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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.

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.

Architecture Inside Out

Investigate personal and shared space, especially in relation to yourself and your friends. Use cardboard, glue and paint to construct one project that reflects your world from three different perspectives: the near (things we touch), the middle (the spaces that hold us) and the far (the settings we live in).

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.

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.

Animal Sculpture

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.

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ACX Kids sparking children’s creativity at home and beyond


Photo of Gail Howland, BFA 2004 Photography, Faculty, ACX Kids

Alumna Gail Howland (BFA 04 Photography and Imagining) teaches ACX Kids classes Photography and Photography Book Workshop with an eye toward exploration, imagination and discovering the incredible possibilities of making a photographic image. 

Traditionally, in her Photography class, students learn about imagery and composition, basic printing processes and how to print from their own negatives in a traditional black-and-white darkroom. In the Summer class Photography Book Workshop, students examine the power of photography to tell stories by creating a personal art book of images based on a theme that sparks interest and inspiration.

So when her Spring 2020 Photography class switched to being taught remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the darkroom became an online video chat room, and she and her students quickly adapted to outside-the-box forms of creating and communicating. 

“How oddly wonderful that this time of crisis has necessitated new ways of engaging students online for our classes,” says Howland. “Our kids are so smart and savvy with technology. I would have never believed that a black-and-white lab class could be translated to a great online studio like this.”

After one particular portrait shoot, without being prompted, students started sending her their images through links in their online video chat or to her ArtCenter email. “None of them required any assistance from either me or their parents,” she says. 

As students look around their homes and neighborhoods for savvy solutions to assignments, and connect online with their communities and the world at large, ACX Kids faculty are approaching teaching remotely with the same passion for innovation and making. Howland, who has photographed for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Architectural Record and other publications, says a creative skill set can inform the rest of a child’s life as both a creative and a human being.  

“Taking an art class should be as essential as taking a math or science class because it teaches you how to build a perspective,” she says. “Giving young people the tool kit necessary to forge their own creative point of view is truly gratifying.”

 

 

 
06.01 -06.24

Registration period

06.04

Scholarship deadline

06.28

Late registration, 11:30am – 1pm

06.28

Sunday classes begin

07.05

Holiday, no classes

07.06 -08.14

Weeklong Summer Workshops

08.16

Sunday classes end

08.16

ACX Kids Summer Open House

02.21

Last day to add an ACX Kids class

04.05

ACX Kids Spring Open House