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Portfolio Preparation Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCSP 305 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing Out of the Box (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/6/2015 to 7/17/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul School. 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 mark-making 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 become comfortable thinking outside the box when it comes to their own creative possibilities.
NCSP 306 Portfolio Preparation: Beyond the Self Portrait (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/20/2015 to 7/31/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 9-12. Explore how a self-portrait is created, beginning with the traditional self-portrait and then branching into thematic and/or color conceptual ideas about self as the basis for composing self-portraits that may or may not include a ace. Students begin with observational work using mirrors and dray drawing media, then express themselves via self-portrait in unusual, meaningful and innovative ways, problem solving ideas from beginning to end, analyzing the efficacy of developing images (self as well as peers) and developing a repertoire of visual thinking techniques.
NCSP 308 Portfolio Preparation: Techniques of the Old Masters (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/20/2015 to 7/31/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 9-12. In this course students look at the drawings of old masters to determine these artists' selection of subject, use of compositional devises and application of technique. Students explore ways in which chiaroscuro, toned ground, sanguin, pen and ink and other materials and techniques may be used to achieve the representational and expressive effects observed in the master works. A visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art's print and drawing collection is planned. Students use their ongoing sketches and explorations as the basis for four completed drawings.
NCSP 311 Portfolio Preparation: Observational Drawing (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 6/22/2015 to 7/3/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's Campus. 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.
NCSP 314 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing and Painting the Landscape (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 6/22/2015 to 7/3/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. The sprawling and beautiful campus of the Saint Paul's Schools provides students with the perfect surroundings to develop perceptual and technical skills in drawing and painting the landscape. Through analyzing the work of historical and contemporary landscape artists and completing exercises in drawing and painting from observation, students will learn ways in which art elements, compositional devices and media can be used in interpreting the natural environment.
NCSP 315 Portfolio Preparation: Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/6/2015 to 7/17/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Location: St. Paul's Campus. 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.
NCYP ES912 Early Summer One Week Session Grades 9-12, Location: Mt. Royal Campus 0 credits - TBA $495

Section A Meets 6/15/2015 to 6/19/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

SCHEDULE INCLUDES -- Before Care 8:00 - 9:30 am; Morning Course: Art STudio 1 9:30 am - 12 noon -- ; Supervised Lunch 12 noon - 1:00 pm; Afternoon Course: Art Studio 2 1:00 - 3:30 pm; After Care 3:30 - 6:00 pm. SCHEDULE INCLUDES -- Before Care 8 Grades 9-12. ART STUDIO 1 AND 2: Set up like a college studio course, this all-day studio workshop begins with a review of students’ current interests, with discussion about student’s aspirations for growing in specific artistic areas. Work is primarily 2-dimensional and spans a wide range of both wet and dry media, from pencil and charcoal to paint. This course emphasizes skills development and development of the creative thought process. Students keep a reflective journal and sketchbook as they identify areas to strengthen in their artwork. Beginning with a series of studies and exercises in the morning, students also work independently with the instructor to develop and plan for tailored art problems which they then explore and develop in the afternoons.
NCYP 302 Portfolio Prep.: Multi-Media Artist- Blending Digital and Traditional Art Making (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/20/2015 to 7/31/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. Traditional media such as drawing, painting, and printmaking are not the only means of making interesting and engaging pieces of art. In this course we will focus on manipulating these art-forms using alternative processes and technologies in order to create original multimedia pieces. Students will explore high resolution scanning, GIFs and animations, solvent transfers, print making, and others skills in an effort to push the boundaries of art-making and presentation.
NCYP 308 Portfolio Preparation: Printmaking Workshop (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/20/2015 to 7/31/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12:In this course, students explore the potential of printmaking media, processes and techniques for creating visual compositions. Works by traditional and contemporary printmakers that include relief, intaglio and mono-printing techniques are studied and provide guidance and inspiration for students’ prints. Single prints and editions of prints are produced and prepared for presentation in class exhibitions and for students’ portfolios.
