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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCSP 147 Cartoon Character Design (Grades 3-5) 0 credits James Travers $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 3-5.Cartooning provides a wonderful means for young people to express their opinions and ideas, entertain one another, bring forth laughter, and take amazing flights of fantasy. Young artists will 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. Artists will learn basic elements and create their own cartoon strips and one-panel cartoons with original characters. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: Jamie Travers has been teaching YPS for 15 years and graduated from MICA with a Masters in Art Education. He is a resident artist at the Howard County Center of the Arts.
NCSP 163 Media Explorations (Grades K-2) 0 credits Katherine Waterworth $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades K-2). Location: St. Paul's Schools. Young artists are offered a variety of exciting art experiences based upon explorations of his or her immediate world. Using a variety of art media, artists translate learning into drawings, paintings, craft, and sculpture. In creating their art, the artists explore visual concepts such as open/closed, smooth/rough, and straight and curved as perceived in art and the visual world. Lessons are designed to actively engage children in the creative process. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: Katie Waterworth earned both her BFA in Fibers and Masters of Art in Teaching degree from MICA. Her expertise includes fiber arts and early childhood art education.
NCSP 230 Ways of Seeing: A Drawing Workshop (Grades 6-8) 0 credits Hannah Ireland $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 6-8. Location: St. Paul's School.This course builds upon technical skills acquired through observational drawing while providing experiences for young artists to enhance additional skills such as examination, analysis, interpretation, and experimentation. Through conversations, inquiries, and playful activities, young artists will inspire each other to create and see in new ways. Artists will use both sketchbooks and large-scale drawing surfaces with wet and dry media. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: Hannah Ireland is an artist, printmaker, and art educator from Chicago with a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She will earn her Masters of Art in Teaching degree from MICA this year.
NCYP 124 Animal Explorers: Investigating 2D & 3D Art (Grades K-2) 0 credits Patricia Kronz $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades K-2. Young artists will explore the animal kingdom while learning how to represent an idea both in two- and three-dimensional form. Inspiration will be pulled from fiction and non-fiction books, investigating themes presented, in order to create rich visual concepts. Each class will teach new ways of illustrating and sculpting animals with a tour of both media and technical processes. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: PJ Kronz earned her BFA in ceramics and Masters of Art in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Her area of expertise includes sculpture with a focus on mixed media, ceramics, and mold making.
NCYP 142 The Artist in Me (Grades K-2) 0 credits Natovian McLeod $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades K-2. What does it mean to be an artist? How does an artist see? And what are the tools that an artist might use for creative expression? Let’s explore the ways artists use art making and imagination to weave a richer, more colorful experience of life. This course invites young artists to tap into their own unique talents, skills, ways of seeing, and creativity to create art that is personal, expressive, and original. Media choices are abundant, with ample room for student exploration. Storybooks and masterworks are sources of inspiration. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: Natovian McLeod earned her BFA in General Fine Arts and a Masters of Art in Teaching from MICA. Her expertise includes painting, sculpture, and collaged media.
NCYP 191 Understanding Color as Language (Grades 3-5) 0 credits Laura Kirchner $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 3-5.Young artists channel their inner abstract expressionists, exploring the world of color through a simultaneous investigation of painting techniques. Without seeing and exploring the realm of color in all of its qualities, an individual does not develop a color sense. This color sense directly contributes to developing a living language in nature and the expression of emotions. Developing color perspective establishes a place to learn how one engages, observes, and responds to the world. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: Laura Kirchner has earned her BFA from Alfred University, MFA in painting from Boston University, and her Masters of Art in Teaching from MICA. She is a painter with 15 years of experience teaching holistic art practices.
NCYP 242 Build Like da Vinci (Grades 6-8) 0 credits Mary Munday $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 6-8. Using Leonardo da Vinci as the primary artist and model of multidisciplinary thinking, young artists explore the history, geography, and ideas of the Renaissance (also known as the Age of Exploration, which saw travel to new worlds in Asia and the Americas). This class teaches multiple 3-D techniques in design and sculptural thinking such as glass fusing, mechanical engineering with found objects, formal sculptural modeling, and metal sculptural reliefs. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: Mary Mark Munday received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her Masters of Art in Teaching from MICA. She has 23 years of teaching experience in public and private school settings, as well as in MICA’s Art Education Department.
NCYP 252 Drawing and Developing a Relationship with Nature (Grades 3-5) 0 credits Laura Kirchner $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 3-5: Drawing from nature can be a self-reflective tool for communicating, understanding, and documenting how one perceives his or her environment. Young artists will be guided through multi-sensory activities and investigations of found natural objects before drawing from observation and from multiple perspectives. They will explore various materials and reference various artists while engaging in scientific and artistic thinking. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: Laura Kirchner has earned her BFA from Alfred University, MFA in painting from Boston University, and her Masters of Art in Teaching from MICA. She is a painter with 15 years of experience teaching holistic art practices.
NCYP 260 Graphic Design Workshop (Grades 6-8) 0 credits Ryan Foti $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 6-8. Who designs all of the colorful soda can labels, CD covers, cereal boxes, and other images that entice you to pick-up, try, taste, and purchase favorite products? In this course, you do! Using the basic drawing toolbox in the Macintosh graphics lab, young artists use digital rendering skills, scanners, online visual resources, and text to create computer-generated packaging, advertisements, and posters for real and fictional products. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: Ryan Foti received both his BFA in painting and a Masters of Art in Teaching degree from MICA. His expertise includes a holistic approach to drawing, painting, and digital art media.
NCYP 263 Chasing Dragons and Magic Lamps (Grades 6-8) 0 credits Mary Munday $340

Section A Meets 1/28/2017 to 4/8/2017 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 6-8. Come along on a voyage following an ancient treasure map, as we visit new and uncharted territories. In the Age of Exploration new lands meant new wonders. Young artists follow their imagination on this journey to practice clay techniques and design thinking with other sculptural materials. Explorers will build such diverse pieces as dragons and other guardian figures, as well as more functional dinnerware and magical vessels. Note: No class on March 18. Instructor: Mary Mark Munday received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her Masters of Art in Teaching from MICA. She has 23 years of teaching experience in public and private school settings, as well as in MICA’s Art Education Department.