Classes for Ages 11-16

Kids Summer Art Classes for Ages 11-16

 

Classes in this category are appropriate for anyone in middle or high school – please call 919.821.2787 for more information if you are curious which classes would be best suited to your child. 

 

SESSION 1: June 12-16

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Drawing and Painting: Visual Journalling 
Instructor: Gretchen Phillips

Do you love drawing but need some fresh ideas? Students will receive a new sketchbook and learn lots of different approaches towards drawing, doodling, designing, and collage as they create daily masterpieces using their life experiences.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

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Colorful Pet Portraits
Instructor: Dawn Valentino

Show off your pet’s personality by creating paintings through exploration of color, pattern and design. Bring in clear photos of your pet to class.

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AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

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Painting: Giant Acrylic Abstracts
Instructor: Gab Corter

Have you ever wanted to paint something that could fill a whole wall? In this fun, unintimidating process, we will begin with a small scale collage, and then work with a grid to blow it up in size transferring it to a 6 foot tall canvas. Don’t worry about carrying around a giant art work…we will roll the final piece up onto a dowel for easy transit and easy hanging.

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Drawing with Dramatic Light  new
Instructor: Dawn Valentino

Enhance your current drawing skills, or learn new techniques through a variety of exciting drawing experiences. Draw everything from white ribbons, crinkled paper bags to colorful eggs and much more. Dramatize with light and shadow and bring your drawings to life!

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

 

SESSION 2: June 19-23

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Drawing in Color: Pastel Techniques  new
Instructor: Lena Corter

This class will explore drawing and color through the medium of pastel. First we will delve into color theory and then we will put it to work. We will learn how to create a sense of depth and use complementary colors to create contrast for dramatic effect. Layering the pastels to create rich, complex areas in our drawings, we will create a vibrant still life, a landscape, a portrait and finish the week with an abstract project that will be all about bold color.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Embellished Ceramics: Fused Glass + Sgraffito  new
Instructor: Lisa Pearce

Students will create handmade ceramic vessels embedded with colorful opaque and transparent glass pieces and glass frit. Slump, coiled and slab constructed forms will also be embellished with glazes. Multiple surface techniques from stamps and the ancient technique of drawing on clay, or sgraffito (Italian “to scratch”), will enhance these crafted forms.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Drawing: Anime Art
Instructor: David Anyanwu

Do you love anime? Have you always wanted to take your drawings to the next level? Work to uncover your hidden talents as you gather inspiration from your favorite anime artists and create your own portfolio of new characters.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Sculpture: Casting Art in Concrete and Plaster  new
Instructor: Gab Corter

Make a concrete clock, a cast plaster sculpture. Make your own concrete mold and garden globe. Learn how to mix and pour concrete and add beautiful natural decorations to your artwork! After this class you will be able to make your own concrete sculptures and useful household items!

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

 

SESSION 3: June 26-30

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Mural Painting: Comics Extravaganza
Instructor: Keith Norval

During this interactive class, students will be immersed in the styles and techniques of mural painting. Working as team, the class will create a collaborative mural based on comic book characters, classic and created! Make new friends and paint an imaginative scene that will be visible to the public!

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Intro to Oil Painting  new
Instructor: Andie Freeman
Please note this class is for ages 13+

Oil paint is a medium which has entranced artists since the 13th century because of it’s richness of color, long-lasting durability and it’s opportunity for variation of application and style. In this week-long class, the student will learn the basics of oil paint’s chemical composition and how it applies to use, the tools that are used in application, how to keep a safe and tidy studio practice and how to use the paint on canvas panels. We will use still life set ups in studio and paint wet into wet as well as the indirect method (drying time in between sessions.)

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

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Sewing on Canvas 
Instructor: Anna Podris

Using embroidery techniques and painting students will create unique embellished artworks on canvas. Students will also learn to stretch their own canvas, creating art that is ready to hang on their walls!

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Drawing: Anime Art
Instructor: David Anyanwu

Do you love anime? Have you always wanted to take your drawings to the next level? Work to uncover your hidden talents as you gather inspiration from your favorite anime artists and create your own portfolio of new characters.

CLASS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

 

SESSION 4: July 10-14

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Drawing and Painting: Urban Sketching
Instructor: Scott Renk

Embark on hands-on journey into the world of urban sketching. Students will gain knowledge of urban sketching techniques and concepts, as well as learn experimental methods to find stories in the places we take for granted. The class will sketch on location around the Artspace/Moore Square area using a variety of media using pen, ink, watercolor, rubbings of gravel and asphalt, etc.

CLASS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

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Printmaking: DIY Notecards  new
Instructor: Sue Soper

Design your own printing blocks using exciting printmaking techniques! Transform your drawings into unique, one of a kind prints! Prints will be turned into notecards to share or an accordion book. Learn how to print your designs by hand, as well as using a modern etching press.

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AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

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3-Dimensional, Myths, Fables and Tales  new
Instructor: Emily Howard

Many artists and illustrators are inspired by stories, like Cindy Sherman and Tim Burton, so we will explore different ways of combining story and art by studying some of the masters. Using myths and folklore from around the world as our inspiration, we will create our own tales and turn them into art. As artists, we will build dimensions using a variety of bookmaking and sculptural art techniques, such as bookbinding, paper folding and cutting, and assemblage to name a few. Everyone will create a unique piece of art to represent their tales.

