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Arts Pre-College Programs

Art, Design, Music, Theater, Dance and Film.

Summer Pre-College Programs

2022 FINE ARTS SUMMER
PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS


A unique arts experience where students aged 14-18 work with award-winning artists to improve skills and techniques, create meaningful personal work and earn college credit–all while living on a beautiful campus in Athens, Ohio.


After a successful return to safe and socially distanced in-person learning on our campus this fall, we are pleased to announce our in-person, residential pre-college schedule for summer of 2022. Step into our studios and experience life in the College of Fine Arts!

Pre-college student­s have the option to live in residence halls and get the full on-campus college experience, but we also bring the world in to them. Students in all programs will have the­­­ chance to meet professionals from the fine arts working in fields as diverse as set design, orchestra performance, music therapy, choreography, and more! Class sessions and lectures from visiting artists supplement regular course work to highlight the many pathways that Fine Arts students might follow.

Evenings and weekends aren’t just for homework— Athens in the summer is an experience not to be missed!

Resident advisors and current Ohio University students organize activities such as craft nights, talent shows, independent films at the Athena Cinema, stargazing at the Ridges, and much more. Students also have the option to take advantage of the Ping Recreation Center and our Aquatic Center, or explore Athens’ many independent cafés and shops.

Please note: Health and safety requirements for Ohio University students and visitors have recently changed. Per CDC guidance, masks will not be required in campus spaces while Athens County transmission rates remain low. Up-to-date safety protocols may always be found at www.ohio.edu/coronavirus/protocol.

 

SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS

SESSION 1

June 6–17, 2022 (residential stay June 5–18, 2022)

Details: Courses run 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some courses may have final performances or events outside these hours, please see individual course descriptions.

Cost: Program fees are $595.00 with the option to enroll for 2.0 university credits. Residential stay with all meals included is an additional $695.00.

ART + DESIGN

Ceramics: Wheel + Fire

This intensive studio course focuses on the process of wheel-throwing in ceramics to create functional vessels and sculptural forms. Students are introduced to a variety of firing and glazing methods, including raku-firing and high fire reduction, and will make multiple projects throughout the course. Our professional ceramics studios are the perfect place to explore form, function, color, and surface!

All supplies are provided.

Comics, Zines + Artist Books

Explore our typography and letterpress lab, combine traditional hands-on processes with professional digital skills, and create your own books and graphic narratives! Students design and make their own sketchbooks, develop narrative and graphic forms in comics, and complete a final collaborative book project in this two-week intensive.

All supplies are provided.

Painting + Drawing Studio

This immersive studio experience helps students develop their individual painting and drawing practices through explorations of material, composition, and scale. Wet and dry media are introduced, including charcoal, pastel, and acrylic paint, and students will complete individually-driven projects informed by contemporary art practices.

All supplies are provided.

FILM

Summer Film Lab

Students with an interest in story-telling will create individual short films from initial screenwriting to final production in this intensive film-making lab. Working collaboratively to realize each other’s projects, students will have the opportunity to explore the different roles and equipment used on a professional film set. The course explores documentary and narrative modes using historical and contemporary examples, and culminates in a final screening of student work on Friday evening.

No previous software or camera experience is required; all supplies are provided.

THEATER

Musical Theater

In this intensive and interdisciplinary course, students develop skills in acting, dance, and vocal performance as they train with faculty in the School of Theater, Music, and Dance to create the next generation of musical theater. Professional techniques in contemporary and alternative singing styles are introduced, along with modern and jazz dance techniques. The course culminates in a final review-style performance on Friday evening featuring student interpretations of contemporary works.

Students will need to provide solid-color performance attire and dance shoes.

SESSION 2

June 20–24, 2022 (residential stay June 19–25, 2022)

Details: Courses run 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some courses may have final performances or events outside these hours, please see individual course descriptions.

Cost: Program fees are $375.00 with the option to enroll for 1.0 university credit. Residential stay with all meals included is an additional $345.00.

ART + DESIGN

Introduction to the Figure

Working from the nude model, students gain an understanding of figurative tradition and contemporary practices that explore issues and images of the body. Students explore drawing, painting, and other forms of mark-making to investigate perceptions of the human figure.

