Welcome to our Virtual Summer Arts Academy!  Students may select from over 50 virtual courses delivered right to your living room!  Each course runs 3 days per week for 2 weeks with highly interactive instruction for 2 hours each day.  The fee for each course is $100 and students may choose courses in any or all of the four summer sessions offered.  In order to maximize your experience, students may be encouraged to purchase materials for some courses, however the cost of those materials will not exceed $25 per course and are available via amazon.com or dickblick.com, both of which are committed to serving customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Come join us for an interactive virtual learning experience developed by the Team who organizes the award winning Arts Middle and High School programs as well as the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival!

Session I - July 6 through July 17        ∙        Session II - July 20 through July 31

Session III - August 3 through August 14   ∙   Session IV - August 17 through August 28

SESSION I  JULY 6 through JULY 17

Reflections on the Contemporary Still Life - David Ambrose
(Mon, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

A two-week online session designed to update the subject of still life using glass and transparency as an entry point. As a reflective surface, possessive vessel and transformative material, glass has defined how mankind shelters, stores, protects and mirrors art.  The session will be enhanced by PowerPoint presentations of both old master and contemporary artists and their approaches to glass and by hands-on demonstration. Artwork will be built from idea sketch, compositional study to finished work in both color and black and white.

Auditioning – Carlyle Owens
(Mon, Wed, Fri 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Auditions!  Are you filled with anxiety, fear, or hatred with the mere mention of this word?  You are not alone.  Join us for an intensive audition workshop this summer.  We will look at all the various types of auditions in our quest to vanquish the fear associated with the process.  Prepared monologues, cold readings, provided sides, group auditions and video submissions will be covered.  We will look at how to choose headshots and how to put together a strong resume.  We will explore all the facets of the audition process so that you will be comfortable and well prepared for your next audition.  Find your unique character interpretation so that you can walk into an audition with confidence.  You might even look forward to it!

 

Puppet Making and Performance – Harrison Haney
(Mon, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Explore the imaginative art form of Puppetry where anything is possible with a professional puppeteer. Learn to create a compelling and aesthetically engaging character from simple everyday materials. Participants will learn the basic techniques of puppet design and performance in this hands-on workshop where they will create paper sculpture puppets. Students will walk away with an understanding of how to design, build and perform a puppet.

The Art of Lifestyle Photography - Diana Lang
(Mon, Tue, Wed 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

This course is designed for the student who has a passion for photos, not just photography. Do you get caught up looking at photos on Pinterest and Instagram? Does a beautiful photo catch your eye? This class will make your social media pages look like you are a teen influencer.  In the course you will learn the art of lifestyle photography. It will be about the student's style of life and capturing it. Each class will have a different theme and the student will create at least ten images of each theme. The images will tell your story with style.  Beginner or Intermediate photographers.

Tangling the Web: Fiction – Amanda Richardson
(Mon, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Learn how to weave an exhilarating plot, build characters your readers will remember, and create settings with personalities of their own. Explore how your choice of point-of-view can impact your story and the way your audience receives it. Hone your skill for using literary devices meaningfully to enhance your works of fiction and leave readers ready for the next release! This two-week class will help you advance your understanding of the basic elements and begin penning your short stories and novels that have, until now, existed only in your mind.

Portraits: Faces – Julie Gold
(Mon, Wed, Thu 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

This class will break down the intimidating art of drawing faces!  We will work together to tackle proportion, drawing facial features, break down different facial expressions, and lastly, using light and shadow to make our drawings come to life!

Photoshop 101 – Andrea Phox
(Tue, Wed, Thu 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Digital photography is two-fold: exposure (capture) and editing (photoshop). Explore How to use Photoshop and learn the basic tools.

Playing with Color – Everest Adlerman
(Tue, Thu, Fri 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

We'll apply unusual color palettes to scenes or characters to create energy and mood. There are no black outlines here!

Contemporary Modern Dance - Alex Biegelson
(Mon, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

A contemporary modern dance technique class with components of Limón, Graham and Cunningham. Class is an opportunity for lovers of movement to gain awareness about one’s own body and its infinite movement possibilities. This class is a safe place to grow as a mover, investigate our habits and develop new movement understanding. The class starts with a sequential warmup culminating with a high-energy phrase.

