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The Art of Summer is a visual art immersion program for youth (9–12 yrs) and teens (13–18 yrs). The program develops perceptual and physical skills not often emphasized in tradition schools, but critical to success in the 21st century. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate: the only requirement is an interest in the visual world.
Open House: Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2–4 pm, at The Drawing Studio
Informational opportunity to tour the studios, meet the teaching artists, register for classes, apply for scholarship, ask questions, see slide shows of artwork and artists from previous summers.
Youth Program: Ages 9–12 years
Monday–Friday, June 10–28. Section A: 8:30 am–12 noon; or Section B: 1–4:30 pm.
In a 3-week immersion into the visual arts, students work in a variety of media from charcoal and pastel drawing, to clay and wire sculpture and more. Students may also choose weekly programs, although for the full immersion experience, three weeks is recommended. All classes are grounded in working from “observation” as described in the introduction to the Art of Summer program. Two classes of 1½ hours each, daily. Weekly tuition: $110. Discount for all three weeks: $295.
WEEK 1: Focus on Drawing Fundamentals and Sculpture in Wire.
Students practice basic skills in observational drawing using graphite and pastel. In wire sculpture, students create 3D forms in space based on animal studies.
WEEK 2: Focus on Watercolor Painting and Clay Modeling.
In watercolor painting students learn skills in mixing colors, brush technique, wash effects, creating harmonies. In clay modeling students work on bas-relief and animal forms in the round.
WEEK 3: Focus on Charcoal Drawing and Narrative Illustration.
In charcoal drawing (a messy favorite among our students!) students work
with this traditional and expressive medium, practicing the drawing of bold light and dark forms. In narrative illustration, students create a visual story line using mixed media (drawing and painting).
Monday–Friday, July 1–12; 8:30 am–12 noon.
Students explore Drawing Fundamentals, Watercolor Painting, Narrative Illustration and Clay Modeling in this 8-day Blitz format. Two classes each morning. Lessons are grounded in working from “observation” in this
media-rich program. Tuition: $175 for all eight day.
Teen Program: Ages 13–18
Monday, June 3–Wednesday, June 12, 9 am–3 pm, Monday through Friday, Monday through Wednesday.
An 8-day condensed fundamentals immersion that provides students with a solid grounding in all drawing skills related to working from observation. Each student receives 40 hours of studio instruction in the following media: graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink drawing, and introduces some painting and mixed media. Tuition: $260.
Monday–Friday, June 17–July 16 (Recommended), 9 am–3 pm. No class July 4 or 5.
or Part 1: June 17 – 28 or Part 2: July 1 – 16
In the signature program of the Art of Summer students receive over 100 hours of visual arts training, intended to nurture the skills of observation by cultivating the ability to pay attention. Students work with master teaching artists in the spirit of professional practice not found in the traditional school setting in this program that is unique to Tucson and to the strong teaching artist community here. Extended two to three hour sessions offer unlimited time to focus on drawing fundamentals in a variety of media; from the live model practice in figure and portrait drawing and clay modeling; woodblock relief printmaking, watercolor plein air (outdoors) and oil on canvas painting. Students are recommended to take Parts 1 and 2 for the full benefit of the immersion experience. Portfolio presentation event is held on the last day, July 16. Tuition Part 1 or 2: $315. Discount for both parts: $580.
Gallery Management Class:
Monday–Friday, 9 am–12 noon.
Art of Summer Exhibition Reception: Saturday, July 20 6–8 pm.
Ever want to put on a professional art show? Students will learn the art of installing an exhibition by producing the Art of Summer student show. Practical skills will be taught, such as “spotting” artwork (where to place in a cohesive and interesting manner), learning how to mat, making labels, cataloging and putting on the reception.
Art of Summer Exhibition :: July 20–27, 2013
Opening Reception :: Saturday, July 20, 6–8 pm