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    JumpstART PreCollege Art Program at Oregon State University

    JumpstART PreCollege Art Program at Oregon State University


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Performing & Visual Arts
    • Sub-Categories: Arts, Photography, Painting & Drawing
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: <$500
    • Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    JumpstART 2023 takes place from June 25- June 30 on Oregon State University’s beautiful Corvallis campus in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Students may opt to attend the program as a residential or non-residential student.

    JumpstART provides students (9th through 12th grade) with a week of accelerated art instruction including classes such as drawing, painting, digital animation, color theory, printmaking and photography. 


    JumpstART provides participants ages 14-18 with a week of accelerated instruction from teachers who are also professional artists, exhibiting their work worldwide.

    Two, three-hour courses and one visiting artist lecture will be offered daily. Each day, our morning session will be taught from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. There will be an hour break for lunch from 12 - 1 p.m., followed by an artist's talk at 1 p.m. Afternoon courses will be held from 2 - 5 p.m. The days will include instruction, discussion, video links, time to make art and time to ask questions and receive feedback. There will be an orientation on Sunday, June 25 from 5-6pm. Times listed are Pacific Standard Time.

    JumpstART Courses

    Students will select one core class and one focus class.


    Core Studio: Color Theory
    This course will focus on color theory and application through a variety of exploratory activities including scavenger hunts, personalized assignments, games, tutorials and reading/video discussions that introduce students to artists working with color and light. In this class you’ll have the opportunity to explore color through a variety of media including photography, painting, and found collage materials. 

    Core Studio, Drawing II (ages 16+)
    This course will engage various materials and techniques to investigate a wide range of 2D and 3D drawing processes. We will focus on the elements of line, shape, texture, and value and how those elements combine to create visual experiences and how each can be utilized to further the artist’s conceptual endeavors. The work created will consist of hybridized drawings both from observation and imagined scenarios. Pieces will be documented in photo and video formats. Students can expect the course to have ever widening parameters as the week progresses to allow for creative evolution and impulses. Students can expect to spend each class receiving online instruction, conducting individual studio practice, and sharing their work at the end of each session. 

    Core Studio, Drawing I (ages 14, 15)
    Students will learn observational and formal drawing techniques to create realistic drawings from personal objects. Each day students will begin the 3-hour session learning about and practicing a drawing concept, then spend the remainder of the lesson creating their own work from life using a variety of media that incorporates those skills. By the end of the week, students will share their portfolio with their peers in a concluding formal art critique. This beginning drawing course is for participants ages 14-15.


    Focus: Photography
    This introductory, digital photography course will delve into the basics of photography, while also encouraging students to explore their creative visions via photographic projects. During this class, students will learn about core photo techniques—including composition, exposure, color, lighting, etc.—and basic photo editing. Throughout the week, projects/prompts will be introduced to the students. Some of these project themes include portraiture, diptychs & triptychs, and directorial image-making. As projects are completed, the class will have group critiques to observe each other’s work and exchange feedback throughout the week. 

    Focus: Painting I Johnny Beaver, Instructor
    This course invites students to explore possibilities within pictorial space, integrating elements of physical locations, imagined realities, and abstract mark making. Instruction will focus on the preparation and technique of acrylic paint. Specific exercises will be offered for in-depth exploration of surfaces, color, light, perspective and composition. 

    Focus: Digital Animation, John Whitten, Instructor
    Learn how to create magic with the wonders of animation. Students in this course will be introduced to a variety of animation techniques including stop-motion claymation, 2D digital animation, cinemagraphs, rotoscope, and more. They will create their own animations as well as collaborate on animations with their classmates. 

    Students will gain fundamental understanding of the creative software and digital tools used to create professional animations such as Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Animate. All participants will leave JumpstArt with a reel of their animations easily shareable with family and friends!

    No prior animation experience required. 

    This course will utilize Adobe’s free one week trial, which works great on both MAC and PC. Unfortunately, Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps cannot run on Chromebooks. There are many wonderful animation apps available for tablets if you need alternatives to working on a desktop or laptop computer.

    About Oregon State University's SVPDA Academy:
    Housed in the College of Liberal Arts' School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts, SVPDA Academy extends the knowledge, resources, and expertise of the School of Arts and Communication beyond the traditional Oregon State University campus population through pre-college programs in the arts, ensembles, and professional development programs.