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Teen Art Program

Our Teen Art Program is crafted to meet the aspirations and developmental needs of young artists aged 13-18, drawing inspiration from the high standards of leading art schools. This program offers an array of classes and workshops that delve into both traditional and contemporary art disciplines, from foundational drawing and painting to cutting-edge interdisciplinary and mixed media experimentation.

The curriculum is designed to challenge students, promoting critical thinking, conceptual development, and personal expression. It aims to create a collegiate-level educational experience that nurtures technical skills, encourages artistic exploration, and prepares teens for future academic and career opportunities in the arts.

Courses are led by experienced educators and professional artists, providing personalized guidance to help each student refine their techniques and articulate their creative visions. Through hands-on projects, collaborative work, and portfolio development, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the artistic process and the confidence to present their work in a professional context.

Critique sessions and peer reviews are integral to our program, fostering a constructive environment where students learn to give and receive feedback, enhancing their ability to think critically about art. This immersive educational approach is complemented by access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources, allowing students to explore new techniques and mediums, expand their creative boundaries, and develop a comprehensive body of work.

Our Teen Art Program is more than just a series of classes; it's an opportunity to join a vibrant community of young artists. Here, students can forge connections, share experiences, and grow together in a supportive and inspiring environment. Join us for a transformative summer experience that will enrich your artistic skills and shape your creative future.

Our summer art programs are thoughtfully designed for elementary-aged children, offering both half-day and full-day options to accommodate the varied needs and schedules of families.

These immersive programs cover a wide array of artistic disciplines, from painting and sculpture to fiber arts and art adventure camps, ensuring a comprehensive and engaging creative experience for every young artist.

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Teen Art Camps

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Teen Summer Art Camps

Our Teen Art Summer Camps stand out by offering an immersive and in-depth exploration of art, distinctly designed for the dedicated young artist aged 13-18.

 

This focused approach enables students to not only master the technical aspects of the medium but also to understand its conceptual underpinnings, leading to richer, more nuanced works of art. The immersive nature of the camps fosters a deeper connection to the material, encouraging students to think critically about their work and how it relates to broader artistic contexts.

Guided by seasoned artists and educators, participants benefit from personalized instruction and mentorship, enhancing their learning experience. The camps also emphasize connected learning, encouraging students to draw connections between their art and personal experiences, as well as between various artistic disciplines, enriching their creative practice.

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Figure Drawing and Anatomy for Teen Artists

Figure Drawing and Anatomy for Artists is a class focusing on enhancing figure drawing skills through a detailed understanding of human anatomy. This course teaches students to accurately depict the human form, emphasizing proportion, movement, and the anatomical structures that dictate these elements.

Students will engage in practical drawing exercises, including live model sessions, to apply theories of anatomy directly to their art. The instruction covers key concepts such as anatomical landmarks, the dynamics of movement, and how light and shadow contribute to the perception of depth.

The class is designed to improve observational skills and artistic precision, allowing students to produce works that demonstrate a refined grasp of the human figure. By the course end, students will have a portfolio of figure drawings showcasing their technical improvement and creative expression, laying a foundational skill set for further artistic pursuits.


Course Dates: Monday-Friday
Course Starts: July 22,
2024
Course Ends: July 26, 2024
Time: 1-4pm
Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

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Portfolio Development and Art Critique
 

Portfolio Development and Art Critique is aimed at preparing students for the next steps in their artistic education and careers. This class guides students through the process of creating a compelling art portfolio, crucial for college applications, scholarships, or professional opportunities, while also introducing the fundamentals of art critique.

The curriculum emphasizes selecting and presenting works that reflect the student's unique voice and skill set, covering layout and digital presentation techniques. Students will learn how to critically evaluate their own work and that of their peers, fostering an environment of constructive feedback and personal growth. Key components include understanding the criteria for a standout portfolio, the basics of writing an artist's statement, and strategies for effectively discussing and defending one's work. The class also incorporates practical sessions on receiving and applying feedback to refine and enhance one’s artistic output.

By the end of the course, students will have not only assembled a portfolio that showcases their best work but also gained valuable skills in critique and self-assessment, preparing them for the rigors of higher education in the arts or entry into the professional art world.

Note:  While this course is designed for high school juniors and seniors, we encourage any teen who wants to take their art to the next level, and/or prepare for the AP Art classes in future years. 



Course Dates: Monday-Friday
Course Starts: Aug 5
, 2024
Course Ends: Aug 9, 2024
Time: 1-4pm
Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

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Drawing: Portraiture and Expression

Drawing: Portraiture and Expression is an in-depth course designed for teens who are passionate about capturing the human face and its myriad expressions. Over six weeks, students will explore advanced techniques in portrait drawing, focusing on anatomy, proportion, and the subtle nuances that convey emotion. The course will cover a variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, and pastels, allowing students to experiment and find their preferred style. Each session will include detailed demonstrations, guided practice, and personalized feedback to help students develop their skills and create compelling, expressive portraits. This class is perfect for young artists looking to deepen their understanding of portraiture and enhance their ability to convey emotion through art.

Course Day: Tuesdays
Course Dates: 09/03/2024, 09/10/2024, 09/17/2024, 09/24/2024, 10/01/2024, 10/08/2024
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

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Fundamental Figure Drawing

Fundamental Figure Drawing is a course designed for teens eager to develop their skills in drawing the human figure. Over six weeks, students will explore the foundational techniques of figure drawing, focusing on anatomy, proportion, gesture, and form. The course includes sessions with live models, providing students with valuable experience in capturing the dynamics and nuances of the human body. Each class will feature demonstrations, hands-on practice, and personalized feedback to help students refine their technique and improve their observational skills. This course is ideal for young artists looking to enhance their understanding of figure drawing and develop a strong portfolio piece.

