Young People's Studios and High School Studios

Nurture the creative journey.

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Help K-8 graders jumpstart their lifelong connection to creativity. With support from professional instructors, these weekend and summer classes can help young people learn to express themselves, think critically, and build confidence through artistic exploration.

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High school students can hone their creative voices and prepare to apply to competitive undergraduate art and design programs with dedicated support from MICA faculty. These programs and courses provide a pathway for young artists to explore their creative interests and grow as artists and designers.

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Register for a Saturday class at MICA or The St. Paul's Schools.

Fall 2022 classes are in-person and run from September 17, 2022 through November 19, 2022. Morning or afternoon options are available.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Creating Art with Adobe Photoshop

Saturdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 19
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Grades 6-8. This course involves students using digital imaging programs in creating and manipulating images pixel by pixel! Students learn to use the Adobe Photoshop suite and scan images as they explore the potential of the medium and create personally meaningful compositions. Using a variety of created and found images, students then learn how to make complex compositional decisions and visual effects via use of filters, the graphics drawing toolbox, color effects, and artful use of text. Students’ works are presented as printed images and digital files!

Cost: $385, In-person @ MICA.

*Note, this class has already started, but subscribe to our email list to stay informed of our next offerings*

Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Up in the Air, on the Ground, and in the Sea

Saturdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 19
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Grades K-2: Let’s take a journey into the imagination. Using children’s literature as a starting point for “takeoff,” students embark on flights over cities, fast journeys by train over land, and underwater excursions by submarine. As artist-travelers, students create paintings, prints, and drawings of the things they see from a bird’s eye view, a bug’s-eye view, a fish-eye view, and much, much more. Each journey is an exploration of an unfamiliar habitat, full of new textures, colors, living, creatures, and plant life waiting to be captured in vibrant works of art. Students will use a variety of materials in this course.

Cost: $385. In-person @ MICA.

*Note, this class has already started, but subscribe to our email list to stay informed of our next offerings*

Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Painting My World (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Saturdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 19
9:30 am - 12 pm

Grades 3-5: For the young artist who loves to draw and wishes to dive into a world of color, this course journeys from mark-making with dry media into the world of paint and other wet media. From looking and sketching exercises to experimentation with color, students will explore how color can be used for expressive purposes. Paint media such as watercolor and tempera paint will be used to explore how colors interact to create various effects, mixed colors, and textures. Emphasis will be on noticing details about the surrounding world and finding ways to communicate experiences with brush-strokes, lines, and splashes of color.

Cost: $385. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools

*Note, this class has already started, but subscribe to our email list to stay informed of our next offerings*

High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Illustrating in Series

Saturdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 19
9:30 am - 12 pm

Grades 9-12: In this course, students explore different aspects of illustration and sequential art such as cells, comic strips, and graphic novels. Students look at artwork created by several different sequential artists working in a variety of materials. By first developing a storyline, students create original characters and learn how to capture the attention of the readers through sequential illustration, narrative, and image. Students develop their skills in both drawing from life and using their imaginations to craft creative and expressive characters and stories.

Cost: $385. In-person @ MICA.

*Note, this class has already started, but subscribe to our email list to stay informed of our next offerings*

Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

An Art Safari

Saturdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 19
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Grades 3-5: Young artists will explore the animal kingdom while learning how to represent an idea both in two-dimensional and three dimensional form. We will pull our inspiration from a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, investigating themes presented, in order to create rich visual concepts. While learning more about animals and their habitats, students will deepen their own personal connections to the world around us. Each class we will explore new ways of illustrating and sculpting animals.

Cost: $385. In-person @ MICA.

*Note, this class has already started, but subscribe to our email list to stay informed of our next offerings*

Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Expressive Portraits (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Saturdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 19
9:30 am - 12 pm

Grades 6-8: What’s on the inside? In this class, students explore multiple media, including oil pastels, colored inks, and collage to make a series of portraits that emphasize personality and emotion, as well as teach realistic techniques.

Cost: $385. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools

*Note, this class has already started, but subscribe to our email list to stay informed of our next offerings*

High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Experimental Drawing

Saturdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 19
9:30 am - 12 pm

Grades 9-12. For the student who needs to round out core drawing skills but wants to do it in the most innovative, fun, exploratory way imaginable, this course is for you! Through experimental drawing using unusual/non-traditional materials and creative art problems set up by the instructor, students gain a repertoire of essential tools and skills for drawing. This course provides students with a strong foundation in contour line, creating value, perspective, mark-making, and sighting as essential tools to render accurately. With this toolbox mastered, students will feel confident that they can draw anything!

