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.

Spring 2023 classes are in-person and run from January 28, 2023 through April 1, 2023. Morning or afternoon options are available.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Digital Design for Fiber and Fashion

Saturdays, Jan. 28 - Apr. 1
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Grades 9-12: Whether it be hand painted or digitally designed, patterns can be placed on fabric, fashion, accessories, and as wallpaper. Explore traditional hand skills and digital tools in creating designs that will be replicated on Adobe Photoshop to create repeated patterns that can be printed on fabric. You will be introduced to fiber techniques like dyeing and embroidery to enhance your knowledge of the fiber arts and your final designs.

Cost: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Graphic Design: Design for Justice

Saturdays, Jan. 28 - Apr. 1
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Grades 9-12: Design is everywhere around us and it impacts people’s day-to-day life in powerful ways. In this course, students will learn about Design Justice and use its principles to rethink design processes and analyze design narratives used in society. Students will experiment with typography, logo design, and branding in order to create work that inspires change in the world. The class will work with the Adobe Creative Suite and develop design strategies to communicate clearly through design and digital imagery. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

Cost: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Unconventional Painting

Saturdays, Jan. 28 - Apr. 1
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Grade 9-12: In this course, students will use acrylic paint to explore expressive uses of color, color mixing, and color theory. Using a variety of painting surfaces, students will paint in both traditional and unconventional ways, with brushes of various sizes and unconventional tools such as spatulas, squeegees, and combs. Through critique and peer feedback, this course offers opportunities for students to think deeply about their work and the meaning behind their paintings.

Cost: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Making with Mixed Media

Saturdays, Jan. 28 - Apr. 1
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Grades 9-12: This course is designed for the artist who notices details and is 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: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Digital Illustration

Saturdays, Jan. 28 - Apr. 1
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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: $385. In-person @ MICA.

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Illustration in Series

Saturdays, Jan. 28 - Apr. 1
1:00 pm - 3:30 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. This class will be held in person. Supplies included. Masks required.

Cost: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Reimagining Ceramics: Culture and Clay

Saturdays, Jan. 28 - Apr. 1
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Grades 9-12: Inspired by the work of Roberto Lugo, in this course, students will learn the functional purpose of ceramics and create meaningful ceramic objects such as pots, plates, and bowls. Throughout the course, students will gain proficiency in using a variety of hand-building techniques and explore different methods of glazing. Students will learn how ceramics have been used in different cultures, explore personal artifacts, and use both historical and contemporary references as inspiration for their work.

Cost: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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High School Studios

Grades 9-12

Experimental Drawing

Saturdays, Jan. 28 - Apr. 1
1:00 pm - 3:30 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 lines, 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.

 

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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 Saturday classes will be held on campus in MICAs Fox Building and at The Ward Center for the Arts at The St. Paul’s Schools in Brooklandville, MD.

Click here to view a map in Google Maps of the Spring 2023 offerings at MICA and at The St. Paul’s Schools.

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

We are in Operational Mode 5 to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable educational experience with MICA. See Operational Mode 5 webpage for more information; this info will also be included in the Getting Started Guide with your registration confirmation email. Masks are encouraged, but optional.

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.

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

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