Youth Programs

Current Programs

Create an Valentine’s Day Animated GIF
Wednesday, February 10 @ 4 PM

Use images, text, and graphics in a free online software* to make an animated gif.

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    Free Apps: Stop Motion Animation
    Wednesday, February 17 @ 4 PM

    Using a free phone app, students will learn how to make stop motion animations

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      Make a Sick Beat from Scratch
      Wednesday, February 24 @ 4 PM

      Use a free online software to make beats using your own voice and sounds you can make with objects at home

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        Digital Drawing – Cats, Cats, Cats
        Wednesday, March 3 @ 4 PM

        Cats rule the internet – learn how to digitally draw one using vector shapes and a free online software

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          Take Better Vertical Video for Social Media
          Wednesday, March 10 @ 4 PM

          Vertical video is the preferred format for social media. Learn the dos and don’ts of how to maximize this format

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            Explosions and Monsters: Fun Free Special Effects
            Wednesday, March 17 @ 4 PM

            Special effects are a lot easier than you might think! In this class we will use two apps to try out all kinds of special effects at home. Phone or tablet needed.Special effects are a lot easier than you might think! In this class we will use two apps to try out all kinds of special effects at home. Phone or tablet needed.

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              Audio Mixing: EQ & Reverb
              Wednesday, March 24 @ 4 PM

              Mixing is a crucial step in the music composition process. In this class, students will learn the basics of changing levels, panning, and adding basic effects using a free online software.

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                Easy Typography Logos
                Wednesday, April 7 @ 4 PM

                Logos are how we communicate, quickly and simply, the essence of an organization or individual. In this class, we will create a simple logo out of letters (typography) using free online software.

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                  Phone Video: Up Your Game with Layers
                  Wednesday, April 14 @ 4 PM

                  In this class students will use layers to create a variety of effects that change the aesthetics and tone of the video using a free phone app

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                    Make a Cover Book Cover
                    Wednesday, April 21 @ 4 PM

                    Comic book covers are all about action and fun. In this class, learn how to make your own!

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                      Create a Birthday Card
                      Wednesday, April 28 @ 4 PM

                      Make a unique birthday card for someone you care about using free online software

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                        Record a Podcast!
                        Wednesday, May 5 @ 4 PM

                        Podcasts are an extremely popular media format. In this class, students will plan and record a podcast together about a topic of their choice.

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                          Sculpt a Crewmate
                          Monday, February 8 @ 4 PM

                          CHICAT Maker Lab Class about digital sculpting a crewmate from Among Us, for middle school and high school students

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                            Sculpt a Head
                            Monday, February 15 @ 4 PM

                            CHICAT Maker Lab Class about digital sculpting a person’s head, for middle school and high school students

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                              Sculpt a Artsy Skull
                              Monday, February 22 @ 4 PM

                              CHICAT Maker Lab Class for creating a stylized skull in digital sculpting, for middle school and high school students

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                                Mandalorian
                                Monday, March 1 @ 4 PM

                                CHICAT Maker Lab Class about 3D modeling your own Mandalorian style helmet in TinkerCAD, for middle school and high school students

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                                  Race Kart
                                  Monday, March 8 @ 4 PM

                                  CHICAT Maker Lab Class about creating a Mario Kart inspired race kart in TinkerCAD, for middle school and high school students

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                                    King Arthur
                                    Monday, March 15 @ 4 PM

                                    CHICAT Maker Lab Class about creating your own legendary sword and stone inspired by King Arthur, for middle school and high school students

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                                      Code Electronics
                                      Monday, March 22 @ 4 PM

                                      CHICAT Maker Lab Class about using TinkerCAD’s online arduino simulator to program electronics, for middle school and high school students

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                                        Zelda Project
                                        Monday, March 29 @ 4 PM

                                        CHICAT Maker Lab Class about 3D modeling a sword and shield inspired by the Zelda games, for middle school and high school students

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                                          Game Scenery
                                          Monday, April 5 @ 4 PM

                                          CHICAT Maker Lab Class about making pixel art inspired by video game backgrounds, for middle school and high school students

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                                            3D Logos
                                            Monday, April 12 @ 4 PM

                                            CHICAT Maker Lab Class about making 3D modeled logos designed by students, for middle school and high school students

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                                              Block Art
                                              Monday, April 19 @ 4 PM

                                              CHICAT Maker Lab Class about making Minecraft styled art using 3D voxels, for middle school and high school students

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                                                Pixel Portraits
                                                Monday, April 26 @ 4 PM

                                                CHICAT Maker Lab Class about making Self-Portraits in pixel art, for middle school and high school students

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                                                  How to Start a Project
                                                  Thursday, February 11 @ 4 PM

                                                  CHICAT workshop about organizing and beginning creative projects, for high school students only

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                                                    Digital Arts Speakers
                                                    Thursday, February 18 @ 4 PM

                                                    CHICAT workshop featuring guests Digital Artists as speakers, for high school students only

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                                                      Scholarships and Grants
                                                      Thursday, February 25 @ 4 PM

                                                      CHICAT workshop about the way grants and scholarships can help your academic career and beyond, for high school students only

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                                                        Exhibition Opportunities
                                                        Thursday, March 4 @ 4 PM

                                                        CHICAT workshop about applying to shows and presenting your art, for high school students only.

