KIDS & TEENS ART PROGRAMS YEAR-ROUND

Students from age eight (8) to age eighteen (18) can explore the visual art field trough a series of workshops designed to teach foundation skills that will serve them for life. Class sizes are strictly limited so that students can receive adequate attention from our instructors. Classes evolve to meet each individual's dreams needs. The Teen After School Program is designed specifically for 'career introductions' and 'portfolio prep' for entry to colleges. At the age of 16, (with parental permission) students also qualify for all adult classes and workshops. Workshops offered: Kids & Teens Sat Morning Workshops / Teens After School Program and Summer Art Camp for Kids & Teens.

Kids & Teens Saturday Morning Program

Fall / Winter and Spring Seasons

Discovering New Media
FOR KIDS (8 - 11 YRS)
Sat Morns: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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This workshop series is a continuation of introducing many areas of new media including: pencil types & shading techniques, basic shapes to human figure and nature objects, cartoon figures, pen and ink, marker and water color, mixed media, gouache and acrylic painting, working with papers and canvas types, collage, clay (air dry and fired), the color wheel, brush types and brush strokes. Lessons are designed to complete a project within one session, however certain mediums may require more than one day to complete.

Advanced Techniques
FOR TEENS (12 - 15 YRS)
Sat Morns: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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This workshop series continues to introduce teens to advanced techniques and foundation skills in figure and portrait, figure in environment, exaggerated figure drawing for cartooning and fashion, landscape and nature elements. Emphasis is placed on color theory and color mixing, graduated tones and values, eye & hand coordination working with 3D models, story boarding, photographic quality duplication skills, and application differences between various paint mediums and surfaces.  Mediums can include: graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil pastels, oil, water color, acrylic, mixed media, ceramics or sculpture, photography or computer art.

THEMED SERIES - In the Spring season, the 8 week program incorporates an overall theme to the acedemic art skills taught in each series. Themes can include: environmental subject matter such as honoring Earth, plants, animals, sea life, wildlife, Earth's property elements, recycling, wind, water, fire, metal and soil elements, and sustainable building materials, so as to bring students in close relationship to their planetary environment. Other themes can include: photography, computer art, comics and graphic novels, video and film making, 3D modeling, costume and fashion design, web design, and tablet sketch-booking. These themes are noted on posted classes. 

OCCASIONAL EXHIBITS - On occasion, when our art center or faculty members are exhibiting off location, kids and teens classes utilize one session to create a group project to go on exhibition, so as to become part of that exhibition. Parents are notified in advance when these opportunities present themselves. This is a great way to enhance a child's art portfolio or resume. 


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Teens After School College Prep Art Program

Fall / Winter and Spring Seasons

Teens After School College Prep
FOR TEENS (14 - 18 YRS)
Weekdays After school: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Career Introduction workshops for Teens in High School (Ages 14 - 18) are designed as live studio-based learning modules (8 weeks per session series), which enable creatively gifted individuals to explore and manifest their own unique creativity in areas of their personal interest. These workshops focus on completion of portfolio pieces suitable for presenting to colleges or specialty institutions for admission acceptance. Students gain first hand experience and understanding as to what it feels like 'to design' product to nationally recognized art industry standards, while producing their own original works under the guidance of working professionals.

MONDAYS - NATURE / FASHION & PHOTOGRAPHY

Students learn all aspects of setting up indoor and outdoor photo shoots, while incorporating aspects of nature, natural light, bouncing and diffusing light, posing live models and the placement of still life objects. Key focus is on developing a pro eye for unique image making to create a personal signature that is marketable and has commercial appeal. Students will have the opportunity to work both behind and in front of the camera.

TUESDAYS - ACRYLIC FOR PORTFOLIO

Designed as a 'portfolio development' workshop, students will take their creative ideas, map them loosely out on canvas, utilizing light / dark values for guiding lines, while employing composition skills. Working with a color palette, students will learn to develop confidence by practicing loose 'contemporary style' to tight 'traditional style' rendering techniques. 

TUESDAYS - RENAISSANCE DRAWING

Develop drawing and rendering skills once demonstrated only by skilled masters from the Renaissance period. Take modern subject matter and put an old world twist to a sketches.  Students will learn and then demonstrate via their drawings, knowledge of art history, while being able to complete artwork for their portfolios. Students work from all pencil types, including graphite, charcoal and conte, to develop composition skills, and understandings of form, negative space, light source, soft and hard edges & shading techniques.

WEDNESDAYS - THE F.A.B. COALITION - FASHION DESIGN

This F.A.B. Coalition (Fashion Against Bullying) workshop focuses on the fashion industry as a career choice with emphasis placed on cultivating one's own designs into a collection of wearable art. Starting with sketches and illustrations, students will then translate their designs to materials, while working off of live models and mannequins. Lessons will include: the art of draping their designs, pinning, gathering and hand stitching complete clothing templates. Teens will then assemble their creations for a professional photographic shoot and will prepare a group collection for a NYC Fashion Week style 'Cultural Consciousness' fashion show. 

WEDNESDAYS - PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

College entry into the visual arts field usually requires a portfolio of demonstrated understandings of color, composition, values, negative spaces and brush or pencil techniques in a variety of mediums and styles. Bring pieces you already have completed and assemble them professionally in a cohesive collection, adding and expanding images where you need to, or start your brand new portfolio in this 8 week series. 

