Saturday School : Classes + Registration

 

Course descriptions and registration links below.

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Course descriptions and registration links below.

Fall 2017 | October 14 – December 9  | Eight Saturdays | 10 AM - 1 PM (No class Saturday, November 25)
Acting Studio: Monologues Game Design
› Animation › Graphic Design: Posters + Promo
› Character Design › Illustration I: The Essentials
› Creative Writing: Short Story  › Industrial Design 
› Darkroom Photo: Using Toy + Vintage Cameras › Painting I: The Essentials
› Digital Filmmaking: Cinematography › Photography I: The Essentials
› Digital Filmmaking: Documentary › Portfolio Preparation
› Drawing I: The Essentials › Sketchbooks: Experiments + Fieldnotes
› Fashion + Fibers: Sewing + Pattern Making  › Taxidermy as Wearable Art
› Figure Drawing

 


 

Spring 2018 | February 10 – April 7  | Eight Saturdays | 10 AM - 1 PM (No class Saturday, March 31)
› Acting Studio: Scenes › Illustration II: Advanced Projects
› Animation  › Illustration II: Pen + Ink
› Creative Writing: Fiction  › Intro to the Music Industry: Live Sound
› Digital Filmmaking: Directing  › Jewelry + Small Metals
› DIY: Screen Printing › Painting I: The Essentials
› Drawing I: The Essentials  › Painting II: Alternative Painting
› Drawing II: Advanced Projects › Photography I: The Essentials
› Fashion + Fibers: Surface Manipulation › Portfolio Preparation
› Figure Drawing › Screenwriting
› Graphic Design: Packaging › Sculpture
› Graphic Novel › Street Photography

 


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS | Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 


SS 220 ACTING STUDIO: MONOLOGUES

Using the Stanislavski method — the core tenants of modern acting developed by Constantin Stanislavsky — and text analysis, learn to embody characters truthfully and deeply, striking a chord with audiences and directors alike. Pulling from a catalog of classic and contemporary monologues and an array of acting and improvisational exercises, this course will help you gain audition readiness as well as deeper understanding of theatrical texts.

Offered in Fall - Register Now

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SS 221 ACTING STUDIO: SCENES

Collaboration between actors is the essence of effective theater. Stanislavski’s system of objections, actions, and obstacles urges actors to think collectively — expanding their own capabilities in tandem with those of fellow student actors. Develop full and complex characters through a series of scenes that provide a vivid backdrop for choice-making exercises.

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SS 112 ANIMATION

From hand-drawn to high-tech, animation has evolved dramatically since its debut in nineteenth century France. In this course, a professional animator provides guidance as you learn the basics of motion studies — experimenting with traditional hand-drawn and stop-motion animation. Over the course of the program, you will execute your own short animated movie and demo reel.

Offered in Fall + Spring - Register Now

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SS 128 CHARACTER DESIGN

Looking to create the perfect protagonist — or adversary — for the story you want to tell? Work from your imagination to develop and design original characters. Use a variety of traditional and digital media to work through a series of thumbnail sketches that evolve into highly-rendered images suitable for various applications — illustration, animation, comic books, cartoons or graphic novels.

Offered in Fall - Register Now

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SS 161 CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION

Conjuring up a plot is one thing. Executing it effectively is another. Merge your great ideas with exacting delivery by developing the elements and subtleties that transform a compelling anecdote, thought or observation into enduring prose. Through a series of exercises in form, content, building characters, and developing setting, you’ll learn how to make the stories you imagine come alive.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 153 CREATIVE WRITING: SHORT STORY

American short story writer George Saunders said, “When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” In this course, learn essential writing strategies to tell a compelling short story. Explore dialogue, characters, setting, and plot as you develop an original short story of your own.

