Summer Studios are intensive experiences in creative practice. Work with faculty in online courses to create portfolio-quality work, earn credit, and develop your artistic voice. Programs for middle school ages will also help to learn to develop and realize their ideas, making unique works in a variety of media.
Courses have varied schedules and technological requirements. Please see individual course descriptions on our website for details. Financial assistance is available for all programs and the application is included in the course registration form.
Session 1: June 8–19, 2020 ART + DESIGN
Color Applied: Painting + Printmaking
Comics, Zines + Artist Books
Schedule: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. online
Explore an introduction to typography, combine traditional hands-on processes with professional digital skills, and create your own books and graphic narratives! Students read and discuss contemporary comics and zines, develop their own narrative and graphic forms, and complete a final collaborative book project in this two-week course.
Digital Art + Fabrication
Schedule: 1:00–4:00 p.m. online
In this hybrid art and technology lab, students explore the fast-growing fields of digital art and fabrication as they bring their ideas to life from sketchbook to final product. Using software and resources available to the public, students create individualized works across media as they consider the role of technology in contemporary art and design practices. Activities introduce techniques such as vector graphic design and 3D modeling for the purposes of art and functional design.
DANCE - Summer Dance Institute featuring Alexandra Beller’s ChoreoLab
Schedule: 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. with online Welcome Session on Sunday, June 7
The 2020 Summer Dance Institute offers two weeks of conditioning, composition, and pre-college/pre-professional seminars specially designed for online learning. Students work with New York City-based choreographer and dancer Alexandra Beller, somatic practitioner Anna Vira Sullivan, and School of Dance faculty to build the skills for a successful career in the arts. The Summer Dance Institute is open to pre-professional and professional dancers aged 15 and older.
FILM - Summer Film Lab
Schedule: 1:00–4:00 p.m. in class online (additional hours needed for coursework outside of class time)
Students with an interest in storytelling have the opportunity to create short video works from initial screenwriting to shooting and editing a final piece in this two-week course. With an introduction to professional tools and software, and instruction using accessible resources, students gain insights into the world of professional film while thinking creatively within their limitations—a must for professional filmmakers! The course begins with narrative development and scriptwriting and teaches students to find the best shot and edit their work in compelling and innovative ways, while building in time for extensive peer and instructor feedback. Shooting and editing are time-intensive processes, so students will have the best experience if they consider the course a full-time commitment for the two weeks of the session. The experience culminates in a final screening online.
Requirements: In addition to regular Internet access, all students will need access to a camera with video capability (smartphone cameras will work) and a computer with the following minimum specifications for video editing: 4GB RAM, 256GB storage (PC or Mac), as well as a copy of DaVinci Resolve software (free download for PC and Mac systems). A tripod for the camera is recommended.
MUSICAL THEATER - Virtual Musical Theater: The Show Must Go On-Line! Schedule: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Join OHIO Head of Musical Theater Alan Patrick Kenny and dance instructor Angelica Bell online to build your musical theater performance skills virtually. The Musical Theater Summer Studio focuses on combining the skills of singing, dancing, and acting to perform two full group numbers from the contemporary musical theater and pop music repertoires, to be performed and filmed with our virtual ensemble.
Students participate in synchronous dance instruction by beginning the day with a one-hour jazz-based technique class. This class includes a cardio and strength-based warm-up followed by technique practice and choreography review. Then, students come together for synchronous vocal rehearsals to learn and master our two group songs, working on harmony, technique and style, as well as acting techniques to develop characterization and song interpretation.
Later in the day, students will access asynchronous choreography and singing/acting video assignments to learn and review new choreography, singing and performance techniques for two pieces. Students will submit video demonstrating their progress and receive individualized feedback by the instructors.
For an additional fee, students can also choose to enroll for three private 30-minute vocal coaching sessions to work on solo repertoire with our experienced voice faculty including Melissa Brobeck, an experienced vocal performer and OHIO’s resident artist coach in musical theater, and Andrew Ryker, a musical theater performer and Director of Opera for the School of Music.
THEATER: Tantrum Presents: The GenZ Project Online
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 12:30–4:30 p.m. online
Tantrum Theater presents The GenZ Project, developed by the creators of The girl Project. This two-week course is a grassroots art-meets-activism program where participants are empowered to tell their own stories through spoken word, theater-based movement, and writing techniques. It culminates in an original online theatrical performance that reshapes the representation of young people in American media culture.
Each day begins with yoga or guided meditation sessions, followed by student-led discussions on experiences of social distancing, media and screen intake, multi-media culture, etc. Students also learn about documentary theater and participate in movement-generating exercises and guided writing time. The second week is spent in preparation for the final performance, with group and individual rehearsals throughout the afternoon.
