Studio Art and Portfolio Preparation - Nurturing the artist within
Ages 13-18, rising 8th-12th graders
Are you an aspiring artist? Have you always wanted to improve your artistic skills? The only prerequisite for enrollment in Cushing’s Studio Art & Portfolio Preparation is a desire to learn. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced studio artist, your vision of yourself as an artist is enhanced by this program. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of color, composition, line, and space as used in pencil drawing, pottery, metal work, photography, watercolor, and oil painting. During this five-week summer program, you learn the techniques that are introduced in class through hands-on practice. Not only do you gain a new appreciation for your improving talents, but you also sharpen your eye for the beauty all around you—both in the studio and outside.
Offered to students with a range of artistic abilities and interests, Studio Art is an intensive academic art program that exposes students to a variety of media. Students meet for four hours every morning, rotating through drawing and painting, silversmithing, pottery, and photography during the five-week program. In the afternoons, you can focus further on areas in the visual arts such as pottery, stained glass, graphic design, and video and filmmaking, or pursue other academic and athletic interests in the two required afternoon activities.
In addition to daily hands-on studio work, students at all levels study each of the art forms in context—the history, the cultural impacts, applications, traditional techniques, and esthetics. In addition, field trips allow for further exploration and application. For instance, you and your classmates might go to a mine, search for gems, learn to facet them, and incorporate them in a piece of jewelry.
Frequent trips to museums in and around Boston also enrich students’ knowledge and appreciation of particular artists and different artistic movements, as do supplemental readings of primary and secondary sources, library research, and art related films.
The course culminates with an art show and a final project that is both visual and written.