Saturday School : Class Information + Registration

Download the 2016-17 Saturday School Registration form or use the registration links below to register online.

Fall 2016 | October 15 – December 10 | Eight Saturdays | 10 AM - 1 PM
Acting Studio: Monologues Game Design
› Animation  Graphic Design: Posters + Promo
› Character Design Illustration I: The Essentials
› Creative Writing: Journalism + Memoir › Painting I: The Essentials
Darkroom Photo: Toy + Vintage Cameras › Photography I: The Essentials
› Digital Filmmaking: Documentary › Portfolio Preparation
› Digital Filmmaking: Structure + Composition Product Design: Laser Cutter + 3-D Printing
› Drawing I: The Essentials Sculpture Studio + Casting
› Fashion + Fibers: Sewing + Pattern Making Skateboard + Media
› Figure Drawing › Taxidermy as Wearable Art
   
Spring 2017 | February 11 – April 1  | Eight Saturdays | 10 AM - 1 PM
Acting Studio: Scenes › Graphic Novel
› Animation  › Illustration II: Advanced Projects
› Creative Writing: Fiction  › Intro to the Music Industry
› Digital Filmmaking: Directing › Jewelry + Small Metals
Digital Filmmaking: Experimental Painting I: The Essentials
› DIY: Screen Printing Painting II: Alternative Painting
› Drawing I: The Essentials › Photography I: The Essentials
› Drawing II: Advanced Projects › Portfolio Preparation
› Fashion + Fibers: Surface Manipulation + Dyeing › Street Photography
› Figure Drawing Zine + Small Press
› Graphic Design: Packaging


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS | Fall 2016 & Spring 2017
 

SS 220 ACTING STUDIO: MONOLOGUES 

Using the Stanislavski method 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 
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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. 

Offered in Spring 
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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 or demo reel. 

Offered in Fall + Spring
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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 
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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. 

Offered in Spring 
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SS 153 CREATIVE WRITING: JOURNALISM + MEMOIR 

American literary journalist and memoirist Joan Didion said, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” In this course you’ll focus on developing your voice while exploring contemporary approaches to creative non-fiction genres — journalism and personal narrative. You’ll compose original works based on prompts that incite experimentation and analysis, and participate in critiques of your and your classmates’ short stories and essays with a professional writer. 

Offered in Fall 
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SS 129 DARKROOM PHOTO: TOY + VINTAGE CAMERAS 

In contemporary culture everyone can be a photographer — 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 158 DIGITAL FILMMAKING: DIRECTING 

This course focuses on contemporary modes of film directing and execution using state of the art cameras, equipment, and software. Develop a 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 
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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. 

Offered in Fall 
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SS 159 DIGITAL FILMMAKING: EXPERIMENTAL 

Discover the works of underground, experimental filmmaking pioneers like Stan Brakhage, Marie Menken, and Andy Warhol — and then make your own experimental short films. Re-think filmic conventions and explore non-narrative, alternative modes of filmmaking, such as techniques for abstraction, sound manipulation, and unconventional editing. Develop your personal vision as an artist as you create unique films that question mainstream commercial cinema and its practices.  

Offered in Spring 
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SS 156 DIGITAL FILMMAKING: STRUCTURE + COMPOSITION 

When you watch a film, the camera controls what you see and when — so how does the filmmaker use this to her advantage to evoke meaning? In this course, examine artistic expression in filmmaking from all sides. Instructor-led class discussions will center on closely and critically examining scenes from selected example films. You’ll work in groups to devise responses to prompts based on the scenes. Through this close examination and analysis, you’ll discover new areas of interest and understanding. Group critiques will further your knowledge of the various readings images can possess, and how to use image juxtaposition and camera placement for your own artistic purposes. At the end of the course, you’ll have a new awareness of the structures and compositions present in all films. 

Offered in Fall 
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SS 139 DIY: SCREEN PRINTING 

Learn the D.I.Y. 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 
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SS 101 DRAWING I: THE ESSENTIALS 

Drawing is the most basic, rudimentary 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 will be used in this course. 

Offered in Fall + Spring 
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SS 125 DRAWING II: ADVANCED PROJECTS 

Focus on design and composition as you work toward sustained studies and large-scale finished drawings. Explore structure, 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 preferred. Nude figure models will be used in this course. 

Offered in Spring 
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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 
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SS 168 FASHION + FIBERS: SURFACE MANIPULATION + 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 while improving your sewing machine skills in the process. 

Offered in Spring 
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SS 103 FIGURE DRAWING 

Drawing the figure is both challenging and rewarding — and can be 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 helpful for this course. Nude figure models will be used in this course. 

Offered in Fall + Spring 
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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. 

Offered in Fall 
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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 
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SS 217 GRAPHIC DESIGN: PACKAGING 

Learn to design graphic communication for three-dimensional consumer packaging structures. 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 rational, client concerns, and environmental factors. 

Offered in Spring 
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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 
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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 hand-drawn 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 
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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 preferred for this course.  

Offered in Spring 
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SS 126 INTRO TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY 

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. 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 along with an informed understanding of what really happens behind the music. 

Offered in Spring 
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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  
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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 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 
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SS 219 PAINTING II: ALTERNATIVE PAINTING 

A lack of boundaries is what makes contemporary art powerful and subversive. This painting course doesn’t emphasize technique or expectation — it harnesses 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 
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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 landscape, along with in-class photo analysis and group critique. A DSLR camera is required for this course. 

Offered in Fall + Spring 
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SS 102 PORTFOLIO PREPARATION 

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 presenting 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 
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SS 157 PRODUCT DESIGN: LASER CUTTER + 3-D PRINTING 

Get acquainted with contemporary modes of digital making. You’ll be introduced to the use of digital fabrication tools and their various applications in art and design, as well as create your own 3D printed and laser cut objects. Projects will encourage experimentation and center around the notion of using digital tools to critically “hack” the consumer products found in our everyday lives. 

Offered in Fall 
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SS 222 SCULPTURE STUDIO + CASTING 

Sculpture incites physical sensation and emotional response through the manipulation of materials, scale and space. Learn the basics of producing art in 3D, from concept and materials to studio processes and execution. Projects will prompt you to explore your own interests in objects while learning essential technical skills for constructing and casting in clay, plaster, and other materials. 

Offered in Fall 
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SS 218 SKATEBOARD + MEDIA 

In this course you’ll photograph and film classmates while learning to document the art of skateboarding. Use Philadelphia’s historic skate scene as your backdrop to learn traditional techniques in photo and video, and how they apply to skateboarding on and off the board. After capturing your footage and photos, you’ll go back to the classroom to edit and print your imagery. Bring your own board and helmet. Both you and your parents will be required to sign a waiver to participate in this course. This waiver is available at: uarts.edu/skateboardwaiver. 

Offered in Fall 
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SS 120 STREET PHOTOGRAPHY 

Follow in the footsteps of pioneering street photographers such as Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson — and contemporary artists like Lee Friedlander and Stephen Shore — 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 
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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. 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 
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SS 134 ZINE + SMALL PRESS 

Explore the subversive role of zines, from their emergence in the 1970s as a feature of the concurrent punk scene, to their contemporary cultural relevance. You’ll gain agency by creating original printed zines using time-honored D.I.Y. methods: hand-drawing, printing, photocopying, folding and distributing — and you’ll also be prompted to innovate these methods to adapt to twenty-first century media platforms. The course will include a field trip to a local zine distributor where students will be able to peruse the small press creations of Philadelphia’s local political dissidents and social peripherals. 

Offered in Spring
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