Young People's Studios and High School Studios

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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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Classes meet Monday – Friday. All times Eastern. Use the filter options below to find the learning options that match your grade level, interests, location and schedule. Online options for students in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12, and before care or after care for students in grades K-8.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Acrylic Painting (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 6-8: In this course, students will use acrylic paint to explore expressive use of color, color mixing, and color theory. Using a variety of painting surfaces—assorted papers, board, canvas board, objects—students learn the unique qualities of acrylic paint. This water-based, fast-drying paint medium has unlimited possibilities. Students have an opportunity to try a variety of acrylic mediums (modeling paste, gloss/matte polymers, gel medium) to experiment with textures, washes, and varied opacities.

Cost: $520, In-Person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Art Inspired by Nature (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades K-2: In this course, students look at the natural world around them as inspiration for creating their art. This course spans a wide range of art processes, media, and dimensions (2D and 3D) such as drawing from observing nature, sculpting nature-inspired forms, using natural materials for mixed media collage, recording changes in nature, and much more. Through looking at the work of artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Sumi brush painters, and Native American artists, students determine the influences of nature on the art of various times and places. Students can directly study different natural forms for use in creating their compositions based on what is in the world around them.

Cost: $520, In-Person @ The St. Paul’s Schools

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Creatures in Clay

Grades 6-8: People from every part of the world use clay to create magical and secretive vessels, special guardian or protective figures, mythological creatures, small models, and portraits of everyday life. We will travel the world visiting other times in other places by looking at the art and artifacts that different cultures have created in clay. In this course, students develop their skills and learn new techniques for working with clay. Whether you are experienced in using clay or have never used it before, pack your bags and come along on this trip.

Cost: $520, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Illustrating Stories Pictures and Words

Grades K-2: Using children’s literature and picture books as rich sources of imagery and storylines, students weave their own stories individually and in collaboration with peers. Students draw upon their natural tendency to tell colorful and elaborate stories and examine the work of artist/author-illustrators such as Ezra Jack Keats, Mitsumasa Anno, Vashiti Harrison, Maurice Sendak, Andrea Beaty, and Eric Carle. Large-scale drawings, booklets, varied paper surfaces/techniques, and story performances are just a few of the creative ways stories will be recorded and passed on.

Cost: $520, In-person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Art is All Around Us

Grades 3-5: Here is an opportunity to create something new from something forgotten or unwanted. Look around, cardboard tubes and boxes, plastic bottles and bottle caps, plastic forks and spoons, a broken coffee mug. Everywhere you look there is an object of waste waiting for a new purpose. In this course children will have the opportunity enhance perceptive skills by way of examining found objects for the countless alternative uses for creative expression. The magic happens when children respond to their imagination by creating sculptures, exploring surface design, or making collages, all which create narratives conveying a sense of playfulness and innovation.

Cost: $520, In-person @ MICA

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Wearable Art and Sustainable Design (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 9-12: Students in this class use a variety of fabrics and fibers for creating artworks. Students explore stitching, weaving, tie-dye, and natural dye techniques, as well as combinations of created and found materials in creating their art. Students will examine the techniques of artists such as Xenobia Bailey, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Faith Ringgold, Joyce Scott, and Melissa S. Cody and will use fabrics and fibers as a means of creative expression.

Cost: $375, In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Exploring Color Media

Grades 9-12: Using a variety of dry and wet color media, students explore the powerful role of color on an artwork’s mood, atmosphere, and overall visual impact. To make informed decisions about color, students first learn color relationships and color theory as they create a series of related compositions that reflect specific color schemes. Throughout the course, students view the works of master painters as inspiration for the infinite ways color can be utilized for stylistic and expressive purposes. This class will be held in person at The St. Paul’s Schools. Supplies included. Masks required.

Cost: $520, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Sculptural Forms in Nature (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 3-5: Artists have always been awed and inspired by the variety and beauty in nature. In this class, students have the opportunity to take a closer look at the world out of doors to develop ideas for three-dimensional artworks. Students examine the bounty of flora and fauna by exploring the grounds of the St Pauls campus. They create fantastic flowers, invented insects, and amazing animals inspired by Mother Nature. A variety of materials are explored and students keep a sketchbook/journal for their notes and observations and to develop ideas from their sculptural forms.

