The Village Clay Workshop, led by Katia McGuirk, introduces youth and teens to clay. Students discover the unique properties of clay while developing new skills such as pinching, poking and pounding that will be used to manipulate clay into three dimensional forms. In a fun, collaborative environment, the students explore basics of texture, surface and glaze. Projects include totems, portraits, comics and characters and pieces…
This course teaches students to write, direct and edit short videos. Students get hands-on training in the technical and artistic aspects of video production to prepare them for working or studying in the field. By tackling controversial subject matter such as bullying, date rape, and domestic abuse, students learn to think critically and to constructively advocate for change. Advanced students take on projects with outside clients and assist teaching artists in and outside the classroom.
The Design Studio teaches the art and process of using typography and graphics to communicate effectively and powerfully. Students design their own logos, posters, CD packaging and T-shirt graphics using traditional 2-D arts in conjunction with the Adobe Creative Suite. Advanced graphic design students are given opportunities to create Village promotional materials and work with outside clients on freelance projects.
The Art of Fashion course combines elements of visual arts, fashion design, and choreography to form a powerful tool for self-expression, confidence building and social awareness. Students gain skills in drawing, pattern work, sewing and textile design as well as event production, entrepreneurship, modeling and fashion photography.
This course is an introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students learn to critically evaluate website quality, create and maintain websites, adhere to web design standards, and prepare images for web. The course progresses from introductory work on web design to a culminating project in which students design and develop websites for local community organizations.
This course teaches students how to produce photos that move beyond ordinary snapshots using digital photography. Students learn how to set proper exposures, form dynamic compositions and understand the relationship of light, color and white balance. They also examine depth of field, shutter speed, aperture and various digital camera modes. Advanced students are given opportunities to work with real clients in documenting community events and taking family portraits. They also serve as The Village’s internal film crew, documenting their own activities, events and performances.
This course borrows from the traditional teachings and beliefs of West-African dance culture while incorporating modern dance, inspirational, ballet, jazz and hip-hop styles. Through music and movement, students find a powerful avenue for self-expression, collaboration, and creative thinking. Each class cycle culminates in an extraordinary public performance.