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.

Summer 2014 Art Camps - Animation

Animation for Kids

Animation for Kids

Ages 5 - 7
9AM - 12PM
June 9 - 13
Ages 5 - 7
9AM - 12PM
July 28 - August 1
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

Legomation

Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 3:30PM
June 9 - 13
Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 3:30PM
July 14 - 18
Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 3:30PM
August 4 - 8
Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 3:30PM
August 11 - 15
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 building their own stop-motion movies.

Clay Animation

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

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.

Digital Animation with Wacom Tablets

Digital Animation with Wacom Tablets

Ages 11 - 13
12:30PM - 3:30PM
June 23 - 27
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

This camp offers an introduction to digital illustration using a stylus and graphics tablet. Students will explore various animation methods including character animation and rotoscoping, an animation technique in which animators trace over live-action video. Students can bring their own graphics tablet or borrow one of ours.

Hand-Drawn Animation

Hand-Drawn Animation

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 3:30PM
July 7 - 11
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Anyone who enjoys drawing will be able to bring their artwork to life in this camp emphasizing traditional cartooning techniques. Class examples from Disney to anime will be examined to reveal the magic of stop-motion. Each student will create their own custom “flip-book” and a variety of short animations.

The Digital Forest of Miyazaki

The Digital Forest of Miyazaki

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 3:30PM
July 21 - 25
Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 3:30PM
August 11 - 15
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Animator Hayao Miyazaki’s memorable character-driven films like My Neighbor Tortoro, Spirited Away, and Ponyo captivate audiences with their wit and imagination. In this camp students will learn how to develop new and imaginative Miyazaki-inspired characters and take them into the digital realm using Wacom Digital Illustration tablets and Adobe software.

Stop Motion Studio

Stop Motion Studio

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 3:30PM
August 18 - 22
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Learn how to animate like the pros in this exciting camp. Students will begin the week by designing their very own stop motion puppet, complete with armatures. They will then collaborate to write, storyboard, and film an original stop motion animation using their creations. Please note, students will be using liquid latex in this class.

Mixed Media Animation

Mixed Media Animation

Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 3:30PM
August 25 - 29
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 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 styles and themes. Digital cameras and Apple software will be used to create finished projects.

Summer 2014 Art Camps - Gaming and Programming

Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Ages 11 - 13
12:30PM - 3:30PM
July 28 - August 1
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

Jump head first into programming with Minecraft! Learn to create your own texture pack and build custom servers, and walk away with an understanding of terminal and a taste for Java.

Intro to Video Game Programming

Intro to Video Game Programming

Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 3:30PM
June 23 - 27
Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 3:30PM
August 11 - 15
Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 3:30PM
August 25 - 29
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

This introduction to the creative world of video game programming and design is geared toward 8 - 10 year olds. Students will learn how to make their very own video games using Scratch - developed at the Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology - a programming language for creating interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. While learning how to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, youngsters will also learn how to design, program, and troubleshoot.

Android App Fundamentals

Android App Fundamentals

Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 3:30PM
June 30 - July 3
Price: 
$270 Members, $295 Non-Members

You can make an app for that! This camp is an introduction to creating apps in the Android environment. Campers will create their own novel and interesting apps utilizing all the cool features of Android phones, including internet connections and sensors. Students can bring their Android devices (phone or tablet) to camp or borrow one of ours.

Recycled Robots

Recycled Robots

Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 3:30PM
June 30 - July 3
Ages 8 - 10
12:30PM - 3:30PM
August 18 - 22
Price: 
$270 Members, $295 Non-Members

Design, build, and program robots using CMU CREATELab’s Hummingbird kit and recycled materials. Students will learn how to creatively use Servos, sensors, and LEDs along with programming basics to make their robot creations come to life!

Programming

Programming

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 12PM
July 14 - 18
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

Learn basic programming skills as you manipulate video and music using Python programming language. End the week by creating a side-scroller video game that you can play at home and share with friends.

Maker Madness

Maker Madness

Ages 11 - 13
9AM - 3:30PM
July 14 - 18
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Calling all tinkers, programmers, and technology enthusiasts: advance your maker skills with this brand new camp. Throughout the week you will learn how to create basic circuits, hone your woodworking skills, and program video games in Scratch. Then combine these skills to create your very own video game controller and marshmallow catapult out of recycled materials.

Electronic Audio Explorations

Electronic Audio Explorations

Ages 11 - 13
9AM - 12PM
July 28 - August 1
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

Learn all about music and technology in this camp. Students will create homemade microphones, play around with simple, temporary circuits made from common materials, and record original sound effects and music. Perfect for music, art, and science fans.

Summer 2014 Art Camps - Filmmaking

Director's Workshop

Director's Workshop

Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 3:30PM
June 16 - 20
Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 3:30PM
July 21 - 25
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Everyone wants to direct, but what does a director do? Find out by exploring concepts such as visualization, composition and shot choice. Screening and analysis of a variety of films ranging from the silent era to contemporary classics will enable participants to recognize the influence of the director. You’ll learn how to plan and direct scenes, and discover how the crew works together to fulfill the director’s vision.