Cost: $520, In-Person @ The St. Paul’s Schools

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Space, Planets, and Astronauts (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades K-2: In this course, students will become artistic astronauts as they explore a variety of media and art making processes while addressing the theme of outer space! Students will be given opportunities to create an assortment of projects ranging from painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpting in unconventional ways order to build foundations in technical skill, observation, and imaginative inquiry. Focus will be placed on how art can be applied to describe a big idea in multiple ways, and to help students flourish as both researcher and creative thinker.

Cost: $375. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Drawing Workshop for Middle School (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 6-8: Fast-paced drawing course engages students in a variety of short and sustained studies intended to develop drawing skills and abilities. Different approaches, tools, materials, and techniques are presented and explored using a diverse range of drawing media, from pen and pencil to color explorations in pastel and paint. Students create drawings from observation, imagination, and in response to the art of master artists and their peers. Written reflection, self-assessment, and the ability to participate in group critiques are key components of this course.

Cost: $520, In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Illustration in Wet and dry Media (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 9-12: Illustration is everywhere! Come learn the fundamentals of illustrating with wet and dry media, and how to take your hand-drawn images through a digital process for print purposes. Young artists begin by responding to single image prompts related to newly acquired media techniques with an emphasis on the composition of content, then finish with designing their own narrative to illustrate!

Cost: $335, In-Person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Printmaking for Kids

Grades K-2: Young children are encouraged to explore textures and mark-making as they try out numerous ways of creating prints. From mono-print to relief prints, sun prints to handprints, students immerse themselves in how printing ink, paint, and other color media can help them see and understand shape, line, and texture. Students are encouraged to tap into their sense of play and imagination as they explore creative printing techniques.

Cost: $335, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 1: Before Care @ MICA

June 13, 2022 to June 24, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

Cost: $115

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Grades 3-5

My Favorite People, Places, and Things (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 3-5: In a safe, open, and nurturing environment, students are guided to explore their surroundings (indoors and out), notice shapes, and textures, talk about their findings, and tap into their sense of exploration and play. Using important people in their lives, memorable places they’ve been, and objects that have significant personal meaning, students create livelily, colorful works using a variety of 2D and mixed media techniques. Emphasizes creative problem-solving, idea-generation, and exploration of the attributes and limitations of various media.

Cost: $335, In-Person @ The St. Paul’s Schools

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 1: Before Care @ The St. Paul's Schools

June 13, 2022 to June 24, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

Cost: $115

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Experimental Drawing

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! This class will be held in person at MICA. Supplies included.

Cost: $335, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Creating Art with Adobe Photoshop

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 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 the use of filters, the graphics drawing toolbox, color effects, and artful use of text. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

Cost: $375, In-person @ MICA.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

By the Sea (Grades 3-5)

Grades 3-5: In this course, students take on the role of undersea explorers and artists in discovering and responding to the many aspects of the sea and seashore environment. Activities include creating sea creatures, undersea dioramas, using a variety of media in responding to stories, and learning about ways that illustrators of children’s books and artists used the sea as inspiration for their art.

Cost: $335, In-Person @ MICA. No class on June 20.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Making with Mixed Media

Grades 9-12: This course is designed for the artist who is a noticer of detail and attracted to the meditative process, patience, and beauty of detail-oriented artworks. This course will explore digital and traditional methods of making including the art of paper cutting, layered drawing on transparent surfaces, and intricate mark making in 2D and 3D formats. Within these processes, there is potential to explore both abstract and representational ways of working to fit each student’s individual interests and style.

Cost: $335, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Telling Stories Through Sculpture

Grades 6-8: This course offers students an exciting opportunity to be both creators and performers in a dramatic artistic endeavor. Students explore a variety of 3-D processes as they create objects, puppets, masks, and other 3-D forms that can be incorporated into an original narrative. In addition to generating ideas and creating characters, students learn how props, voice, and movements can be used to tell a story. Emphasis is on creating a unique and expressive language of object, gesture, and story, with equal attention given to the artistic/visual qualities of the art objects themselves and the purposeful use of these objects in student-designed performances. Inspiration for each art object will be derived from a variety of places and artists.

