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Portfolio Preparation Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCYP 307 Portfolio Preparation: Motion Graphics 0 credits - TBA $330

Section A Meets 1/31/2015 to 4/18/2015 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12: Experience the world of motion graphics and interactive media in this computer-based course. Students will use programs such as Adobe Flash, Premiere, and After Effects to create original pieces that investigate the possibilities of motion-based art-forms. Works produced in the course will explore the potential for these programs to fulfill both creative and utilitarian purposes. Note: No class on March 14 and April 4.
NCYP 308 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing Out of the Box (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $330

Section A Meets 1/31/2015 to 4/18/2015 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12.This course is designed to build upon, expand, and heighten students’ concept of drawing. Using both conventional and unconventional drawing tools, students investigate markmaking and use of color as it relates to the development of symbolic and expressive form. Gesture and line quality are carefully considered as powerful means of expression. Working from observation, imagination, music, dreams, and memory, students learn to expand their own creative possibilities. Note: No class on March 14 and April 4.
NCYP 314 Portfolio Preparation: Observational Drawing (grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $330

Section A Meets 1/31/2015 to 4/18/2015 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12: Students hone observational drawing skills using a variety of 2-D media and specific subject matter such as still-life set-ups, objects, natural forms, and the surrounding landscape. Students learn numerous skills and techniques for representational drawing by focusing on and capturing what they see using value, shading, and contrast to create a sense of form. Composition is emphasized as students make purposeful decisions about how to organize space within a two-dimensional picture plane. Note: No class on March 14 and April 4.
NCYP 325 Portfolio Preparation: Visual Thinking Through Mixed Media Collage (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $330

Section A Meets 1/31/2015 to 4/18/2015 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. This course delves into how an image is created, using thematic and/or conceptual ideas as the basis for composing finished pieces of art. Students begin with existing sketchbooks, images, and ideas as a starting point, and as fuel for further developing new images and drawings based on a purposeful theme, idea, or concept. Emphasis is on thinking critically about how and what to convey via visual imagery, problem-solving ideas from beginning to end, analyzing the efficacy of developed images (self as well as peers), and developing a repertoire of visual thinking techniques. Numerous images are generated, collected, sketched, drawn, re-drawn, or found, all for the purpose of developing collages that combine images with other wet and dry art media. A hands-on, exploratory and process-oriented course, students are guided to develop a cohesive body of three to four pieces for show. Note: No class on March 14 and April 4.
NCYP 348 Portfolio Preparation: Sculptural Studies (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $330

Section A Meets 1/31/2015 to 4/18/2015 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

(Grades 9-12.) In this survey-style course, students will explore a variety of sculptural tools, materials, and techniques in search of their own creative vision. Students will be exposed to both traditional and contemporary sculptors, and will conduct their own research through experimentation and material exploration. Students should exhibit a willingness to challenge and refine their personal aesthetic in order to create meaningful works of art suitable for inclusion in their portfolio. Note: No class on March 14 and April 4.