Drawing: Eyes, Hands, Feet, Lips – David Dziemian
(Mon, Tue, Wed 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Focusing on the difficult parts of human anatomy

Pure Creation: Improv Acting – Tim Norek
(Tue, Wed, Thu 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

This class will be an intensive on the fundamentals of Improvisational Acting, for the purpose of idea creation. The students will learn the art of “Yes, And” through the lenses of Spontaneity, Acceptance, Heightening, and Commitment. Additionally, they will learn what is needed to build a scene from scratch; utilizing such story elements as character, relationship, environment, and conflict.

Drawing Superheroes – Mark Romanoski
(Tue, Wed, Thu 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Students will learn basic anatomy and "action poses" drawing some of their favorite heroes.

”To See a World in a Grain of Sand" Poetry – Charles H Johnson
(Tue, Wed, Thu 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

a. Imagination

b. Rhyming Couplet

c. End Rhyme

Musical Theater Audition Techniques – Amy Suznovich
(Mon, Wed, Fri 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

This class will focus on all the aspects of musical theater auditions. We'll work on resume formatting, singing audition cuts, monologues, cold-readings, movement/dance combinations, how to approach callbacks and how to choose audition materials (songs & monologues).

Learning to Read Music Fundamentals – Jeffrey Starr
(Tues, Thu, Fri, 10a.m,-noon)

In this two-week class, you will learn to identify and write pitches in both treble and bass clefs. We will also cover identifying writing rhythms. This class is for beginning music students.

SESSION II  JULY 20 through JULY 31

Landscape in the Age of the Novel Coronavirus - David Ambrose
(Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

A session designed around the idea of plein air landscape painting with an eye to safety first. During the session we will engage with nature while still social distancing. Plein air will mean out of doors but around the house and yard with the sun over your shoulder and natural light on your paper or canvas. The session will be enhanced by hands-on demonstrations and PowerPoint presentations of both old master and contemporary artists.

Photo Hacks - Diana Lang
(Mon, Tue, Wed 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Ever wonder how a photographer got that effect? How did she do that? Find out some easy tricks that photographers of all levels can use to up their photo game. In the course you will learn how to use simple techniques that are not technical at all. It will give your photos a style and a creative look but it's so easy that you can even use these tips with your camera phone. Each class will give you a new "tool" to add to your camera bag of tricks. Beginner or Intermediate photographers.

Acting Shakespeare – Carlyle Owens
(Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Discover the actor’s approach to Shakespeare’s language that unlocks the action of his plays.  Become a bloodthirsty Queen, a clever servant, a star-crossed lover, a witty fool, a conniving monster or a heroic Prince.  Learn why Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language (and maybe get a head start on next year’s English class).  You will learn how to read, understand and act Shakespeare through exercises and scene study.  In other words, you will learn how to take Hamlet’s advice.  “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue:”

Mask Making – Harrison Haney
(Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Masks are more than just a costume! Masks have a rich history in the world of performance art in cultures across the world throughout time. Students will learn the art of masking and performance.

Navigating the Narrative: The Personal Essay – Amanda Richardson
(Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Everyone has a story to tell. Knowing where to start and how to successfully deliver the message you want the world to hear about a personal experience can be overwhelming. Tap into the important moments through brainstorming activities. Learn how to sift through the expository and sensory details to find those that build and support your narrative creatively, while staying focused. This two-week class will the combine story-telling techniques of memoir with strategies for remaining on point.

Exploring Watermedia / Mixed Media Collage- Julie Gold
(Mon, Wed, Thu 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Watercolor can be a tricky medium to work with because of its transparency.  In this class, we are going to use that to our benefit!  We are going to play with the unique properties of watercolor to explore various textures, layering, and building a composition that is deep and complex, using simple materials and household ingredients.

Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom – Andrea Phox
(Tue, Wed, Thu 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Taking Photoshop to the next level and introducing Adobe Lightroom's Control center and tools for organization and editing

Drawing Garbage: Improvement Through Absurdity – Everest Adlerman
(Tue, Thu, Fri 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

You ever care so much about a drawing that it somehow comes out worse? This is the opposite. We'll conceptualize things that make us laugh, practice via doodles, and build towards something beautiful and weird.

Contemporary Ballet - Alex Biegelson
(Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

A contemporary ballet technique class that sequentially works through ballet barre and into center exercises. This class will focus on the technical elements of classical ballet alignment and evolve these exercises to gain a better understanding of balance. This is an opportunity, for lovers of movement, to gain awareness of one’s own body and its infinite movement possibilities. Class is a safe place to grow as a mover, investigate our habits and develop new movement understanding.