Super Short Documentaries

Super Short Documentaries

Ages 11 - 13
9AM - 12PM
June 23 - 27
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

Learn how to use digital video cameras, microphones, and editing software to create unique short documentaries. Interviewing techniques, shooting B-roll, and various documentary styles will all be explored in this camp.

Adventures in Green Screen

Adventures in Green Screen

Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 12PM
July 7 - 11
Ages 8 - 10
9AM - 12PM
July 28 - August 1
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

Many film and television special effects sequences incorporate “green screen” to create movie magic. Explore an imaginative world of possibilities using this popular technology by creating your own superhero or fantasy character. Working together students will perform, direct and edit an original production.

Filmmaking Immersion @ Filmmakers

Filmmaking Immersion @ Filmmakers

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 4PM
July 14 - 18
Price: 
$575 Members, $600 Non-Members

Designed for High School students with a serious interest in filmmaking, this immersive camp offers hands-on experience working with the latest digital technology. Taught by instructors of Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ School of Film, Photography and Digital Media, it covers essential concepts and technical skills, while students have a blast collaborating to create short digital films. All participants receive a copy of the textbook, Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking.

This camp is held at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213.

Digital Storytelling with CREATE Lab

Digital Storytelling with CREATE Lab

Ages 11 - 13
12:30PM - 3:30PM
July 28 - August 1
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

This super cool camp combines old-fashioned storytelling with cutting-edge technology. Work in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, a community robotics and technology education program. With old family photos and new images created at camp, students will use digital cameras, scanners, microphones, and editing software to create unique digital “photo romans” - a film comprised entirely of still images set to voiceovers, music, and sound effects. In addition, students can add their voices to CREATE Lab’s Hear Me project by recording and editing an audio story. These stories recognize youth as crucial members of, and contributors to, the community and the world.

Cryptozoology, Ancient Aliens, Ghosts, Hoaxes, and Other Weird Stuff

Cryptozoology, Ancient Aliens, Ghosts, Hoaxes, and Other Weird Stuff

Ages 11 - 13
9AM - 3:30PM
August 4 - 8
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

UFO’s, Big Foot and Ghosts are just a few of the subjects covered in this camp mixing strange phenomena with moviemaking. Historical and recent examples of famous hoaxes will be screened, analyzed and combined with video making exercises leading to an original “mockumentary” movie production.

Super Short Movies

Super Short Movies

Ages 11 - 13
9AM - 12PM
August 18 - 22
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

This hands-on camp will introduce students to the basics of visual language used in movies. Pre-production, cinematography, sound, and editing will be covered. Geared towards aspiring young filmmakers who want to get started creating their own movies.

Summer 2014 Art Camps - Photography

Foundations of Digital Photography & Photoshop

Foundations of Digital Photography & Photoshop

Ages 11 - 13
9 AM - 3:30PM
June 9 - 13
Ages 11 - 13
9AM - 3:30PM
June 30 - July 3
Ages 11 - 13
9AM - 3:30PM
July 7 - 11
Ages 11 - 13
9AM - 3:30PM
August 25 - 29
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.

Photography @ Filmmakers

Photography @ Filmmakers

Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 4PM
June 23 - 27
Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 4PM
July 7 - 11
Price: 
$425 Members, $450 Non-Members

Learn the essential techniques of photography from exposure and composition to processing and printing in a darkroom. Students will explore local neighborhoods in search of excellent photographs as well as work with lights in a studio setting. Bring your own 35mm camera or use one of ours. All materials, including 35mm black-and-white film and photo paper are provided.

This camp is held at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213.

Foundations of Photography

Foundations of Photography

Ages 11 - 13
9AM - 3:30PM
July 21 - 25
Price: 
$350 Members, $375 Non-Members

Learn the basics of black-and-white photography and working in a darkroom. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of composition, proper use of the camera, and processing and printing your own roll of film. Class exercises will enable you to practice your skills and create successful photos. Cameras, film, and photo paper are provided.

Digital Photography

Digital Photography

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 3:30PM
August 4 - 8
Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9AM - 3:30PM
August 18 - 22
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Learn to harness the many functions of digital still cameras. Digital and traditional photography will be compared and in-camp projects will provide an opportunity to improve aesthetic and technical skills through guided practice and critical analysis. Bring your own camera to class or borrow one of ours.

Summer 2014 Class Offerings

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

8 Tuesdays, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Mandy Kendall
June 24 - August 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.
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, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Kara Sambrick
June 25 - August 13
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.

Circuit Building 2

Circuit Building 2

6 Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Michael Johnsen
June 24 - July 29
Level: 
Intermediate
Price: 
$260 member / $285 non - member

This more advanced circuit-building course is for students who want to delve deeper into making their own electronic music instruments. This class will clearly guide you through the steps of making or modifying guitar effect pedals, building electronic synthesizers and circuit-bending electronic toys. The basics of soldering, construction, and schematics will be covered. Participants will leave with a device/processor/instrument of their own design and a good foundation for further electronic tinkering.