Youth Programs

Current Programs

Heros Unite! (6th-8th Grade)
Monday and Wednesday | September 30 - December 20 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM

In this course, students will learn the basics of drawing and illustrating, and use their skills to design characters and superheroes, write and illustrate comics, create trading cards, make zines and comic books, and produce a collaborative zine of their work for the final exhibition.

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Color, Clothes & Chemistry (9th-12th Grade)
Tuesday and Thursday | September 30 - December 20 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

In this course, students will be introduced to the science and art of creating dye from plants and minerals. Students will learn how to process organic material into dyes and pigments for dying clothes, painting, printmaking, and papermaking. Students will learn some basic chemistry, a brief history of dye technologies, how to identify wild plants in the Chicago landscape, how to harvest wild plants for dye, and studio safety. Students will complete a fiber arts project, a screen printing project, a painting project, a papermaking project, and develop an independent project for the final exhibition.

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Into the Multi-verse (6th-8th Grade)
Monday and Wednesday | September 30 - December 20 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Fantasy photography will focus on both photography skills as well as Photoshop compositing to create unique, fantasy driven compositions. Manual DSLR camera use, lighting, 2D composition, color theory, and visual language will be covered. Digital work-flow and studio practices will be emphasized.

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Music Video Production (9th-12th Grade)
Tuesday and Thursday | September 30 - December 20 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Students will learn a variety of shooting and editing techniques to explore making creative music videos. We will use DSLR cameras to shoot footage and edit in Premiere Pro. We will use After Effects for motion graphics and special effects, and DaVinci Resolve for color correction. Digital work-flow and the ability to be resourceful with equipment will be emphasized.

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Monster Magic (6th-8th Grade)
Monday and Wednesday | September 30 - December 20 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM

This class is for anyone who likes to create mythical creatures or characters. First, students will come up with their own designs for wizards, vampires, or any other fictional character. Next, they will create a 3D model of that character in Blender. When they have finished creating the 3D model, students will create a written description of their fantasy character/creature. Finally, the 3D model will be printed on a 3D printer and be displayed with the written description in art show following the end of fall classes.

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Arcade (9th-12th Grade)
Tuesday and Thursday | September 30 - December 20 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

This class is focused on teaching students programming in P5JS (a client side javascript library). The class will begin with fundamentals of the language and explaining some of its most important aspects (high level interpreted, object oriented). As the class continues, students will make replicas or spin-offs of classic arcade games. The final games that students create will be able to be played at the art show following the end of fall classes.

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