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Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

Young artists in High School Classes become part of a community dedicated to developing interests and abilities in a collaborative and exuberant atmosphere. In addition to building a foundation of creative and technical skills, courses foster the development of imagination, self-confidence, and individual style.

  • Classes are Saturdays from 9 – 12 pm and 1 – 4 pm
  • Students have morning and afternoon breaks as well as supervised lunches for which they may bring their own or purchase in the dining hall.
  • Choose according to your Fall 2018 grade
  • (*) Indicates courses offered in both Fall & Spring Quarters

Courses

Course Descriptions

CHARACTER DESIGN

Fall 9 am – 12 pm
Course Code: YIL032                         
Tuition $475
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Learn how to design characters for a variety of visual media, including film, animation, comics, and games. Discover the process of character development and secrets for bringing a character to life. The course covers staging, silhouette, posture, structure, costume, color, and shapes in order to create characters imbued with human traits.

* DIGITAL ANIMATION

Fall 9 am – 12 pm
Spring 1 pm – 4 pm    
Course Code:  YPDA033
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Tuition $475 Make the transition from traditional hand-drawn animation techniques to the digital world. A continuing emphasis on concept and character development and storyboards will strengthen student skills. A great next step if you have taken traditional animation classes in the past.

DIGITAL DRAWING BOARD

Fall 9 am – 12 pm                          
Course Code: YPDA051        
Tuition $530
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Learn to use your computer as a dynamic tool for creating amazing artwork using the potential of vector graphics. Beginning with the use of Illustrator tools to make cartoons and posters, you will experiment with digital drawing and graphics illustration to create original images for screen or print. Tuition includes lab fee.

DIGITAL MAGIC

Spring 1 pm – 4 pm                            
Course Code: YPDA053        
Tuition $475
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Discover the secrets of digital wizardry that professional artists use to alter source material, such as photographs or scanned artwork. You'll create original work from preexisting sources and then, using the clever tools found in Adobe Photoshop, produce amazing artwork including photography, posters and more.

* DRAWING FOUNDATION

Fall 9 am – 12 pm
Spring  1 pm – 4 pm
Course Code: YFA041            
Tuition $475
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Develop the perceptual and pictorial skills that will further your art and design abilities. You will learn vital concepts of line, value, gesture, composition and perspective through basic drawing techniques and materials while experiencing the fun and satisfaction of drawing.  

EXPRESSIVE PORTRAITURE

Fall 1 pm – 4 pm                            
Course Code YFA031             
Tuition $530
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Discover the proper methods to render realistic facial likeness and expressions as you work with clothed models to further your observational and figurative drawing skills. Tuition includes a model fee.

* FASHION CONCEPTS & ILLUSTRATION

Fall 1 pm – 4 pm
Spring 9 am – 4 pm
Course Code: YFD022            
Tuition $475
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Develop a visual fashion collection through the exploration of history, trends and fashion designers. Start with a sketchbook to express your ideas and then learn to illustrate the traditional fashion figure to create collection boards and finished portfolio pieces.

* FASHION DESIGN

Fall 9 am – 12 pm
Spring 1 pm – 4 pm
Course Code YFD023             
Tuition $475
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You will have fun exploring different approaches to fashion design along with developing skills in styling, fabric selection, creating inspiration boards and professional draping techniques. You will learn how garments can communicate an individual’s personality and gain an understanding of style, color, form, and proportion in contemporary fashion.

FASHION SEWING

Fall 1 pm – 4 pm                                       
Course Code: YFD021                       
Tuition $475
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Learn to sew like a pro on a variety of fabrics and other materials. Guided projects will include all the basic sewing techniques and an overview of fabric properties needed for success in constructing your own designs. This course is a great first step if you are interested in fashion but not experienced at sewing.