Cost: $385. In-Person @ MICA.

*Note, this class has already started, but subscribe to our email list to stay informed of our next offerings*

What our families
are saying

“Excellent program. Super impressed with the level and quality instruction. Looking forward to trying an in-person class in the future.”

“I am really happy that the class is longer than the typical hour most programs are for young kids. It makes it worth it to travel a little farther for drop off / pick up.”

“She loved her experience and looks forward to taking more YPS courses.”

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FAQs

Where will the classes be held?

In-person YPS and HSS classes will be held on campus in MICA’s Fox Building and at The Ward Center for the Arts at The St. Paul’s Schools in Brooklandville, MD.

Click here to view MICAs campus Map. Fox Building is #11.

Click here to view The St. Paul’s Schools campus Map.

Online classes will be held via zoom. Students will utilize the same Zoom link for each class. Zoom information will be provided once enrolled.

I’m interested in taking a class in person. What are the COVID-related guidelines?

We’re excited to welcome you back to campus. We are currently in Operational Mode 4 to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable educational experience with MICA. See Operational Mode 4 webpage for more information; this info will also be included in the Getting Started Guide with your registration confirmation email. To note: masks are required for all individuals taking an in-person class.

What are MICA’s current cleaning protocols?

Facilities Management has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols due to the pandemic that are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for higher education institutions, including a focus on high-touch areas and sanitizing frequency. EPA N-List antimicrobial products for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) are being utilized such as:

-SOP Green Klean Chlorinated Disinfectant

-Clarion25 with Microban cleaning solvent

-Floor wax which contains Microban with Clarion25

Microban Professional kills 99.9% of bacteria in just 60 seconds and provides up to 24 hours of protection from bacteria growth — even after multiple touches. Areas that are cleaned, disinfected and sanitized by Facilities Management include public areas, restrooms, stairs, railings, elevators, door handles, office corridors, conference rooms (public), classrooms, lobbies, kitchenettes (not including appliance interiors, utensils and dishes). Departments/individuals are responsible for cleaning: studio lab equipment, office interiors (furniture, display boards) and personal items (computers, screens, phones).

How will I access the software needed for the class?

Once enrolled, you will receive a MICA email with a link to your Getting Started Guide. Please check the email that you used to register for the class.
To note: The email you receive once you are enrolled will also include instructions to create your MICA credentials as well as login instructions to access tools and software necessary for your class such as: Canvas, Adobe Creative Suite, Zoom, and Google Drive.

I’m enrolled in an in person YPS class. What should I bring? Are materials included?

We recommend that students wear a smock or clothes that can get messy! Materials will be provided for in-person learning. Students should also bring a personal water bottle and snacks.

I’m enrolled for an online class. How will I interact with classmates?

Online classes will be held via Zoom, where peer and instructor discussions and critiques will be conducted. Students will utilize the same Zoom link for each class.

Will I be on Zoom the entire time?

Class format and “Zoom time” will be structured to accommodate the needs of each class. Most classes incorporate a mix of instructor-led discussion, critique and independent work time.

View Zoom’s Children’s Educational Privacy Settings here

I’m enrolled in an online YPS class. How will I get my materials kit?

Students registered and enrolled in YPS or HSS online will receive materials kits in the mail (to the shipping address the student used to register). Material kits will ship 1 to 2 weeks before the start of class. Please understand that the mail may be delayed due to Covid-19 related issues, and we appreciate your patience as we work to get you materials. We recommend early registration for this reason. Please note, material kits cannot be mailed to international addresses.

I’m not sure if this class is for me. How can I talk to someone?

Contact the Office of Open Studies at (410) 225-2219 or openstudies@mica.edu

What time zone are the classes held?

All classes are scheduled for an EST time zone.

Are payment plans available?

Payment plans are available. Please contact the Office of Open Studies for more information and to set this up: (410) 225-2219 or openstudies@mica.edu

Are there scholarships available for youth and teens?

The scholarship deadline for Young People’s Studios and High School Studios are:

  • January 1 for Spring classes
  • April 1 for Summer Art Camp
  • September 1 for Fall classes

Please visit mica.edu/ypsscholarship for more information and to submit your application.

Questions?

Contact Us.

Office of Open Studies
Location 1229 W Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Contact 410-225-2219
openstudies@mica.edu