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Portfolio Preparation Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCYP 313 Portfolio Preparation: Expressive Portraiture 0 credits Bryan Bienick $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12.This course focuses on ways that drawing the portrait and self-portrait, partial or full figure, can go beyond investigating and accurately rendering the subject, and instead, become a vehicle for exploration within the artist. Students interpret and manipulate color, value, line, and other elements to a more personal end, so that finished portraits become a reflection of the students’ own feelings and values. The goal is to free the artist from the expectation of realistic rendering and provide the opportunity to react, explore, and draw from a deeper source. Individual and group critiques round out each session.
NCYP 316 Portfolio Prep: Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Archie Veale $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. Designed for students who want to improve drawing skills and work towards 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 on 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. Note: No class on March 19 and March 26.
NCYP 321 Portfolio Preparation: Exploring Flash Animation (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Ryan Foti $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday 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 329 Portfolio Preparation: Digital Painting 0 credits Ryan Foti $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. This course focuses on the computer as a medium for creating original drawings and paintings in a digital format. Students will use drawing tablets and technology to enhance, manipulate, and “paint” in ways that, without a computer, simply wouldn’t be possible. Students will be encouraged to experiment with mixed media by way of scanned original drawings, studies, and images. Students should have measured confidence in their observational drawing skills (drawing from life and rendering by hand) before taking this course.