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Art and design classes for grades 4–8, (ages 9–14)
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Behind the Scenes

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Learn how to create your own short film. This fun exploration of the art of filmmaking covers the elements of screenwriting, cinematography and editing.

Photography

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Examine the vast possibilities of making a photographic image. In addition to imagery and composition, you will be introduced to basic printing processes and learn how to print from your own negative in a traditional black and white darkroom. You are encouraged to use your own 35mm film camera if possible, there will also be cameras for use in the class. Digital cameras are not appropriate. All film and printing materials included. Classes will be held in the darkroom and closed toed shoes are required in the lab. 


Inventors’ Workshop

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Product designers invent and design the things you buy: watches, bicycles, shoes and even toothbrushes. Learn how to come up with original ideas, create real products and then bring them to life. You'll learn industrial drawing techniques, concept development and visualization skills. 

Wearable Art

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Using a variety of mediums, construct wearable works of art that explore the history of wearable art, the overlap of fashion and art, and the relationship between who we are and what we wear, all culminating in a fashion show. In this hands-on making class, craft and concept are equally stressed through project-based learning.  

A blue monochromatic painting of a woman's face
Painting

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Discover the process of painting and composition while creating quality work. Fun activities include painting demonstrations, participating in setting up the composition, and one-on-one instruction. Near the end of the class you will paint from a clothed model. 

Architecture from the Inside Out

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Investigate personal and shared space, especially in relation to yourself and your friends. Sue 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). 

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Wearable Art teaches hands-on making and the overlap of fashion and art

Kira Lynn Cain, photo by Carla Richmond-Coffing

In the ACX Kids class Wearable Art, taught by Kira Lynn Cain, students construct wearable works of art that explore the history of wearable art, the overlap of fashion and art, and the relationship between who we are and what we wear, all culminating in a fashion show.

In this hands-on making class, craft and concept are equally emphasized through project-based learning. Students learn about different categories of wearable art, including headwear, jewelry, accessories and garments.

“I created cultural reference points and discussions to be as flexible and diverse as possible to encourage critical thinking about how one defines art and beauty and why,” Cain says. “We look at global, historical and contemporary wearable art, with a focus on noticing playfulness in shapes and details. Students become trained visual observers and communicators.”

So often children learn how to navigate pre-existing structures, including language, culture, family and school, adds Cain. This class is an opportunity for students to experiment with creating their own small structure, of their wearable art.

“The work they make is their own vision, with some guidance on what has come before,” says Cain. “Play is the primary element, along with respect and encouragement.”

For examples of student work, visit the gallery here.

 
09.12 -10.21

Registration period

09.29

Scholarship deadline

10.23

Sunday classes begin

10.23

Late registration, 11:30am – 1pm

11.10

Last day to drop a class

11.27

Holiday - No classes

12.11

Sunday classes end