Comic Book & Graphic Novel (Grades 2-12): Comic storytelling combines both writing and drawing to tell tales that span every genre. Create your very own comic that tells a unique, interesting and personal story. Learn techniques of professional cartoonists from narrative development to layout, penciling, inking, coloring, and lettering a final product. Communicate effectively through words and art. Lead instructor: Justin Rueff
Digital Photography (Grades 6-12): Photography is a wonderful way to discover the world around us. Beginning students learn the basic controls on digital cameras and tips to enhance pictures using different functions such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed. They discuss composition, lighting and perspective and learn how to best capture an image regardless of the lighting or weather conditions. In addition to improving camera skills, students learn how to save, edit and print their photographs. Lead Instructor: Ellen Regal
Drawing and Sketching (All Grades, 2-12): Using pencil and ink, charcoal and markers, students will create portraits of animals, people, plants and other subjects. Techniques for shading, contouring and perspective will be introduced and step-by-step instruction on how to draw will be given. Students will create a final piece of art to share with family and friends. Lead Instructor: Alice Hill
Movie Making (Grades 6-8): Creative storytelling for film. Find ways to express yourself in a format that connects and communicates. Explore how to create a story, recognize the power of imagery, and create collaboratively through discussion to introduce positive feedback and artistic development. Make a story using imagery and craft a video using a non-linear editing program. Learn tips of the trade from industry professionals at Iris Oregon.
Nature Photography (Grades 6-12): Learn about photography through exploring your surroundings. This course is an introduction to nature photography using digital cameras or smartphones. Master the basic controls on your camera while learning about composition, perspective and light as you get up close with local flora. Find the beauty in the everyday and create unique images. Collaborate with classmates to choose the best photos to share and present in a final slideshow. Lead Instructor: Ellen Regal
Scientific & Medical Illustration (Grades 9 - 12): New! Learn traditional medical, biological and/or botanical illustration techniques using graphite and pen/ink, including stippling, crosshatching, and line drawings. Through these techniques you'll explore the world through a different lens as you learn how to bring the smallest and even hidden details to the surface in your drawings. Then discover how these skills can benefit you as a creative career in many forms of illustration that interest you. Lead Instructor: Alice Hill
STEAM Comics (Grades 6-8): NEW! Graphics that solve problems. Pick a problem, sketch different approaches to solutions and explore possible storylines. Learn to thumbnail, draw and ink your problem-solving comic. We'll examine different approaches to answering questions, like design thinking, biomimicry, the scientific method, Goethean observation and traditional ecological knowledge. What kinds of problems can you solve? Draw inspiration from Rube Goldberg's "invention for when you slip on a scatter rug." Lead Instructor: Rachael Pecore-Valdez