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Launch Teen Program

Launch Teen Program (ages 15-18)

The Belmont University Launch summer art program helps high school students create portfolio ready work for college applications and scholarship consideration. Participants will engage in college-level instruction from our incredible teaching staff of artists and designers, reflecting the rigor and atmosphere of our university programs. Students work in the college studios with high-quality supplies, which enhances the academic rigor of the program and yields remarkable artwork! Participants have the choice to mix and match classes in Painting, Drawing, Digital Illustration, Photography, Mixed Media, Fiber Arts and 3D Arts.  

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Summer 2022 (June 6 - June 24)

3D Art

This course explores the realm 3D art making through exploration, collaboration, and problem solving. Student will experiment with a range of materials and processes to produce 3-dimensional creations. Student assignments could include sculpture, wearable art, installations, or time-based projects. The emphasis of this course is to expose students to 3D art mediums and to build their creative skills through the elements and principles of design.

Contemporary Painting

Have you ever wondered how some the 20th century’s most celebrated artists created their work? This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques, and thinking of some of contemporary art’s most innovative painters. A combination of art history lecture and studio demonstrations will be used to introduce students to new ideas, and students will create a series of paintings inspired by studio exercises. The goal of this course to aid students in an exploration of painting while providing a broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context.

Digital Illustration

Students will have the opportunity to explore the techniques to create interesting and communicative illustrations with digital software. The course will teach students about the ideation process: from thumbnails to sketches to research to color studies and more. Throughout the process, students will be encouraged to explore a variety of visual languages and digital media. The instructor will guide students in learning digital art-making tools and work with them individually to develop a piece with their unique touch to it. The main programs explored will be Adobe Photoshop and Procreate, but the techniques learned will be applicable to other digital programs Students will decide how they want the final illustration displayed, whether it be on a screen or printed. Throughout the course, students will also be learning critique etiquette and how to consider and give feedback about their peers' art. Students will leave the class with one or two high-quality illustration(s) in both a digital file and a physical printed copy.

 Go Big or Go Home

Scaling artwork is a very interesting topic. Historically, scaling techniques have been used for multiple reasons. One such reason is maintaining the fluid quality of a small drawing in the larger, final product. Another is expedience, as clients are always looking for a quick turnaround, and small compositions are easier to manage. In this class, we will be looking at a slew of techniques to achieve a large drawing, including making our own giant tools to make the most of our giant paper. We will be translating our own small drawings to a larger scale as well as working large from observation.

Impressionist and Modern Painting

Have you ever wondered how impressionist and modern artists created their work? This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques, and thinking of artists like Monet, Seurat, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso. A combination of art history lecture and studio demonstrations will be used to introduce students to new ideas, and students will create a series of paintings inspired by studio exercises. The goal of this course to aid students in an exploration of painting while providing a broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context. 

Mixed Media Masterpieces

In this course participants will create and fill their own sketchbook that can be altered and adapted as their creative practice grows. Each student will create decorative paper and fold an origami book using the "Blizzard Binding" technique. Students will apply historical techniques as well as experiment with self-driven modern alternatives to fill the pages of their books with self-portraits and portraits of their classmates. This course is great for preparing teens for their first year of art school, where they will need to work quickly and demonstrate exposure to a range of artforms and techniques.

Painting with Thread

Thread painting is an approach that uses a combination of long and short stitches and a variety of colors to produce embroidery that has similar qualities to a painting. In this workshop, students will become familiar with materials and how to get started on an embroidery hoop. We will learn how to transfer a pattern onto fabric and use the satin stitch to fill in our designs. Students will gain useful tips on creating a palette and techniques to “paint” with thread.

Printmaking

Printmaking is an exciting medium that teaches students the fundamental art-making skills of problem solving in drawing, design, and color. This class will focus on creating reliefs using the linocut process and will cover the unique quality of printmaking as a medium: including tools, inks, paper, and quality of prints. Students will focus on executing prints using good craftsmanship and engage their design skills to control the media to achieve desired goals. Students will further engage their learning through critiques that include use of specialized vocabulary for the medium.

Storytelling and Self-expression in Photography

Don't just take a picture, learn to make photographs that both captivate and intrigue through the art of storytelling. In this course, students will examine how to weave together characters, events, locations, and events to produce images that create a visual narrative. Special attention will be given to the portrait as a subject with attention to composition and lighting. Students will work to create stories within a single image as well as multi-photo narratives.