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Summer 2016 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
24th Annual Summer Visual Arts Institute

Grades 10–12

Visual Arts Institute

Location: Visual Arts Bldg., Room 1018

This four-week precollege program offers a unique opportunity for students who have completed their freshman year of high school to work with practicing artists in a variety of media at Purchase College. Led by a team of accomplished instructors, the Visual Arts Institute is a series of focused workshops designed to provide experience in technique and materials in a variety of disciplines.

This program is held in the college’s Visual Arts Building—160,000 square feet of art-making opportunity. Our Visual Arts Building is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast, providing students with superb studio environments, as well as state-of-the-art software and hardware specifically geared to the demands of professional design and art making.
All art materials are included; both new and returning students are welcome.

Visual Arts Institute male student life drawingEach day, students attend master workshops and electives.


Observational Drawing and Painting: Using pen and ink, charcoal, watercolor, and acrylic paint, investigate a variety of formal concerns—including the clothed figure, still life, and landscape.

Sculpture: Explore the process of creating art in three dimensions using wood, plastic, metal, clay/ceramics, and found materials. You will use basic woodworking power tools and will create a mold and cast multiples.


Figure Drawing: Examine the human figure, analyzing the figure’s form and structure through the use of a variety of media, including charcoal, ink, conté crayon, and color. Male and female nude models are used for this workshop.

Ceramics: Use clay as a sculptural medium and learn various techniques including slab building, modeling, and some mold making for clay.

Printmaking (Monoprinting and Artist’s Book Workshop): Examine a variety of methods for creating monoprints and several book structures.

Creating Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Learn the drawing and computer skills and the storytelling principles used in comics, film/video, and video games to storyboard and create compelling comic books and graphic novels.

*descriptions and electives subject to change

The Institute culminates with an exhibition of student work for family members and invited guests.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Visual Arts Institute can be combined with 3-D Video Game and Makers Lab Creations (new!), Architecture Intensive, Neu Curators (new!), or the Songwriting Workshop to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

July 11–August 5
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,300 for the first registration
$2,070 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 6, 2016)

Select a first and second choice of electives on the registration form. Registration for electives is on a first-come, first served basis, so register early!

About the Instructors

Tova Snyder (lead instructor - drawing/painting/figure drawing instructor) holds a BA in painting from Yale University and an MFA in painting from Temple University. She is a painter and muralist whose work has attracted international attention. Her designs won a commission from the MTA for a permanent faceted glass installation at the Harrison Metro-North train station. As a teaching artist, she has received the Westchester Arts Council Award for her outstanding achievement, leadership, and vision.

Teke Cocina (printmaking instructor) holds an MFA in Visual Arts, a BFA in Print Media, and has over eight years of experience with fine art and digital printmaking. Teke is passionate about education and all things print, having produced his graduate artwork in and around the Purchase College print shop and studios using a variety of techniques. Teke’s art attempts to capture his feelings about current social and political realities relating them to historical, pop-cultural, and personal references.

Mari Ogihara (sculture instructor) received her BFA from University of Michigan and an MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Her studies in Kyoto, Japan and Gujarat, India continue to resonate in her work. She was awarded a one year artist residency at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York.  Mari’s artwork has been in local, regional & international exhibitions including at Hammond Museum, Aldrich Museum, and at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan.

Carl Potts (elective instructor) Carl is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has served on the editorial staff of Marvel Comics for 13 years. As executive editor, he was in charge of one third of the company’s publications. In 1994, he became editor-in-chief of two publishing divisions, including Epic, Marvel’s line of creator-owned titles. During the height of its publishing success, most of the X-Men titles were produced by talent Carl discovered and mentored, including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Scott Williams, and Larry Stroman. Carl is the author of The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling.

Updated June 1, 2016

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Summer Precollege Programs:

How to Register
Parent & Student Testimonials

Program Descriptions:

Acting Intensive
Architecture Intensive
Code Breakers & App Designers
Creative Vocal Lab
Creative Writing Institute
Filmmaking Institute
Minecraft™ Animators &

Modern Journalism
Neu Curators
Photography Institute
Project Fashion Designer
Shakespeare Workshop
Songwriting Workshop
STEM Scholars
Summer Percussion Seminar
3-D Video Game &
Makers Lab Creations

Visual Arts Institute
Vocal Intensive

Program Options:

Early Drop-Off Option
Extended-Day Option

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