Columbia College Chicago

Spring Into Summer Workshops

Our new Spring Into Summer Saturday Workshop series for tweens and teens offer students a deep dive into some of the most exciting and cutting edge fields in the arts world today. Taught exclusively by Columbia faculty and alumni, all of whom are currently active in their field of expertise, these workshops are perfect for students interested in learning more about these exciting art forms, as well as those who already have a passion and want to further develop thier skills.

   

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Manga Illustration

Ages: 9+
Dates:
April 7 - May 5
Day & Times: Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location:
1312 S. Michigan Ave., Room 102
Tuition: $250.00

This class is for tweens and teens that are slightly curious or obsessively interested with building up their drawing skills in the Japanese genre of comics called Manga. Young artists receive instruction on illustrating Manga figures (faces, hands, and bodies in action), and strengthen realistic-drawing techniques by honing their use of line, value, proportion, and perspective. In addition to practicing technical skills the students explore their creativity by completing colorful projects, which includes a graphic poster of original Manga characters and their own comic book.

All materials will be provided by us, but feel free to bring a favorite sketch book or your own colored pencils if you like.

Instructor Bio:
Charisse Antonopoulos-Flores is an artist, educator, and graphic designer, who has earned a MFA in Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a MA in Printmaking from The University of Alabama. As a part-time professor Charisse enjoyed teaching Art History, Typography, Printmaking, and Drawing to young adults. Now, she finds even more fulfillment teaching classes in Illustration, Mixed Media, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Bookmaking, Handwriting, Lettering, Kite-Making, and Puppetry to children and teens. Charisse loves inspiring young artists (but often she is the one inspired by them) to explore their creativity and to learn various methods of mark-making.

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Experimental Filmmaking

Ages: 8 - 15
Dates:
April 7 - May 5
Day & Times: Saturdays, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Building and room TBD
Tuition: $250.00

Sometimes the most compelling film stories aren’t even really stories at all. In this class, students will learn how to convey abstract ideas through original content, animation, and manipulation of found footage, all while developing foundational skills in filmmaking pre and post-production. Students will be active in every step of the process, gaining experience in writing, directing, filming, and editing both individually and collaboratively. By the end of term, every student will have projects showcasing their unique creative vision.

We will provide all the neccesary materials including cameras and editing software, but if you have your own that you would like to use you're more than welcome to bring your own gear.

You can view sample work from the summer session of Experimental Film here:

Instructor Bio:
Damon Griffin is a filmmaker and educator in Chicago. He graduated from Columbia’s MFA Cinema Art & Science program in 2016 and has since taught courses in film production at Chicago Filmmakers and in the Columbia College Community Outreach Program. His short films have screened at The Chicago Horror Film Festival, The Vasteras Film Festival (Sweden), and Videology (Brooklyn, NY), amongst other venues. He is currently teaching and in pre-production on a feature film. He recently discovered at a thrift store a $4.00 DVD of the 1958 B-Movie classic Screaming Skull and it is now his favorite horror movie.

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Gloving

Ages: 12+
Dates: April 7 - May 5
Day & Times: Saturdays, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location:
Building and room TBD

Fusing elements of hip-hop with LED lights, students will learn how to mesmerize their audience using fundamentals in popping, tutting, and “liquiding” while wearing specially equipped LED gloves. This class is still full body movement and will focus on control, individual and group coordination, and freestyling as students build up to a final performance at the end of the term. Hard to imagine what this looks like? We encourage you to check out this video from our vender or ask your neighborhood Summer Arts and Media Camper to show you their choreography from Session 2! 

All neccessary materials will be provided by Columbia College.

Instructor Bio:
Sarah Ekstrand is a Columbia alumni and currently active at its Dance Center, an administrator at BraveSoul Movement, and is a continual student of Chicago's street dance community. She has been teaching and performing for children for over 8 years. Most recently, Sarah taught ‘tutting’ at Summer Arts and Media Camp that culminated in an imaginative Harry Potter-themed LED glove and tap fusion final number. Sarah believes that art has the ability to mobilize the voices of the youth, and uses relevant pop culture references, such as movies and music, to connect with and empower her students. Her top priorities as a teacher are to create a fun and engaging classroom experience that helps students learn to connect with the art form, embrace their individuality and celebrate and support one another as a community. Students of all experience levels will find their step in Sarah’s classroom.

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