Cost: $335, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Art Inspired by Nature

Grades K-2: In this course, students look at the natural world around them as inspiration for creating their art. This course spans a wide range of art processes, media, and dimensions (2D and 3D) such as drawing from observing nature, sculpting nature-inspired forms, using natural materials for mixed media collage, recording changes in nature, and much more. Through looking at the work of artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Sumi brush painters, and Native American artists, students determine the influences of nature on the art of various times and places. Students can directly study different natural forms for use in creating their compositions based on what is in the world around them.

Cost: $335, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Sensational Sculpture (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades K-2: Young artists take a fantastic adventure into the world of three dimensions! From figurines to animals, paper forms to mobiles, this course taps into an immense array of tactile materials that encourage students to attach, build, glue, construct, twist, mold, arrange, tie and connect. Students embark upon excursions around the campus to collect ideas and objects, and they view a wide-ranging collection of both realistic and fanciful sculptures made by master artists. Young sculptors in this class learn to combine materials for expresses purposes, work collaboratively to create modular sculptures, and explore the tactile quality of every object and material.

Cost: $335, In-Person @ The St. Paul’s Schools

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Story-telling through Masks and Puppets (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 3-5: Puppetry and expressive masks have served as a traditional intersection between the visual arts and theater. Puppets are powerful symbols that bring characters to life, tell stories, transmit cultural traditions or provide comic pleasure. Similarly, masks have long been used by different people from around the world as a means of expressing and celebrating ideas and events important to their culture. In this course, students select from a variety of media to construct puppets and masks to tell personal stories. Half art-making and half collaboration and performance, this course provides students with a unique venue for expressing both visually and through dramatic performance.

Cost: $335, In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Inventive Drawing (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 9-12: This course is designed to build upon and expand the students’ concept of drawing. Students use conventional and unconventional drawing tools and materials to investigate “mark-making” as it relates to the development of symbolic and expressive forms. Working from observation, imagination, music, dreams, and memory, students become comfortable thinking outside the box when it comes to their own creative possibilities.

Cost: $335, In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Making Videos (Online)

ONLINE Grades 6-8: This fun yet the intensive course is designed for super-motivated students who want to learn creative video making. Students are idea-generators, scriptwriters, prop creators, and actors in this exciting production. Fundamentals of video making are learned through exercises in writing, shooting, and editing. In addition, students learn how to plan a complex project, research a subject, create a storyboard, and work as a member of a production team. Reviewing and discussing the work is an ongoing part of the program. Students work in small groups to produce their final projects.

Cost: $335. Online via Zoom.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Digital Design for Fiber and Fashion (Online)

ONLINE Grades 9-12: Whether it be hand-painted or digitally designed, patterns can be placed on the fabric, fashion, accessories, and wallpaper. Explore traditional hand skills and digital tools in creating designs that will be replicated on Adobe Photoshop to create repeated patterns. You will be introduced to fiber techniques like dyeing and embroidery to enhance your knowledge of the fiber arts and your final designs. If you enjoy combining digital media with traditional hands-on processes, Fiber and Graphic Design will inspire you. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

Cost: $335. Offered online

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 1: After Care @ MICA

June 13, 2022 to June 24, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Cost: $150

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Grades K-2

Session 1: After Care @ The St. Paul's Schools

June 13, 2022 to June 24, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Cost: $150

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Life Drawing for Kids

Grades 3-5. Do you love to draw and wish to learn how to draw what you see more realistically? This course is an exciting balance of learning how to see and how to capture contours, apply tones, and develop shading to make objects ‘pop’ off the page. With the basic understanding that in order to draw well, one must first learn how to see, students are engaged in fun-looking exercises that challenge them to use their eyes and minds to collect information about the objects, people, and places around them. They will discover how to see the world in a fresh, new way! Different approaches, tools, materials, and techniques are presented and explored using a diverse range of media, from pen and pencil to color explorations in pastel and paint.

