Architecture & Environmental Design
Instructor: Graham Smith
This class explores the relationship between architecture, urban design, and the environment, introducing students to energy conservation, water management, sustainable landscapes, car-culture critique, and sustainability rating systems. Teens complete individual projects while large-scale group work brings theories and information to life.
New to the Sculpture & Ceramics program, Advanced Ceramics is for students well-versed in ceramic techniques who are looking to hone their skills with wheel throwing, slip casting, glazing techniques, hand-building, mold making, and extruding. Students will also learn about the many uses and functions of ceramics and their historical and contemporary significance.
Character Design & Ilustration
Students will learn to bring characters to life with interesting personalities, behaviours, and appearances that tell a story. Formal elements like silhouette, shape, colour, and palette will be used to establish a defining look and feel. Drawing from observations, references, and imagination, students will generate character sheets and iterate on concepts drawn from animations, comics, toys, commercials and books.
Students who have a foundation in ceramic techniques will explore and heighten their clay sculpture practice and further develop skills in hand-building, painting, and glazing, with an added focus on exploring new methods to express creativity. Contemporary and traditional techniques will be applied, and teens are encouraged to consider the world around them, through group discussion and the development of original creations.
Drawing & Painting
Ages 10-12, 13-19
Students will hone their technical skills and explore new modes of representation using traditional and non-traditional methods, materials, and applications. They will engage in creative and experimental approaches to art making to consider drawing and painting as not just marks and colours on paper or canvas, but as tools for thinking critically about larger themes, histories, and contemporary concerns. Working from reference, observation, or imagination, students will work from concept to final piece to produce a number of portfolio-ready works.