NCYP 315 Portfolio Preparation: Altered Books & Visual Journals (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 6/22/2015 to 7/3/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. The art of bookmaking was once a craft limited to written books. Today, artists use creative and inventive approaches to construct and bind books that tell stories, hold images, or become a journal to hold memories and ideas. The holding form of the book is as artful as the content within. In this class, students explore the book as both an art object as well as a personal and symbolic holding form for written and visual narrative. Students learn techniques for making accordion books, scrolls, bound journals, and much more. Careful consideration is given to the paper types and form chosen to match the overall intent and structure of the book.
NCYP 316 Portfolio Prep: Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 6/22/2015 to 7/3/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 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.
NCYP 321 Portfolio Preparation: Exploring Flash Animation (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/20/2015 to 7/31/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. In today's technical age, motion graphics are a necessary and valuable trade. In this class, learn about the basics of Adobe Flash and how to apply those skills to making time-based art pieces, including motion pieces that define and also promote. Use a variety of basic graphic design concepts including hierarchy, framing, and typography, in order to create intriguing motion work.
NCYP 324 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing & Painting the Urban Landscape (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 6/22/2015 to 7/3/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12.Bolton Hill and the MICA Mount Royal Campus are the subjects for on-site studies of the urban scene. Students explore drawing and painting techniques in making sketches from observation. Using a mix of quick gestural drawings and more detailed sustained pieces, students will learn how to capture not only the realistic elements in the urban landscape, but also the essence or feel of the places and scenes they use as subject matter. Their sketches and other visual resources become the foundation for more finished compositions created in the studio.
NCYP 325 Portfolio Preparation: Making Art with Adobe Photoshop (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 6/22/2015 to 7/3/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. Traditional media such as drawing, painting, and printmaking are not the only means of making interesting and engaging pieces of art. In this course we will focus on manipulating these art-forms using alternative processes and technologies in order to create original multimedia pieces. Students will explore high resolution scanning, GIFs and animations, solvent transfers, print making, and others skills in an effort to push the boundaries of art-making and presentation.
NCYP 326 Portfolio Preparation: Figure Sculpture (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/6/2015 to 7/17/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. Clay, papier-mache, found object assemblage….these are just some of the media we will use in order to create studies of the human figure. Students will work from models in order to learn about key concepts such as gesture, movement, figure-ground relationships, proportion, and overall expression. Emphasis will be placed on the effective use of realism and exaggeration in order to communicate personal ideas relating to the human figure.
NCYP 330 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing with Light: Experimentation in Photography (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/6/2015 to 7/17/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. By definition, the word photography means “to draw or write with light.” In this course we will explore some of the earliest forms of creating photographic images using both film and digitally based media. Students will be encouraged to make personally meaningful work by means of alternative processes such as Cyanotype, Van Dyke and cliche’ verre. Time exposures and digital manipulation will also be explored. Note: Students should have basic working knowledge of digital cameras and computer navigation. Program specific content will be taught (Photoshop, etc.)
NCYP 333 Portfolio Preparation: Observational Drawing (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/6/2015 to 7/17/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday 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.
NCYP 347 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing Out of the Box (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/20/2015 to 7/31/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday 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.
NCYP 348 Portfolio Preparation: Oil Painting Techniques (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/6/2015 to 7/17/2015 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. For students who have experience drawing from life and would like to learn more about the unique qualities of oil paint. Used as the primary medium throughout the history of painting, the versatility, and richness of oil paint have allowed artists to capture moments in time, events, and likenesses in ways that no other medium can. students work primarily from life using a combination of still-life, portrait, and landscape to develop skills in utilizing cohesive color schemes using specific oil painting techniques - underpainting, glazing, smooth application of color, impasto. Note: Students will use solvents in this course. Due to the use of oil pigments, a materials fee for this course will apply.