Cost: $335, In-person @ MICA. No class on June 20.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Special Vessels in Clay and 3D Media (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 6-8: People from every part of the world use clay for such creations as magical and secretive vessels, special guardian or protective figures, mythological creatures, small models, and portraits of everyday life. Students travel the world visiting other times in other places by looking at the art and artifacts that different cultures have created in clay. In this course, students develop their skills and learn new techniques for creating vessels that serve a variety of purposes. Some pieces are glazed; others are painted or embellished with different materials. If you are experienced in using clay or have never used it before, all are welcome.

Cost: $335, In-Person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

By the Sea (Grades K-2)

Grades K-2: In this course students take on the role of undersea explorers and artists in discovering and responding to the many aspects of the sea and seashore environment. Activities include creating sea creatures, undersea dioramas, using a variety of media in responding to stories and learning about ways that illustrators of children’s books and artists used the sea as inspiration for their art.

Cost: $335. In-person @ MICA. No class on July 4.

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High School Studios

Grades 6-8

Exploring Color Media (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 6-8: Using a variety of dry and wet color media, students explore the powerful role of color on an artwork’s mood, atmosphere, and overall visual impact. To make informed decisions about color, students first learn color relationships and color theory as they create a series of related compositions that reflect specific color schemes. Throughout the course, students view the works of exemplar painters as inspiration for the infinite ways color can be utilized for stylistic and expressive purposes. Cost: $335. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools. No class on July 4.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Working in Series (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 9-12: The mark of a great artist can be found in their ability to explore, sustain, and deepen an original idea through a body of work. In this class, artists will work through a reflective process that focuses on developing a rich central idea that can be explored into a variety of specific inquiries from one piece to the next. Artists gain strategies for unifying their series as well as offering something new with each work, while pairing visual, verbal, and written expression.

Cost: $335. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Clay Workshop for Little Hands (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades: 3-5: Nowhere is there a medium more malleable and versatile than clay. Intended for our youngest artists and framed within an energetic context of play, tactile experiences, exploration and discovery, this course is intended to get students immersed in working creatively to create forms, apply textures, and consider the varieties of surface effects with glaze. Students extrude, roll, press, mold, shape, squeeze, pinch, and drape clay in unusual ways to create beautiful, artful clay objects. Once familiar with the basic characteristics, possibilities and limitations of clay, students will find that the options are virtually endless!

Cost: $335. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Painting Workshop

Grades 3-5: For the student who loves to paint, this course is designed to help students refine their skills in observing color, making purposeful choices about color, and painting from life. Students will experiment with acrylics, temperas and watercolors as they learn to mix cohesive color palettes and apply both realistic and expressive color to their pieces. Works from past and contemporary artists will be used to emphasize the incredible diversity of styles and expressiveness that can be achieved with color.

Cost: $335. In-person @ MICA. No class July 4.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Drawing from Observation

Grades 9-12: This course is designed to help students refine their skills in observational drawing and painting, making purposeful choices about lines, form, and color. Students will experiment with materials as they learn to make decisive lines and cohesive color palettes and apply both realistic and expressive colors to their pieces. Art exemplars will be used to emphasize the incredible diversity of styles and expressiveness that can be achieved with color, line, and texture.

Cost: $335. In-person @ MICA. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 2: Before Care @ MICA

June 27, 2022 to July 8, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

Cost: $115

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Grades K-2

Session 2: Before Care @ The St. Paul's Schools

June 27, 2022 to July 8, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

Cost: $115

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Grades K-2

An Art Safari (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades K-2: 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: $335. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools. No class July 4.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Digital Illustration

Grades 9-12: In this class, students will explore how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for a variety of drawings and designs! Students will learn about character development, portraiture, settings and environments, design, and metaphorical approaches to making. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course. Cost: $335. In-person @ MICA. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Up in the Air, on the Ground, and in the Sea (at The St. Paul's Schools)

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: $335. In-person @ The. St. Paul’s Schools. No class July 4.

