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Summer Studio Art

2021 Update: Skidmore's Summer Studio Art Program has suspended its public events, workshops, and special events due to the pandemic. In-person and online summer art courses are open to Skidmore's students. Online courses (only) are open to Visiting students. Course details are below

The Skidmore Summer Studio Art Program (SSAP) features opportunities designed for college students, gifted high school students and studio art teachers. SSAP brings together a diverse and multifaceted group of talented and focused students with accomplished and nationally recognized visiting artists and faculty, all working together in the outstanding Saisselin Art Building facilities. Exceptional studio art courses, workshops, lectures and special events combine to create a veritable hothouse of creative energy and artistic production. Come join us!

2021 Course schedule and descriptions

Session 1 (June 1 - July 2)
Monday-Friday 1:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Hybrid: Mix of In-person/Online
4 Credits
Instructor: Jenny Kemp
Fee $30

AR 264F 
An exploration of water-based drawing and painting media.  Using direct observation, experimentation, and invention, this course builds understanding of formal principles, color interaction and the physical qualities of materials.  Assignments support development of a personal vision.  Prerequisites: AR 133.

AR 351F
An exploration of water-based drawing and painting media.  Using direct observation, experimentation, and invention, this course builds understanding of formal principles, color interaction and the physical qualities of materials.  Assignments support development of a personal vision.  Prerequisites: AR 133.

Session 1 (June 1 - July 2)
Monday-Friday 1:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Hybrid: Mix of In-person/Online 
4 Credits
Instructor: Emily Vallee
Fee $80

This course is designed to explore the genre of landscape photography. Students will photograph the local landscape with DSLR cameras, experimenting with a variety of digital image making techniques. Through interaction with the land students will develop an environmental awareness. Emphasis will be placed on the creation of a cohesive body of work, in class critique, discussion of imagery and literature pertaining to contemporary landscape and developing a personal relationship to the land. Students should be familiar with the basics of digital photography as well as provide their own DSLR camera for course. Introductory Photoshop and Printing skills will be incorporated into class workflow. Students should have a basic understanding of DSLR cameras and can rent cameras through the Art Department.

Session 1 (June 1 - July 2)
Monday-Friday 1:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Online: Synchronous 
4 Credits
Instructor: Paris Baillie

In this course students will learn to integrate traditional and modern techniques to expand and evolve their animation practice. We will also explore new and creative ways to approach making animations from home using your phone and found objects. Students will create a range of projects that explore motion through frame-by-frame illustration, GIFs, live-action video, and digital animations. There will be weekly in-class discussions, readings, screenings, and critiques. No digital experience is required.

Session 1 (June 1 - July 2)
Monday-Friday 8:45 am - 12:30 PM
Online: Synchronous 
4 Credits
Instructor: Sophie Isaak

An introduction to printmaking focusing on relief, monoprint and monotype techniques. The creative process in printmaking involves collaboration while also emphasizing personal growth and creative flexibility, developing skills in experimentation and critical problem solving. Students will study both the history of printmaking as well as examples of contemporary artists working in print. In addition to experiential learning, students will engage in individual research, writing, critiques, and discussions. This is an online only course. You will need access to a laptop and internet access to be able to participate in this course. There is no textbook for this course; however, you will be expected to purchase printmaking supplies. Pre-requisite: AR 133, or permission of instructor. Recommended: AR 223, 224

Materials list for art supplies to be purchased by students will be provided, approximate cost $150

Session 2 (July 6 - August 6)
Monday-Friday 8:45 am - 12:30 PM
Online - Mix of Sync & Asynch
4 Credits
Instructor: Lindsay Buchman

A survey of aesthetic and technological best practices in visual communication today. Students will study the basic functions and integral properties of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, as well as, After Effects or other video software while learning the principles of design. Vector and raster imaging techniques, scanning, printing, and front and file management are introduced through a series of demonstrations/projects that build upon each other. Through projects and critiques, students will work to make a visual voice that is distinctive and original. No digital experience necessary.
Note: (Fulfills arts requirement; fulfills artistic inquiry.)

Session 2 (July 6 - August 6)
Monday-Friday 1:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Online - Mix of Sync & Asynch
4 Credits
Instructor: Jenny Kemp


AR 264F 
An exploration of water-based drawing and painting media with a focus on acrylic paint.  Using direct observation, experimentation, and invention, this course builds understanding of formal principles, color interaction and the physical qualities of materials.  Assignments support development of a personal vision.  
Prerequisites: AR 133.  
Students will be expected to buy art supplies from a list supplied by the instructor.

AR 351F
An exploration of water-based drawing and painting media with a focus on acrylic paint.  Using direct observation, experimentation, and invention, this course builds understanding of formal principles, color interaction and the physical qualities of materials.  Assignments support development of a personal vision.
Prerequisites: AR 133.  
Students will be required to purchase art supplies for this course, a materials list will be supplied.

Session 2 (July 6 - August 6)
Monday-Friday 1:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Online: Synchronous 
4 Credits
Instructor: Sophie Isaak  

An introduction to printmaking focusing on relief, monoprint and monotype techniques. The creative process in printmaking involves collaboration while also emphasizing personal growth and creative flexibility, developing skills in experimentation and critical problem solving. Students will study both the history of printmaking as well as examples of contemporary artists working in print. In addition to experiential learning, students will engage in individual research, writing, critiques, and discussions. This is an online only course. You will need access to a laptop and internet access to be able to participate in this course. There is no textbook for this course; however, you will be expected to purchase printmaking supplies. Pre-requisite: AR 133, or permission of instructor. Recommended: AR 223, 224

Materials list for art supplies to be purchased by students will be provided, approximate cost $150.

Visiting students: Visiting student information.

High school students: Pre-College Program for talented high school students.