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                                                          Photographing Your Art
                                                          Thursday, March 11 @ 4 PM

                                                          CHICAT workshop about documenting your work with the best pictures possible, for high school students only

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                                                            Project Reviews
                                                            Thursday, March 18 @ 4 PM

                                                            CHICAT workshop about sharing your projects with others and getting feedback on your art, for high school students only

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                                                              Developing Your Artist Identity
                                                              Thursday, March 25 @ 4 PM

                                                              CHICAT workshop about building your skills over time and letting your projects represent you as an artist, for high school students only.

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                                                                Free Tools to Display Your Art Online
                                                                Thursday, April 1 @ 4 PM

                                                                CHICAT workshop about discovering ways to show your work online at no-cost so others can have a chance to get familiar with your artwork, for high school students only

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                                                                  Design Lab Speaker
                                                                  Thursday, April 8 @ 4 PM

                                                                  CHICAT workshop about being paid to work professionally as an Illustrator, for high school students only

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                                                                    Exhibition Opportunities
                                                                    Thursday, April 15 @ 4 PM

                                                                    CHICAT workshop about applying to shows and presenting your art, for high school students only

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                                                                      Resume Workshop
                                                                      Thursday, April 22 @ 4 PM

                                                                      CHICAT workshop about successful resumes and the best approach students can take to write their own resumes, for high school students only

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                                                                        Project Reviews
                                                                        Thursday, April 29 @ 4 PM

                                                                        CHICAT workshop about sharing your projects with others and getting feedback on your art, for high school students only

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                                                                          Introduce Pets & Stuffed Animals!
                                                                          Friday, February 12 @ 4 PM

                                                                          Bring your pet or stuffed animal to a virtual hang-out session with the Youth Arts team at CHICAT. Be sure to bring 2-3 fun facts about the pet/stuffed animal to share with everyone! 

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                                                                            Creative Writing Workshop
                                                                            Friday, February 19 @ 4 PM

                                                                            Aspiring writers are welcome to join the Youth Arts team in this informative workshop for Creative Writing.  

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                                                                              Black History Month: Poetry Night
                                                                              Friday, February 26 @ 4 PM

                                                                              A celebration of Black History Month through a workshop that informs the CHICAT community about the current Black Lives Matter movement and a digital open mic where students can share poetry about social justice.

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                                                                                Pictionary
                                                                                Friday, March 5 @ 4 PM

                                                                                A student is privately given a prompt and they must draw it out as the other students guess what it is. 

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                                                                                  Comedy Night – Explain Movie Plots Badly
                                                                                  Friday, March 12 @ 4 PM

                                                                                  Take turns being given a popular film to explain badly and having everyone guess which film you’re talking about. 

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                                                                                    Sketchpad #1 – Drawing Your Favorite Villain
                                                                                    Friday, March 19 @ 4 PM

                                                                                    Students will share their favorite villains with each other and sketch them out to share out at the end. 

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                                                                                      Video Game / Anime Club
                                                                                      Friday, March 26 @ 4 PM

                                                                                      Come hang out with your peers and share recommendations of video games and anime! Learn some cool trivia about both mediums and demonstrate any cool concepts you have for a game or anime. 

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                                                                                        Improv
                                                                                        Friday, April 9 @ 4 PM

                                                                                        Bring a quick wit and a sense of humor to join CHICAT for a session of easy-to-join Improv games. These activities will involve “One Word at a Time,” “Actor Switch,” and “Translation.”

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                                                                                          Sketchpad #2 – Drawing Cartoon Critters
                                                                                          Friday, April 16 @ 4 PM

                                                                                          Bring your pencil and paper and join your peers in drawing out cartoon critters influenced by works such as Pokemon and Digimon. 

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                                                                                            Movie Night
                                                                                            Friday, April 23 @ 4 PM

                                                                                            Watch Party with the Youth Arts team. Bring a snack and a drink! 

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                                                                                              Pictionary
                                                                                              Friday, April 30 @ 4 PM

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                                                                                                Group Reflection
                                                                                                Friday, May 7 @ 4 PM

                                                                                                Join us and reflect on the art we produced and the techniques we learned. Be sure to stick around for information on the upcoming Summer 2021 session. 

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