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Pre-College in Baltimore Curriculum - Workshops

Estimated materials cost for all workshops: $150-$250.

Art History of the Figure

The human form has been at the center of art in every time and every culture. Students explore the arc of art history through the ways that artists have engaged with the figure. They also examine how the human form encodes such concepts as beauty, ideal form, expressive feeling, and social values. Each student will research a topic related to the human figure in art and create a digital art museum exhibition that will include both art works and interpretive texts. This course complements the Drawing and Painting the Figure core class nicely and is ideal for students who wish to obtain an art historical perspective on work that they are doing in the studio.

Artists' Books

Provides a highly engaging opportunity to combine various media and written ideas into art work. Students explore a variety of book formats, concepts, and binding techniques while designing a unique book form that incorporates their own creative writing and images using drawing, collage, photographic, and printmaking processes. Emphasis is on personal expression through book style and content.

Black-and-White Photography

Emphasizes a basic understanding of technical skills of traditional black-and-white photography, including camera functions, exposure, film development, and printing, as well as the aesthetics of photographic vision. Students build a foundation of knowledge that enables them to create work
reflecting a strong artistic understanding of the medium.


Introduces experimental smoke and glaze firing. Students learn ceramics construction techniques of coil, pinch, and slab to create a series of sculptures. The workshop culminates in a Raku firing. Emphasis is on individual response and personal direction related to the Raku process.

Digital Photography

This workshop introduces light- and lens-based imaging using a variety of digital tools. Students learn selective exposure, compression, image capture, editing, color management, and printing. Note: Students should bring their own digital camera that has at least 5 megapixels resolution and optical zoom.

Drawing from the Model

Challenges students to work in different drawing media such as bamboo reed pen, charcoal, and mixed media in the progression of tempos and moods to develop skills to perceive the human figure as an interactive force in their art. Students produce a portfolio of figure drawings that range in style from the traditional to more modern and self-reflective approaches.


Focuses on the expressive potential of textiles through exploration of a variety of techniques. Students use age-old techniques of pleating, knotting, stitching, painting, stamping, and dyeing to create richly layered fabrics that are used for the construction of wearable art, quilts, or wall pieces.

Graphic Design

Introduces basic principles and practices of good visual communication and construction of ideas. Fundamental areas of design theory, typography, conceptual skills, and digital information are addressed. Students participate in real-world assignments including logo, brochure, and poster design. Ideas progress from simple layouts to finished drawings to final projects done in the computer lab.


Introduces the traditions of illustration as a means for creating or supporting a narrative. Students consider issues of character development, sequential imagery, storytelling genres, and the relationship between text and image. Studio exercises investigate several different drawing and painting media.

Product Design

Introduces field of product design. Students learn the creative problem solving techniques product designers use to invent new products, and proceed through the process of invention, designing, prototyping and developing the next big thing. Through workshops, charettes, demos, and studio work, participants develop new product concepts, build prototypes, and learn presentation techniques used by product designers.


Focuses on sculptural expressions in mixed media. Students inform their sculptural works through a series of interdisciplinary exercises that use drawing, creative writing, movement, meditation, and music-making as points of departure. Emphasizes construction and fabrication techniques using basic hand tools, alternative materials, and processes that enable students to produce several individual works. The final week of the program allows an opportunity for the class together on site-specific collaborations.


Introduces basic techniques of video production and the creative process as it relates to the moving image. Students learn about lighting, camera technology, and video and sound editing. In addition to technical concerns, participants examine formal artistic principles and thematic approaches as well as
collaborative production concepts.

Web Portfolio Development

Introduces the basic concepts of web design through the development of a personal portfolio website. Topics include an introduction to understanding web environments and technologies, site structures, navigation methods, online site development tools, and the creation of a fully functional website through the use of a content management system. Upon completion, students will be able to independently maintain their personal web space while developing, updating and adding additional content over time.

This page was last updated on 10/13/2016.