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鶹ýӳ Art Preparatory believes that the arts are the bridge to imaginative and real worlds that can expand thinking across cultures, help students learn how to solve problems and further develop talent in our region. Art Prep provides community and continuing education programs of the highest quality to students of all ages and abilities and strives to enrich the culture of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions through engaging artistic experiences and outreach initiatives.

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2024 Summer Workshop

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Gigi Modaffari

July 15 - 18, 2024

Experimental Character Design
In-Person
(AGES 13-18)

In this four-day workshop, we will create characters and settings for your characters using either digital or analogue media, or both in combination. Figure drawing, basic color theory, visual research, and group feedback will guide students as they develop their unique creative style.

Illustrated books, comics, animation, design, and films are a few of the many places where characters can be found. In our workshop, we will talk about character style and formation, as well as how they can function in various story formats.

If you are a student interested in developing skills in character design and experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques, this workshop is for you! Students of all levels of experience are invited to participate!

Instructor: Charlie Thacker

Assistant Student Instructor: Anjel Robinson

Location:Steely Library (second floor) SL 240

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, July 15-18, 2024
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This workshop is for teens aged 13-18 years old. Space is limited to 15.

Course fee:

  • $149 Early Registration before June 30
  • $175 after June 30

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After School Art Tutor Program

Fall & Spring Semesters
14 weeks on Fridays from
4:00-5:00pm

Fine Arts Center FA 309

Semi-private art lessons are available to children (ages 8-17) by 鶹ýӳ Art Education and Art students. Lessons are based on the semester which includes 14, 1-hour sessions. Each semi-private lesson is offered once a week for the entire semester for a total of 14 classes in small groups up to 4 students per instructor.

The total cost for the semester is $300.

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2024 Summer Workshops

collage

SATURDAY
July 20, 2024

COLLAGE ART WORKSHOP
(ADULTS & AGES 16+)

Collage is the art of recycling. It takes the old and makes it new again through fragmenting, recontextualizing and combining imagery in new and interesting ways. This one-day live workshop will explore the many possibilities that collage can offer. Several techniques will be explored in this hands-on workshop including creating visually compelling imagery through the use of layering, using color effectively, how to create a strong composition and more. This workshop is open to both beginner and advanced artists. A material list will be provided before the course starts.

Instructor: Randel Plowman

Location: TBD

Schedule:Canceled Due to Low Enrollment
Please check back for Summer 2025 offerings.


Course fee:

  • $149 Early Registration before June 30
  • $175 after June 30A
  • Material list will be provided before the workshop begins.

This workshop is for adults ages 16 and up. Space is limited to 15 participants. Teachers can earn 8 Professional Development hours thorugh this workshop!

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collage

July 15-18, 2024

Art of the Risograph
In-Person
(Adults and Ages 16+)

What is a Risograph?

Risograph printing is a technique best described as ‘digital screen printing’. The process is much like screen printing, but with the convenience of an office copier. It’s known for its vivid colors and its specific textures. These machines deliver ‘perfect imperfections’ and provide a cheap and easy method for reproducing work at large quantities, like posters, prints and zines.

This four-day, in person, workshop focuses on the basic techniques for risograph printing. Emphasis is placed on printing multiple color layers and registration. Participants can use digital or hand drawn elements or a combination of both, to create a large edition one-page artist zine, where personal content will be explored. This workshop is open to both beginner and advanced artists.

Instructor: Randel Plowman

Assistant Student Instructor: Amanda Ketron

Location: TBD

Schedule:Canceled Due to Low Enrollment
Please check back for Summer 2025 offerings.

Workshop meets live on 鶹ýӳ’s campus Monday through Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST. This workshop is for adults ages 16 and up. Space is limited to 15 participants.
Teachers can earn 8 Professional Development hours!

Course fee:

  • $149 Early Registration before June 30
  • $175 after June 30
  • All materials will be provided

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collage

Gigi Modaffari

July 15 - 18, 2024

Experimental Character Design
In-Person
(AGES 13-18)

In this four-day workshop, we will create characters and settings for your characters using either digital or analogue media, or both in combination. Figure drawing, basic color theory, visual research, and group feedback will guide students as they develop their unique creative style.

Illustrated books, comics, animation, design, and films are a few of the many places where characters can be found. In our workshop, we will talk about character style and formation, as well as how they can function in various story formats.

If you are a student interested in developing skills in character design and experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques, this workshop is for you! Students of all levels of experience are invited to participate!

Instructor: Charlie Thacker

Assistant Student Instructor: Anjel Robinson

Location: TBD

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, July 15-18, 2024
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This workshop is for teens aged 13-18 years old. Space is limited to 15.

Course fee:

  • $149 Early Registration before June 30
  • $175 after June 30

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colorful collage

July 13 & July 20, 2024

Art of the Book
In-Person
(Adults and Ages 16+)

The art of bookmaking is a creative mixture of traditional and non-traditional techniques, materials, and exploration. This introductory two-day workshop explores a variety of creative book structures – hard cover accordion book, single-section pamphlet stitch, Japanese stab binding, and more. Participants will leave with a variety of hand-made books and the templates for each as a jumping off point for future projects.

