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Sept. 3: College of Fine Arts Offers Creative Programs, Taste of College Life for Youth


Eric Sloss                           

Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts Offers
Creative Programs, Taste of College Life for Youth  

Architectural ExplorationsPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts' creative programs for youth, which have provided students with artistic enrichment for more than 70 years, are gearing up for another term of learning, art and fun. Programs offered this fall include the School of Art's Pre-College Art Program for students in grades 9 through 12, the School of Architecture's Architectural Explorations Program for students in grades 3 through 12, and the Music Preparatory School, which offers several courses for children between the ages of 3 and 18.
The Music Preparatory School begins Sept. 6, the Pre-College Art Program begins Sept. 13 and the Architectural Explorations Program gets under way Sept. 20.
Taught by practicing professionals, nationally and internationally exhibited artists and upper-level Carnegie Mellon students, the programs give K-12 students a chance to learn under experienced mentors while following their own artistic passions. Younger children reap the developmental benefits of early immersion in creative studies, while programs for high-school students afford older children a rare opportunity to experience college life at one of the world's finest universities, where they can develop the body of work and study needed to transition to higher-education creative programs.

"Students work in a diverse and supportive community of emerging artist peers and established professional faculty, gaining a preview of the undergraduate art program," said Janice Hart, director of the Pre-College Art Program.
Students in the Pre-College Art Program take courses that include digital photography, painting and video art, drawing, drawing and anatomy, metal, casting, soft sculpture studio, printmaking, collaborative studio, painting studio and video art and animation. Students in the Architecture Explorations programs are grouped by grade level, with third- and fourth-graders exploring the characteristics of different building types and high school students creating portfolio-quality work in preparation for college applications. Students in the Music Preparatory School may take courses in piano, string, guitar or percussion, taking advantage of a unique offering of both private and group classes.
Architecture Explorations will be held each Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon from Sept. 20 through Nov. 8. The winter sequence will be held from Jan. 10 through Feb. 28. Each eight-week sequence costs $195, with discounts and scholarships available. Please see or contact Kelly Lyons at 412-268-1541 for more information.
The Pre-College Art Program holds two 10-week sessions on Saturdays with the fall session running from Sept. 13 through Nov. 15, and the spring session running from Feb. 14 through April 25, 2009. The 10-week sessions are $385 each. Also offered is one five-week Mini Studio Session from Saturday, Jan. 10 through Feb.7, 2009 for $185. Additionally, a special three-week Portfolio Workshop is offered from Nov. 22 through Dec. 13 for $115. Students may attend the entire 25-week studio program at a package rate of $850. Please see or contact Janice Hart at 412-268-3852 or 412-327-8290 for more information.
The Music Preparatory School, which begins Sept. 6, offers several Saturday sequences, including the String Preparatory School for students between the ages of 3 and 18, and the Beginning Piano Program for children between the ages of 5 and 7. Each of these programs includes weekly private and group lessons as well as a class in either Eurhythmics or Musicianship. Both programs cost $790 for the 14-week fall semester.
The Beginning Percussion Program for children between the ages of 6 and 8 offers group and private lessons at a cost of $540 for a 12-week program starting Sept. 13. The Music Preparatory School also offers a 14-week course of private 30-minute guitar lessons for $420, or 60-minute weekly lessons for $840 starting Sept. 6. Also offered is an online music theory and composition program for adults and children 10 and over for $125. For more information, please visit, email or call 412-268-3667.

Pictured above is a student in the Architecture Explorations "Skyscrapers Summer Camp" working on her model.