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The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design offers spring and summer pre-college studios for current high school students interested in making their portfolio come to life.

Our pre-col­lege pro­gram­ming is designed to intro­duce con­tent syn­chro­nous­ly and asyn­chro­nous­ly, giv­ing stu­dents oppor­tu­ni­ties to get direct feed­back from their instruc­tor and time to build their skills and to apply new concepts. 

Pro­gram­ming takes place between April 26 — June 10 for Spring ses­sions, and between June 21 — August 14 for Sum­mer sessions.

Appli­ca­tions are now closed for Spring and Sum­mer 2021 pre-col­lege pro­gram­ming.
Sign up for our Pre-Col­lege mail­ing list to be noti­fied when next year’s pro­gram­ming is announced.

Spring Stu­dios

  • 2D Visualization

    Virtual Studio for grades 9-12

    Interested in graphic design? Get your start in 2D Visualization!

    2D Visualization is an online class introducing students to fundamental visualization skills used by artists and designers when working creatively in two dimensions. Students will gain familiarity and hands-on experience with a variety of two-dimensional practices and media.

    This online class is designed to introduce content synchronously and asynchronously. This format will give students opportunities to get direct feedback from their instructor and time to build their skills and to apply new concepts. Analog, digital, and lens-based media will be employed. Lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and slides will enhance covered material.

    2D Visualization meets synchronously online Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 pm for a total of twelve sessions.

    Dates

    Asynchronous Programming begins April 26, 2021
    Synchronous Programming: May 4 - June 10, 2021 / Tues & Thurs, 5:30-7pm ET

  • 3D Exploration

    Virtual Studio for grades 9-12

    Did you know that all Stamps undergraduate students are required to take Studio: 3D as a part of their first year experience? Adding three-dimensional work to your portfolio suggests that you are prepared for the Stamps curriculum.

    3D Exploration is an online class that surveys the elements of 3D design and introduces students to the rigor of a college-level course in 3D Design and/or Sculpture. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with form and space by exploring materials and processes used to create three-dimensional works of art and design.

    This online class is designed to introduce content synchronously and asynchronously. This format will give students opportunities to get direct feedback from their instructor and time to build their skills and to apply new concepts. Lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and slides will enhance covered material.

    3D Exploration meets synchronously online Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 pm for a total of eleven sessions.

    Dates

    Asynchronous Programming begins April 26, 2021
    Synchronous Programming: May 3 - June 9, 2021 / Mon & Wed, 4-5:30pm ET

  • 4D Animation

    Virtual Studio for grades 9-12

    4D Animation is an online class introducing students to techniques used by artists and designers when working creatively with the fourth dimension, time. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with time by exploring basic audio, video and animation techniques that can easily be used at home to make creative work.

    This online class is designed to introduce content synchronously and asynchronously. This format will give students opportunities to get direct feedback from their instructor and time to build their skills and to apply new concepts. Lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and slides will enhance covered material.

    4D Animation meets synchronously online Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm for a total of eleven sessions.

    Dates

    Asynchronous Programming begins April 26, 2021
    Synchronous Programming: May 3 - June 9, 2021 / Mon & Wed, 5:30-7pm ET

  • Drawing for Artists & Designers

    Virtual Studio for grades 9-12

    The ability to draw is essential for all practicing artists and designers. In Drawing for Artists & Designers, students will learn drawing concepts fundamental to contemporary art and design practice. Our participants will gain knowledge and experience in a variety of approaches, ranging from observational to experimental drawing.

    This online class is designed to introduce content synchronously and asynchronously. This format will give students opportunities to get direct feedback from their instructor and time to build their skills and to apply new concepts. Lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and slides will enhance covered material.

    Drawing for Artists & Designers meets synchronously online Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 pm for a total of twelve sessions.

    Dates

    Asynchronous Programming begins April 26, 2021
    Synchronous Programming: May 4 - June 10, 2021 / Tues & Thurs, 4-5:30pm ET

  • Weekend Workshop: Drawing

    Virtual Studio for grades 9-12

    The ability to draw is essential for all practicing artists and designers. For this reason, Stamps requires applicants to include two design or observational drawings in their undergraduate portfolio

    In Weekend Workshop: Drawing, students will learn drawing concepts fundamental to contemporary art and design practice. Students will gain knowledge and experience in a variety of approaches, ranging from observational to experimental drawing.

    This online class is designed to introduce content synchronously and asynchronously. This format will give students opportunities to get direct feedback from their instructor and time to build their skills and to apply new concepts. Lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and slides will enhance covered material.

    Dates

    Asynchronous Programming begins April 26, 2021
    Synchronous Programming: May 8 - June 5, 2021 / Sat, 1-2:30pm ET

Sum­mer Studios

  • Virtual Pre-College Program

    Summer Sessions for grades 9-11

    This summer, Stamps will host two sessions of our Virtual Pre-College Program. Each session is an online studio experience for current high school students (grades 9-11) and employs synchronous and asynchronous learning formats.

    Our Virtual Pre-College Program is an intensive program focused on developing and curating a competitive portfolio for a college application. This program offers coursework that reflects the structure and rigor of the first year undergraduate experience at Stamps. Under the guidance of Stamps faculty and staff, participants will immerse themselves in studio work and explore a variety of media and methods for producing creative work. Through the expert mentorship of the Stamps Admission team, participants will gain firsthand knowledge about the admission process and learn about the advantages of earning an art and design degree at a world-class university.

    Curriculum

    Virtual Pre-College Program participants experience five studio classes; Portfolio Studio, Drawing Studio, 2D Studio, 3D Studio and 4D Studio.

    Portfolio Studio: a course that focuses on building a competitive portfolio for college admission. Coursework introduces students to effective visual communication techniques and is structured around exercises in photo documentation, preparing artist statements and written descriptions, portfolio curation and much more.

    Drawing Studio: a studio course that introduces students to the fundamentals of drawing and visual thinking through the act of drawing. This class focuses on the practice of drawing as a core component of visual expression as well as a platform for artistic inquiry and communication.

    2D Studio: a studio course that focuses on building basic two-dimensional visual skills. Coursework introduces students to the processes of visual perception and the potential of visual communication. Students learn to work with color, texture and pattern through a series of projects emphasizing the generation, organization, and analysis of pictorial space.

    3D Studio: a studio course that focuses on basic three-dimensional composition. Students gain technical skills and knowledge through a series of projects emphasizing the manipulation, organization and analysis of form and structure in space.

    4D Studio: a studio course that focuses on developing the basic concepts, tools, vocabulary, and principles used by artists and designers in time-based creative practices. Students have an opportunity to develop technical and aesthetic skills as well as a critical understanding of work that utilizes time as an essential element, including studies in audio, video, and animation, as well as live installation or performance.

    Our curriculum is further enhanced through:

    • Presentations on portfolio preparation and the college admissions process
    • Portfolio reviews with Stamps Admissions Team
    • Peer mentorship from current Stamps undergraduate students
    • A creative workshop with a Stamps alumnus

    Dates

    Asynchronous Programming begins June 21, 2021
    Session 1 Synchronous Programming: July 12 - 23, 2021
    Session 2 Synchronous Programming: July 26 - August 6, 2021

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