Saturday School : Class Information + Registration
Course information below is for the 2015-16 program. Download the Saturday School 2015-16 Registration form or use the Register Now links below for online course registration.
Note: Registration is now available for the Spring semester.
Using the Stanislavski method and text analysis, learn to embody characters truthfully and deeply, striking a chord with audiences and directors alike. Pull from a catalog of classic and contemporary monologues and an array of acting and improvisational exercises, to gain audition readiness and a deeper understanding of theatrical texts.
Collaboration between actors is the essence of effective theater. Stanislavski’s system of objections, actions and obstacles urges actors to think collectively, developing their own capabilities in tandem with those of fellow student actors. Develop full and complex characters through a series of age-appropriate scenes that provide a vivid backdrop for choice-making exercises.
Pollock, Basquiat, and Banksy knew: Boundaries can stifle art. This painting course doesn’t emphasize technique or expectation - it harnesses the lack thereof. Redefine parameters, use unconventional tools and make ironic and poignant use of surface and canvas to create memorable and unexpected imagery.
Animation - FULL
From hand-drawn to high-tech, animation has evolved dramatically since its debut in 19th century France. Work with a professional animator to acquire and understand the basics of hand-drawn - or traditional - animation and motion studies and walk away from this course with your own short animated movie or demo reel.
Fall semester only
Looking to create the perfect protagonist - or foe? Work from your imagination and a variety of media and exercises to develop and design your own comic book character. Watch as your creation’s personality and look develop side-by-side, emerging through a series of thumbnail sketches to become a complete, highly-rendered work suitable for any media application.
Kurt Vonnegut said, “Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.” Explore this and other short story writing strategies as you put your own short ideas to the page - and to the test. Study basic strategies of dialogue and narrative to learn what makes a compelling short tale. Develop scenes, characters, settings and plots and discuss and review examples of storytelling device - as well as your classmates’ work. Walk away with a completed short story of your own.
Maybe they roll off the tongue, but quality song lyrics and poetry can be tougher to create than to recite. This creative writing workshop examines the conventions of contemporary poems and song lyrics, pinpointing what makes them memorable and what makes them work. Focus on image, line, tone, diction, form and structure as well as effective combination of rhythm and tempo to develop a critical vocabulary for understanding - and writing - poetry and song.
Quality cinematography is as critical to a film as its director and cast. Learn to craft shots and scenes critically, with the right combination of composition, lighting and movement. Develop your visual voice while gaining intensive hands-on experience, and determine what type of camera movements - from dolly shots to handheld tracking to jib moves - work best for specific scenarios. Visual storytelling is emphasized in this course, as well as the art of creating mood and evoking emotion.
Draw inspiration from everyday moments and learn how to go from the page to the stage as you start with developing a script and taking it through the processes of casting, shooting and post-production. Attain the necessary skills to communicate with actors and direct them in a way that breaths life to the characters you create. You’ll discover how to turn the imaginative into the practical as you learn filmmaking software, lighting and sound and editing techniques. You don’t have to go farther than the classroom to create your masterpiece.
Why spend money to screenprint t-shirts, bags, patches and prints when you can make - and even sell - them yourself? Grasp the basics of screen printing, from set-up and screen prep to image transferring and printing. This empowering course puts screen printing in your hands so you can go on to print your logo or message on items of your choice.
Delve into the fundamentals and history of drawing while honing your own observational eye and drawing technique. Work with charcoal, pencil and ink as well as with still life, models and landscape to develop drawing essentials including perspective, light and shadow, composition and tonal variations.
Focus on design and composition as you work toward more sustained studies and finished drawings. Explore structure, space, light, line and tone while working in black and white and color. Work from still life, the urban landscape and nude models while experimenting with a variety of materials including pencil, charcoal, conté crayon, pastels and toned and colored papers. Prior drawing experience required.
Slapping a photo filter on a digital shot earns you “likes,” but not the pride or prowess of achieving the effect yourself. Using Holgas, Diana cameras, Lomos, Polaroid and other vintage film cameras, examine the mechanisms and methods behind the enduring techniques of low-tech photography, including vignettes, soft-focus and double exposure. Shoot then develop photos in a dark room setting, discovering the continuing relevance of these old-school processes while sharpening your eye. This course is open to both experienced photographers and beginners.
All great fashion begins as a pattern. Work backward from an existing garment you love, replicating its pattern to design a similar piece. Manipulate patterns, utilize drafting changes and work with found material to create new styles. This class focuses on basic sewing on a Bernina sewing machine and pattern-making skills, with a brief tutorial on fabric dyeing.
Make your designs more exclusively yours by manipulating fabric surface in addition to its cut and shape. From dyeing to embroidery to sewing machine drawing, add color, dimension or pattern to an existing garment, improving your sewing machine skills in the process.
Work from nude models and skeletons to elevate your basic drawing skills. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of anatomy and figure drawing. Gain an understanding of gesture, structure, proportion, line and tone - and more importantly, watch your art benefit from this guided opportunity to put them into effect. Prior drawing experience is required.
