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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCYP 127 Painting with Fibers and Fabric (Grades 4-6) 0 credits Zachary Lawhon $330

Section A Meets 2/1/2014 to 4/12/2014 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 4-6.This course offers students an exciting opportunity to be both creator and performer in a dramatic artistic endeavor. Students explore a variety of 3-D processes as they create objects, puppets, masks, and other 3-D forms that can be incorporated into an original narrative. In addition to generating ideas and creating characters, students learn how props, voice, and movements can be used to tell a story. Emphasis is on creating a unique and expressive language of object, gesture, and story, with equal attention given to the artistic/visual qualities of the art objects themselves and the purposeful use of these objects in student-designed performances. Inspiration for each art object will be derived from a variety of places and artists, from the shadow plays of India to the contemporary object work of Hannah Tierney. Note: No class on March 15.
NCYP 140 Print It!: Grades 1-2 0 credits Lisa Nersessian $330

Section A Meets 2/1/2014 to 4/12/2014 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 1-2.Using an exciting array of printing techniques without a press, young students learn the basic principles of printmaking. Any object with texture can be printed on paper or other flat surfaces using printing ink or other wet media. With this in mind, students are encouraged to look at the world with an eye for printing possibilities. Veins in leaves, embossed Styrofoam, textured fabric, natural objects, feathers and sponges all become printable objects. Because of the potential for multiple prints and repetition, printmaking allows the artist to create fantastic patterns, color combinations and designs.Note:No class on March 15.
NCYP 141 Up in the Air, On the Ground, Under the Sea (Grades 1-2) 0 credits Sae Jang $330

Section A Meets 2/1/2014 to 4/12/2014 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 1-2. Let's take a journey into the imagination. Using children's literature as a starting point for "takeoff," students embark on flights over cities, fast journeys by train over land, and underwater excursions by submarine. As artist-travelers, students record - in paintings, prints and drawings - the things they see from a bird's eye view, a bug's-eye view, a fish-eye view and much, much more. Each journey is an exploration of an unfamiliar habitat, full of new textures, colors, living creatures and plant life waiting to be captured in vibrant works of art. Note: No class on March 15.
NCYP 165 ReCycled, ReMade, ReSeen (Grades 4-6) 0 credits Kathryn Sowinski $330

Section A Meets 2/1/2014 to 4/12/2014 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 4-6. Here is an opportunity to create something new from something forgotten or unwanted. Look around, cardboard tubes and boxes, plastic bottles and bottle caps, plastic forks and spoons, a broken coffee mug. Everywhere you look there is an object of waste waiting for a new purpose. In this course children will have the opportunity enhance perceptual skills by way of examining found objects for the countless alternative uses for creative expression. The magic happens when children respond to their imagination by creating sculptures, exploring surface design, or making collages, all which create narratives conveying a sense of playfulness and innovation.
NCYP 170 Cartoon Character Design (Grades 3-5) 0 credits Thomas Williamson $330

Section A Meets 2/1/2014 to 4/12/2014 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 3-5. 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, put together a unique persona of traits and physical features, and create the personality and appearance of an original cartoon character. Students learn the basic elements of drawing cartoon bodies, capturing expression through exaggeration, developing props, and writing dialog for short cartoon strips and one-panel cartoons featuring their original character. Note:No class on March 15.
NCYP 203 Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Grades 6-8) 0 credits Denise Webster $330

Section A Meets 2/1/2014 to 4/12/2014 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
Section B Meets 2/1/2014 to 4/12/2014 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 6-8.Designed for the 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 Edwards’ 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 259 Digital Photography for Middle School (Grades 6-8) 0 credits Catie Russo $330

Section A Meets 2/1/2014 to 4/12/2014 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Section B Meets 2/1/2014 to 4/12/2014 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 6-8. Beginning with an understanding of compositional principles and the basic function of the digital camera, students learn to create and print digital images. As the course progresses, the class explores the Adobe Photoshop program as a tool to refine images and explore options in manipulating imagery for expressive purposes. This course takes place in a Macintosh graphics lab and on-site around campus to take photos. Students will be required to take images in class as well as capture images outside of class for use on the computer. NOTE: students must bring their digital cameras to each class. Note: No class on March 15.