Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18

Throughout the year, teens can explore topics like animation, comic art, graphic design, photography, web design, painting, and more. During the year, students ages 16 and older may also take many adult Continuing Education classes.

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

This class will offer an introduction to stop-motion animation, covering frame by frame techniques and basic concepts of this traditional and very hands-on style of animation. The instructor will share behind the scenes videos of animations that use stop-motion animation techniques. Students will dig into the fundamentals of animation by learning about frame rate and basic animation principles, such as squash and stretch, ease-in/ease-out, anticipation, and more.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jul 18 - Jul 22
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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You may love funky t-shirts, posters, magazines, and other graphic materials, but don't quite understand how they are made. This class is the perfect introduction for teens interested in learning more about graphic design. Students will explore image-making, basic typography, and the integration of the two through a series of fun and fast-paced assignments and exercises. All projects will address form, composition, hierarchy, and creativity. Students will develop a design process and a critical visual vocabulary through experimentation, exploration, and group critiques.

Tuesday, Thursday
Jun 14 - Jul 7
1:00-4:00 p.m.
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This beginning painting class is designed to give the motivated visual arts student an overview of painting fundamentals. Topics covered in this class will include vocabulary and art history, as well as plenty of art production (which will be a balance of teacher-led guided structure, and student-motivated creative freedom). Students will learn the basics of color theory; painting skills and techniques; traditional and alternative processes; and the history of painting.

Tuesday, Thursday
Jun 14 - Jul 7
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Many painting experts believe that learning the techniques of watercolor first as an introduction or foundation to painting, can give a student much more understanding, versatility, and ultimately success later on when dealing with opaque mediums such as oil or acrylic.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jul 25 - Jul 29
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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The life of an artist is one of ongoing idea and skill development, full of practice, play, and continued refinement. The goal of this class is to expand critique skills, flesh out ideas, make additions and edits to one's portfolio, and gain valuable knowledge about the work of contemporary artists. Critiques and lectures will help high school students think about where ideas can come from for their artwork and how to successfully articulate them to others.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Aug 1 - Aug 5
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application, and colleges across the nation are stepping up their requirements for admission. Most require several observational drawings, or drawings made from what we see, rather than from our imagination or a photograph. This studio drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios.

Monday, Wednesday
Jun 13 - Jul 6
1:00-4:00 p.m.
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The portfolio is the single most important component of an art school application, and colleges across the nation are stepping up their requirements for admission. Most require several observational drawings, or drawings made from what we see, rather than from our imagination or a photograph. This studio drawing class is designed to help motivated visual arts students develop exemplary observational drawings for their portfolios.

Tuesday, Thursday
Jul 12 - Aug 4
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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Have you thought about making your own comic, but weren't sure how to begin? In this class, students will examine the skills and concepts necessary to become successful comic artists. They will look at how comics have changed over the years and discover how truly diverse comic genres can be. Whether you love superheroes or real-life stories, you will be introduced to the tools and foundations of storytelling that will help you develop your own personal mini-comic to share with your classmates. / Basic drawing skills are strongly recommended. / There will be no class on 7/4.

Monday, Wednesday
Jun 13 - Jul 6
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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