Do Saturdays differently
No more lazy weekends—work with creative professionals & UArts faculty who’ll deliver knowledge you can take with you—out of the classroom and into the real world.

October 13 – December 8
Eight Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
(No Class Saturday, Nov. 24)

February 9 – March 30
Eight Saturdays, 10 AM – 1 PM

Saturday School 2018-19 Course Catalog

UArts Saturday School offers immersive, college-level classes for activating your creativity.

Acting Studio: Audition Prep

In order to be a successful actor, you must learn how to navigate the audition. In this course, the instructor will provide critical feedback and guide you through the entire audition preparation process—from selecting a script and doing a character breakdown, to rehearsal and prepping for the day-of. Through an array of classic and contemporary acting exercises and text analysis, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to approach theatrical texts in a truthful, compelling way, and build a toolbox that you can draw on for any audition setting.

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Animation (course full for Fall 2018)

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.

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Bones, Feathers + Fur: Wearable Art

Hide and natural fiber preservation is one of the world’s oldest and most alluring crafts. In this introductory course, you’ll creatively repurpose natural materials sourced from animal specimens to create unique presentations and design wearable works of art. Learn essential taxidermy techniques under the supervision of a licensed professional to complete accessories or wearable embellishments of your own design. All animal specimens and natural fibers used in this class are sourced humanely and respectfully and are safe to handle.

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B&W Photo: Toy + Vintage Cameras

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of black & white film photography with an experimental edge. Using vintage film cameras such as Holgas, Dianas, and Lomos, explore the mechanisms and techniques of shooting with film. 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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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.

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Creative Writing: Poetry

American poet Audre Lorde said, “Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change.” In this course, you’ll learn to craft insightful, effective poems. Examine and dissect the work of modern and contemporary writers while developing a critical vocabulary and honing your voice. Weekly reading and writing experiments derived from internal and external sources will result in several finish works. At the end of the course, you’ll be able to express yourself in powerful new ways.

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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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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.

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Experiencing Film: Watch, Write, Review

Learn to watch movies with a critical eye. Through a wide selection of film screenings, you'll enhance your ability to absorb and critically evaluate movies. Instructor-led class discussions will prompt you to identify and analyze cinematic conventions including camera positioning, lighting, shot duration, dialogue, sequencing, and narrative. Develop a critical vocabulary as you work individually and collaboratively to compose insightful written responses to various films. This class is for future filmmakers, artists, critics, and writers.

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Fashion + Fibers: Pattern Making

This experimental Fashion and Fibers course focuses on basic sewing and pattern-making skills, introduction of basic dyeing processes, as well as innovative pattern making processes. Working 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 reimagine.

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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 work from skeletons and models as you learn basic 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 required. Nude figure models will be used.

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Graphic Design: Designing for Social Causes

Design is embedded in today’s world—printed materials, advertisements, and various forms of digital media utilize graphic design to convey messages to viewers. But can design engage communities, raise awareness, provide a public service, or challenge attitudes? This socially conscious course aims to explore this potential. You’ll focus on the possibilities of visual communication by learning design principles and exploring graphic form, type design, layout, and sequence using the Adobe Creative Cloud. Investigate the influence of design on current issues through case studies while mastering the technical skills involved in this relevant profession.

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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.

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Painting I: The Essentials

Gain an 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 begins with instruction on fundamental painting techniques and studio processes such as surface preparation, color mixing, paint application and composition—and personalized instruction along further develops your critical and technical foundation. At the end of the course, you'lll have several pieces suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. This course is perfect for beginners, however prior drawing experience is recommended. Taught in acrylics. Nude figure models may be used.

Register for Painting I

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.

Register for Photo I

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, with a focus on observational drawing. Learn strategies for presentation, what colleges look for, and important tips for photographing and editing your work for inclusion in a digital portfolio. 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.

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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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Vases + Vessels: Clay

Learn the basics of constructing three-dimensional objects, from techniques and materials to composing and execution. Using clay as your medium, you’ll focus on handbuilding—including slab work, coiling, scoring, pinching, and extrusion—and explore surface techniques such as applied texture, slips, and glazing methods. In this course, you’ll design and create several functional vessel forms and other sculptural ceramic works.

