Morning Core Foundational Courses

Morning courses introduces first year college-level topics through dynamic projects that focus on drawing and design. Students will be assigned to this course.

Drawing Foundations - Freshman and Sophmores
This course will explore a variety of drawing techniques with multiple drawing media to improve powers of observation and strengthen observational drawing skills.  Contour, blind contour, and other line drawing techniques will be expanded into three dimensions.  Using wire as a drawing medium, students will work in sculpture and installation to explore different ways that drawings can occupy a space. 
2 and 3-Dimensional Design - Juniors and Seniors
Studio course covering 2-D and 3D design strategies.  This course emphasizes innovative problem solving through art making and exposes students to a variety of media and techniques.  With an exploration focused on representational, non-representational, and abstract visual form, students will develop a sound conceptual basis to apply toward more advanced courses.  The structure of this course will include in-class workshops, group discussions, and presentations of contemporary art practices.
Creative Evolution - Juniors and Seniors +
This course will utilize sculptural assemblage, found objects, a wide range of drawing processes, and digital fabrication.  We will focus on the elements of line, shape, texture, and value and how those elements combine to create visual experiences and how they can be utilized in the creation of works of art.  We will begin by creating intuitive sculptural assemblages using a variety of materials, and then progress to creating 2-Dimensional works using the sculpture as a point of origin.  Students can expect the course to have ever widening parameters as the week progresses to allow for creative evolution and impulses.

Afternoon Focus Courses

Afternoon Focus Courses are selected by the student as an in-depth exploration of their interests. Students will select one focus course for the entirety of the week, allowing for thorough instruction, idea conception, execution, and critique. 

Painting Studio 
Students will work with acrylic colors and will explore the many ways paint can be handled. Instruction will be given on preparation of materials and specific exercises will be given to students for exploration with color, light, texture, transparency/impasto, and composition.
Printmaking Studio 
Students enrolled in printmaking can combine their drawing and painting talents to create multiple editions of prints. You will learn the Chine Collé drypoint printmaking process as you pull proofs and run editions of your own creative work. This technique uses a plexi-glass plate and non-toxic water-soluble inks. Monotype printing process may also be introduced.
Animation Studio 
This course introduces students to the rich traditions of frame-by-frame nonlinear movie construction, and to recent developments in the field. Using a variety of rendering techniques, students focus on the development of unique characters and compelling narratives. In order to produce impactful visual elements, emphasis is placed on studio projects—such as flipbooks, storyboard, cutouts and stop-motion film—that develop strong perception and drawing skills. Students are introduced to basic technical skills in computer distortion, timing, exaggeration, sound and sequencing, and also view noteworthy animated films and discuss ways in which they relate to their own work.
Digital Photography Studio
Students will be introduced to digital SLR cameras.  They will learn how to use the maual functions of these cameras.  Students will use digital SLR cameras and Adobe Lightroom to experiment with narrative structures in photographic series.  They will finish with a small set of printed and mounted images.
NEW for 2018!
Graphic Design Studio
Explore various combinations of traditional and digital design tools through a series of intensive classroom exercises. This regimen enables students to integrate diverse techniques with the design elements of color, form, typography and composition. Projects allow students to combine these tools and techniques in such creative applications as corporate identification, publications, posters, packaging and/or signage. Students also learn to recognize the principles of good graphic design as they integrate text and imagery (drawn from various media) into seamless, finished communications.
Video Studio
Studio course in video art with emphasis on experimental approaches to moving image and sound in a contemporary art context. Students will learn foundational terminology and techniques associated with video and audio production and will apply these skills to their own projects.