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Grades 6-8

Sculpting Medieval Castles

Grades 6-8: Heroes, monsters, dragons, and castles! Join us in returning to the art, culture, and fantasy of medieval times. Students examine the art of the Middle Ages as it relates to the ideas and beliefs of people living at that time and its influence on games, stories, and imagery in contemporary culture. With ceramic clay, students use the motifs and literature of medieval times as inspiration for creating unique sculptures. Cost: $335. In-person @ MICA. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Making Art with Dinosaurs!

Grades K-2: Come with us on an imaginary journey through the Jurassic period. Encounter ancient reptiles, prehistoric plants, and uncover fascinating fossils! Using ideas and experiences from our archeological journeys, students create drawings, paintings, and sculptural forms to create personal visual responses to what they have discovered. Cost: $335. In-person @ MICA. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Make Your Own Comic Book (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 3-5: In this course, students practice the art of telling stories through pictures. Formal aspects of the narrative are applied by combining the written word with visual sequences. Students learn how storylines are developed, formats are considered and characters created. Observation skill-building helps students develop a basis for their fantasy figures, heroes, and heroines. Each student explores animation techniques and produces a comic strip consisting of several frames as well as a multi-page comic book. Cost: $335. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools. No class July 4.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Animation

ONLINE Grades 9-12: From flip-books and line-drawn characters to paper and sculpey figures, anything that can be moved, adjusted, manipulated and photographed can become the subject for stop-action animation. In this creative, collaborative animation “studio,” students develop storyboards and characters as they design the backdrop and take shots for a 15-30 second short animation. By documenting each set-up, with adjustments between each shot, students learn how to bring characters alive the old-fashioned way. Cost: $330. Online via Zoom. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Digital Photography (Grades 6-8)

Grades 6-8: Beginning with an understanding of compositional principles and the basic camera functions, features, and possibilities, students learn to create digital photographs. From a variety of prompts intended to tap into students’ interpretation and experience of the visual world around them, students collect imagery in their daily lives, at home, and outdoors. As the course progresses, the class explores the Adobe Photoshop program as a tool to refine images and explore options in manipulating imagery for expressive purposes. Note: Students must have their own digital camera (phone or tablet camera or DSLR). Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

Cost: $335. In-person @ MICA. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Portfolio Development for High School Entry (Online)

ONLINE Grades 6-8: This intense studio class begins with a review of students’ current art portfolios, with discussion about what a well-rounded high school portfolio might look like. Students keep a reflective journal and sketchbook as they identify areas to strengthen in their artwork. Working independently with the instructor, students then develop a plan for tailored art problems intended to highlight skills and flesh out their portfolios for presentation. This course is especially designed for students who need a portfolio for entrance into high school but is also open to those who wish to employ a more independent course of study. Cost: $330. Online via Zoom. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Story-telling through Masks and Puppets

Grades 3-5: Puppetry and expressive masks have served as a traditional intersection between the visual arts and theater. Puppets are powerful symbols that bring characters to life, tell stories, transmit cultural traditions or provide comic pleasure. Similarly, masks have long been used by different people from around the world as a means of expressing and celebrating ideas and events important to their culture. In this course, students select from a variety of media to construct puppets and masks to tell personal stories. Half art-making and half collaboration and performance, this course provides students with a unique venue for expressing both visually and through dramatic performance. Cost: $335. In-person @ MICA. No class July 4.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Exploring Printmaking (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 9-12: In this course, students explore the potential of printmaking media, processes and techniques for creating visual compositions. Works by traditional and contemporary printmakers that include relief, intaglio and mono-printing techniques are studied and provide guidance and inspiration for students’ prints. Single prints and editions of prints are produced and prepared for presentation in class exhibitions and for students’ portfolios. Cost: $335. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

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

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: $335. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Art Inspired by Nature (Grades K-2)