Linear Perspective and Architectural Sketching – David Dziemian
(Mon, Tue, Wed 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Learn the basics of 1 and 2 point perspective and how to use it to create dynamic drawings of houses and buildings

The Truth of Your Character: Acting – Tim Norek
(Tue, Wed, Thu 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

This class will be an intensive on building emotional honesty and intensity in an actor’s character. The class will begin with improvised scenes designed to tap into the students’ real life experiences. From there the students will learn to transition these real life feelings into monologues, and eventually dialogues.

Cartooning and Funny Faces – Mark Romanoski
(Tue, Wed, Thu 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Students will learn the proportions and measurements of the human head. We will then stretch, twist, and turn them to see who can make the funniest face.

“I’ve Known Rivers” Poetry – Charles H Johnson
(Tue, Wed, Thu 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

a. Simile

b. Traditional Blues Poem

c. Blank Verse

Vocal Styles, Techniques and Song Interpretation - Amy Suznovich
(Mon, Wed, Fri 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

This class will focus on vocal technique, style and song interpretation for various genres of music. You'll learn the foundations of what's required for: classical voice, jazz singing and pop singing and how to switch between genres with ease. We'll work on head voice, mix voice, belting, and agility, in addition to song interpretation, performance techniques, expression and vocal health.

Music Fundamentals Advanced – Jeffrey Starr
(Tues, Thu, Fri, 10a.m,-noon)

In this two-week class, students will identify and write major and minor key signatures and chords. Students will begin to write basic chord progressions. This class is intended for more advanced students.

Contemporary Dance – Kat Reese
(Mon. Wed, Thu 1p.m.-3p.m)

Contemporary dance is a dance form that encompasses stylistic influences from other dance genres including modern, jazz, and even some elements of various street styles. This course will explore and build on dancers' technical abilities and physical conditioning. It will also challenge students to expand artistically through learning and demonstrating choreographed material as well as guiding them to diversify their own movement styles and habits.

SESSION III  AUGUST 3 through AUGUST 14

The Contemporary Portrait: An Eye to Irony - David Ambrose
(Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

A two-week online session designed to freshen the idea of a portrait by including a contemporary flair. The flair will be achieved through a computer-based or smart phone-based element. Using the doctored or altered image to enhance a narrative beyond likeness. The session will be enhanced by hands-on demonstrations and PowerPoint presentations of old master and contemporary artists. Six 2-hour sessions.

Hand Puppetry – Harrison Haney
(Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

This is a hands-on class! Literally! Students will learn the art of hand puppetry in the style of Punch and Judy. Explore emotions and character all through the motions and expressions of just your hands. Through exercises in hand pantomime students will learn how to bring their hands to life into characters. Students will create simply hand puppets, write a short script and stage a performance.

Keeping Cool with Water Photography – Diana Lang
(Mon, Tue, Wed 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Summertime is all about water and so is this class. You will need a few household items plus food coloring. You will also need a Mom who doesn't care if things get messy, but you will be responsible for cleaning up your own mess.

This class is for the responsible student who will carefully keep the water away from their camera. (All water will be contained and kept to small quantities.).  This is for the photographer student who has experience and is comfortable shooting in manual mode.

 

 

Time to Shine: Writing Remarkable College Entrance EssaysAmanda Richardson
(Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

You’ve done the hard work. Now it’s time to put the spotlight on you as a person, as well as your achievements. Learn tips and tricks for creating intriguing hooks and keeping the admissions officers engaged. Dig into determining which personal details and academic activities to include for different questions.  Stand out from others by showing off how well you know your dream school while allowing your unique voice to come through. This two-week class will help you highlight your successes and give your college a true sense of who they will be accepting.

Wreck this Book – Julie Gold
(Mon, Wed, Thu 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Jump on board a popular art trend! Wreck this Book will take you on a journey of how to navigate an art process with limitless possibilities!  We will learn how to prep a book, different ways to alter it to create secret niches, and painting and layering techniques that you can use in many different combinations to create unique and personal art creations.

Advanced Photoshop & Lightroom Editing– Andrea Phox
(Tue, Wed, Thu 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Editing techniques taught in Adobe Photoshop such as masking, layers and curves. Advanced Adobe Lightroom using lens correction and general raw file editing.

Hyperfocus: Working Through Weak Points – Everest Adlerman
(Tue, Thu, Fri 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

We all have that one thing we just can't get right. This class is dedicated time to figure out how that thing works and how to bring it into your style.

Solo Choreography - Alex Biegelson
(Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

A choreography workshop guiding new choreographers through the creation process of a solo. Within this process there will be time set aside for self-practice as well as one on one discussions. Class is an opportunity for the lovers of movement to gain awareness of one’s own body, understand its infinite movement possibilities and learn how these possibilities can be strung together to create composition. Class is a safe place to grow as a mover, investigate our habits and develop new movement understanding.

