also learn the following skills: Page layout; penciling; lettering; and inking. / There will be no class on 7/4. View complete policies here.

Monday, Wednesday
Jun 13 - Jul 6
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Build on the Comic Book Creation I class with this follow-up class! Students will take what they learned and apply it by looking deeper into the diverse world of comics and exciting, alternative formats of storytelling. By working through speed sketching exercises and relevant assignments, students will learn how to produce comics at a faster pace, allowing them to create even more original characters and storylines to match their quick imaginations. Throughout the class, the techniques, materials, and disciplines used to create professional comic art will guide instruction.

Monday, Wednesday
Jul 11 - Aug 3
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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This class will focus on the expressive side of drawing in its many forms. Using charcoal, graphite, and ink students will work on collaborative projects and abstract drawing exercises as they learn scale, value, mark making, shape, and composition's role in the perception of a piece of art. The instructor will also address the ability of drawing to tell a story through discussions, demonstrations, and assignments. Students will view and discuss work by artists who have used drawing as a means to express emotions and ideas.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jun 27 - Jul 1
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Students in this class will have fun while learning the challenging skill of drawing from observation. Short drawing exercises will give students the confidence and ability to tackle more finished works of art. Lessons will incorporate a variety of materials and genres such as still life, portraiture, and landscape. For inspiration, students will view and discuss drawings by well-known artists through in-class discussions and mini-field trips next door to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see firsthand the works of artists covered in the lessons.

Tuesday, Thursday
Jun 14 - Jul 7
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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Join us for a super fun week as we play with ideas about fashion, expressing ourselves, and our ideas of what’s interesting, cool, strange or stylish. We’ll make artistic outfits–complete with outrageous sculptural headpieces, hats, and wigs using cardboard, paper, paints, and found objects. Instead of fabric, we’ll be creating with our own hand-painted paper, chock-full of our own colorful patterns.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jul 25 - Jul 29
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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Graphic Design has long been used to visualize music. From album covers to gig posters, these works of art are more than just a marketing piece for musicians, they represent the sound and emotion of a recording or concert. Students in this introductory-level course will explore typography and image-making with Adobe Photoshop to create an album cover or gig poster based on their favorite band or musician. The class will also include a history of album cover design, a sampling of gig posters, and creative activities intended to link the audible and visual.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Aug 1 - Aug 5
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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This class will introduce teens to the expansive world of printmaking. Artists have been using printmaking processes to create beautiful works of art for centuries, but it is not necessary to be a master printer to follow in their footsteps. MCAD's professional printshop will be open for exploration this summer. Working one-on-one with our instructor, students will discover how printmaking can be molded to express their individual artistic visions. Students will be inspired and informed while learning intaglio, monoprinting, and screen-printing techniques.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jun 13 - Jun 17
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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This class is designed as a fun and exciting path to lead younger artists toward a better understanding of the basic concepts, techniques, and materials used in contemporary painting. Formal elements such as line, shape, value, texture, and color will be introduced, as well as issues dealing with content and meaning, or what to paint. Students will learn how to translate ideas from memory, sketches, and found materials into finished paintings.

Monday, Wednesday
Jul 11 - Aug 3
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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