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Seminar

Abstract Painting: Find Your Voice (ONLINE) PT 705E_ON

$350

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

REGISTRATION STILL AVAILABLE!

This live Zoom class provides the perfect format to actively immerse yourself in the creative process.  Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance.  Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice. Discussions delving into work of master painters will further inform and encourage your own art-making.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will obtain a grounding in the history of modernist painting.
  • Students will learn to compose compositions through editing, making and interaction with material.
  • Students will learn color mixing and color relationships.
  • Students will be challenged in their thinking towards painting.

Materials List : Leitner PT 705E_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

Policy Guide Fall 2020

Image:

Keith Leitner, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 in.

Will run

Pre-College: The Art of Surviving the Apocalypse: Contemporary Myths + New Media

$210

with Li Sumpter

Calendar Oct 6, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 5 weeks

In times of crisis we turn to stories to make sense of the world. The late 20th century, particularly the awesome 1980s, gave us films like The Never Ending Story, Legend, The Dark Crystal, Time Bandits and The Last Unicorn. All of these films provide mythical imaginings of the apocalypse that we can draw on to explore the present moment. 

In this 5-week course Dr. Li Sumpter will take you on a mythic journey of birth, death and rebirth shaped and colored by these beloved classics. Students will be introduced to the characters and aesthetics that define this genre of fantasy cinema while learning key elements of worldbuilding found in both ancient and future myths from around the world.  

This course will meet weekly for 1.5 hours on Zoom for seminar style, discussion-based learning. Students will engage in critical viewing of select films that continue to inspire the look and feel of our favorite entertainment media today. Additional resources, assignments and communication will be on the learning management system Canvas. Assignments will challenge students to apply new visual knowledge toward the creation of their own characters and fantasy worlds of their own design. Course assignments/projects include: weekly media diary/dream journal, a movie poster, and a short story.

Students may take this course in combination with “The Art of Surviving the Apocalypse: Imagining Diverse Futures” to earn 1.0 college credit, or this course can stand alone as a no-credit course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the key building blocks of mythmaking and story design
  • Identify the major archetypes and defining aesthetics of apocalypse in classic film and contemporary media
  • Recognize various ways themes of apocalypse can be visually interpreted and expressed through different cultural perspectives and aesthetic lenses 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the connection between reality and fiction, media stories and the mythic imagination by keeping a weekly media diary/dream journal.
  • Create your own characters and story worlds inspired by course content

Teacher Information: 

Dr. Li Sumpter is a mythologist, educator and social practice artist. She earned her Ph.D in Mythology from Pacifica, M.A. in Arts and Humanities Education from NYU, and she is currently Creative Director at MythMedia Studios. Learn more here: https://www.lisumpter.com/about-everything

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: The Art of Surviving the Apocalypse: Imagining Diverse Futures

$210

with Li Sumpter

Calendar Nov 10, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 5 weeks

The apocalypse is not just an end, but the beginning of something new. This course will explore apocalypse myths of birth, death and rebirth that imagine different futures and new realities. Focusing on the visions of the future shaped by the African Diaspora, we will explore mythic and media landscapes of the black imagination with Dr. Li Sumpter.

How does media culture inform our perspective on the world and shape reality? Can art really imitate life? This 5-week course covers key concepts of world building and contemporary myth-making known to black culture across the African Diaspora. Students will examine connections between speculative fiction and historic headlines revealing patterns of apocalypse that permeate the black experience and all of human existence. Assignments focus on visual and media literacy, testing students’ ability to recognize and re-imagine archetypes and aesthetics of afrofuturism and apocalypse for their own story worlds. Course assignments/projects include: weekly media diary/dream journal, character cards (like tarot cards), and a short story.

Students may take this course in combination with “The Art of Surviving the Apocalypse: Contemporary Myths + New Media” to earn 1.0 college credit, or this course can stand alone as a no-credit course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the key building blocks of mythmaking and story design
  • Identify the major archetypes and defining aesthetics of apocalypse in classic film and contemporary media
  • Recognize various ways themes of apocalypse can be visually interpreted and expressed through different cultural perspectives and aesthetic lenses 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the connection between reality and fiction, media stories and the mythic imagination by keeping a weekly media diary/dream journal.
  • Create your own characters and story worlds inspired by course content

Teacher Information: 

Dr. Li Sumpter is a mythologist, educator and social practice artist. She earned her Ph.D in Mythology from Pacifica, M.A. in Arts and Humanities Education from NYU, and she is currently Creative Director at MythMedia Studios. Learn more here: https://www.lisumpter.com/about-everything

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.





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