Offered in Fall - Register Now

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SS 129 DARKROOM PHOTO: USING TOY + VINTAGE CAMERAS

In this course, you’ll give your photos distinction from the crowd with an experimental edge. Using Holgas, Diana cameras, Lomos, Polaroid and other vintage film cameras, explore the mechanisms and techniques of analog and low-tech photography. Learn to develop photographs in the darkroom as you discover the enduring relevance of these old-school processes. This course is open to both experienced photographers and beginners.

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SS 131 DIGITAL FILMMAKING: CINEMATOGRAPHY

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.

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SS 158 DIGITAL FILMMAKING: DIRECTING

This course focuses on contemporary modes of film directing and execution using state-of-the-art equipment and software. Develop a group project from script to casting, shooting, and post-production. You’ll learn how to prepare for rehearsals, and methods to creatively and effectively communicate with actors so that the characters you envision come alive. In this course, you’ll discover a range of creative possibilities and begin to develop your personal themes as a director.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 130 DIGITAL FILMMAKING: DOCUMENTARY

Film is one of the primary ways we experience stories in contemporary culture — and often it’s the most powerful. Learn the history and tools of documentary filmmaking including directing, camerawork, and editing. You’ll create a short, observational film and produce assorted group projects under the guidance of the instructor. Following completion of each project, you’ll screen your work with classmates and engage in group critiques and in-class discussions around non-fiction filmmaking.

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SS 139 D.I.Y.: SCREENPRINTING

Learn the Do-It-Yourself medium of dissemination that Andy Warhol famously stole from industrial production processes and transformed into art form. Grasp the basics of screenprinting, from set-up and screen prep to image transferring and printing. Learn to screenprint posters, zines, bags, apparel and more. This empowering course will give you the tools to print your imagery, pattern, logo or message on items of your choice.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 101 DRAWING I: THE ESSENTIALS

Drawing is the most basic art and design tool — and it is a fundamental component of all creative disciplines. If you have not had formal training in drawing, here’s the place to start. Instruction will focus on drawing from life, including still life, models and landscape. You’ll explore foundational drawing techniques such as light, shadow, rendering, perspective, and composition. Working in classical media such as pencil, charcoal and ink, you’ll develop essential observational skills and several works suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Nude figure models may be used in this course.

Offered in Fall + Spring - Register Now

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SS 125 DRAWING II: ADVANCED PROJECTS

Continue to develop your drawing skills with a focus on structure and composition as you work toward sustained studies and large-scale finished drawings. Explore space, line, and tone while working in various media. Work from still life, interiors, landscape, and figures while experimenting with a variety of materials including conté crayon, pastels, and toned and colored papers. Prior drawing experience required. Nude figure models may be used in this course.

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SS 141 FASHION + FIBERS: SEWING + PATTERN MAKING

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 using a Bernina sewing machine and pattern-making skills, with a brief tutorial on fabric dyeing.

Offered in Fall - Register Now

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SS 168 FASHION + FIBERS: SURFACE MANIPULATION

Make your designs more unique 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 while improving your sewing machine skills in the process.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 103 FIGURE DRAWING

Drawing the figure is both challenging and rewarding — and is crucial for many forms of artmaking and design. This course will allow you to focus exclusively on articulating the human form on a 2D surface. Instruction and demonstrations will help you develop observational skills as well as strategies for checking for accuracy. You’ll primarily work from skeletons and models as you learn basic anatomy and skeletal structure, gesture, volume and foreshortening to gain knowledge of figuration that you can utilize for future projects or apply to other media. Prior drawing experience is required for this course. Nude figure models will be used in this course.

Offered in Fall + Spring - Register Now

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SS 127 GAME DESIGN

Delve into the complex and intricate world of digital games. You’ll explore the principles that inform how games work, what makes them fun, and how they can help us understand our world and social interactions. Learn to construct logical narratives and rules within a hypothetical space, and utilize interface design, programing tools, and aesthetics to bring your original game concept to life.

