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Summer Studios

As we begin to re-open our campus and our studios, we are able to offer some programs in-person this year without residential housing, while some programs will still be offered virtually.

In-Person Sessions: June 7–18, 2021

Schedule: June 7–18, 2021, morning courses 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., afternoon courses 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Cost: Each course $325.00, 1.0 university credit, or combine two courses for an interdisciplinary studio experience! $595.00 for the full day with two courses (2.0 credits)

Session Details: Students take advantage of on-campus resources and facilities such as printmaking studios, digital fabrication labs, and our full sculpture studio. All supplies are provided though students staying all day will need to bring or purchase lunch.

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Color Applied: Painting + Printmaking OR Digital Art + Fabrication
12:30–1:30 p.m.: Lunch (student provided)
1:30–4:30 p.m.: Comics, Zines + Artist Books OR Sculptural Explorations: Metal + Fabric

Safety Protocols: All activities will be conducted following CDC guidelines including daily temperature and symptom checks, distances of at least 6’, individual tools and equipment, and working outside when possible. All participants including staff and faculty will be masked at all times apart from lunch. We strongly encourage all participants who are eligible to receive their vaccinations prior to joining the program. Should a positive test be recorded during the program, contact tracing will be conducted and students may be required to quarantine (not return to the in-person program). Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine.

Morning Sessions, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (choose one)

Color Applied: Painting + Printmaking

How will you take your drawings further? This immersive studio experience helps students develop their individual practices through explorations of mark-making, color application, and composition. Inspired by the varied practices of contemporary and historical artists, students explore traditional methods and the uses of technology in both painting and printmaking. All supplies are provided.

Digital Art + Fabrication     

In this hybrid art and technology lab, students explore the fast-growing fields of digital art and fabrication as they bring their ideas to life from sketchbook to final product. Using cutting-edge professional technology, students create individualized works across media as they consider the role of technology in contemporary art and design practices. Activities introduce techniques such as vector graphic design, laser cutting, 3D modeling, and 3D printing. Equipment is provided and no previous experience is required.

Afternoon Sessions, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (choose one)

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.

Sculptural Explorations: Metal + Fabric

In this new studio, explore the basics of welding and metalwork while learning how to craft soft sculpture using fiber and other materials. Students learn how to use sewing machines, upholstery techniques, MIG welders, bench grinders, and drills to transform hard and soft materials. Each student creates individual pieces that will be combined into one cohesive project using both welding and soft sculpture practices. All supplies are provided.

Online Session: June 7–18, 2021

Digital Photography: Personal + Public (ONLINE)

Schedule: June 7–18, 2021, 1:30–4:30 p.m. 

Cost: $295.00, 1.0 university credit

Photos are powerful. They are a language all their own and continue to evolve. This two-week course invites students to explore the possibilities of the digital image. Through online introductions, assignments, and guidance (both synchronous and asynchronous) students take photos focused on creative expression, technique, and relevancy. Discussions and assignments center around the impact of the image online, photography and pop culture, and the significance of contemporary photographic art. This class addresses cultural, social, and ethical issues involving digital photos and the influence an image can have. Students learn how to read an image and articulate conceptual and formal qualities of photographs.

Projects cover a variety of photo related topics, for example, how the history of photography relates to selfie culture and social media, why this scientific invention relies heavily on art and design principals, and how all images (personal and public) belong to an archive in time. Each assignment tasks students with creating their own photos and sharing images as a group on an online peer critique platform. The schedule is structured to include 2 hours per day of contact time and at least 1 hour of independent student work. Depending on the day this will be a mix of assignment introductions, photo history and contemporary artists, class discussion, critique, and live office hours for real time personal assistance. The class will culminate with an online display of student work and a selection of fine art quality prints sent via mail.


No previous art or photography classes are required. Students may use any digital camera – from cell phones to point and shoot to DSLR cameras. Internet access is required. Students must have either a smart phone or a computer/laptop/tablet, but computer or tablet access is ideal for class critique and viewing of images.

Summer Film Lab (ONLINE)

Schedule: June 7–18, 2021, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
(additional hours needed for coursework outside of class time)

Cost: $295.00, 2.0 university credits

Students with an interest in storytelling have the opportunity to create short video works from initial screenwriting to shooting and editing a final piece in this two-week course. With an introduction to professional tools and software, and instruction using accessible resources, students gain insights into the world of professional film while thinking creatively within their limitations—a must for professional filmmakers! The course begins with narrative development and scriptwriting and teaches students to find the best shot and edit their work in compelling and innovative ways, while building in time for extensive peer and instructor feedback. Shooting and editing are time-intensive processes, so students will have the best experience if they consider the course a full-time commitment for the two weeks of the session. The experience culminates in a final screening online.


In addition to regular Internet access, all students will need access to a camera with video capability (smartphone cameras will work) and a computer with the following minimum specifications for video editing: 4GB RAM, 256GB storage (PC or Mac), as well as a copy of Adobe Premiere Pro software ($19.99 student access for the month).  A tripod for the camera is recommended.