All supplies are provided.

NOTE: Nude figure models will be present in the classroom. All students must abide by the student code of conduct to maintain a mature and respectful classroom environment.

DANCE

Summer Dance Institute with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

The Ohio University School of Dance once again welcomes the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to Athens for the 2022 Summer Dance Institute! Join us for daily classes in technique, composition, and repertory from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., culminating in a new work performed in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater on Saturday, June 25. The Summer Dance Institute also offers professional development workshops with DCDC and School of Dance faculty, building the skills and knowledge necessary for making a career in the arts. This intensive is recommended for intermediate and advanced level dancers.

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FILM

3D Animation Lab

This course introduces students to digital 3D animation with skills and applications for both animation and visual effects (CGI). Using open-source software, students have the opportunity to build skills and develop a short animation project.

No previous software experience is required; all supplies are provided.

MUSIC

About OHIO Summer Music Academy

The OHIO Summer Music Academy is designed for high school musicians and performers who want to enhance their musicianship, develop their performance skills, and collaborate with talented high school musicians from around the world. Along with our award-winning faculty, the program welcomes distinguished musicians and performing artists to work with students and share their experiences in the field. Students in all areas receive individual instruction and participate in group practice sessions and seminars each day, though individual schedules may vary. The program ends with a finale concert on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in the Ohio University Recital Hall.

We look forward to the return of our in-person experience in 2022, including all large group ensembles and the talent show traditionally coordinated by Resident Advisors for our final night. Masks are required in all campus spaces and recommendations for instructor-approved equipment will be sent to participants ahead of time. When possible, certain practice sessions may take place outside for optimum safety.

The OHIO Summer Music Academy includes the following five streams:

OHIO Summer Music Academy: Band Camp

The OHIO Summer Band Camp is an immersive experience designed for high school brass, woodwind, and percussion students. Daily classes include both large ensemble sessions and master classes with instrumental faculty, in addition to seminars that explore content such as conducting, different musical styles, and marching band. Participants may perform in a culminating finale concert on Saturday in the Ohio University Recital Hall.

OHIO Summer Music Academy: Contemporary Music and Digital Instruments

Ohio University’s new Contemporary Music and Digital Instruments program offers an opportunity for students to combine popular music and technology to create their own musical works. Composition and performance is taught through hands-on experiences with a wide range of digital instruments including loopers, MIDI controllers, digital audio workstations, beat making software, and synthesizers. Students benefit from individual and group instruction, as well as seminars that explore a wide variety of musical styles. Participants may perform in a culminating finale concert on Saturday in the Ohio University Recital Hall.

OHIO Summer Music Academy: Piano

The OHIO Summer Music Academy Piano program provides pre-collegiate students with the opportunity to study piano in a stimulating and nurturing learning environment under the guidance of our distinguished artist faculty and guests. The program also provides participants with both individual and group instruction, supervised practice time, master classes, ensemble study, performance opportunities, and seminars on a variety of topics (i.e. jazz piano, organ, practice strategies, careers in music, etc.). Participants may perform in a culminating finale concert on Saturday in the Ohio University Recital Hall.

OHIO Summer Music Academy: Strings

The OHIO Summer Music Academy Strings program is an immersive experience designed for high school strings students. Daily classes include both large and chamber ensemble sessions and master classes with instrumental faculty, in addition to seminars that explore a variety of musical styles and practice. Participants may perform in a culminating finale concert on Saturday in the Ohio University Recital Hall.

OHIO Summer Music Academy: Voice

High school students interested in voice performance work directly with our distinguished vocal music faculty and guests to build their voices and develop their singing techniques.  Vocal music students will explore contemporary a cappella, choral music, vocal music recording, and live stage performance in addition to explorations of composition, music theory, and studies of extraordinary vocal performers. Participants will have several opportunities for public performance during the program including the finale concert on Saturday in the Ohio University Recital Hall.

THEATER

Acting Intensive

This course gives high school students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a theater artist today. The week-long program offers training in acting, movement, voice, and devised theater. Participants sharpen their performance and audition skills, refine their creative voices, and work rigorously in a supportive and collaborative environment with faculty and visiting artists. The immersive training culminates in a final showing of student work on Friday, June 24