October 6 — December 8, 2018
Rutgers University—Camden Department of Fine Arts offers a wide range of innovative visual and performing arts classes during the spring semester.  These 8-week courses are designed for high school students and taught by university-level professors.

Registration is required and space is limited—register now to ensure your seat in class.


Register Here! 

Classes meet 10 am — 1 pm on Saturdays at the Rutgers University campus in Camden, NJ.
(No classes October 20 or November 24)

Contact us at
pre-collegearts@camden.rutgers.edu
for additional information.

The cost of this 8-week program is $300.

The following courses in Art, Music, and Theater are being offered in spring 2018:

Animation
Graphic Design
Ceramics
Pop Meets Jazz
Rock String Orchestra
Gospel Choir
Acting on Camera
Introduction to Filmmaking
Film and Theatrical Special Effects

Course Descriptions:

Animation

Instructor: Nicholas LeDonne

Learn the fundamentals of computer animation and visual storytelling. In this course, you will explore 3D modeling, lighting, and animation techniques ranging from the fundamental ball bounce to character animation. You will be introduced to the wide range of possibilities the animation industry has to offer while building your foundations using the latest software such as Maya and Z-Brush. Students will collect their best works into an animation demo reel at the conclusion of the semester.

 

Graphic Design

Instructor: Kevin Kernan

This class will allow students to learn graphic skills and to construct 2D computer designs, visuals, structures, and systems using Adobe Suite Programs such as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. In addition to learning the skills and techniques, students will be exposed to contemporary strategies and aesthetics used in the Graphic Design field today.

 

Ceramics

Instructor: Ashley York

This hands-on workshop course is a dynamic exploration of the art of ceramics for beginners and experienced students. Participants will engage in multiple projects and develop specific techniques and processes for the craft including slab building, hand building, proportion and figurative work, surface treatment, and glazing techniques. The instructor will work with students in groups and individually.

 

Pop Meets Jazz

Instructor: JoJo Streater

Students will be introduced to rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic concepts of the jazz and pop idioms by performing arrangements that encompass characteristics from both genres. This course deals with two ends of the musical spectrum; from jazz legends such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock that paved the way for pop greats like Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Two years of experience on your instrument is required. Short auditions will be held on first day to determine seating arrangements, and there will be a final concert at the end of the course.

 

Rock String Orchestra

Instructors: Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz, Stefán Örn Arnarson

Students will play challenging string orchestra arrangements of songs from the pop and rock genres led by professional musicians. Students need to have minimum of two years experience on their instrument, be able to play with a solid confident tone and be comfortable in most upper positions. Short auditions will be held on first day to determine seating arrangements, and there will be a final concert at the end of the course.

 

Gospel Choir

Instructor: Dionne Fields

The Gospel Choir workshop is a fully immersive choral experience. Participants will learn songs through call-and-response; the ability to read music is not required. Through exposure to music by gospel greats such as Hezekiah Walker, Ricky Dillard, The “Tommies”, and Camden native, Tye Tribbett, Jr., singers will become familiar with melody and harmony, how to sing lead vocals and solos and how to effectively, collectively produce the classic “Gospel Choir Sound.” There will be a final gala concert by the end of the course.

 

Acting on Camera

Instructor: Damon Bonetti

Get comfortable in front of the lens!  Beginning with on-camera interviews, instruction focuses on understanding technical and emotional adjustments required for working in front of the camera, working in a relaxed and truthful way, and developing intimacy with the camera. Participants hone their acting techniques through moment-to-moment exercises, as well as monologue work with emphasis on close-ups, simple scenes, commercials and cold readings.

 

Introduction to Filmmaking

Instructor: Catalina A. Jordan

This workshop will introduce film production to students interested in making short films. You will gain a basic understanding of visual storytelling, camera operation and editing, and you will have a chance to practice these techniques through producing your own films. There will be two major projects and students will work on projects individually and in groups.

 

Film and Theatrical Special Effects

Instructor: James Mobley

From makeup work to explosions on stage, this class will introduce the execution of special effects in movies and theater. You will peek behind the scenes of the stage to see how crew members carry out these effects. Students will collaborate with one another and the instructor to develop these visual tricks taking into consideration all safety regulations.