Youth Media Classes

Spring 2014

Circuit Building 2

6:00PM - 9:00PM
Michael Johnsen
5 Tuesdays, April 1 - 29
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$210 Members, $235 Non-Members

This is a simplified course in making audio circuits from scratch. Clear, honest and not super technical, it covers the basics of soldering, construction and schematics as well as the idiosyncratic world of “circuit bending.” Cost includes materials needed to complete the project.

Instructor -- Michael Johnsen 
MICHAEL JOHNSEN is a co-founder of the influential Orgone Cinema. He has been a consistent advocate for sincere and truly independent media culture since the late ’80s. He has shown films and performed locally and internationally in backyards and museums. His current work concerns the design of electronic audio devices for live performance. 

Foundations of Digital Photography

Ages 11 - 13
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Mandy Kendall
5 Saturdays, April 12 - May 17 (No Class April 19)
Price: 
$160 Members, $185 Non-Members

This class will familiarize students with the unique functions of digital still cameras and provide an introduction to Adobe Photoshop software. Digital and traditional photography will be compared and the class assignments will allow students to develop and imporve their aesthetic and technical skills through practice and in-class discussions. Students may bring their own cameras to class or may choose to borrow a camera from the lab. 

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

10:00AM-1:00PM
Kara Sambrick
8 Wednesdays, April 2 - May 21
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$290 Members, $315 Non-Members
This introductory photography class will meet the needs of students who have their own digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera. The rising popularity of digital SLR cameras has created a revolution in the photography world. Using Adobe Photoshop software and working with RAW images on Apple computers, students will be in command of the many features of these advanced cameras while creating photographs ready for framing.

Holiday Camps

Mixed Media Animation - PPS Spring Break

Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
April 14 - 17
Price: 
$265 members / $290 non-members

Explore several different traditional animation styles in this cool class. Paper shapes, 3D objects, and even classmates will be animated into unique movie projects using various materials and themes. Digital cameras and Apple software will be used to create finished products.

Summer 2014

Animation for Kids

Ages 5 - 7
9 AM - 12 PM
June 9 - 13
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

This cool camp will guide young artists through the step-by-step process of stop-motion animation. Participants will work with paper materials, digital cameras and computers, while being encouraged to let their young minds explore the imaginative possibilities of animation.

Legomation

Ages 8 - 10
9 AM - 3:30PM
June 9 - 13
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Explore the wonderful world of Legomation! Using Legos and other snap together building bricks, campers will collaborate to design and build their own stop-motion movies.

Foundations of Digital Photography & Photoshop

Ages 11 - 13
9 AM - 3:30PM
June 9 - 13
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

This camp emphasizes examples and exercises designed to develop the ability to see and create successful photographs. Use digital still cameras to learn about exposure, composition and capturing a subject then use the power of Photoshop software to explore a variety of digital imaging techniques. Bring your own camera or borrow one of ours.

Clay Animation

Ages 8 - 10
9 AM - 3:30 PM
June 16 - 20
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Learn how to design and create your own movie using the popular technique of claymation. Watch and discuss a variety of clay animations then use cameras, clay and computers to make short clay animations with a soundtrack.

Exploring Animation

Ages 11 - 13
9 AM - 3:30 PM
June 16 - 20
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

This hands-on camp will expose students to the foundations of a variety of popular stop-motion animation styles including hand-drawn, object, and cut paper animation. Digital video cameras and editing software will be used to create finished projects. Examples from essential films will be screened as a lead-in to each topic.

i5

Youth Media & i5 DIGITAL FILM COMPETITION 2014

Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media is again partnering with the Carnegie Science Center to present the i5 Digital Film Competition this year. i5 is looking for students to create a video of 5 minutes or less that shares why STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is an important part of your life. Please visit scitechfestival.org/film.asp to learn more, including how to submit entries, prize categories, and judging criteria.