Grades K-2: In this course, students look at the natural world around them as inspiration for creating their art. This course spans a wide range of art processes, media, and dimensions (2D and 3D) such as drawing from observing nature, sculpting nature-inspired forms, using natural materials for mixed media collage, recording changes in nature, and much more. Through looking at the work of artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Sumi brush painters, and Native American artists, students determine the influences of nature on the art of various times and places. Students can directly study different natural forms for use in creating their compositions based on what is in the world around them. Cost: $375. In-person @ MICA. No class July 4.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 2: After Care @ MICA

June 27, 2022 to July 8, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Cost: $150

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 2: After Care @ The St. Paul's Schools

June 27, 2022 to July 8, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Cost: $150

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Make Your Own Comic Book (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 3-5: In this course, students practice the art of telling stories through pictures. Formal aspects of the narrative are applied by combining the written word with visual sequences. Students learn how storylines are developed, formats are considered and characters created. Observation skill-building helps students develop a basis for their fantasy figures, heroes, and heroines. Each student explores animation techniques and produces a comic strip consisting of several frames as well as a multi-page comic book.

Cost: $375. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Inventive Drawing (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 6-8: This course is designed to build upon and expand the students’ concept of drawing. Students use conventional and unconventional drawing tools and materials to investigate “mark-making” as it relates to the development of the symbolic and expressive forms. Working from observation, imagination, music, dreams, and memory, students become comfortable thinking outside the box when it comes to their own creative possibilities.

Cost: $375. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Drawing from Observation (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 9-12: This course is designed to help students refine their skills in observational drawing and painting, making purposeful choices about lines, form, and color. Students will experiment with materials as they learn to make decisive lines and cohesive color palettes and apply both realistic and expressive colors to their pieces. Art exemplars will be used to emphasize the incredible diversity of styles and expressiveness that can be achieved with color, line, and texture.

Cost: $375. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Wearable Art and Sustainable Design

Grades 3-5: Students in this class use a variety of fabrics and fibers for creating artworks. Students explore stitching, weaving, tie-dye, and natural dye techniques, as well as combinations of created and found materials in creating their art. Students will examine the techniques of artists such as Xenobia Bailey, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Faith Ringgold, Joyce Scott, and Melissa S. Cody and will use fabrics and fibers as a means of creative expression.

Cost: $375. In-person @ MICA.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 3: Before Care @ MICA

July 11, 2022 to July 22, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

Cost: $130

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Digital Photography (Grades 9-12)

Grades 9-12: Beginning with an understanding of compositional principles and the basic camera functions, features, and possibilities, students learn to create digital photographs. From a variety of prompts intended to tap into students’ interpretation and experience of the visual world around them, students collect imagery in their daily lives, at home, and outdoors. As the course progresses, the class explores the Adobe Photoshop program as a tool to refine images and explore options in manipulating imagery for expressive purposes. Note: Students must have their own digital camera (phone or tablet camera or DSLR). Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

Cost: $375. In-person @ MICA.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Space, Planets, and Astronauts (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades K-2: In this course, students will become artistic astronauts as they explore a variety of media and art making processes while addressing the theme of outer space! Students will be given opportunities to create an assortment of projects ranging from painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpting in unconventional ways order to build foundations in technical skill, observation, and imaginative inquiry. Focus will be placed on how art can be applied to describe a big idea in multiple ways, and to help students flourish as both researcher and creative thinker.

Cost: $375. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Learning to See and Draw the Face

Grades 6-8: What do we look like? How do we draw ourselves and each other? In this course, students receive directed instruction related to the anatomy and structure of the human head. Considering the skull as the basis for shaping the head and face, students work from skull models, diagrams, each other and themselves in developing understandings and skills needed to effectively represent the human head and face.

Cost: $375. In-person @ MICA.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 3: Before Care @ The St. Paul's Schools

July 11, 2022 to July 22, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

Cost: $130

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Creatures in Clay (Grades K-2)

Grades K-2: People from every part of the world use clay to create magical and secretive vessels, special guardian or protective figures, mythological creatures, small models, and portraits of everyday life. We will travel the world visiting other times in other places by looking at the art and artifacts that different cultures have created in clay. In this course, students develop their skills and learn new techniques for working with clay. We’ll work with airdry clay, sculpy, and other sculptural materials accessible from home! Whether you are experienced in using clay or have never used it before, all are welcome.