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Painting: Patterns and Abstractions  new
Instructor: Gretchen Phillips

Do you like making patterns but don’t know what to do with them? Learn how to make large, beautiful paintings on canvas with acrylic paints! Students will get inspired by Aboriginal art and Klimt paintings and learn how create challenging original compositions.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

 

SESSION 5: July 17-21

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Expressive Self Portraits  new
Instructor: Ursula Gullow

Using their faces as subject matter, students will work with a variety of media, including drawing, painting and collage, while building upon basic design skills like color-theory and composition. This exploratory self portrait class guides students towards expressing their creative perspective in a unique and compelling way.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

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Ceramics: Working in Relief  new
Instructor: Beverly Mecum

Using clay relief is the perfect and fun way to learn about perspective and scale. We will review back, middle, and foreground along with the horizon line using photographs to create a unique drawing that will be transferred to a clay slab. From that drawing, the student will sculpt a 3-dimensional landscape relief, using basic carving techniques. Students will review works by famous landscape artists and will simulate texture and brushstrokes through the use of various carving tools.

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AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Book Arts: Sketchbook Explorations  new
Instructor: Anna Podris

An artist’s sketchbook represents a place of freedom from judgement, a place that ideas are born. We will construct our own Coptic style sketchbook, either creating our own book covers or recycling old book covers. We will push the boundaries of sketchbooks by not only drawing, but glueing, cutting and customizing in every way imaginable. We will discuss the themes of the content we are using.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Drawing Techniques
Instructor: Julie Niskanen

Learn how to draw from observation so you can accurately translate what you see to paper or canvas. We will learn about compositions, shape, elements of light, shading and perspective while exploring various drawing media such as charcoal, graphite, pastels and brush and ink.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

 

SESSION 6: July 24-28

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Painting with Watercolors  new
Instructor: Ryan Fox

Learn to make a masterpiece with watercolor paint.  Young artists will use watercolor to develop new skills and talents while designing unique creations with a variety of materials.  The class will focus upon developing skills, learning techniques and expanding self confidence.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Drawing and Painting: Urban Sketching
Instructor: Scott Renk

Embark on hands-on journey into the world of urban sketching. Students will gain knowledge of urban sketching techniques and concepts, as well as learn experimental methods to find stories in the places we take for granted. The class will sketch on location around the Artspace/ Moore square area using a variety of media using pen, ink, watercolor, rubbings of gravel and asphalt, etc.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Printmaking: Drawing and Text
Instructor: Susan Soper

Learn how to set type the old fashioned way! Experiment with combining your drawings with stenciling, relief prints and original text. Students will learn how to hand set wooden type and print on a Letterpress Proof Press. Prints will be turned into trading cards to share with your friends, simple books, or custom placemats. Bring your imaginations!

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Intro to Illustration: Cover Art 
Instructor: Sarah Clover

How do artists take an idea and turn it into a powerful visual statement? In this class, students will explore a variety of materials and techniques. Daily exercises will help develop their own personal style. They will use the principles of design to create a unique finished work of cover art.
Sarah Clover is an artist, teacher and musician based in Raleigh, NC. She has experience working with a variety of mediums and techniques. She has taught art and music enrichment classes privately,  at a variety of elementary schools, and at non-profits, like, Girls Rock Rhode Island and The Steel Yard. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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SESSION 7: July 31-August 4

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Drawing: Intro to Figure Drawing
Instructor: Alia El-Bermani

Working with a clothed live model, you will develop an understanding of proper proportions, structure and basic human anatomy. Fundamental principles of drawing such as line and tone will also be discussed and demonstrated. This class is designed to strengthen your drawing ability whether you are an absolute beginner or more advanced student.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Textiles: Fabric Collage and Embroidery Arts  new
Instructor: Emily Bateman

Students will investigate traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques. We will use these techniques to make narrative works of art.

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AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

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Painting: How to Make a Mixed Media Painting  new
Instructor: Lena Corter

Using acrylic paint, a variety of liquid mediums and pastes, papers, fabrics and cardboard we will create dimensional paintings with rich, textured surfaces. To stimulate our imaginations, we will look at a variety of subject matter from fantasy landscapes and mythical creatures to dreams and sources from literature. The class will begin with experimentation to learn about materials and techniques and finish with an expressive, large scale, layered work.

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Drawing from Nature  new
Instructor: Julie Niskanen

Have you ever wanted to learn about drawing the little intricate things found in nature? Come embark on this journey, exploring the patterns, textures,seeds, petals and amazing shapes found in the natural world around us. We will use graphite, charcoal and white charcoal on black paper to create natural studies and several larger finished masterpieces based on photographs as well as the collections of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the instructor’s own natural objects.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

 

SESSION 8: August 7-11

 

MORNING, 9am-12noon

Drawing: Portrait Drawing  new
Instructor: Alia El-Bermani

Learn how to capture a likeness by drawing from the live model. Using multiple drawing techniques, you will develop a deep understanding of proper proportions, structure and basic anatomy.  This class will strengthen your ability and understanding of the human head whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced student.

Textiles: Weave it Wild: Handwoven Creatures  new
Instructor: Jan French

Learn all about loom weaving and weave your own creature! We will build a working loom using familiar materials, learn how to set it up and then weave with colorful yarns and scrap fibers. With some tugs and knots we will then magically transform your flat weaving sample into an animal of your choice.  No prior weaving experience necessary.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

 AFTERNOON, 1-4pm

Modern Brush Lettering  new
Instructor: Kerr Pelto

Imagine making your favorite quotes part of your artwork. Using fun, colorful brush markers, explore the style of calligraphy which is showing up as the text in all of your favorite quotes right now. In a short amount of time you will learn letterforms based on the Italic Hand. You’ll be making cards, posters and signs that everyone will love!

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Drawing: Fantasy Fashion Design  new
Instructor: Sonya Drum

This course examines the history of fantasy fashion from Theater to Couture while teaching new drawing and rendering techniques for documenting personal designs. Students create designs inspired by super powers, nature, steampunk, and futurism while creating a portfolio including inspirational research,  collage and painted renderings, fantasy make-up designs, and photos of collaborative fabric draping.  Don’t just dream it design it!

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE