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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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Animals and Me on Parade (at The St. Paul's Schools)

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

Grades K-2: Roaring lions! Trumpeting elephants! Growling bears! Students produce a fantastic world of animals, creating masks and costumes, puppets, and pull toys, in preparation for their final show – a spectacular animal parade. Students explore materials such as papier mache, fabric, wood, and found objects to create their animals.

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

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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

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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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Exploring Clay

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

Grades K-2: Throughout the centuries, hand-built clay objects have served numerous purposes, allowing people to transport materials, store grains, protect treasures, and hold liquids. Students pinch clay forms, use slip and score techniques to join pieces of clay, make even coils, and form even slabs. Using a rich array of clay techniques. Students will experiment with hand-built vessels, functional items, sculptures, and decorative effects!

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

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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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Food and Art

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

Grade K-2: Food has played an important role throughout art and history and has been an anchor of cultural significance around the world. In this class, students will create art about food, and how it is made, prepared, and eaten. They will have opportunities to share their favorite foods and use collages, soft sculptures, and paint to visually describe their relationships with their food and the people who make it. Inspired by Arcimboldo and Lucia Hierro, students will learn about how art can be made in various scales and from various materials.

Cost: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Drawing 101 (at The St. Paul's Schools)

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

Grades 6-8: Designed for students who want to improve drawing skills and work towards more realistic drawings, this course focuses on drawing from observation, and memory. Students are guided through a carefully sequenced, step-by-step process designed to develop the student’s perception and thinking skills. Based upon exercises in Betty Edwards’ Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, this approach has been successful in improving students’ ability to draw realistically, even for those who think they cannot draw. As such, it provides the young artist with an excellent bridge between drawing symbolically and working more realistically.

Cost: $385, In-Person @ at The St. Paul’s Schools

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Unconventional Painting (Grades 6-8)

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

Grades 6-8: 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

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

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

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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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Painting My World

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

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Portfolio Development for High School Entry

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

Grades 6-8: This intense studio class begins with a review of students’ current art portfolios, with a 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 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 specially 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: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades 6-8

Stop Motion Animation

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

Grades 6-8: Have you ever taken so many pictures at once, that when you scroll through them they look like they’re animated?! From Wallace and Gromit to LEGO movies, animators have told many stories through paper, clay, and pixelation. Students will explore ways in manipulating puppets to tell their own stories, one frame at a time.

Cost: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades K-2

Animals and the Environment

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

Grades K-2: Animals have been the inspiration for many artists around the world. In this course, students will explore colors associated with animals and their habitats, identify natural and geometric forms in nature and use this as inspiration for their art. Young artists will consider how animals play a part in our relationship with nature and how we treat wildlife and the environment. Rooted in observation, and imaginative thinking students in this course will think of ways to better care for animals in the environment and create art using clay and recycled materials to learn how art can be beneficial to the world around them.

Cost: $385, In-Person @ MICA

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Young People's Studios

Grades 3-5

Kinetic Art: Kites, Mobiles and More

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

Grades: 3-5. In this course, students explore a variety of art forms that involve movement. They design and construct kites, create mobiles, and other art objects that flap, spin, fly, flutter, and move. A variety of construction techniques are combined with drawing/decorating techniques as students explore the potential of their ideas and material selections in creating both two-dimensional and three-dimensional kinetic art forms.

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.

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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