Teen Intensives 2019

Teen intensives are designed for middle/high school teens (ages 13-17) unless otherwise noted that have some experience with art and want to learn more about a specific media in depth.  Each intensive focuses on a particular artistic area, allowing for teens to develop work that can be included in their portfolio and explore career opportunities by meeting local artists and professionals.  Intensives are 1 week long and run for 3.5 hours each day. Each intensive is $135. If you bundle a morning and afternoon intensive for a full day the cost is $255.  Morning intensives run from 9:00am – 12:30pm and afternoon intensives run from 1:30pm-5:00pm.  Teens staying full day must bring their own lunch. For more information about our Teen Intensive program please call 919-560-2726.

Please note the extended class times for summer 2019:
Morning: 9:00am-12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Afternoon: 1:30pm – 5:00pm

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Jam Session
Jam Session is a week-long camp in which you will have the opportunity to engage with other musicians in an organized setting while learning to play songs as a band. Led by Durham music scene veteran Stephen Coffman (of The Beast) you work on songs from the Rock, Funk and Pop canon, as well as anything else that you are interested in playing!  Students are expected to bring their own equipment and have at least 1 year of experience on his or her instrument. Basic ability to read music is encouraged, but not mandatory.  (Ages 12 and up.)
June 17-21, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Stephen Coffman, Instructor

Anime -Manga Sketching – License to Draw Everything
Take a cue from Anime and Manga artists to design and sketch your own illustrated book or comic book in the theme of your choice. Turn kids into superheroes, make animal companions talk and pets fly, bring mythical beings and fantasy creatures into your stories, explore alien space or ride giant robots, visit underwater kingdoms, travel to Ancient Japan and witness stealthy ninjas face noble samurai warriors, or delve into whichever world your imagination takes you. (Ages 12 and up.)
June 17-21, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Alberto Lung, Instructor

Bookbinding -Make Your Own Sketchbook
In this intensive you will practice and play with the basics of bookbinding, especially the Coptic stitch. You will design your perfect sketchbook or journal, select and cut the paper, decorate the covers, and bind your book. Afterward, you will explore a variety of collage techniques including print, modge podge, layer, cut, combine, paint, draw and much more. Students are welcome to bring magazines or other favorite imagery.
June 17-21, 1:30 PM -5:00 PM
Jessica Sandford, Instructor

Sculpture 3D
You will explore balance, form, stability, gravity and motion using additive and subtractive sculptural techniques with a variety of materials; toothpicks, cardboard, wood, soap, paper mache, fabric and wire in this fun intensive. Projects are designed for students to explore their own potential and creativity.
June 24-28, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Digital Design – Creating Repeat Patterns
In this intensive you will take simple drawings and learn how to create your very own repeat patterns digitally. Patterns can be applied to print-on-demand objects including, fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, phone cases, just about anything! Digitally, you will create your own backgrounds and wallpaper to use around the web or to print out for your own use.
June 24-28, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Portrait Painting
In this intensive you will explore portraiture in a personal and meaningful way. You will examine the essential elements of painting and use them to create engaging portraits. Techniques will include painting in black-and-white acrylic paint and the introduction of color glazes. You will leave the class with a greater appreciation of paint as a medium and an awareness of the boundless opportunities for exploration at your fingertips.
June 24-28, 1:30 PM -5:00 PM
Moriah LeFebvre, Instructor

Have you always wanted to write your own song? Now you have your chance! In this intensive for all levels, you will learn how to harness the power of melody, rhythm, and poetry to generate memorable hooks, licks, and beginnings/endings with confidence while learning the basics of music theory and improvisation. Using prompts and expressive writing, instructor Alice Osborn, published poet and singer-songwriter, will explore the process of songwriting and its art and craft, so you’ll be able to connect the truth of your personal experience to your song while having a lot of fun along the way.
June 24-28, 1:30 PM -5:00 PM
Alice Osborn, Instructor

Kinetic Art
Students will learn how kinetic forces are used in the creation of art. Using Alexander Calder’s mobile sculptures and Vollis Simpson’s whirligigs as inspiration you will create paper and wire engineered mobiles, automata sculptures, whirligigs and pop-up books with a focus on the principles of balance and movement.
July 8-12, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Jessica Sandford, Instructor

