Saturdays like you  mean it 
Spring 2018 starts February 10
Saturday School classes foster the development of imagination, insight, and creative vision.

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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 - Course full › Illustration: Pen + Ink - Course full
› Creative Writing: Fiction  › Intro to the Music Industry: Live Sound -Course full
› Digital Filmmaking: Directing - Course full › Jewelry + Small Metals
› DIY: Screen Printing - Course full › Painting I: The Essentials - Course full
› Drawing I: The Essentials - Course full › Painting II: Alternative Painting Cancelled 
› Drawing II: Advanced Projects › Photography I: The Essentials - Course full
› Fashion + Fibers: Surface ManipulationFull › Portfolio Preparation
› Figure Drawing - Course full › Screenwriting - Course full
› Graphic Design: Packaging › Sculpture Cancelled 
› Graphic Novel - Course full › Street Photography - Course full

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Registration

  • Register online
  • Register using form

Register online using the  Register Now  buttons below each course description. 
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1. Download the Registration Form:

2017-18 Saturday School Registration Form

2. Submit registration form with full payment ($385) to the Pre-College office.

Email: precollege@uarts.edu
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Fax: 215.717.6538
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Mail: The University of the Arts, Pre-College Programs
320 S. Broad Street  |  Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Visit: The University of the Arts, Pre-College Programs
Terra Hall, Room 909 (9th floor)
211 S. Broad Street  |  Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Call: 215.717.6006
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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 Register Now

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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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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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 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  - Course full for Spring 2018

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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 - Course full for Spring 2018


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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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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.

Offered in Spring 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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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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 egister 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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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SS 219 PAINTING II: ALTERNATIVE PAINTING - Cancelled

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.

This course has been cancelled. 

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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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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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 - Course full for Spring 2018

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