Gain the skills and strategies needed for a greater understanding - and depiction - of figure anatomy. Live nude models serve as subjects as you delve into full figure, head and torso studies and the exploration of anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color mixing and painting technique. Sharpen your skills and readiness in this concentrated course. Prior drawing and painting experience required.
Looking to kickstart your portfolio or learn your way around Adobe Creative Suite? Let this course introduce you to the basics of design software as you tackle two prospective portfolio pieces. Experiment with essential type design, layout and image treatment while exploring the practice, industry and history of graphic design.
Design better, faster and smarter with continued proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite. This course not only guides navigation of countless methods and approaches available within Adobe software, it also advances your understanding of digital design as a practice and a field. Coursework includes completion of two projects suitable for design portfolios. Previous drawing, design and computer experience is required. This course is an ideal follow up to Graphic Design I or can be taken independently.
Think graphic novels are just about illustrations? Think again! Strengthen each skill necessary to create great graphic novels and comics, from
conceptual brainstorming to character and narrative development to, of course, illustration and writing. Strong storytelling and drawing skills are recommended for students in this class.
Here’s your chance to create your own little Frankenstein. Introduce yourself to product design by performing toy surgery. You will be dissecting, tinkering with and reanimating toys to create your very own creature. Instructors will assist you in hacking your objects by teaching simple circuitry, sewing techniques and laser cutting methods.
Your notebook doodles and napkin drawings deserve more! Learn both the hand-drawn and digital processes for bringing drawings to life in children’s books, music promotion, clothing, comics and other applications. Strong drawing skills are essential for this class.
Whether your goal is the spotlight, the sound board or the boardroom, move past media portrayal and myth with this comprehensive look at the music industry. Explore the industry’s revenue models, careers and many moving parts, as well as the roles of entrepreneurship, marketing, copyright and law. Look ahead at how modern technology and distribution shifts are changing the profit landscape. Emerge from this class with a stronger grasp on industry careers and operations and an informed understanding of what really happens behind the music.
Why shop for the perfect accessory when you can create it yourself? Design and construct original metal jewelry in this studio-based course, gaining a working knowledge of metalsmithing techniques in the process. Piercing, soldering, riveting, stone setting and finishing are all explored using properties including silver, bronze and copper.
This introductory course will direct students toward an understanding of basic painting materials and processes. Using acrylic paints, students will paint from still life and nude models - a crucial experience for any prospective visual arts student hoping to build a college portfolio. Develop the ability to organize pictorial space, apply color theory in color mixing and sharpen your powers of visual observation as you create several portfolio- suitable pieces over the course of a semester. This craft-based course is perfect for beginners and for students with painting experience. The mature classroom setting, personalized instruction and critique from a college professor and access to live models contribute to a beneficial studio environment. Prior drawing experience is required.
Move past your camera’s automatic mode to take your photos to the next level. Learn the foundations of photography—aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lenses and depth of field—while exploring the use of composition, light, color and tonality to create more dynamic images. This digital class includes photo analysis, critique and hands-on shooting opportunities against Philadelphia’s rich backdrop. A DSLR camera is required for this course.
Show colleges what you’re made of! Develop and critically evaluate your application portfolio in this results-focused course. Work with a variety of 2-D media to create 4 to 6 pieces suitable for a college application portfolio, including renderings of the human figure (using nude models), portraiture, design and still life. Review your portfolio with a UArts admission counselor to assess its content and assembly. This course is open to high school juniors and seniors.
Document the art of skateboarding by photographing and filming skaters at local skate spots. Fundamental photo and video techniques will be discussed in class to prepare students for the wide range of scenarios that skateboarders encounter. Students will be required to wear helmets while skating and both parents and students will be required to sign a waiver for students to participate in this course. This waiver is available at: uarts.edu/skateboardwaiver
Follow in the footsteps of great street photographers like Cartier-Bresson, Atget and Friedlander by capturing the city’s spirit with your lens. Explore camera control as well as photographic concepts such as “the decisive moment” and historical context. Put these concepts to use on walking trips to local Philadelphia parks, markets and galleries, where you’ll transform the conventional into the exceptional.
Creatively repurpose, design and fabricate animal specimens in this introduction to one of the world’s oldest and most alluring crafts. Learn the essentials of basic taxidermy under the supervision of a seasoned instructor, ultimately completing an accessory or wearable embellishment of your choice. Specimens for class are sourced humanely and are safe to handle.
Nothing unlocks impulse and bolsters actors' confidence like improvisation, which doubles as a performance tool and safeguard against unexpected onstage moments! This class, based on long-form improv, teaches you to be in the moment, to listen to your fellow actors and to make big and bold choices - all with larger objectives and audience response in mind.
Zine + Small Press: An Intro to DIY Culture
Spring semester only
Explore the subversive role of zines, from their emergence in the 1970s as feature of the concurrent “punk” scene, to their contemporary cultural relevance. You will have the opportunity to create zines of your own using time-honored DIY methods of printing, folding, producing and distributing, but also experiment and innovate these methods to adapt to 21st century media platforms (like the internet). The course will include a field trip to The Wooden Shoe Anarchist Bookstore, a local zine distributor where students will be able to touch, hold and feel the small press creations of Philly’s local political dissidents and social peripherals.