Session 2: June 15–19, 2020
MUSIC - OHIO Summer Music Academy: Intensives in Band, Piano, Singing and Opera, and String
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. online (includes practice time and individual lessons), possibility for private lessons to be scheduled in afternoon. Students are also invited to enjoy a live-stream concert on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.
This program provides high school musicians and vocalists with the opportunity to study under the guidance of our distinguished artist faculty. Over the course of the week, students participate in two thirty-minute private online lessons with faculty, join a virtual master class/group lesson with other student musicians, engage in daily seminars on a variety of relevant topics for young musicians, and perform in the digital OHIO Summer Music Academy Concert.
Each intensive group meets at 9:00 a.m. for an online seminar related to their field of study. Individual and group lessons will be scheduled throughout the week between 9:30–11 a.m. (with the possibility of scheduling in the afternoon should the need arise), with full group seminars occurring daily at 11 a.m.
Special Programming: On Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m., Ohio University Artist-Teacher of Piano Emely Phelps is delighted to offer a live performance of Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations. One of the most revered keyboard compositions of all time, the piece—an uninterrupted 80-minute elaboration of the famous opening Aria—serves as a reminder of the human capacity to strive for something far greater than one's self, and offers a spirited testament to life itself.
Session 3: July 6–17, 2020 - ART + DESIGN
Digital Photography: Personal and Public
Schedule: 1:00–3:00 p.m. online (plus 1 hour each day for coursework outside of class time)
Photos are powerful. They are a language all their own and continue to evolve. This two-week course invites students to explore the possibilities of the digital image. Through online introductions, assignments, and guidance (both synchronous and asynchronous) students take photos focused on creative expression, technique, and relevancy. Discussions and assignments center around the impact of the image online, photography and pop culture, and the significance of contemporary photographic art. This class addresses cultural, social, and ethical issues involving digital photos and the influence an image can have. Students learn how to read an image and articulate conceptual and formal qualities of photographs.
Projects cover a variety of photo related topics, for example, how the history of photography relates to selfie culture and social media, why this scientific invention relies heavily on art and design principals, and how all images (personal and public) belong to an archive in time. Each assignment tasks students with creating their own photos and sharing images as a group on an online peer critique platform. The schedule is structured to include 1-2 hours per day of contact time. Depending on the day this will be a mix of assignment introductions, photo history and contemporary artists, class discussion, critique, and live office hours for real time personal assistance. The class will culminate with an online display of student work and a selection of fine art quality prints sent via mail.
Requirements: No previous art or photography classes are required. Students may use any digital camera – from cell phones to point and shoot to DSLR cameras. Internet access is required. Students must have either a smart phone or a computer/laptop/tablet, but computer or tablet access is ideal for class critique and viewing of images.
Graphic Design Intensive
Schedule: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. online (plus 1 hour each day for coursework outside of class time)
Graphic Design Intensive introduces students to the exciting field of graphic design by way of creative projects and real-world applications. Led by faculty who are also practicing designers, students explore branding, typography, design for web, and digital image manipulation. Design process, user experience, and creative thinking will be introduced and expanded upon.
Requirements: No previous design experience is required, but students must have access to a computer and design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator or alternatives such as GIMP and Inkscape (available as free downloads). Students must also have a smartphone with camera or scanner/camera to submit their images online.
Summer Arts for Youth Program Information 2020
Due to the closure of all in-person instruction at Ohio University for summer 2020, all summer programs for youth and teens have been reconfigured for online instruction. Any student registering for a course will need access to an Internet-enabled device capable of streaming video.
Explore and create with summer camps in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University! Elementary and middle school students will learn alongside practicing artists to develop and realize their ideas, making unique works in a variety of media. Whatever your child’s schedule or interest, we’ve got options! Check out our part-time programs for one to two weeks or our free drop-in sessions below.
Note: Courses have varied schedules and technological requirements. Please see individual course descriptions for details. Financial assistance is available for all programs and the application is included in the course registration form.
Part-time Programs: One to Two Weeks
THEATER - Tantrum Kids Drama Class Online (ages 10–13)
ART + DESIGN - Drawing for Comics + Animation (ages 10–13)
Audio + Video Storytelling (ages 10–13)
MUSIC Athens Community Music School: Summer Music Week (ages 10–13)
MUSIC - Athens Community Music School: Summer Music Online Classes (ages 6–9)
ART + DESIGN
Multimedia Studio (ages 10-13)