DRAWING OR OIL PAINTING FOR PORTFOLIO

This 'portfolio development' workshop focuses on painting application skills in oil and includes: color mixing, pre-mixing and blending on a palette, brush types, brush stroke techniques, which will lead into a completed piece suitable for college prep and portfolio presentations. It is highly advised that students take the preliminary 'Drawing for Portfolio' Workshop, however, no experience is needed to start. Students will work on theme subjects of their own choosing. 


SUMMER ART CAMPS FOR KIDS & TEENS

SUMMERS ONLY - JULY &/OR AUGUST

SUMMER CAMP - WEEK I

Discovering New Media
FOR KIDS (8 - 11 YRS)
July 10 - 14, 2017 (Every weekday)
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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[8 - 11 YRS] Summer Art Camp provides an opportunity for kids to have lots of fun while discovering new methods of visual expression. A variety of mediums and techniques are taught, including: pencil types & shading techniques, basic shapes to human figure and nature objects, cartoon figures, pen and ink, marker and water color, mixed media, gouache and acrylic painting, working with papers and canvas types, collage, clay (air dry and fired), the color wheel, brush types and brush strokes, and more. 

Advanced Techniques
FOR TEENS (12 - 15 YRS)

July 10 - 14, 2017 (Every weekday)
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Each day of the week there will be a different medium taught by a different teacher. This exposes teens to a variety of instruction, mediums and art interpretation. Art camp introduces individuals to advanced techniques and foundation skills in figure, portrait, cartooning, fashion illustration, landscape and nature elements. Mediums of study can include: graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil pastels, water color, acrylic, mixed media, ceramics or sculpture, photography and video or computer art. An emphasis on developing portfolio pieces for college entry is done in a very fun and project oriented way.

SUMMER CAMP - WEEK 2

Honoring Earth, Plants & Animals
FOR KIDS (8 - 11 YRS) 
July 17 - 21, 2017 (Every weekday)
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Kids are taught to become aware of their environment though the focus of Earth elements, plants, trees, flowers and animals, both domesticated and wild.  Each day new subject matter correlating to developing Eco friendly awareness and Earth friendly habits via a variety of mediums helps to encourage kids toward a sensitivity to the natural environment.  Introduced mediums can be: pencil shading techniques, brush strokes, basic shapes to nature objects, cartoon animals, pen and ink, marker and water color, mixed media, gouache and acrylic painting, collage, clay (air dry and fired). Lessons are designed to complete a project within one session, however certain mediums may require more than one day to complete.

Eco Messaging & Sustainable Art
FOR TEENS (12 - 15 YRS)

July 17 - 21, 2017 (Every weekday)
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Teen camp encourages individuals to explore their soul dreams while developing, designing and creating art with a 'message' of Earth awareness and sustainability. Teens are introduced to advanced techniques and foundation art skills while developing futuristic and yet, realistic dreamscapes using the value of sustainability in each art project. Emphasis is placed on color theory, color mixing, graduated tones and values, photographic quality duplication skills, and application differences between various paint mediums and surfaces. Mediums of study can include: graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil pastels, oil, water color, acrylic, mixed media, ceramics or sculpture, photography or computer art. An emphasis on developing mission statement portfolio pieces for college entry is done in a fun and project oriented way.

SUMMER CAMP - WEEK 3

F.A.B. Fashion Tee Shirt (BOOT CAMP)
FOR KIDS (8 - 11 YRS) 
July 24 – 28, 2017
9:30 am – 2 pm (Every weekday)
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Kids can get wildly creative with their very own Tee-shirt designs using fabric paint, stains and tie-dye methods. Kids will gain basic understandings of the fashion industry by starting with tee- shirt reconstruction and design. This boot camp course will include; special instruction in how to sketch out and design a variety or collection of tops working from one basic tee-shirt format and will lead to a final product that kids can proudly wear. The beginnings of how to drape fabrics on the body, including ‘no sew’ techniques will enable students to practice shawl, body wrap and non sew tutu's and pants. Course also teaches acceptance and confidence building. Additional exercises include: learning runway walking and poses, styling for a fashion show (includes hairstyle, makeup and accessories), and creating a final collaborative fashion show in tandem with the teen fashion boot camp.

F.A.B. Fashion Design (BOOT CAMP)
FOR TEENS (12 - 15 YRS)

July 24 – 28, 2017
9:30 am – 2 pm (Every weekday)
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Design a Fashion Outfit or Start a Fashion Line! Work with F.A.B. (Fashion Against Bullying) Founder Terri Todd to imagine, design and create fashion outfits just like real world designers do!  Gain basic understandings of the fashion design industry from start to finish. This boot camp course will include; the creation of fashion sketches to present your own unique designs, creating your own fabric prints with tie-dye or Batik methods, ‘no sew’ outfit draping, wrapping and finishing techniques, mixing textures, block colors and material prints with a designing eye, photographing and preparing your design(s) for portfolio presentation. Course teaches acceptance and confidence building. Additional exercises include: learning runway walking and poses, styling for a fashion show (includes hairstyle, makeup and accessories), and creating a final collaborative fashion show.