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Saturday Classes for High School Students

Pre-College: Writing Workshop- “The Personal Essay”

$110

with Brian Heston

Calendar Sep 26, 2020

The Personal Essay is central to many types of applications - college, art school and internships. But how do you make yourself stand out? How do you articulate what makes you a good fit for the program you are applying for? Whether you are applying to Harvard, Penn State or an elite academy like PAFA, you will have to write an essay that talks about yourself, your goals and what drives you as a student.

In this two-day, weekend workshop, we will focus on writing a first draft of a personal essay to a college of your choice. Good personal essays use description and imagery to let the reader viscerally experience the story, just as paintings can tell a story. By emphasizing the links between imagery and text, students will learn to write a personal essay that truly stands out from the crowd.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Articulate how a specific personal experience shaped you as a person and how it guides your future goals      
  • Identify what type of program(s) you want to apply for and why      
  • Speak to the mission of the institution for which you are applying      
  • Write about yourself to address a specific audience  

You will meet with the teacher and fellow students live on Zoom from 10-11 AM on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the teacher will guide you in how to write a personal essay, and on Sunday students will share their work with each other and receive feedback. Additional readings, resources, and feedback will be available on the learning management system, Canvas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve your ability to write in the active voice        
  • Improve your ability to communicate with a specific audience      
  • Improve your ability to write grammatically correct prose

Teacher Information:

Brian Heston is a faculty member in PAFA’s undergraduate liberal arts program with over 20 years of experience as a published writer and teacher. Learn more about him here: https://www.pafa.org/staff/brian-heston.  

 

Need based scholarships are available, apply here: https://form.jotform.com/202453611644146

Parent/Guardian must fill out Student Information & Release Form BEFORE first day of class.  

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Painting: Porfolio Preparation, PT 710E1T

$400

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Sep 26, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Students can come and build work for a college level portfolio. A focus on painting from direct observation using the still life and the self-portrait will be emphasized, as well as making copies from master works. Students will learn historical and contemporary approaches to painting, as well as learning painting materials and their applications to become informed of history and practice.  Lectures and discussions will revolve around exploring works from past and present artists, materials and techniques and historical and contemporary painting concepts. Discussions, lectures, and work feedback will be made using Zoom and Canvas platforms. Zoom sessions will be structured to be about 30 minutes at the beginning and 30 at the end of class with students having ample time to work on their own painting in between. Instructor will be available for live feedback on Zoom and Canvas throughout the scheduled class time.  

Learning objectives:

  • Students will paint from direct observation using the still life and the self-portrait, as well as make copies from master works.
  • Students will become familiar with historical and contemporary approaches to painting, as well as painting materials and their applications
  • Through lectures and discussions students will explore and become familiar with works from past and present artists, materials and techniques and historical and contemporary painting concepts.Painting concepts will include discussions on:
    • Historical spaces i.e. renaissance, cubism, and modern space
    • The physicality and limitations of the picture plane  
    • How the above concepts are related and shape and mold the way we make paintings

Students may apply for full and partial scholarships here: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/Login

Parent/Guardian must fill out Student Information & Release Form BEFORE first day of class. 

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Drawing: Portfolio Preparation, DR 710ED-1

$400

with Inga Kimberly Brown

Calendar Sep 26, 2020 at 2 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Drawing I is an exploration into the mediums of drawing for students at all levels. The class objective is to learn observational study and what the imagination can unveil using the linear method of mark making. This class encourages the artist to draw from their own observation and to observe their mark making as they relate the image to a surface. Each class will start with a 30-minute live demonstration on drawing with different mediums on diverse surfaces. The last 30 minutes will be focused on sharing student art as a group, helping students to improve their technique as well as their ability to talk about art.

Topics will include lighting, perspective, color, tones, self-portrait, landscapes, still-life and more.

Learning Objectives:

• Students will acquire a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of drawing.

• Students will become familiar with a variety of drawing materials and techniques.

• Students will have an understanding the primitive eye and the critical eye, which also allows the student to see depth and hyper color and intensity of the form clearly.

• Students will be able to articulate the visual language with confidence which opens doors to realism, naturalistic figures and forms.

• Students will become familiar with the Artist Share or Group Critiques.

• Students will become more familiar with the use of the artist vocabulary through dialogue of art within the art of critique or artist feedback sessions. Check out this Artist Glossary by MoMA Learning: https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/glossary/

 

Students may apply for full and partial scholarships here: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/Login

Parent/Guardian must fill out Student Information & Release Form BEFORE first day of class. 

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

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Pre-College: Public Art in America: From Monuments to the Monumental

$210

with TK Smith

Calendar Oct 3, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

What is the role of the monument in American culture? Whether monuments stand, are defaced, or destroyed, public art has profound social and political implications. Studying the complicated narrative of public art is one way to uncover the histories, social conflicts, and the aspirations of a nation.

This is an introductory course on American public art and monuments. We will explore the international influences and distinctly American elements of famous public artworks found across the United States. We will examine historical and contemporary American public art from the Statue of Liberty to Kehinde Wiley’s Rumors of War to give students a firm understanding of public space, public art, and the greater American visual landscape.

This 5-week course will meet weekly for 1.5 hours on Zoom for seminar style, discussion-based learning. Additional resources, assignments and communication are on the learning management system Canvas. Students will be required to do weekly readings or viewings to prepare for the class sessions, as well as a short presentation and a cumulative short essay.

