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Portfolio Preparation Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCSP 302 Port. Prep: Visual Thinking through Mixed Media Collage 0 credits Denise Webster $340

Section A Meets 6/20/2016 to 7/1/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

location: St. Paul's - 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.
NCSP 307 Portfolio Preparation: Awakening the Artist Within (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Joel Baldwin $340

Section A Meets 7/18/2016 to 7/29/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 9-12. Through drawing upon the spirit within, students invite spontaneous responses to a variety of creative encounters. The artist is guided by his/her reflective response to a significant event or question. At the center of each process is a careful search for personal visual language that conveys the individual’s response. Traditional critiques are replaced with discussions of how the work presents the artist’s own personal discovery. By learning to trust one’s own perceptions and felt sense of meaning, and then finding the visual markings congruent with that experience, the artist discovers an imagery that not only offers aesthetic value, but also reveals an authentic self of inherent value.
NCSP 310 Portfolio Preparation: Beyond the Self Portrait (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Marissa Hiivala $305

Section A Meets 7/5/2016 to 7/15/2016 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 312 Portfolio Preparation: Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Archie Veale $340

Section A Meets 6/20/2016 to 7/1/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 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. Please note this is a High School course- for the MIddle School course of the same name, see NCSP 203.
NCSP 313 Portfolio Preparation: Oil Painting Techniques (grades 9-12) 0 credits Matthew Adelberg $305

Section A Meets 7/5/2016 to 7/15/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. 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.
NCSP 316 Portfolio Prep: Drawing & Painting Inspired by Nature 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/18/2016 to 7/29/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. Location: St. Paul's Schools. Nature has always been a source of inspiration for artistic creating throughout the ages. Intended for the student who is moved by beauty and wishes to respond artistically to the colors, textures and forms found in nature, this course is a remarkable journey in collaborating with nature to create very personal, meaningful art. Rather than simply drawing from life, students are asked to think critically about subject matter choices and points of view. Beginning with open-ended prompts to help determine personally meaningful or symbolic subject matter for life-drawing, students respond visually by seeking places, objects, and scenes to communicate personal narratives. Students think deeply and critically about how to infuse a work from life with symbolic meaning, mood, and personal style via distinct personal mark-making and expression.
NCYP 301 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing the Figure in Light and Space (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 7/18/2016 to 7/29/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. This course deals with the figure as a system of shapes and investigates the use of light to develop and render forms that construct the figure. Students explore tone and value to create and define the form of the figure within the space it exists. Perceiving the figure as positive and negative shapes and issues of proportion and anatomy are addressed. Using traditional drawing media, students work from the model in different interior settings to apply learned rendering techniques in developing figure drawings while establishing a convincing illusion of space in their compositions.
NCYP 302 Portfolio Preparation: Creating Art with Adobe Photoshop (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Bryan Bieniek $340

Section A Meets 7/18/2016 to 7/29/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 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 308 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing Out of the Box (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $305

Section A Meets 7/5/2016 to 7/15/2016 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 311 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing and Painting the Urban Landscape 0 credits Caitlin Selzer $340

Section A Meets 7/18/2016 to 7/29/2016 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. Their sketches and other visual resources become the foundation for more finished compositions created in the studio.sustained pieces, students learn to capture not only the realistic elements in the garden setting, but also the essence or feel of the places and scenes they use as subject matter. Materials included.
NCYP 313 Portfolio Preparation: Expressive Portraiture 0 credits Bryan Bieniek $340

Section A Meets 6/20/2016 to 7/1/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday 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 314 Portfolio Preparation: Observational Drawing (grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $305

Section A Meets 7/5/2016 to 7/15/2016 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 315 Portfolio Preparation: Exploring Digital Photography (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Alyssa Stokes $305

Section A Meets 7/5/2016 to 7/15/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. Beginning with an understanding of compositional principles and the basic function, features, and possibilities of the digital camera, students learn to create and print digital images. From a variety of prompts intended to tap into students’ interpretation and experience of the visual world around them, students collect imagery around campus, in their daily lives, at home, and outdoors. 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. Note: Students must bring their digital camera to each class.
NCYP 321 Portfolio Preparation: Exploring Flash Animation (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Meghann Harris $340

Section A Meets 7/18/2016 to 7/29/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 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 328 Portfolio Preparation: Making Video (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Raissa Rosenbaum $305

Section A Meets 7/5/2016 to 7/15/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. This fun yet intensive course is designed for super-motivated students who want to learn creative video making. Students are idea-generators, scriptwriters, prop creators and actors in this exciting production. Fundamentals of video making are learned through exercises in writing, shooting, and editing. In addition, students learn how to plan a complex project, research a subject, create a storyboard and work as a member of a production team. Reviewing and discussing the work is an ongoing part of the program. Students work in small groups to produce their final projects.
NCYP 329 Portfolio Preparation: Digital Painting 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 6/20/2016 to 7/1/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 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.
NCYP 330 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing with Light: Experimentation in Photography (Grades 9-12) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 6/20/2016 to 7/1/2016 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 331 Portfolio Preparation: Oil Painting Techniques and Processes (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Matthew Adelberg $340

Section A Meets 6/20/2016 to 7/1/2016 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 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.