The Pre-College Art Program at Carnegie Mellon University provides a rich and exciting opportunity for high school students to develop their artistic skills, ideas, and portfolios for college admission.
Working and socializing in a diverse and dynamic community of artist peers with an established professional faculty, students gain a preview of undergraduate campus life in a creative environment.
APPLY: 2013 SATURDAY PROGRAM
Spring Term: Feb 16-Apr 20, 2013
DOWNLOAD 2012-13 Saturday Scholarship Application
Scholarship Deadline: Jan 28
DOWNLOAD 2012-13 Saturday Program Application
Application Deadline: Feb 4
Saturday Classes & Workshops (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)
Sept 29 - Dec 1, 2012
Feb 16 - Apr 20, 2013
PUPPETRY & PERFORMANCE
Oct 6, 13, 20
DEVELOPING A PORTFOLIO
Feb 23, Mar 2, 9
DEVELOPING A PORTFOLIO
STUDIO SESSIONS | Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm
Drawing: Develop your ability to observe while you broaden your capacity to express yourself visually on paper. Explore and develop two-dimensional images through a variety of materials and techniques including charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and non-traditional media. Work with subject matter that addresses the human figure, still life, nature and architecture.
Painting: Explore drawing and painting concepts and techniques, while developing an approach to subject matter that provokes interpretation and expression. Learn how to use the tools, materials and techniques of painting to improve skills. Become involved in the creation and organization of shape, form, color and texture while experimenting with paint application and surface development.
Sculpture: Fabricate, carve, saw, turn, weld and work with contemporary issues in sculpture through the creation of forms in various materials. Expand your technical vocabulary and confidence in fabrication and construction with a variety of sculpting tools.
Animation: Become inspired by the techniques and methods necessary to create video art and 2D animation. Through a combination of screenings, discussions and hands-on projects, this class will use the history of issues related to digital media techniques to inform artwork. You will learn the basics of digital video editing, lighting, camera techniques, green screening, rigging and animation in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere to create final work.
Puppetry & Performance: Discover the broad spectrum of performance art through both observation and hands-on exercise. This class will investigate performance and puppetry within an interactive, collaborative, hands-on environment. Projects will consider audience, time-based work, movement, concept development and event-making.
Print Media: Learn about a range of printmaking techniques and materials used to create reproducible images. From intaglio and silk-screen to “zines,” students will explore subject matter and develop new skills using this historically rich and contemporary medium.
Digital Photography: Use the most up-to-date digital imaging techniques while learning the fundamentals of photographic art. Develop an understanding of camera controls and techniques with respect to aesthetics and vision while using sophisticated computer software such as Photoshop to manipulate imagery. A digital camera (with manual settings) is required.
WORKSHOPS | Saturday 1-4pm
Green Screen: A participatory introduction to the tools, techniques, planning, production and post-production concepts of green screen.
Kinetic Sculpture: Make sculpture move! Participants will be taught the eight simple mechanisms drawn from the renaissance and how to employ them using everyday materials. The student will sketch designs that utilize the simple mechanisms, create a mechanical maquette and end the course with a completed, interactive puppet.
GigaPan: Discover GigaPan photography and learn how to generate high-resolution panoramic images with digital cameras and robotic technology developed right here at CMU.
Performance: A three-part exploratory course on the art of performance. This class will introduce concepts, exercises and technique to students through demonstrations and participation.
Developing a Portfolio: Meet with CMU School of Art faculty to learn the basics of developing a portfolio for the undergraduate admissions process. Get tips and pointers on presentation techniques and artwork selection as well as personal feedback on student work.
Saturday Program Tuition & Scholarships
$450.00 per Studio Session (10 weeks, each Saturday per term)
$150.00 per Workshop (3-part, 3 Saturdays per term)
$50.00 per Portfolio Workshop (1-Part, 1 Saturday per term)
Material Fees: For certain classes, supplies are ordered at a bulk rate for the use of students in their studios.
- Animation: $60
- Print Media: $60
- Digital Photography: $60
- Sculpture: $80
Art Supplies: Drawing students should expect to pay around $65 and painting students around $85 for supplies. It is suggested that students make a one-time purchase of an inexpensive tackle box to carry supplies and a portfolio to protect artwork. It is recommended that drawing and painting students arrive on the first day of class with a blank check or credit card to pay for pre-made supply packages in the Carnegie Mellon Art Store.
Scholarship Deadlines: September 10, 2012 (for Fall 2012); January 28, 2013 (for Spring 2013) A number of full and partial tuition scholarships are available for the 2012–2013 Pre-College Art programs. Applications received after the deadlines will not be considered. Please follow instructions on the scholarship application, complete and mail in with your general course application.
Refunds: To be granted a refund, requests must be received at least one week prior to the date of the first class.
Attendance, Evaluations, Faculty
Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes unless a reasonable parental excuse is provided. Classes begin promptly at 9:30am. Participants are asked to be on time.
Evaluation: Students receive a written evaluation of their performance from each teacher. They are based on quality and development of work, as well as attendance and general class participation and preparedness.
Faculty: The pre-college art faculty at Carnegie Mellon are accomplished professional artists and educators who share their expertise inside and outside the classroom. With small class sizes, students will benefit from individual attention, intense instruction and substantial, constructive feedback. Instructors will also advise on portfolio development.