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Portfolio Preparation Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCSP ES912 Early Summer One Week Session Grades 9-12, Location: St. Paul's School 0 credits Anne Cremeans $500

Section A Meets 6/12/2017 to 6/16/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

SCHEDULE INCLUDES -- Before Care 8:00 - 9:30 am; Morning Course: Portfolio Prep Studio I: 9:30 am - 12 noon; Supervised Lunch 12 noon - 1:00 pm; Afternoon Course: Portfolio Prep Studio II: 1:00 - 3:30 pm; After Care 3:30 - 6:00 pm.
PORTFOLIO PREP 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.
NCSP 301 Portfolio Preparation: Observational Drawing (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Ryan Hoge $315

Section A Meets 7/3/2017 to 7/14/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 9-12. In this course, 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 and/or cityscape. 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 2-dimensional picture plane. No class on July 4th.
NCSP 310 Portfolio Preparation: Beyond the Self Portrait (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Ryan Hoge $315

Section A Meets 7/3/2017 to 7/14/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 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. No class on July 4th.
NCSP 313 Portfolio Preparation: Oil Painting Techniques (grades 9-12) 0 credits Anne Cremeans $350

Section A Meets 6/19/2017 to 6/30/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 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 Allison Yancone $350

Section A Meets 7/17/2017 to 7/28/2017 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.
NCSP 317 Portfolio Prep: Exploring Color Media (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Ryan Hoge $350

Section A Meets 6/19/2017 to 6/30/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. Using a variety of dry and wet color media, students explore the powerful role of color on an artwork’s mood, atmosphere and overall visual impact. In order to make informed decisions about color, students first learn color relationships and color theory as they create a series of related compositions that reflect specific color schemes. Throughout the course, students view the works of master painters as inspiration for the infinite ways color can be utilized for stylistic and expressive purposes.
NCSP 318 Portfolio Prep: Kinetic Sculpture Design (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Ryan Hoge $350

Section A Meets 7/17/2017 to 7/28/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. Location: St. Paul's Schools. Using a variety of recycled everyday materials, students will develop mechanisms to create a moving sculpture. This STEAM type art class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) will allow students to explore concepts of simple machines, motors, and circuits to understand their uses into making animated sculptures. Students will use the Engineering Design Process to draw and design their creation, develop a working sculpture and test their design. Some tools will be used, with instruction on their safe use. This will include pliers, clippers, glue gun, soldering iron, and hand drill. Batteries not included.
NCYP ES912 Early Summer One Week Session Grades 9-12, Location: Mt. Royal Campus 0 credits Marcella Volini $500

Section A Meets 6/12/2017 to 6/16/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

SCHEDULE INCLUDES -- Before Care 8:00 - 9:30 am; Morning Course: Portfolio Prep: Studio 1 9:30 am - 12 noon -- ; Supervised Lunch 12 noon - 1:00 pm; Afternoon Course: Portfolio Prep: Studio 2 1:00 - 3:30 pm; After Care 3:30 - 6:00 pm. SCHEDULE INCLUDES -- Before Care 8 Grades 9-12. Portfolio Prep
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 Preparation: Creating Art with Adobe Photoshop (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Bryan Bieniek $350

Section A Meets 7/17/2017 to 7/28/2017 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. \ Instructor: Bryan Bieniek received a BFA in painting and a Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) degree from MICA. With 12 years teaching experience, he specializes in portfolio prep offerings at YPS, and mentors MAT students enrolled at MICA.
NCYP 311 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing and Painting the Urban Landscape 0 credits Caitlin Selzer $315

Section A Meets 7/3/2017 to 7/14/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12. How can words be used in visual art? Travel through the pages to uncover secret codes, use books to create 3D artwork, turn a rap song into a collage, create a hieroglyphic repousse, write a puppet show script, draw optical illusions with words and use artistic journaling to explore how written worlds meet. No class on July 4th.
NCYP 313 Portfolio Preparation: Expressive Figure and Portraiture 0 credits Mika Nakano $350

Section A Meets 6/19/2017 to 6/30/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12: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 315 Portfolio Preparation: Exploring Digital Photography (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Raissa Rosenbaum $315

