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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCSP 108 Art Adventures (Grades K-2) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul. Grades K-2. Students will take an imaginary journey through the pyramids of Egypt, a medieval castle, the palaces of Europe and the far east, or a village in Africa, Students learn about ways in which people from different times and places use their art to communicate their interests and values. Studying the similarities and differences of art forms from various cultures can reveal how people live and the things that are important to them. Students use the experience of their journey and their study of the art from these places as inspiration to create work and become aware of their own living adventures. Note: No class on October 17.
NCSP 115 Life Drawing for Kids (Grades 3-5) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 3-5. Do you love to draw and wish to learn how to draw what you see more realistically? This course is an exciting balance of learning how to see and how to capture contours, apply tones, and develop shading to make objects ‘pop’ off the page. With the basic understanding that in order to draw well, one must first learn how to see, students are engaged in fun looking exercises that challenge them to use their eyes and minds to collect information about the objects, people, and places around them. They will discover how to see the world in a fresh, new way! Different approaches, tools, materials, and techniques are presented and explored using a diverse range of media, from pen and pencil to color explorations in pastel and paint. Note: No class on October 17.
NCSP 212 Faces and Figures (Grades 6-8) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 6-8. Learning to draw the human face and figure realistically can be fun, explorative, and expressive. In this course, students draw from observation to learn basic proportional guidelines and techniques for drawing the face and figure. Beginning with quick gesture drawings, a sequential range of exercises is planned to sharpen students’ perceptual skills and their understanding of the human form. Using both wet and dry media, students use each other and professional costumed models as subject matter for portraits and figure compositions. Students also have opportunity to view a variety of master figurative works from history as they explore expressive use of gesture, line, and color. Note: No class on October 17.
NCYP 101 Painting with Fibers and Fabric (Grades 4-6) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 4-6. Fabrics in rich colors, textures and patterns can be found in every part of the world. The tactile qualities of each type of material make fibers and fabrics a medium that lends itself to layering, combining, bending, stitching and folding. With swatches of varied fabrics as 'paint', and a rich array of yarn, string and other fibers as 'lines', students in this course create collage, fabric decoupage, embellishment with stitchery, fabric pattern-making, and much more. Art forms such as quilting, applique, and embroidery, used throughout history for artful functional objects, are used as inspiration. Note: No class on October 17.
NCYP 115 Drawing Workshop for Children (Grades 3-5) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 3-5. For the young artist who loves to draw, this fast-paced course offers a little bit of everything. Students create drawings from memory, observation, imagination, and in response to the art of master artists. Different approaches, tools, materials, and techniques are presented and explored using a diverse range of media, from pen and pencil to color explorations in pastel and paint. With the introduction of each new medium and technique, students create studies and sketches as preparation for several larger, refined pieces for the final art show. Emphasis is on exposure to a variety of traditional and non-traditional drawing media and surfaces, with hands-on process work and experimentation at the heart of learning each new drawing technique or medium. Note: No class on October 17.
NCYP 127 Cartooning Techniques (Grades 4-6) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 4-6. Throughout its long history, the art of cartooning has provided a wonderful means for people to express their opinions and ideas, entertain one another, bring forth laughter, and take amazing flights of fantasy. In this course, students learn how cartoonists develop their ideas, design and bring to life original characters, and story-board events to create a cartoon strip. Students learn the basic elements of drawing cartoons, developing dialog, and creating sequences to express personally meaningful narratives.
NCYP 131 Clay Workshop for Children (Grades 3-5) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 3-5. Designed for young children who are interested in developing basic hand-building techniques to create both functional and decorative forms in clay. Using the clay work of different cultures and that of specific artists as inspiration, students will create unique forms, patterns, textures, and colors while exploring the medium and their ideas. Note: No class on October 17.
NCYP 158 Build It! Constructing Artistic Sculpture (Grades K-2) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades K-2. Do you have a knack for putting together unusual materials to create interesting three-dimensional objects? In this hands-on, multi-media sculptural course, students use additive techniques to attach, glue, twist, stack, tie, dangle and arrange as they explore the ways varied materials can be combined to create expressive forms that may be artful, functional or both. Materials such as found objects, wood, paper and board are used for construction of these innovative sculptures, then they are embellished with a variety of natural and man-made materials. Students are encouraged to use their own artful thinking to find and bring in interesting objects and materials for use in this course. Note: No class on October 17.
NCYP 187 Draw, Paint, Make (Grades K-2) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades K-2. For young artists who aren't afraid to immerse themselves in making large-scale, messy, and creatively wonderful works of art, this course combines 2D drawing and 3D building in innovative ways. Using imagination, memory, and observation, students engage in media explorations to produce colorful, expressive 2D pieces. These pieces are then combined, collages, and constructed to make final compositions that are beyond the ordinary! Note: No Class on October 17.
NCYP 203 Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Grades 6-8) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 6-8. Designed for students who want 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. This course provides children, even those who think they cannot draw, with an excellent bridge between drawing symbolically and working more realistically. Note: No class on October 17.
NCYP 262 Design Lab: Portfolio Development for Middle School (Grades 6-8) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/21/2015 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 6-8. What does it take to be a commercial artist and designer? In this course students will explore pathways in the field of design including graphic and industrial design, pattern design, and even interior design. Students will work in a variety of traditional and digital media in order to create their own original artworks and develop a personal portfolio. While this course is especially for students who require a design-based portfolio for entrance into high school art programs, it is also open to those who wish to explore design-based learning and art making. Note: No class on October 17.