Draw and Paint Animals – David Dziemian
(Mon, Tue, Wed 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Drawing and painting animals, both common and exotic (including pets!)

Living in a Different Skin: Acting – Tim Norek
(Tue, Wed, Thu 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

This class will be an intensive on creating a unique voice and physicality for each different character an actor must embody. The class will begin with improvised scenes designed to help the students become aware of their own voice and body. They will then participate in exercises designed to show them how to manipulate themselves to become someone physically and vocally different. From there the students will work on monologues that emphasize their expanded range of character.

Fantasy Fun: Art – Mark Romanoski
(Tue, Wed, Thu 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

In order to make the unbelievable believable, it must be based in reality. Students will learn how to take some known animals, adding a little imagination and turn them into dragons, unicorns, and whatever they can dream.

“My Tribe Is Scattered” Poetry – Charles H Johnson
(Tue, Wed, Thu 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

a. Family Free Verse Lyric

b. Prose Poem

c. Friendship Free Verse Lyric

Musical Theatre Eras And Styles – Amy Suznovich
(Mon, Wed, Fri 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

This class will focus on singing, dancing and acting in various musical theatre eras and styles. Each class will feature a different composer, time period or style of musical theatre and students will become more versatile and dynamic musical theatre performers throughout this session.

SESSION IV  AUGUST 17 through AUGUST 28

Building a Better Portfolio - David Ambrose
(Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

A two-week online course designed to strengthen a student’s through observational painting and drawing, as well as develop their ability as critical thinkers. The student will engage a series of projects and prompts that stress problem solving both on the surface of their work and at the core of creative thought. The program will include PowerPoint presentations as well as demonstration videos along with group and individual critiques.

Toy Theatre Puppetry – Harrison Haney
(Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Create your own miniature toy theatre! This classic style of puppetry will teach students how to create write a story; design a cast of miniature characters build a table top stage and more! From his class students will be able to put together their own one man or one woman show where bring a whole cast of characters all by themselves!

Lensball Photography – Diana Lang
(Mon, Tue, Wed 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

See the world in a completely different way. Lensball photography is the practice of photographing through a crystal ball. It allows you to capture extremely wide angle photos and give you a different perspective. It's like holding the world in the palm of your hand.

Small, Yet Mighty: Poetry – Amanda Richardson
(Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Discover the magic of choosing your words carefully. Learn how word economy can pack a powerful punch when combined with thoughtful imagery and conscious line breaks. Experiment with different kinds of rhyme, rhythm, and form. Push past the tendency of easy repetition. This two-week class will bring your poetry to the next level, as you learn to make each word count for significant effect.

Advanced techniques in Photoshop and Lightroom – Andrea Phox
(Tue, Wed, Thu 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Concentrating on event shooting, portrait shooting and organizing the images for editing in half the time.

Character and Creature Design – Everest Adlerman
(Tue, Thu, Fri 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

What makes a villain look evil? What makes some monsters adorable and others frightening? We'll express personality through visual cues and learn to design standout characters that really feel yours.

Conditioning / Flexibility - Alex Biegelson
(Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

A two-part Conditioning / Flexibility class. The first part focuses on cardiovascular conditioning involving elements of Pilates and muscular strengthening using only body weight. The second part will be a guided exploration to gain flexibility through active stretching. This class is an opportunity for lovers of movement to gain awareness of one’s own body and its infinite movement possibilities. Class is a safe place to grow as a mover, investigate our habits and develop new movement understanding.

Landscapes and Waterscapes – David Dziemian
(Mon, Tue, Wed 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Learn how to create landscapes and waterscapes using a variety of materials

Going the Distance: Acting – Tim Norek
(Tue, Wed, Thu 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

This class will introduce students to “long-form” improv theatre. That is, the ability to create and perform a one-act play off of a single word suggestion. (prerequisite: any of the other three sessions, or previous improv experience)

“A Poem Lovely As A Tree” Poetry – Charles H Johnson
(Tue, Wed, Thu 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

a. Metaphor

b. Haiku

c. Tanka

Pop Singing Essentials – Amy Suznovich
(Mon, Wed, Fri 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

This class will focus on developing the essential skills for being a dynamic pop singing performer. We'll work on belting, mix voice, head voice, and riffing, as well as performance techniques and song interpretation. Every student will work on multiple pop songs during this class.