For young people who wish to study the visual arts as an academic pursuit or even as a career, portfolio development is a priority. We help students not only to create stand-out portfolios, but also to articulate their visions in meaningful artist statements that have proven to be effective in aiding the college admission process and winning scholarships. The discipline of portfolio development also lays the groundwork for future achievement in a multitude of careers related to the arts as well as in other areas of life.
College Prep Counseling:
Over many years as arts educators, we've assisted scores of students with their college applications. We maintain relationships with fine arts program administrators at some of the top colleges and universities in the country - schools both large and small. Our college placement consulting services can help you or your child to prepare for College Board Advanced Placement Studio Art classes, and ultimately for the college admission process. We will help to find the right fit between the young artist and a college art program that matches his or her talents and preferences. Our consultation has, in many cases, led to scholarships at leading institutions.
Classes open to students ages 7-18 in both Great Barrington, MA & Millburn, NJ.
Our fine arts program instills a strong vocabulary of techniques, terms and materials. Basic drawing skills are stressed, designed to aid in better ways of seeing, with an emphasis on hand-eye coordination. We explore line, value, perspective, and shape, through a series of drawing exercises from the figure, landscape, and still life.
The student then moves on to a wide variety of techniques and approaches to fine art disciplines. We emphasize processes which are direct and immediate, but also offer sustained development. The study includes painting, collage, and the principles of line, shape, forms, texture, pattern, and color theory.
Our photography classes will help you to hone your skills for achieving breathtaking images that go far beyond the everyday family-photo-album picture. Learn advanced photo-taking techniques and camera features that you can apply to all your photos. Understand the capabilities and limitations of your equipment. Explore the process of planning and executing your pictures. Learn how to print your work for exhibition, either publicly or at home, and opportunities to have you work judged and published.
You can also gain a working knowledge of the essentials of photo editing, digital darkroom, and asset management using Photoshop to make your pictures "pop".
In Graphic Design, students will learn to communicate with type and imagery using the Adobe Design Suite. Throughout the program students will develop their skills in composition, color, visual hierarchy, typography, critical thinking, and problem solving (among other things). The students will also become more comfortable talking about and explaining their work to others, while also learning how to give and apply feedback.
Classes available for high school students & adults.
Learn what goes into making a basic computer game. In the various course levels students will discover what goes into making computer games, create both top down and platform games, and eventually build their own game from scratch. We will go over basic game theory, practices, vocabulary, and more!
To sections available: one ideal for students age 8-14 AND one geared towards high school students & adults.
Students will develop aesthetic understanding and learn how to answer the question: What is good design? Students will create a portfolio of sophisticated art work in the areas of graphic design, illustration and photography. All work will be produced using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Projects will explore packaging design, typography and digital imaging.