Students may take this course in combination with “Public Art in America: Landscapes and Cityscapes” to earn 1.0 college credit, or this course can stand alone as a no-credit course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will participate in discussions about art, architecture, and public space that will improve their course discussion skills to better prepare them for college seminar style learning      
  • Students will leave the course with the skills to conduct a digital presentation      
  • Students will learn to conduct research: find, analyze and synthesize texts      
  • Students will learn to communicate information and arguments clearly in writing      
  • Students will leave this course able to recognize and identify how history, culture, and conflict have shaped the physical space and political environment around us

Teacher Information:

TK Smith is a Philadelphia based writer, art critic, and curator. Smith is currently a Ph.D candidate in the American Civilization Program at the University of Delaware. He received his MA in American Studies and his BA in English and African American Studies from Saint Louis University, http://www.afampublichumanities.udel.edu/2020-2021-scholars/.

 

Need based scholarships are available, apply here: https://form.jotform.com/202453611644146

Parent/Guardian must fill out Student Information & Release Form BEFORE first day of class. 

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Short Story Writing Workshop- Flash Fiction

$110

with Brian Heston

Calendar Nov 7, 2020

Good storytelling allows us to lose ourselves in different worlds by immersing us so thoroughly in the creative imagination of others that we momentarily suspend our disbelief.

In this two-day, weekend workshop, you will write immersive flash fiction – no more than 500 words! – that uses the best storytelling tools available. Take an idea from your own culture or lived experience, build on a comic or illustration you’re already working on, or compose a creative glimpse into a completely imagined world. Whatever your inspiration, you will learn to help your audience suspend their disbelief through great writing that eliminates clichés, uses active language, and develops compelling, unforgettable visual scenery.

You will meet with the teacher and fellow students live on Zoom from 10-11 AM on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the teacher will guide you in fiction writing, and on Sunday students will share their work with each other and receive feedback. Additional readings, resources, and feedback will be available on the learning management system, Canvas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve your ability to write descriptively        
  • Improve your ability to avoid passive voice      
  • Improve your ability to think critically about your own writing

Teacher Information:

Brian Heston is a faculty member in PAFA’s undergraduate liberal arts program with over 20 years of experience as a published writer and teacher. Learn more about him here: https://www.pafa.org/staff/brian-heston.  

 

Need based scholarships are available, apply here: https://form.jotform.com/202453611644146

Parent/Guardian must fill out Student Information & Release form BEFORE first day of class.

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Public Art in America: Landscapes and Cityscapes

$210

with TK Smith

Calendar Nov 7, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

The architecture of Chicago is distinct from the architecture of New Orleans. The city of Boston is made of brick, while stucco is found in Miami. The architecture in the United States is as diverse as its people and tells the history of war, migration, and American identities.  

This is an introductory course on American landscapes and architecture. We will explore the international influences and distinctly American elements of landscapes and public structures found across the United States. We will examine public parks, cemeteries, theaters, and government buildings to give students a firm understanding of iconic American architecture.

This 5-week course will meet weekly for 1.5 hours on Zoom for seminar style, discussion-based learning. Additional resources, assignments and communication are on the learning management system Canvas. Students will be required to do weekly readings or viewings to prepare for the class sessions, and a cumulative object study assignment that involves light field research and willingness to try basic drawing (all drawing levels welcome).

Students may take this course in combination with Public Art in America: From Monuments to the Monumental to earn 1.0 college credit, or this course can stand alone as a no-credit course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will participate in discussions about art, architecture, and public space that will improve their course discussion skills to better prepare them for college seminar style learning.      
  • Students will leave the course with the skills to conduct a digital presentation.      
  • Students will learn to generate knowledge from field research.      
  • Students will be given the introductory skills to conduct detailed object study. Object study is a corner stone in the study of art and material culture and builds patience while it trains the eye.      
  • Students will leave this course able to recognize and identify how history, culture, and conflict have shaped the physical nation around 

Teacher Information:

TK Smith is a Philadelphia based writer, art critic, and curator. Smith is currently a Ph.D candidate in the American Civilization Program at the University of Delaware. He received his MA in American Studies and his BA in English and African American Studies from Saint Louis University, http://www.afampublichumanities.udel.edu/2020-2021-scholars/.

 

Need based scholarships are available, apply here: https://form.jotform.com/202453611644146

Parent/Guardian must fill out Student Information & Release form BEFORE first day of class.

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Persuasive Writing Workshop: Rhetorical Tools for Visual Rhetoric

$110

with Brian Heston

Calendar Dec 5, 2020

Persuasive writing is essential in many fields. Researchers, policy makers, advertisers, critics and visual artists all must convince others to adopt their point of view, often in writing. 

For this two-day, weekend workshop, you will practice taking a position and supporting that position in an op-ed. To be persuasive, you cannot just write what you feel  -  you must educate yourself on the issues surrounding a position by finding and employing credible sources and then conveying information in a way that elicits an emotional response from your audience.

To practice this skill, we will focus on an ongoing cultural debate: is graffiti art or vandalism?  How we answer this question has huge ramifications for real people and communities. Writing a clear and persuasive answer will require students to take a position and defend it convincingly. Students are also free to develop an op-ed on another topic they are interested in.

You will meet with the teacher and fellow students live on Zoom from 10-11 AM on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the teacher will guide you in op-ed writing, and on Sunday students will share their work with each other and receive feedback. Additional readings, resources, and feedback will be available on the learning management system, Canvas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve your ability to differentiate between informed and uninformed opinions       
  • Improve your ability to use source material to support a thesis
  • Improve your ability to write grammatically correct prose

Teacher Information:

Brian Heston is a faculty member in PAFA’s undergraduate liberal arts program with over 20 years of experience as a published writer and teacher. Learn more about him here: https://www.pafa.org/staff/brian-heston.  

Need based scholarships are availble, apply here: https://form.jotform.com/202453611644146

Parent/Guardian must fill out Student Information & Release Form BEFORE first day of class. 

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.





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