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Behind the Scenes

Learn how to create your own short film. This fun exploration of the art of filmmaking covers the elements of screenwriting, cinematography and editing. You may bring a digital camera for shooting video (optional).

Photography

Examine the vast possibilities of making a photographic image. Learn about imagery and composition, basic printing processes and how to print from your own negatives in a traditional black-and-white darkroom. There will be cameras available for use in the class, but you are encouraged to use your own 35mm film camera (digital cameras are not appropriate). All film and printing supplies are included. Classes will be held in the darkroom lab.

Work from the class Drawing the Clothed Figure
Drawing the Clothed Figure

Drawing the human figure is important training for all artists. Learn about form, proportion, shape, composition, the human skeleton and simplification. To inspire your drawing, we will study art created by everybody from the Old Masters to contemporary artists.

Work from the class Wearable Art
Wearable Art

Come with an animal in mind—your pet, a favorite at the zoo or a completely made-up creature—and transform it into an original papier-mâché sculpture. Don’t worry about the animal's size. In fact, the bigger the better. Sculpt it, paint it, take it home.

Drawing, Painting and Making

Discover drawing, painting, sculpture and everything in between. Learn essential foundation skills of visual art and design and then apply them through the process of making. Students will use construction, drawing and painting to create unique 2D and 3D multimedia works.

Fun with Fashion

Take your interest in fashion to a different level. Learn how to draw fashion croquis (elongated quick sketches), have fun creating 3D projects like paper dresses, and explore accessory design. Learn basic fashion vocabulary and how to present your work.

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Drawing the Clothed Figure teaches kids about shape and form

Student work from Drawing the Clothed Figure


Photo of artist Gabriella Carboni

Drawing the human figure is important training for all artists. In the ACX Kids class Drawing the Clothed Figure, taught by artist Gabriella Carboni, students learn about form, proportion, shape, composition, the human skeleton and simplification. For inspiration, students study art created by everyone from the Old Masters to contemporary artists. During the COVID-19 pandemic, while teaching remotely, Carboni has reworked her lessons, and uses different online sources for figure drawing poses.

“I’ve been using online videos of compiled, timed poses,” she says. “I’ve incorporated film stills. This has been an exciting approach. It gives students the opportunity to choose a pose, rather than everyone drawing from the same pose. It allows me to include very detailed costumes and backgrounds, which is fun for the students, with images from movies such as Mary Poppins, Little Women and Night at the Museum. At the end of the term, we have a critique. Students choose their favorite piece and share a photo, and everyone is given a chance to discuss the work. This has been a great opportunity for students to share work, create conversation and show support for their peers.”

 
02.01 -02.28

Registration period

02.04

Scholarship deadline #1

02.18

Scholarship deadline #2

02.28

Last day to add a class

02.28

Spring classes begin

04.04

Holiday - No classes

04.18

Last day of spring classes