This workshop is designed for beginners and those interested in refreshing their basic skills of hand-crafting books. A list of material will be provided before the class starts.

Instructor: Paige Wideman

Location: TBD

Schedule:Canceled Due to Low Enrollment
Please check back for Summer 2025 offerings.


This workshop is for adults ages 16 and up. Space is limited to 10 participants. Teachers can earn 8 Professional Development hours!

Course fee:

  • $149 Early Registration before June 30
  • $175 after June 30
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collage

July 1, July 2,
& July 9, 2024

Wheel Thrown Planters: Crafting Botanical Beauty
In-Person
(Adults and Ages 16+)

Join us for an immersive pottery workshop focused on crafting stunning planters using the pottery wheel! In this hands-on session, you’ll delve into the fundamentals of wheel throwing while creating functional and stylish planters for your greenery.

Throughout the workshop, our skilled instructor will lead you through each stage of the pottery-making process, from centering and shaping clay to adding unique textures and finishing touches. You’ll learn essential techniques to create vessels that not only house plants but also serve as beautiful pieces of art.

No prior pottery experience is required; this workshop is open to beginners and enthusiasts alike. Come unleash your creativity, get your hands dirty, and leave with one-of-a-kind planters that will add a touch of elegance to any botanical display. Join us for an inspiring journey of clay and growth!

Instructor: Ben Huber

Location: 鶹ýӳ Ceramics and Sculpture Building

Schedule:Canceled Due to Low Enrollment
Please check back for Summer 2025 offerings.

This workshop is for adults ages 16 and up. Space is limited to 15 participants.
Teachers can earn 8 Professional Development hours!

Course fee:

  • $149 Early Registration before June 30
  • $175 after June 30
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surreal landscape with strange architecture

July 22 & July 24, 2024

Surreal Figuration
In-Person

(Ages 13-18)

In this two-day workshop, we will practice creating artwork that contains visual distortions often seen in the traditions of surrealism and neo-surrealism. Students can work with either analogue or digital media. Basic drawing and sketching, visual research, and group feedback will guide students as they develop their unique creative styles.

Surreal art allows us to see visual expressions of metaphors, symbols, allegories, dreams, and so much more. In this workshop, we will borrow ideas from historical and contemporary surrealists and practice drawing distorted images.

If you are a student interested in exploring imaginative drawing, painting, or digital art techniques, this workshop is for you! Students of all levels of experience are invited to participate!

Instructor: Charlie Thacker

Assistant Student Instructor: Dylan Curfiss

Location: TBD

Schedule: Canceled Due to Low Enrollment
Please check back for Summer 2025 offerings.

This workshop is for teens aged 13-18 years old. Space is limited to 15.

Course fee:

  • $149 Early Registration before June 30
  • $175 after June 30
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sound waves

July 20 & July 23, 2024

Soundscapes
In-Person

(Ages Teens 16+ and Adults)

This session introduces students to the world of sound awareness and amateur audio production. They’ll record sound then manipulate their recordings with Audacity, a free audio software available for Mac and Windows. With basic editing skills students will alter, layer, and recombine sounds to make audio environments, textures, and narratives. Students can also construct soundtracks, walking tours, and audio stories. Those interested in mindfulness and sensory awareness can use this session to create ethereal audio environments and sound textures for relaxation, meditation, improved sleep. Students considering work in audio production will learn the basics of foley, voice recording, and editing.

Instructor:James McKenna

Location: TBD

Schedule: Canceled Due to Low Enrollment
Please check back for Summer 2025 offerings.

Course fee:

  • $149 Early Registration before June 30
  • $175 after June 30

A list of all materials will be provided before the workshop. Start listening now for interesting sounds, or gathering ideas for an audio narrative.

This workshop is for adults ages 16 and up. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Teachers can earn 8 Professional Development hours through this workshop!

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hand dyeing fabric

July 20 & July 23, 2024

Dyeing for Art
In-Person

(Ages Teens 16+ and Adults)

This session introduces students to dyeing with two natural dyes—black walnut hulls and locust wood—and to unusual methods of manipulating dyed fabric. Emphasis is on artistic use of dyes with a variety of fabrics. Using their dyed fabric—wet and dry—students will learn and invent techniques for manipulating fabric and creating patterns and textures. Pattern and texture techniques include resist dyeing, drying fabric unevenly, rust printing, punching, and various kinds of cutting and abrasion. Manipulation techniques include tearing, weaving, crushing, knotting, and fraying. Students will stitch with rope, steel wire, vines, and other unusual sewing materials.
Note: This session is not for dyeing garments. Dyeing methods used will produce uneven colors that are not colorfast.

Instructor:James McKenna

Location: Ceramics & Sculpture

Schedule:Canceled Due to Low Enrollment
Please check back for Summer 2025 offerings.

Course fee:

  • $149 Early Registration before June 30
  • $175 after June 30

A list of all materials will be provided before the workshop. Start listening now for interesting sounds, or gathering ideas for an audio narrative.

This workshop is for adults ages 16 and up. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Teachers can earn 8 Professional Development hours through this workshop!

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Instructors

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Questions?

If you have questions about any of the workshops please contact Randel Plowman at plowmane@nku.edu.

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