 

Note: this class will have a model for one or more class sessions, so there is a slightly higher cost to accommodate the model fees. 

Course Day: Wednesdays

Course Dates: 09/04/2024, 09/11/2024, 09/18/2024, 09/25/2024, 10/02/2024, 10/09/2024
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

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Still Life in Watercolors

Still Life in Watercolors is a comprehensive course designed for teens interested in mastering the art of watercolor painting through the timeless subject of still life. Over six weeks, students will explore the techniques and skills necessary to create vibrant and lifelike still life compositions. The course will cover essential watercolor techniques such as washes, glazing, and wet-on-wet, as well as color mixing and composition strategies. Each session will include demonstrations, guided practice, and personalized feedback to help students refine their skills and express their creativity. This class is perfect for young artists looking to develop their watercolor techniques and create beautiful still life paintings.

Course Day: Tuesdays

Course Dates: 10/15/2024, 10/22/2024, 10/29/2024, 11/05/2024, 11/12/2024, 11/19/2024
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

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Still Life in Watercolors

Still Life in Watercolors is a comprehensive course designed for teens interested in mastering the art of watercolor painting through the timeless subject of still life. Over six weeks, students will explore the techniques and skills necessary to create vibrant and lifelike still life compositions. The course will cover essential watercolor techniques such as washes, glazing, and wet-on-wet, as well as color mixing and composition strategies. Each session will include demonstrations, guided practice, and personalized feedback to help students refine their skills and express their creativity. This class is perfect for young artists looking to develop their watercolor techniques and create beautiful still life paintings.

Course Day: Tuesdays

Course Dates: 10/15/2024, 10/22/2024, 10/29/2024, 11/05/2024, 11/12/2024, 11/19/2024
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

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Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Introduction to Acrylic Painting is a comprehensive course designed for teens who want to explore the versatile medium of acrylic paint. Over six weeks, students will learn the fundamental techniques of acrylic painting, including color mixing, brushwork, layering, and blending.

 

The course will cover essential concepts such as composition, perspective, and the use of light and shadow to create depth and realism. Each session will include demonstrations, hands-on practice, and personalized feedback to help students develop their skills and confidence in using acrylics. This class is perfect for young artists looking to build a solid foundation in acrylic painting and express their creativity through vibrant and dynamic artworks.

Course Day: Wednesdays

Course Dates: 10/16/2024, 10/23/2024, 10/30/2024, 11/06/2024, 11/13/2024, 11/20/2024
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: KCAD, 17 Pearl St

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Art School Applications and Portfolios

Art School Applications and Portfolios is a course designed to support Juniors and Seniors, but any teen can join for additional practice and work.  This class will guide teens through the process of applying to different art schools, including Kendall College of Art and Design, University art school programs, and others.  Students spend time preparing different applications, and preparing and presenting a compelling portfolio for art school applications.

 

Over four weeks, students will learn how to select, refine, and showcase their best works, understanding what art schools are looking for in a portfolio. The course will cover essential topics such as portfolio layout, artist statements, and the application process. Each session will include personalized feedback, practical tips, and strategies to help students create a professional and cohesive portfolio that highlights their unique artistic strengths. This class is ideal for aspiring art students who want to enhance their chances of gaining admission to top art programs.

 

Note - 
We recommend this course is for students who are deeply interested in art schools, and preparing work for various art college prep.  This is designed for Juniors and Seniors, but any high schooler is welcome to attend.  


Materials - 
We will provide materials with regard to college applications, tips, guides, and more, but we will rely on the students bringing in their art work so we can discuss it.  Students should be prepared to safely carry their art work into the class each week.  If you have additional questions, please email us.  


Course Day: Tuesdays

Course Dates: 11/26/2024, 12/03/2024, 12/10/2024, 12/17/2024
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location:  Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

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Sculpture Fundamentals: Understanding Form + Space

Sculpture Fundamentals: Understanding Form + Space is a course designed for teens who are passionate about exploring the three-dimensional aspects of art. Over three weeks, students will work on a single long-form project, allowing them to deeply engage with the principles of shape, form, and space. This course will cover essential techniques in sculpture, including modeling, carving, and assembling, using various materials such as clay, wood, and found objects. Students will learn how to conceptualize and develop their ideas into tangible forms, focusing on the relationship between objects and the space they occupy. Each session will include demonstrations, hands-on practice, and personalized feedback to help students refine their techniques and bring their creative visions to life. This class is perfect for young artists eager to delve into the world of sculpture and develop a deeper understanding of three-dimensional art.

Note - 

This class is three weeks long due to the holidays and therefore is less than our longer courses.  


Course Day: Wednesdays

Course Dates: 12/04/2024, 12/11/2024, 12/18/2024
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location:  KCAD, 17 Pearl St 

"Cultivate has been a game-changer for me. Before, art was just something I did on the side, but the classes and community here have helped me see it as something more—like a future. The teachers are so nice and know so much, and the workshops have helped my technique and think more about my work. It's so much more than just a place to make art, it's where I've found friends and my direction."

- Emily T., student in program


"As a parent, finding meaningful experiences for my teenager is always a priority, and Cultivate has exceeded all expectations. The skill-building classes have not only nurtured my child's artistic talent but have also instilled a sense of discipline, creativity, and community engagement that I've seen spill over into other aspects of their life.

 

I'm so thankful for the positive impact Cultivate has had, and we look forward to many more sessions."

-Sarah H., parent of a student in the teen program

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