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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
NCSP 219 It's All About Me: Self-Portrait & Journaling: Grades 6-8 0 credits Antoinette Hawkins $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Location: St. Paul's School. Grades 6-8. Students learn to capture moments of life through images, drawings, text, and stories. Using both a literal representation of self (the self-portrait) and figurative expression of personal stories, students explore a variety of ways to express who they are on the outside and inside. As a starting point, students construct books that will become the holding form for journaling concepts, memories, stories, preferences, opinions, dreams, and much more. Emphasis will be on journaling via the written word, then using the imagery created by those words to develop drawings, paintings, and collages using a variety of wet and dry media. Each session will emphasize a “chapter” in the students’ ongoing story. Note: No class on March 19 and March 26.
NCSP 224 Drawing and Painting Workshop- Grades 3-5 0 credits James Travers $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades: 3-5. Location: St. Paul's School. In this fast-paced drawing and painting course, students are engaged in a variety of short and sustained studies intended to develop their skills and abilities. 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. Students create pieces from observation, imagination, and in response to the art of master artists and their peers. Students maintain a sketchbook and work toward developing a portfolio of their drawings for presentation. Written reflection, self-assessment, and ability to participate in group critiques are key components of this course. Note: No class on March 19 and March 26.
NCYP 109 Real and Fanciful "Scapes" (Grades 3-5) 0 credits Sae Jang $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 3-5. In this introductory landscape course, students take a fantastic journey into some truly unusual landscapes. Using children’s literature as inspiration, students embark upon fanciful journeys into a colorful world of realistic, personal, and fanciful landscapes. They will create cityscapes, oceanscapes, and scenes from both an insect’s point of view and a birds-eye view. From there, they will journey to far-away places to capture moonscapes and underwater seascapes. Emphasis is on problem-solving, exercising the imagination, using writing to enhance fanciful scenes, and experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques.
NCYP 142 The Artist in Me (Grades 1-3) 0 credits Kathryn Sowinski $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 1-3. 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.
NCYP 168 Mixed Media: Art of Collage (Grades 3-5) 0 credits Mary Munday $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 3-5. In this course, students explore and apply ways in which disparate imagery and materials can be arranged to create compositions that are both aesthetically pleasing and expressive of ideas and feelings. Students explore the potential of a variety of ideas, images and materials in designing and creating compositions of subject and topics that have personal meaning. Using a balance of found images and created images, students are encouraged to create narrative works, with equal emphasis on treatment of the work’s surface, choice and arrangement of images, and selection of media.
NCYP 175 Ways of Seeing: A Drawing Workshop (Grades 4-6) 0 credits Ju Hyun Park $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 4-6. Grow as an artist by exploring your abilities to not only draw but to see. This course builds upon technical skills acquired through observational drawing while providing experiences for students to enhance additional art skills such as examination, analysis, interpretation, and experimentation. Conversations, inquiries and playful activities will inspire each other to create and see in new ways. Students will use both sketchbooks and large-scale drawing surfaces with wet and dry media.
NCYP 185 Clay Workshop for Little Hands (Grades K-2) 0 credits Mary Munday $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades: K-2. Nowhere is there a medium more malleable and versatile than clay. Intended for our youngest artists and framed within an energetic context of play, tactile experiences, exploration, and discovery, this course is intended to get students immersed in working creatively to create forms, apply textures, and consider the varieties of surface effects with glaze. Students extrude, roll, press, mold, shape, squeeze, pinch, and drape clay in unusual ways to create beautiful, artful clay objects. Once familiar with the basic characteristics, possibilities, and limitations of clay, students will find that the options are virtually endless! Note: No class on March 19 and March 26.
NCYP 240 Draw Like da Vinci (Grades 6-8) 0 credits Mika Nakano $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Grades 6-8. Leonardo da Vinci’s keen eye and innovative mind led him to generate countless sketches of his observations, ideas, and inventions. In careful detail, he visualized ideas and explored the unique qualities of animals, machines, plants, bones, and other man-made and natural forms through observational drawing. Drawing was used as a means to understand the world better. In this course, students step into his creative mind and try to see the world as he did. In doing so, they will “draw like da Vinci” and explore the varied ways line can be used to experience and understand the world visually. Note: No class on March 19 and March 26.
NCYP 261 Introduction to Fashion Design (Grades 6-8) 0 credits Natalie Drutz $340

Section A Meets 1/30/2016 to 4/16/2016 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Grades 6-8. For the fashion savvy young artist, this course introduces students to the world of style! Students explore fashion design concepts through sketching, fabric selection and design, color combinations, pattern design, and use of textures in garments. Beyond designing clothing items, students also consider fashion trends, past and present, in order to create garments, accessories, hats, and other innovative “wearables” that push the boundaries of existing styles. After guiding students through the basic vocabulary and skills needed to be successful fashion designers, students are presented with challenges and clients for whom they must design original creations for specific purposes. The course ends with a fabulous fashion show of all the designers’ creations. Note: No class on March 19 and March 26.