Middle school students interested in the arts can learn from professional artists this summer at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County Middle School Art Academy. The Art Academy is open to students completing grades five through eight and will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 1. The deadline to register is June 10.
The workshop gives middle school students the chance to study under professional artists, dancers and musicians, culminating in a performance or gallery exhibition at the end of the week.
Participants may choose one of the following week-long classes.
• Photography with professional photographer Christina Beam. This class will cover photography basics such as composition, exposure and lighting, and then students will learn how to take creative portraits of friends, action shots, artistic nature photos and abstract pictures. Students will take photos on campus and on a photo field trip. Fee includes a print package of the student’s photo essay.
• Small Metals & Simple Metal Techniques with art teacher Cindy Zemanovic. Students will bring in small metal items and alter and re-purpose them to create items such as candle holders, wind chimes or jewelry. This is a cold connection workshop that explores using rivets to join metals; a technique that can be used to make projects with elevated areas, moving parts or multi-layered work without the use of a torch.
• Drawing and Painting with art teacher Megan Watson. Dive into the world of painting and drawing with a variety of projects, including observational drawing, abstract painting and design projects. Students will learn about famous artists and create their own art.
• Drawing, Illustration & Graphic Design with artist Kyle Martin. Learn to create original artwork in traditional drawing mediums combined with computer programs. Students will create several drawings, and then digitalize your best piece, experimenting with cutting-edge graphic design programs like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
• Create Jewelry to Express Your Style with art teacher Sarah Higley. Experiment with jewelry creation using a variety of art materials such as polymer clay, earthenware clay, beads, wire, fibers, recycled materials and more.
• Boo U Glee Returns with musical directors Katie James and Michael Etzwiler; a week of music and movement culminating with a live performance. Open to students who love to sing and dance and generally enjoy music. Class includes a showcase appearance at the Summerset Festival of the Arts the weekend of Aug. 2 and 3 on the UW-BSC campus.
• Exploring Songwriting with musician, producer and songwriter Mike Droho. Students will be intensively and collectively constructing songs to perform at the end of the week showcase and art reception. Droho will also touch broadly on the subjects of music history, song structure, recording, and the business of songwriting.
The fee for each class is $125, which includes materials. Register online at www.baraboo.uwc.edu under Continuing Education, or call 608-355-5220.