Youth Arts 2020 Spring Enrollment Classes begin February 3rd through April 30th.
Class Offerings and Descriptions (enrollment form is below)
Ceramics Monday: Greenware Students will learn the basics of pottery in this introductory class. They will learn basic skills, techniques and language of clay by learning to throw on the potters wheel, and learning basic hand-building and sculptural techniques. Tuesday: Etch-A-Sketch Students will learn the Art of Mishima inlay, a process of etching designs into the clay and filling with a contrasting color to enhance the carved design. We will also be collaborating with a Teaching Artist from the Pittsburgh Center who will show us demonstration on how to use different techniques and the laser engraver to cut out patterns for resist techniques. Primarily a wheel throwing class but students will be shown how to use the pop molds and other hand-building techniques.
Wednesday: ClayCraft Students will learn a brief history of architecture styles, including styles such as (but not limited to) Gothic, Romanesque, Rococo, Modern, Art Deco, Classical, Baroque, etc. Images will be shown via a PowerPoint. Students will find 3 images of architecture they link and create a sketch with measurements. Requirements: four walls and a roof, and some additive and subtractive details. The pieces will be displayed as a village / town / city so the students must work together to create buildings for their land.
Thursday: Time to Fly Advanced Students will be allowed to develop their own curriculum with the guidance of the instructors. They will develop a proposal that will illustrate their concept of work that shows where their work will begin and what they hope to accomplish by the end of class. Students will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook to work out their Ideas/concept.
Printmaking Monday: Teez 4 Newbiez (Screenprinting) Students are encouraged to work individually and collaboratively. This course is an exploration of basic t-shirt screen printing techniques with emphasis on preparing screen-process stencils (photo and hand-cut film stencil) and photo emulsion processes. Students will create three designs and create three one color screen printed shirts. Students are encouraged to investigate their own interests, conceptual ideas in terms of content, and image making in the printing.
Tuesday: 2D or Not 2D Students will create four two week projects over the course of 9 weeks. Students are encouraged to work individually and collaboratively to explore the elements and principals of design. Students will create compelling compositions that challenge their skills and comprehensions of the vocabulary that comes with art and design. Students are encourage to investigate their own interests, conceptual ideas in terms of content and image making in their compositions. Wednesday: Let Me Tell You a Story Students are encouraged to work individually and collaboratively. This course is based on the visual narrative. Students will collectively choose a theme and create a visual narrative based on that them. Students will learn to carve and print theory own image by hand as well as on a small table top press. The end result will be hand made visual narrative book. Students are encouraged to investigate their own interests, conceptual ideas in terms of content and image making in their printing.
Thursday: Trash Masters Students are encouraged to work individually and collaboratively. This course is an exploration and experimentation of materials, and gaining a new perspective on how to create art. Students will recycle household items, overlooked objects and collected materials turning them into unique printing and stamp tools. Students will test their tools in their sketchbooks. The end result will create unique printing and stamping tools as well as a number of interesting mono type and relief prints from recycled everyday objects. Students are encouraged to investigate their own interests, conceptual ideas in terms of content and image making in their printing.
Digital and Design Arts Tuesday: Intro to 3D Design In this course, students will learn how to use the Tinkercad browser-based software, as well as the Corel Draw software. With Tinkercad, the students will be able to learn how to create their own designs from scratch as well as modify existing models for their own creative visions. Students will also learn about the Laser etching and engraving through the Corel Draw software.
Wednesday: Manga During this course, students will learn the ins and outs of creating a Manga of their own. There will be story development, style development, and character development, all of which will be expressed through the mediums of pen and ink / watercolors.
Thursday: Game Design This entry-level class is for the ultimate lover of games. Students will spend the semester utilizing their newly learned knowledge of game design elements like rules, types of fun, goals, opposition and interaction to create their very own game prototype. The opportunities are endless with use of our graphic design, 3D, and laser tools. So... ready player 1!