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SS 216 GRAPHIC DESIGN: POSTERS + PROMO

Design is everywhere in our modern world — posters, publications, album covers, apparel, digital and other media utilize graphic design to convey messages to viewers. Design and popular culture have grown more intertwined through recent history, and this course aims to explore this relationship. You’ll focus on the principles and possibilities for visual communication, including graphic form, type design, layout, image treatment, and sequence using the Adobe Creative Suite. Investigate the influence of design on trending topics while mastering the technical skills involved in this relevant profession.

Offered in Fall - Register Now

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SS 217 GRAPHIC DESIGN: PACKAGING

Learn to design graphic communication for consumer packaging. Integrate basic design principles and processes using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator as you explore type, color, and images for three-dimensional structures. You’ll examine design considerations and experiment with various 3D templates to produce several prototypes. In-class discussions and critiques will address design rationale, client concerns, and environmental factors.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 210 GRAPHIC NOVEL

Think graphic novels are just about illustrations? Think again: in this course you’ll strengthen each skill necessary to create a great graphic novel or comic illustration, from conceptual brainstorming to character and narrative development to image making and editing. Learn about contemporary graphic novels and gain insight into what it takes to produce this kind of work. Strong storytelling and drawing skills are helpful for this class.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 213 ILLUSTRATION I: THE ESSENTIALS

Learn how imaginative images can bring life to stories through dynamic visual description. Gain an understanding of both handdrawn and digital processes for articulating ideas and meaning visually in comics, children’s books, advertising, editorial and other applications. You will learn how illustrative images can act as both masterful works of art and as practical illustrations. Drawing skills and a passion for storytelling are essential for this course.

Offered in Fall - Register Now

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SS 160 ILLUSTRATION II: ADVANCED PROJECTS

Illustration is a non-verbal tool for sharing and communicating feelings and ideas. In this advanced course, you’ll encounter subject matter drawn from various fields and be prompted to respond with imaginative illustrations that articulate insight and provoke emotional response. You’ll focus on developing original concepts, style, visual vocabulary, and personal vision as an illustrator. Various illustration media will also be explored, including gouache, scratchboard, marker, crayon and ink. Previous experience in illustration is required for this course.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 167 ILLUSTRATION: PEN + INK

Learn a variety of styles and techniques for using pen, ink, and other water-based media to create dynamic illustrations. Using crow quill and dip pens, brush pens, and microns, you’ll work on pen handling, controlling value, and using masks to effectively create white areas. Projects will explore comic book lettering, calligraphy, freehand calligraphy, pointillism and engraving styles with pen and ink. By the end of the course, you’ll have an understanding of value and its effect on composition, and have the skills you need to make the best stylistic choices for your illustrations.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 157 INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Industrial designers strive to create better human experiences by enhancing everyday design. In this course, you’ll gain an introduction to the process of creating consumer products — from mechanical drawing and prototyping to writing manufacturing and packaging directions. You’ll be introduced to digital fabrication tools and their various applications in art and design, as well as fabricate your own 3D printed and laser cut prototypes. By the end of the course, you will be able to recognize a product’s meaning in culture and context, as well as what constitutes effective design for today’s world.

Offered in Fall - Register Now

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SS 126 INTRO TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: LIVE SOUND

Whether your goal is the spotlight, the sound board, or the boardroom, move past media portrayal and myth with this comprehensive introduction to 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. Using state of the art equipment, you’ll get hands-on experience as you learn to mix music in a live performance setting. Emerge from this course with a fundamental understanding of technology and techniques used across live event settings, along with an informed understanding of what really happens behind the music.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 107 JEWELRY + SMALL METALS

Design and construct original metal jewelry or small sculptures in this studio-based course, gaining a hands-on, working knowledge of metalsmithing techniques in the process. Piercing, soldering, riveting, stone setting and finishing are all explored using silver, bronze and copper. Produce small-scale metal works and learn valuable techniques for jewelry-making.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 108 PAINTING I: THE ESSENTIALS

Gain a basic introduction to the language of the oldest art discipline. You’ll sharpen your observational, color and spatial understanding as you work from still life setups and figure models. The course will begin with instruction on fundamental painting techniques and studio processes such as surface preparation, color mixing, paint application and composition — and personalized instruction along with in-class critiques that will further develop your critical and technical foundation. At the end of the course, you will have several pieces suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. This course is perfect for beginners, however prior drawing experience is recommended. This course is taught in acrylics. Nude figure models may be used in this course.