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Visual Storytelling

How can a story be conveyed in the most impactful way? In this class, you’ll learn how to use visual elements to tell stories more effectively. You’ll explore the craft of visual storytelling by dissecting non-traditional story forms ranging from comics to photojournalism to digital multimedia formats. Investigate how elements such as format, style, sequence, pacing, and editorial choices affect stories and drive meaning. This course focuses on writing exercises, drawing, mapping, and storyboarding using pen and ink, graphite, and watercolor, as well as experimental media such as DIY photo/video. At the end of the course, you’ll have stories and concept drawings that showcase your visual voice for use in a portfolio or future project. This class is perfect for students interested in film, animation, illustration, photography, writing, graphic design, game design, or any form of visual storytelling.

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Woodworking Studio: Design + Build

Explore the potential of wood as material. In this course, you’ll get an overview of the properties and possibilities for wood and discover contemporary applications for woodworking. Coursework will cover basic carpentry techniques, including joinery and hand and power tool manipulation. Instruction and demos will focus on woodshop safety and proper use of the band saw and shaping tools including rasps, chisels, small hand planes, and gouges. Learn how to approach woodworking from a design standpoint and draft drawings to create a working plan. Open-ended projects encourage you to explore your original design ideas while gaining useful technical skills.

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Acting Studio: Monologues + Scenes

Using the Stanislavski method—the core tenants of modern acting developed by Constantin Stanislavski—and text analysis, learn to embody characters truthfully and deeply, striking a chord with audiences and directors alike. Stanislavksy's system of objectives, actions, and obstacles urges actors to think collaboratively—expanding their own capabilities in tandem with those of fellow artists. Your classmates will serve as both audience members and scene partners as you work to develop full and complex characters through a series of monologues and scenes that provide a vivid backdrop for choice-making exercises.

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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.

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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.

Register for Animation

Characters in Clay: Illustration + Animation

Bring the characters in your imagination or sketchbook to life—in 3D. In this course, work with clay to create your own three-dimensional characters and forms. Using modeling tools and sculpture techniques, you’ll learn a hands-on technique for designing characters, cartoons, caricatures, and more for use as reference material for illustrations or animation, in stop-motion animation, or as stand alone artworks. This course is perfect for students interested in animation, illustration, design, or sculpture.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Register for Drawing I

Drawing in the City

Get acquainted with our vibrant city by walking, observing, and drawing Philadelphia. In this course, you’ll create sketches and drawings from interiors and landscapes while considering topics such as preservation, urbanism, architecture, and landscape design. Explore space, perspective, atmosphere, and composition while working on site in various media, including graphite, watercolor, conté crayon, pastels, and toned papers. This course takes place off campus in public spaces and historic structures in Old City, Center City, Fairmount Park, & elsewhere in Philadelphia. Drawing experience required.

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Drawing for Animators + Illustrators

Create more convincing scenes and characters. In this drawing course, you’ll work from nude and costumed models as well as scenery and setups designed to help illustrators and animators get a better grasp on human anatomy, gesture, expression, structure, and illusion. You’ll study motion and movement, thinking in 3D, and linear and atmospheric perspective. Work towards developing believable characters and refined stylizations by applying human anatomy and perspective to your creations.

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Fashion + Textiles: Surface Manipulation

Create and construct your exciting fashion and garment designs by manipulating textile surface and material exploration. 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.

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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 work from skeletons and models as you learn basic 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 required. Nude figure models will be used.

Register Figure Drawing

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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Illustration: Comics + 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, from conceptual brainstorming to character and narrative development to page layouts, image making, and editing. Read and examine contemporary graphic novels and comics, and gain insight into what it takes to produce this kind of work. Drawing experience and a strong interest in storytelling are helpful for this class.

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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 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.

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Jewelry Design

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.

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Painting I: The Essentials

Gain an 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 begins with instruction on fundamental painting techniques and studio processes such as surface preparation, color mixing, paint application and composition—and personalized instruction along further develops your critical and technical foundation. At the end of the course, you'lll have several pieces suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. This course is perfect for beginners, however prior drawing experience is recommended. Taught in acrylics. Nude figure models may be used.

Register for Painting I

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.

Register for Photo I

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, with a focus on observational drawing. Learn strategies for presentation, what colleges look for, and important tips for photographing and editing your work for inclusion in a digital portfolio. 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.

Register for Portfolio Prep

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.

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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.

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Street Photography

Follow in the footsteps of pioneering street photographers such as Eugène Atget and 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.

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2018-19 Saturday School Registration Form

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