Teen Intensives 2020

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. Due to COVID our Teen Intensives are now virtual.

Registration Opens February 1!


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 22-26, 9 AM 
Alberto Lung, Instructor 

Landscape Painting
In this intensive students will explore how to depict visually compelling landscapes–whether real or imagined–through various painting techniques. Beginning with sketching and then a preliminary examination of color theory and other essential elements of painting, students will leave the class with a finished landscape painting they can feel proud of and a new appreciation for the potential of paint.
June 22-26, 1:30 PM 
Moriah LeFebrve Clayton, 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, clay, paper mache, fabric and wire in this fun intensive. Projects are designed for students to explore their own potential and creativity.
July 6-10, 9:00 AM 
Larry Downing, Instructor

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.
July 6-10, 1:30 PM 
Jessica Sandford, 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 13-17, 9:00 AM 
Jeannette Brossart, Instructor

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.)
July 13-17, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Stephen Coffman, 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.
July 13-17, 1:30 PM 
Alice Osborn, Instructor

In this intensive 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 13-17, 1:30 PM 
Moriah LeFebvre Clayton, 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 20-24, 9:00 AM 
Amie Palmer, Instructor

Digital Pattern Design
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.
July 20-24, 1:30 PM 
Jessica Sandford, Instructor

In this intensive, students will get hands on experience in the Durham Arts Council computer lab with the most heavily used modules of Adobe Lightroom and will be introduced to other Lightroom modules.  Students will learn how to import photos via the Library module, manage the catalog, and edit photos in the Develop module.  Students will learn a defined, non-destructive process for importing, editing and enhancing photos that will serve as a practical workflow.  This workflow can be refined and expanded to serve for more sophisticated editing as needed. Students should bring USB portable storage device with photos.
July 27-31, 9:00 AM 

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 27-31, 1:30 PM 
Robyn Kelly, 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 intensive we will explore the beginnings of relief printing and create a linoleum block print from start to finish. Students will leave this intensive with the skills to mass produce their thoughts and ideas. Let’s get printing!
July 27-31, 1:30 PM
Raj Bunnag, Instructor