Cost: $375. In-person @ MICA.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Acrylilc Painting (Online)

ONLINE Grades 9-12: In this course students will use acrylic paint to explore expressive use of color, color mixing, and color theory. Using a variety of painting surfaces—assorted papers, board, canvas board, objects—students learn the unique qualities of acrylic paint. This water-based, fast-drying paint medium has unlimited possibilities. Students have an opportunity to try a variety of acrylic mediums (modeling paste, gloss/matte polymers, gel medium) to experiment with textures, washes, and varied opacities.

Cost: $370. Online via Zoom.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Life Drawing for Kids

Grades 3-5. Do you love to draw and wish to learn how to draw what you see more realistically? This course is an exciting balance of learning how to see and how to capture contours, apply tones, and develop shading to make objects ‘pop’ off the page. With the basic understanding that in order to draw well, one must first learn how to see, students are engaged in fun-looking exercises that challenge them to use their eyes and minds to collect information about the objects, people, and places around them. They will discover how to see the world in a fresh, new way! Different approaches, tools, materials, and techniques are presented and explored using a diverse range of media, from pen and pencil to color explorations in pastel and paint.

Cost: $335. In-person @ MICA.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 3: After Care @ MICA

July 11, 2022 to July 22, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Cost: $165

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Painting Tech and Processes

Grades 9-12: Using a variety of paint media such as inks, watercolor, tempera paint, and acrylic paint, students in this course explore a variety of paint materials, brushes, and techniques, both traditional and non-traditional, to create a body of work that spans realism to expressive abstraction. Emphasis is on breaking “out of the box” in expressive use of color media, with a variety of prompts guiding students to make meaning and incorporate narratives into their work. This is a fast-paced class, with students generating a large body of studies and exercises as they build a strong foundation and comfort with each color medium. The confident painter will then be asked to synthesize this knowledge to create larger, cohesive paintings based on a selected theme.

Cost: $375. In-person @ MICA.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Digital Illustration (Online)

ONLINE Grades 6-8: In this class, students will explore how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for a variety of drawings and designs! Students will learn about character development, portraiture, settings and environments, design, and metaphorical approaches to making. Access to the Adobe Creative Cloud is included for the duration of this course.

Cost: $370. Online via Zoom.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Creating Art with Adobe Photoshop

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 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 the use of filters, the graphics drawing toolbox, color effects, and artful use of text. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

Cost: $375. In-person @ MICA.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Working in Series (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 9-12: The mark of a great artist can be found in their ability to explore, sustain, and deepen an original idea through a body of work. In this class, artists will work through a reflective process that focuses on developing a rich central idea that can be explored into a variety of specific inquiries from one piece to the next. Artists gain strategies for unifying their series as well as offering something new with each work, while pairing visual, verbal, and written expression.

Cost: $375. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

My World in 3D (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 3-5: One of the most exciting ways of making art is working with sculptural media to create three-dimensional art forms. In this course, students use sculptural media including wire, plaster, wood, clays and other natural materials to create sculptures, assemblages and installations. In the process, students gain experience with many sculptural forms and media, discover a variety of artists and heighten spatial and kinesthetic awareness. Using sketches and working from observation, memory and imagination, students make personally meaningful work that is inspired by their interests and objects of our everyday world.

Cost: $375. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Under the Sea (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades K-2: In this course students take on the role of undersea explorers and artists in discovering and responding to the many aspects of the sea and seashore environment. Activities include creating sea creatures, undersea dioramas, using a variety of media in responding to stories and learning about ways that illustrators of children’s books and artists used the sea as inspiration for their art.

Cost: $375. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Portfolio Development for High School Entry (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 6-8: This intense studio class begins with a review of students’ current art portfolios, with discussion about what a well-rounded high school portfolio might look like. Students keep a reflective journal and sketchbook as they identify areas to strengthen in their artwork. Working independently with the instructor, students then develop a plan for tailored art problems intended to highlight skills and flesh out their portfolios for presentation. This course is especially designed for students who need a portfolio for entrance into high school but is also open to those who wish to employ a more independent course of study.

