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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
22nd Annual Summer Visual Arts Institute

Visual Arts Institute students at exhibition reception

Grades 10–12

This four-week precollege program—which returns to the Visual Arts Building after extensive renovations—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 returns to 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 two master workshops and an elective of their choice.

MASTER WORKSHOPS:

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.

ELECTIVES:

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: Description Coming!

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.


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 Video Game Creators and Animators or the Songwriting Workshop to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

July 14–August 8
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,275 for the first registration
$2,047.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

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) www.tovasnyder.com holds a BA in Painting from Yale University and a MFA in Painting from Temple University. She is a painter and muralist whose work has attracted attention nationally and internationally. Her designs won a commission from the MTA for a permanent faceted glass installation at the Harrison Metro-North train station. Her role as teaching artist received the Westchester Arts Council Award for her outstanding achievement, leadership and vision.

Updated Jun. 12, 2014

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