Offered in Fall + Spring - Register Now

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SS 219 PAINTING II: ALTERNATIVE PAINTING

A lack of boundaries is what makes contemporary art powerful and subversive. This mixed-media painting course emphasizes experimentation over technique to harness the artist you already are. Consider psychological influences and imaginative approaches to creating paintings. Although technical instruction will be in painting, you will be encouraged to explore and incorporate other media of your choice including drawing, collage, and installation in order to develop individual expression. This course is taught in acrylics.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 132 PHOTOGRAPHY I: THE ESSENTIALS

Move past your camera’s automatic mode to take your photographs to the next level. Learn the fundamentals of photography — aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lenses and depth of field — while digging into composition, light, color and tonality to create dynamic images. This digital class offers time for hands-on shooting within Philadelphia’s distinct cityscape, along with inclass photo analysis and group critique. A DSLR camera is required for this course.

Offered in Fall + Spring - Register Now

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SS 102 PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

Create and critically evaluate your visual arts college application portfolio in this dynamic and useful course. Work with a variety of 2D media to create four to six works suitable for inclusion in your portfolio, including foundational design projects and observational drawings. Discuss strategies for presentation and photographing your work. At the end of the course, you’ll review your portfolio with a UArts admission counselor to assess its strengths and areas for improvement. This course is open to high school juniors and seniors. Nude figure models will be used in this course.

Offered in Fall + Spring - Register Now

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SS 170 SCREENWRITING

All great films began with a brilliant script. 
An engaging screenplay is essential to a compelling movie. Effectively-written screenplays help directors cast the right actors and turn a story into a captivating visual narrative. Learn industry terminology, character development, scene building, story structure, and the importance of conflict. Through screenings, class discussions, and exercises, you’ll learn how to conceive of a story for the screen, write a detailed outline, and create a draft of a short screenplay. Workshop ideas with your classmates and turn your movie premise into a screenplay reality.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 118 SCULPTURE

Delve into the process of producing art in 3-D, from concept and studio experiments to selecting materials and execution. In this course you will learn to manipulate non-traditional and found materials to build large-scale sculptures. Projects will prompt you to explore your own interests in objects while learning technical skills for composing and constructing sculptural works.

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SS 171 SKETCHBOOKS: EXPERIMENTS + FIELDNOTES

Artists have been filling sketchbooks for centuries with internal explorations, observational notes, and material trials. In this course, learn to use your sketchbook as a visual journal for observation and invention to develop your creative voice. You’ll bind your own sketchbook and fill its pages with your own experiments. Projects and demos will include experimenting with paint pens, markers, ink, and cut paper, and field trips to various sites in Philadelphia will encourage you to work from life and your imagination.

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SS 120 STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

Follow in the footsteps of pioneering street photographers such as Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson — and contemporary artists like Vivian Maier, Diane Arbus, and Bill Cunningham — by capturing the city’s spirit with your lens. Explore camera control along with essential photographic concepts such as “the decisive moment.” You’ll put these concepts to use on walking trips to local Philadelphia parks, markets and galleries, where you’ll transform the conventional into the exceptional and hone your distinct perspective of the world around you. Previous experience using a camera is preferred for this course.

Offered in Spring - Register Now

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SS 140 TAXIDERMY AS WEARABLE ART

Taxidermy is one of the world’s oldest and most alluring crafts. In this introductory course, you’ll creatively repurpose, design and fabricate animal specimens to create unique works of art. Learn the essentials of basic taxidermy under the supervision of a seasoned instructor, ultimately completing accessories or wearable embellishments of your design. Specimens for class are sourced humanely and are safe to handle.

Offered in Fall - Register Now

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