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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCSP 108 Art Adventures (Grades 1-3) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul. Grades 1-3. Students will take an imaginary journey through the pyramids of Egypt, a medieval castle, the palaces of Europe and the far east, or a village in Africa, Students learn about ways in which people from different times and places use their art to communicate their interests and values. Studying the similarities and differences of art forms from various cultures can reveal how people live and the things that are important to them. Students use the experience of their journey and their study of the art from these places as inspiration to create work and become aware of their own living adventures.
NCSP 124 Drawing Workshop for Children (Grades 3-5) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 3-5. For the young artist who loves to draw, this fast-paced course offers a little bit of everything. Students create drawings from memory, observation, imagination, and in response to the art of master artists. 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.
NCSP 212 Faces and Figures (Grades 6-8) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 6-8. Learning to draw the human face and figure realistically can be fun, explorative, and expressive. In this course, students draw from observation to learn basic proportional guidelines and techniques for drawing the face and figure. Beginning with quick gesture drawings, a sequential range of exercises is planned to sharpen students’ perceptual skills and their understanding of the human form. Using both wet and dry media, students use each other and professional costumed models as subject matter for portraits and figure compositions. Students also have opportunity to view a variety of master figurative works from history as they explore expressive use of gesture, line, and color.
NCYP 101 Painting with Fibers and Fabric (Grades 4-6) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 4-6. Fabrics in rich colors, textures, and patterns can be found in every part of the world. The tactile qualities of each type of material make fibers and fabrics a medium that lends itself to layering, combining, bending, stitching, and folding. With swatches of varied fabrics as ‘paint’, and a rich array of yarn, string, and other fibers as ‘lines’, students in this course create collage, fabric decoupage, embellishment with stitchery, fabric pattern-making, and much more. Art forms such as quilting, applique, and embroidery, used throughout history for artful functional objects, are used as inspiration. Note: No class on October 15.
NCYP 108 A Closer Look (Grades K-2) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades K-2:This course is designed to enhance young artists’ perception of their familiar world while broadening their experiences with the world of art. In each class meeting, the child will explore a different theme in depth using multiple learning modalities. Through drawing, painting, and sculpture, the child expresses personal experiences and responses to ideas, images, and the visual world. Note: No class on October 15.
NCYP 115 Drawing Workshop for Children (Grades 3-5) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 3-5. For the young artist who loves to draw, this fast-paced course offers a little bit of everything. Students create drawings from memory, observation, imagination, and in response to the art of master artists. 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.
NCYP 128 My Family in Art (Grades K-2) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades K-2. Active children are challenged to tell stories through artwork based upon ideas found in relationships with family members, friends, and pets. Students paint and construct visual narratives about significant events, memories, and wishes. Movement and wordplay are enlisted to enhance the development of thinking and vocabulary. A variety of two- and three-dimensional materials and processes are employed. Note: No class on October 15.
NCYP 131 Clay Workshop for Children (Grades 3-5) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 3-5. Designed for young children who are interested in developing basic hand-building techniques to create both functional and decorative forms in clay. Using the clay work of different cultures and that of specific artists as inspiration, students will create unique forms, patterns, textures, and colors while exploring the medium and their ideas.
NCYP 170 Cartoon Character Design (Grades 4-6) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 4-6. 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 203 Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Grades 6-8) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 6-8. Designed for students who want 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. This course provides children, even those who think they cannot draw, with an excellent bridge between drawing symbolically and working more realistically.
NCYP 262 Design Lab: Portfolio Development for Middle School (Grades 6-8) 0 credits - TBA $340

Section A Meets 9/10/2016 to 11/19/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 6-8. What does it take to be a commercial artist and designer? In this course students will explore pathways in the field of design including graphic and industrial design, pattern design, and even interior design. Students will work in a variety of traditional and digital media to create their own original artworks and develop a personal portfolio. While this course is especially designed for students who require a design-based portfolio for entrance into high school art programs, it is also open to those who wish to explore design-based learning and art making. Note: No class on October 15.