Cost: $375. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Session 3: After Care @ The St. Paul's Schools

July 11, 2022 to July 22, 2022. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Cost: $165

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Exploring Color Media (Grades 6-8)

Grades 6-8: Using a variety of dry and wet color media, students explore the powerful role of color on an artwork’s mood, atmosphere, and overall visual impact. To make informed decisions about color, students first learn color relationships and color theory as they create a series of related compositions that reflect specific color schemes. Throughout the course, students view the works of master painters as inspiration for the infinite ways color can be utilized for stylistic and expressive purposes.

Cost: $520. In-person @ MICA.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Me and My Family in Art

Grades K-2: Students begin by exploring how the theme of ‘family’ has been used throughout history in paintings, illustrations, books, and other visual media. Then, using family adventures, important memories, and daily happenings, young children use words and pictures to tell their own stories. Emphasis is on the use of descriptive words, personal experiences, expressive writing, and verbal story-telling. Shared narratives and collaborative work help students add richness and imagination to their stories. Using a visual journal, students record and embellish life experiences into fantastic adventures with a personal twist.

Cost: $520. In-person @ MICA.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Digital Illustration (Grades 9-12)

Grades 9-12: In this class, students will explore how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for a variety of drawings and designs! Students will learn about character development, portraiture, settings and environments, design, and metaphorical approaches to making. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

Cost: $520. In-person @ MICA.

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Making Art with Dinosaurs! (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades K-2: Come with us on an imaginary journey through the Jurassic period. Encounter ancient reptiles, prehistoric plants, and uncover fascinating fossils! Using ideas and experiences from our archeological journeys, students create drawings, paintings, and sculptural forms to create personal visual responses to what they have discovered.

Cost: $520. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Real and Fanciful Landscapes (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 3-5: In this introductory landscape course, students take a fantastic journey into some truly unusual landscapes. Using children’s literature as inspiration, students embark upon fanciful journeys into a colorful world of realistic, personal, and fanciful landscapes. They will create cityscapes, oceanscapes, and scenes from both an insect’s point of view and a birds-eye view. From there, they will journey to far-away places to capture moonscapes and underwater seascapes. Emphasis is on problem-solving, exercising the imagination, using writing to enhance fanciful scenes, and experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques.

Cost: $520. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Drawing Workshop for Middle School (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 6-8: Fast-paced drawing course engages students in a variety of short and sustained studies intended to develop drawing skills and abilities. Different approaches, tools, materials, and techniques are presented and explored using a diverse range of drawing media, from pen and pencil to color explorations in pastel and paint. Students create drawings from observation, imagination, and in response to the art of master artists and their peers. Written reflection, self-assessment, and ability to participate in group critiques are key components of this course.

Cost: $520. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Art Inspired by Nature (Grades 3-5)

Grades 3-5: In this course, students look at the natural world around them as inspiration for creating their art. This course spans a wide range of art processes, media, and dimensions (2D and 3D) such as drawing from observing nature, sculpting nature-inspired forms, using natural materials for mixed media collage, recording changes in nature, and much more. Through looking at the work of artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Sumi brush painters, and Native American artists, students determine the influences of nature on the art of various times and places. Students can directly study different natural forms for use in creating their compositions based on what is in the world around them.

Cost: $520. In-person @ MICA.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Portfolio Building (at The St. Paul's Schools)

Grades 9-12: This intense studio workshop begins with a review of students’ current art portfolios, with discussion about what a well-rounded high school portfolio might look like. Students keep a reflective journal and sketchbook as they identify areas to strengthen in their artwork. Working independently with the instructor, students then develop a plan for tailored art prompts intended to highlight skills and round out their portfolios for presentation. This course is especially designed for students who need a portfolio for entrance into college but is also open to those who wish to employ a more independent course of study. Note: Due to the independent nature of this course, class size is capped at 10 students.

Cost: $520. In-person @ The St. Paul’s Schools.

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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.

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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, wear a mask and bring an extra with a zip lock bag.

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.

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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