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Portfolio Preparation Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCYP 302 Portfolio Preparation: Creating Art with Adobe Photoshop (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $330

Section A Meets 9/13/2014 to 11/22/2014 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. This course involves students using digital imaging programs in creating and manipulating images using the Macintosh computer. Students learn to use the Adobe Photoshop suite and scan images as they explore the potential of the medium and create personally meaningful compositions. Using a variety of created and found images, students then learn how to make complex compositional decisions and visual effects via use of filters, the graphics drawing toolbox, color effects, and artful use of text. Students' works are printed and copied to CD for their portfolios.
NCYP 316 Portfolio Prep: Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $330

Section A Meets 9/13/2014 to 11/22/2014 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. Designed for the high school student who wants to improve drawing skills and work toward more realistic drawings, this course focuses on drawing from observation. Students are guided through a carefully sequenced, step-by-step process designed to develop the student's perception and thinking skills. Based upon exercises in Betty Edward's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, this approach has been successful in improving students' ability to draw realistically, even for those who think they cannot draw. As such, it provides the young artist with an excellent bridge between drawing symbolically and working more realistically. No class October 18.
NCYP 317 Portfolio Prep: Painting from Observation (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $330

Section A Meets 9/13/2014 to 11/22/2014 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades: 9-12. This course is designed to help students refine their skills in observing color, making purposeful choices about color, and painting from life. Students will experiment with acrylics, temperas and watercolors as they learn to mix cohesive color palettes and apply both realistic and expressive color to their pieces. Art historical exemplars will be used to emphasize the incredible diversity of styles and expressiveness that can be achieved with color. No Class on October 18.
NCYP 325 Portfolio Preparation: Visual Thinking Through Mixed Media Collage (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $330

Section A Meets 9/13/2014 to 11/22/2014 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. No class on October 18.