Digital Photo
In this intensive, students will learn how to use their own digital cameras to create images that are visually compelling and personally meaningful. They will learn the technical basics of operating their cameras as well as studying the visual elements of a photograph and how to create an image that grabs the viewer’s eye. This intensive will give students the opportunity to work hands-on with an instructor as well as benefit from peer support and feedback. Students will need to bring their own digital camera and a data stick or portable hard drive. DSLR cameras are preferred if possible, but we will work with whatever camera you are able to bring!
July 8-12, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Rachel Jessen, Instructor

Fashion Forward
During Fashion Forward, you will learn basic sewing and design skills while making wearable garments and accessories that are both fun and stylish! You will explore both hand- and machine-sewing, up-cycling, making clothing from scratch and fine details of sewing needed to make additional projects. In addition to newfound skills, you’ll get to take home everything you design and make. Students will need to bring one size appropriate t-shirt to be embellished.
July 8-12, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Amie Palmer, Instructor

Are you interested in acting?  Want to experience the thrill of performing on stage?  In partnership with Bulldog Ensemble Theater and Carolina Theater, this intensive will let you explore the basics of acting – with no prior experience necessary – and will culminate in a short performance on stage at the Carolina Theater in collaboration with the Technical Theater Intensive.
July 15-19, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Bulldog Ensemble Theater, Instructor

Technical Theater
Interested in going behind the curtain to see how the technical side of theatre productions are built?  This class will let you explore the inner workings of sound, lighting and other components that create the real magic of theatre. In partnership with Bulldog Ensemble Theater and Carolina Theater, this class culminates in the opportunity to design the lighting and sound for a short performance in collaboration with the Acting Intensive at the Carolina Theater.
July 15-19, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Bulldog Ensemble Theater, Instructor

Digital Photo Editing
In this intensive, students will learn how to take their photos to the next level using the power of the Adobe Creative Suite, utilizing programs like Bridge, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Students will have the opportunity to make new photographs and take them through the whole editing process from start to finish. Topics covered over this course include, but are not limited to, the following: exposure & composition, proper file naming & organization, non-destructive editing, local and global adjustments, retouching, layers & layer masks, and more. Students will need to bring their own digital camera to take photos during the first class. Students also have the option to bring previously taken photos they wish to edit on a flash drive.
July 15-19, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Rachel Jessen, Instructor

In this intensive class you will explore a range of media and a range of different drawing techniques. The course will include multiple projects that introduce you to the many possibilities of drawing and allow for exploration and self-expression. Be ready to have fun and try new things!
July 22-July 26, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Moriah LeFebrve Clayton, Instructor

Printmaking Relief Linocut
The internet has made it possible for people around the globe to connect with the push of a button. Ideas, philosophies, opinions, and knowledge are instantly available for us to absorb. Much like the internet of today, the printing press changed the landscape of the world. It helped spread ideas, start revolutions, give those without the voice a means to challenge the status quo, and made art accessible to everyone. In this class we will explore the beginnings of relief printing and create a linoleum block print from start to finish. Students will leave this class with the skills to mass produce their thoughts and ideas. Let’s get printing!
July 22-26, 1:30 PM- 5:00 PM
Raj Bunnag, Instructor

A mosaic is a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of hard material such as glass, stone or ceramic. In this class, you will learn basic mosaic design techniques and create an original mosaic. Materials will be provided but students may bring their own found objects such as broken pottery, glass, beads, mirrors and stones to incorporate in their projects.
July 29- August 2, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Graphic Design
Graphic design, defined simply as visual communication, is everywhere you look. This hands-on course will teach the basics of graphic design by introducing you to the design process, the fundamental principles and elements of design, and the basic graphic design program, Adobe Illustrator. You will learn, experience and create graphic design! Computers are provided with Adobe Creative Cloud.
July 29-August 2, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Robyn Kelly, Instructor

Knit Your Own Jewelry
Beaded accessories are a fun way to learn knitting skills. Starting with the basics of casting on and knitting, we will introduce beads to make a simple but elegant bracelet that can be dressed up or down.  More advanced techniques will be added as your skills grow to produce a second bracelet or a necklace.  Experienced students can quickly progress to lace techniques.  All skill levels welcome.
July 29-August 2, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Amie Palmer, Instructor

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