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Current Courses for Elementary & Middle School Students

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCSP 168 Painting the World Around Me (Grades K-2) 0.00 credits - TBA $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's Schools. Grades K-2.For the young artist who loves to draw and wishes to dive into a world of color, this course journeys from mark-making with dry media into the world of paint and other wet media. From looking and sketching exercises to experimentation with color, students will explore how color can be used for expressive purposes. Paint media such as watercolor and tempera paint will be used to explore how colors interact to create various effects, mixed colors, and textures. Emphasis will be on noticing details about the surrounding world and finding ways to communicate experiences with brush-strokes, lines, and splashes of color.
NCSP 203 Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Grades 6-8) 0.00 credits - TBA $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 6-8. 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 upon exercises in Betty Edwards' 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. No class on July 4th.
NCYP 103 Reimagining Stories (Grades K-2) 0.00 credits Lisa Nersessian $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades K-2. When a story is over, have you ever wondered, what happens next? Young artists put on their author hats and dream up visual sequels, prequels, plot twists, new characters and “what if’s” for award winning stories we read each week. This story mash-up class allows our best storytellers to use their imaginations while engaging in specific art processes each week that develop fine motor skills and knowledge of art media. Instructor: Lisa Nersessian ’05 (M.A.T.) has loved working in MICA’s Y.P.S. program since 2004. She has also taught middle school art for Howard County Public Schools and mentored graduate student teachers. Lisa currently creates artwork for her Etsy shop and participates in a parent co-op preschool.
NCYP 144 Build It! Constructing Artistic Sculpture (Grades K-2) 0.00 credits Robert Penn $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades K-2. Do you have a knack for putting together unusual materials to create interesting three-dimensional objects? In this hands-on, multi-media sculptural course, students use additive techniques to attach, glue, twist, stack, tie, dangle and arrange as they explore the ways varied materials can be combined to create expressive forms that may be artful, functional or both. Materials such as found objects, wood, paper and board are used for construction of these innovative sculptures, then they are embellished with a variety of natural and man-made materials. Students are encouraged to use their own artful thinking to find and bring in interesting objects and materials for use in this course.
NCYP 170 Cartoon Character Design (Grades 3-5) 0.00 credits - TBA $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 3-5. Throughout its long history, the art of cartooning has provided a wonderful means for people to express their opinions and ideas, entertain one another, bring forth laughter, and take amazing flights of fantasy. In this course, students 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. Students learn the basic elements of drawing cartoon bodies, capturing expression through exaggeration, developing props, and writing dialog for short cartoon strips and one-panel cartoons featuring their original character.
NCYP 184 Drawing and Painting Workshop (Grades 3-5) 0.00 credits Sarah Wright $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 3-5. For the young artist who loves to create, this fast-paced course offers a little bit of everything. Students create drawings from memory, observation, imagination and in response to the art of masters. Different approaches, tools, materials and techniques are presented and explored using a diverse range of media, from pen and pencil to color explorations in pastel and paint. With the introduction of each new medium and technique, students create studies and sketches as preparation for several larger, refined pieces for the final art show. Emphasis is on exposure to a variety of traditional and non-traditional drawing media and surfaces, with hands-on process work and experimentation at the heart of learning each new drawing technique or medium. Instructor:Sarah Wright ’12 (Art History B.F.A.) works within the education department at the Walters Art Museum. She also works at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital sharing the joy of art making with patients.
NCYP 211 Drawing Out of the Box (Grades 6-8) 0.00 credits Thomas Doyle $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 6-8. This course is designed to build upon and expand students’ concept of drawing. Students use conventional and unconventional drawing tools and materials to investigate “mark making” as it relates to the development of symbolic and expressive form. Working from observation, imagination, music, dreams and memory, students become comfortable thinking outside the box when it comes to their own creative possibilities. Instructor: Tom Doyle ’13 ’14 (Ceramics B.F.A., M.A.T.) has always found joy in making spectacular things out of simple materials. As the 3-D Design instructor at a school just outside of Washington, D.C., Tom gets to share that joy every day with his students while teaching ceramics and woodworking classes.
NCYP 235 3D Workshop for Middle School (Grades 6-8) 0.00 credits Natalie Drutz $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 6-8. Grounded in both play and experimentation, the beauty of sculpture is that anything can be your media and possibilities are limitless! This course is for both the young artist who thinks in three dimensions and the one looking to develop themselves beyond drawing and painting with traditional and non-traditional 3-D media. Come explore where decorative, functional and meaningful making collide, for an immersive visual experience. Instructor: Natalie Drutz ’13 ’14 (Fiber Arts B.F.A., M.A.T.) has been teaching in Y.P.S. for 7 years. Her expertise is in sewing, costume design and construction, weaving and sculpture.
NCYP 242 Build Like da Vinci (Grades 6-8) 0.00 credits Mary Munday $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 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. 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 256 Exploring Color Media (Grades 6-8) 0.00 credits Mary Munday $360.00

Section A Meets 9/15/2018 to 11/17/2018 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 6-8. Using a variety of dry and wet color media such as oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, and paint, students explore the powerful role color plays in 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.