All Photos by Steve Weinik
At Moore, we believe that there's no need to wait until college to start your journey as an artist or designer. Our Youth Education programs are offered year round, and young students can start classes with us as young as eight years old. As students grow closer to college age, they can hone their skills and further develop their portfolios, providing a strong edge for their applications to competitive art and design schools.
Moore’s Summer Art & Design Institute (SADI), our premiere pre-college summer program, is ideal for young women and nonbinary high-school students who want a taste of the art and design college experience. The program features popular tracks of study, including Animation, Illustration, Painting and Game Design––and includes fun and art-filled off-campus field trips.
“SADI field trips offer students the opportunity to get out of the classroom and experience art and design from a new perspective,” said Dalita Khoury, Moore’s Continuing Education Program Manager. “Moore is located in the heart of Philadelphia, and part of being a student here means you have access to all the surrounding museums, restaurants and shops the city has to offer. The experience of a field trip creates a source of inspiration that many students choose to take back to their studios.”
This summer, SADI students took several field trips, including a visit to The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Students had an opportunity to tour the exhibition on view and collaborate with studio staff to experiment with screen printing. This resulted in the creation of their own experimental prints, which went onto take-home tote bags.
Earlier in the summer, SADI students visited Eastern State Penitentiary, where they learned about historical injustices of the incarceration system. This was a great opportunity for drawing and photography students to take in the historical architecture. In addition, instructors also planned a guided trolley tour of Philadelphia for the students, where they learned about the history and layout of the city.
“Many students use field trips as an opportunity to expand on the skills they learned in the classroom,” said Khoury. “For example, Eastern State Penitentiary proved to be a highly popular spot for photography and drawing students because of its severe architecture. The Fabric Workshop and Museum arranged a printmaking activity for the students, which offered a more hands-on approach to learning and creating.”
In addition to the plethora of off-campus trips, SADI offers a taste of campus life. The students reside in Stahl Hall, located on Moore’s campus, in close proximity to classroom studios and facilities. Moore’s Residence Life staff provide programming and activities geared toward personal growth.
“SADI offers a glimpse of what life would be like as an arts and design college student at Moore,” said Khoury. “Not only do students get to immerse themselves in their disciplines of choice at a college level, but they learn how to cohabitate with others on campus and experience Moore as an independent student. It’s a great opportunity for students to get feedback from instructors and improve their portfolios. Students create long-lasting friendships in an inclusive and welcoming environment.”