Section A Meets 7/3/2017 to 7/14/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 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. No class on July 4th.
NCYP 325 Portfolio Preparation: Visual Thinking Through Mixed Media Collage (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Mary Munday $350

Section A Meets 6/19/2017 to 6/30/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12.This course delves into how an image is created, using thematic and/or conceptual ideas as the basis for composing finished pieces of art. Students begin with existing sketchbooks, images, and ideas as a starting point, and as fuel for further developing new images and drawings based on a purposeful theme, idea, or concept. Emphasis is on thinking critically about how and what to convey via visual imagery, problem-solving ideas from beginning to end, analyzing the efficacy of developed images (self as well as peers), and developing a repertoire of visual thinking techniques. Numerous images are generated, collected, sketched, drawn, re-drawn, or found, all for the purpose of developing collages that combine images with other wet and dry art media. A hands-on, exploratory and process-oriented course, students are guided to develop a cohesive body of three to four pieces for show.
NCYP 330 Portfolio Preparation: Drawing with Light: Experimentation in Photography (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Alyssa Stokes $350

Section A Meets 7/17/2017 to 7/28/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 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, photo transfer and cliche’ verre. Photo collage, digital montage and other digital manipulations will also be explored. Adobe Photoshop, in combination with flatbed scanners and digital cameras, will be our tools to create unique, experimental works of art.
NCYP 337 Portfolio Preparation: Expressive Portraiture (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Daniel Lee $315

Section A Meets 7/3/2017 to 7/14/2017 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 of the course 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. No class on July 4th.
NCYP 338 Portfolio Preparation: Books: Building and Binding (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Hannah Ireland $350

Section A Meets 6/19/2017 to 6/30/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. This course will explore the structure and content of books, and creating books as a "holding forms" for ideas and stories, and as artistic sculptural forms. Students will develop skills in traditional and innovative bookbinding in order to bind their own sketchbooks and stories, and create works of art based on the book form. The course will include papermaking, altered book sculpture, and visits to the Decker Library at MICA to view artist books from the collection.
NCYP 346 Portfolio Preparation: Introduction to Printmaking (Grades 9-12) 0 credits Raissa Rosenbaum $350

Section A Meets 7/17/2017 to 7/28/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12.This course is for the art student who wants to learn about the history and power of printed media while also exploring ways that to produce multiples of their own designs. From wood to posters, t-shirts to tote bags, stickers, and more, students will explore various printmaking techniques through prompts geared towards personal meaning-making. Techniques will include: linoleum block printing, monoprinting, plexi-glass etching, and screen printing.
NCYP 349 Portfolio Prep.: Abstract Painting- Expanding Visual Perception 0 credits Daniel Lee $350

Section A Meets 6/19/2017 to 6/30/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 9-12.This course introduces the high school student interested in painting to the spectrum of abstraction. Students will gain confidence in painting fundamentals while abstraction is demystified through a historical context, practical theory, and a variety of strategies for young artists. We will explore the many approaches to abstraction by tracing a history of early modern experiments to contemporary abstract painters. Learners will experience and appreciate the kaleidoscopic techniques of vision and representation that accompany an increasingly complex relationship of observer, to space, forms, and ideas through the last century.
NCYP 350 Port Prep: Package and Product Design Grades 9-12 0 credits Mika Nakano $315

Section A Meets 7/3/2017 to 7/14/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12. They say 'don't judge a book by its cover,' but it is the artist's job to enhance and encompass what the product entails to entice the right audience or consumer. In this class students will design, engineer, and invent creative ways to represent products, and configure new products to improve the old. Creative problem solving is at the heart of this class as students engage in 2D, 3D, and digital prompts. No class on July 4th.
NCYP 357 Portfolio Prep: Surface Considerations for the Detail-Driven Artist 0 credits Hannah Ireland $350

Section A Meets 7/17/2017 to 7/28/2017 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 9-12.This course is designed for the artist who is a noticer of detail, and attracted to the meditative process, patience and beauty of detail oriented artworks. This course will explore the art of paper cutting, layered drawing on transparent surfaces, and intricate mark making in 2D and 3D formats. Within these processes there is potential to explore both abstract and representational ways of working to fit each student's individual interests and style.