FASHION STYLING

Spring 9 am – 12 pm                          
Course Code: YFD041            
Tuition $475
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Discover the ins and outs of the exciting career of being a fashion stylist.  Learn how to style using color, shape and proportion; identify fashion trends and resources; and develop a personal aesthetic. Individual and group projects, including mood/style boards, will give you the opportunity to apply your styling skills in the interpretation of fashion image for a range of applications within the field of fashion.

FIGURE DRAWING

Spring  1 pm – 4 pm                            
Course Code YFA034             
Tuition $530
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Develop strong composition skills and learn to capture the essence of a pose through interpreting the human figure. Short sketches will lead to longer poses and the development of more complete, detailed drawings as you increase your observational skills and understanding of proportion, form and gesture.  Tuition includes model fee.

GAMING DESIGN

Spring 9 am – 12 pm                          
Course Code:  YPDA031        
Tuition $475
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Learn design and game development! Through concept sketching, animation and basic programming skills, you will build simple interactive frames. Hands-on projects explore specific game genres including arcade, action and narrative games. Programming experience is not necessary, but you should be computer literate and have some familiarity with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Fall 9 am – 12 pm                            
Course Code: YGD022            
Tuition $475
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Develop skills in creating impressive graphic designs for real-world applications such as posters, advertising, multimedia, and online. You will have fun using imagery, color, type and composition to express messages with individual style while learning visual communication principles valuable in many fields.

* ILLUSTRATION

Fall 9 am – 12 pm
Spring 1 pm – 4 pm
Course Code YIL024              
Tuition $475
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This dynamic class will introduce you to illustration skills and develop your personal style in creating imaginative visual images for the types of projects that contemporary illustrators practice: comics, children’s books, movie storyboards, skateboard graphics, video games and more.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Spring  1 pm – 4 pm                
Course Code: YID020             
Tuition $475
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In addition to developing drawing skills, you will learn to design interior spaces through an overview of space planning and color selection as well as choosing materials, furniture and lighting.

* PAINTING STUDIO

Fall 1 pm – 4 pm
Spring 9 am – 12 pm
Course Code YFA043             
Tuition $475
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Learn the foundational techniques of painting in a light-filled studio as you explore color and composition to express your ideas about art. Using a range of paint media, you will develop an understanding of the relationship between color and light as you work from observed subjects such as still life and the figure or your imagination

* PORTFOLIO PREP 

Fall 1 pm – 4 pm                            
Spring 9 am – 12 pm
Course Code: YFA033 noncredit
Tuition $475
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Are you interested in building a portfolio for college admissions review? Then this class focusing on skill-building exercises in still life, landscape and the human figure – as well as presentation – is for you. Develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio.

* PORTFOLIO PREP (CREDIT)

Fall 1 pm – 4 pm                            
Spring 9 am – 12 pm
Course Code: YFAC033 credit     
Tuition $475
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Are you interested in building a portfolio for college admissions review? Then this class focusing on skill-building exercises in still life, landscape and the human figure – as well as presentation – is for you. Develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio.

* TRADITIONAL ANIMATION

Fall 1 pm – 4 pm
Spring 9 am – 12 pm
Course Code: YPDA024        
Tuition $475
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Bring your sketches to life using traditional animation techniques for designing unique characters and fascinating visual narratives. You will have fun experimenting with 2D animation as you strengthen your perception and drawing skills. Focusing on the foundation of animation, the course will take you through the initial steps of storyboarding so you can become skilled at developing your ideas into a story plot with both words and images. 

URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Spring 9 am – 12 pm                          
Course Code:  YPDA026        
Tuition $475
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Explore a variety of city sights and learn the techniques, skills and principles for finding and capturing life as it happens and telling stories with images. Students should bring a digital camera to the first class.

VIDEO & FILMMAKING

Fall 1 pm – 4 pm
Course Code: YPDA050         
Tuition $530
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Learn the fundamentals of moviemaking by producing short video narratives combining words, images, music and other media to artfully present a message.  Projects may include memoir, description, and informative prose among many other possibilities that express your own style. Tuition includes lab fee.