Youth Media Classes

Fall 2014 Class Offerings

Intro to Video Game Programming

Intro to Video Game Programming

Ages 8 - 10
6 Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
October 11 - November 15
Price: 
$160 Members, $185 Non-Members

Students will learn how to make their very own video game using Scratch, a program language for creating interactive stories, animations, games, music and art. While learning how to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively, students will also learn how to design, program and troubleshoot.

Foundations of Digital Photography

Foundations of Digital Photography

Ages 11 - 13
6 Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
October 11 - November 15
Price: 
$160 Members, $185 Non-Members

This class emphasizes examples and exercises designed to develop the ability to see and create successful photographs while gaining mastery of the manual functions of a digital camera. Learn about exposure and composition then use the power of Photoshop to explore digital imaging techniques. Bring your own camera or borrow one of ours to use in class.

Please note: this class qualifies for the Academy of Art and Science, Photographic Section scholarship.

Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Ages 11 - 13
6 Saturdays, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Zac McCreary
October 11 - November 15
Price: 
$200 Members, $225 Non-Members

Jump head first into programming with Minecraft! Learn the basics of creating your own texture pack and server side scripting for mods, and walk away with an understanding of terminal and a taste for Java.

Manga to Anime

Manga to Anime

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
6 Saturdays, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Jayla Patton
October 11 - November 15
Price: 
$200 Members, $225 Non-Members

An artistic tradition based in Japan, print comics, known as Manga, have become a popular art form worldwide. Animated filmmaking derived from Manga is known as Anime. In this class you’ll learn about line, contour and figure drawing to create your own Manga-inspired Anime, using graphics tablets and animation software.

 

Instructor -- Jayla Patton 
Jayla is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh who has, throughout her education taught high school and middle school aged students drawing techniques, Photoshop, animation, and an appreciation of the arts.

She is never without a sketchbook and pencil, because she can't help wanting to jot down a quick sketch or idea that pops up.

Fall 2014 Adult Offerings

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

8 Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mandy Kendall
September 23 - November 11
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.

 

Instructor -- Mandy Kendall 
is an Edinburg/Pittsburgh based photographer, educator, and artist. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mathematics from Duquesne University and a Certificate in Photography from Pittsburgh Filmmakers. She has studied alternative photographic processes at Peters Valley Craft Center and the f295 Symposium and has served as a teaching assistant at f295 Symposium, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Her work has appeared regionally and nationally at such locations as Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, Butler Institute of American Art, The Art School at Sandy Springs, and Silver Eye Center for Photography. Kendall is currently a photography instructor at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

8 Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Kara Sambrick
September 24 - November 12
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.

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

8 Thursdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Kelly Bogel
October 2 - November 20
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.

Homemade Microphones and Pickups

Homemade Microphones and Pickups

8 Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Michael Johnsen
September 23 - November 11
Price: 
$230 Members, $255 Non-Members

We’ll explore the essential creative role that microphones play in music making and develop an understanding of the simple yet powerful ways in which they work. Topics include design and fitting of special pickups for acoustic instruments, carbon and telephone mics, hand-wound guitar pickups, drum mics, underwater sensors, loudspeaker instruments, ultrasonic transducers, light/magnetic sensors and miniaturization. Participants will design their own project. Most materials will be supplied, but students will be responsible for costlier or unusual sensors and hardware. Circuit Building 1 or instructor’s permission is a prerequisite. Good soldering and mechanical skills are essential.

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. 

Digital Surface Pattern Design

Digital Surface Pattern Design

4 Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Amber Coppings
November 8 - November 29
Price: 
$105 Members, $130 Non-Members

Discover how to layer sketches, photographs, and objects to create your own unique digital motifs and patterns using digital scanners and Adobe Photoshop software. Motifs created
in class can be printed onto fabric, used as wrapping paper, or sent to a print-on-demand website such as Spoonflower. Participants must have working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and their own digital camera. Please bring a sketchbook with a few black and white sketches and a USB stick to class.

Instructor -- Amber Coppings 
(MAT, Carlow University) has been creating and using textiles in art, craft, and fashion since her first exploration of crocheting at eight years old. Amber has taught in over 60 residency programs and community organizations. In 2005 she traveled to Japan to study Japanese Shibori from master artisans at the International Shibori Symposium. She has exhibited fiber art instillations regionally and sells her work at shops around the world. Amber has two fashion lines, Xmittens and amtextiles. Her work can be viewed at www.ambercoppings.com

Holiday & School Break Camps

Animation Workshop

Animation Workshop

Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
September 25 (Rosh Hashanah)
Price: 
$85 Members, $115 Non-Members

Explore several traditional animation styles in this cool workshop. Paper shapes, 3D objects, and even your classmates will be animated into unique movie projects using various themes.

Green Screen Workshop

Green Screen Workshop

Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
November 4 (Election Day)
Price: 
$80 Members, $105 Non-Members

Explore the fantastic work of green screen effects, a technique used frequently in television and film production. Collaborated to storyboard, create sets and props, then shoot a green screen adventure.

Legomation

Legomation

Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
December 22 & December 23
Price: 
$160 Members, $185 Non-Members

Explore the wonderful world of Legomation! Using Legos and other snap together building bricks campers will collaborate to storyboard, design, and build their own stop-motion movie complete with an original soundtrack.