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2020 Summer Online Mini-Camp Schedule

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Happy Valley Art School proudly announces our unique summer online mini camps that combine art, crafts, literature, STEM, and Chinese culture. Respecting and stimulating the individual creativity of each student is at the heart of their teaching philosophy. Happy Valley Art School takes a student-centered approach, with the focus on design principles and the process of problem-solving, rather than on copying the subjects. Instructors consult individually with each student as they work independently and collaboratively. They help students to develop their own big ideas, collect references, brainstorm the relevant concepts, and explore how the concepts are conveyed through visual elements. This summer we will offer Online Mini-Camp for students to take at home. We offer the 6-hour mini-camp each week,  students will take a 2-hour class Monday, Wednesday, & Friday each week (total 6 hour class per week). Students will finish high-quality projects during the 6-hour mini online camp!
Students have morning and afternoon time options (choose either morning or afternoon)
10:00 am-12:00 pm (morning), or 1:00 – 3:00 pm (afternoon)

Happy Valley Art School的夏令营不仅仅局限于画画,而是结合了艺术,手工制作,创意写作,STEM和中国文化在不同的课程设计中。学校教育理念的核心在于尊重和激发学生的创新意识,采用了以学生为主的教学方式,帮助学生学习和理解艺术元素和设计原则,并着重培养学生解决问题的能力,而不是去简单的拷贝或者画得相似就好。在课堂中,老师会引导学生找到他们感兴趣的主题,学习如何收集和分析参考图片和资料,进行头脑风暴找到解决问题的各种方法,并且探索如何用视觉的元素来表达他们的概念。王颖骅(Sarah Wang)老师创建了Happy Valley Art School,王老师在美国获得艺术教育的博士学位,研究方向为创意艺术教学法研究以及设计思维在艺术教育中的应用。以下是Happy Valley Art School今年的夏令营项目,我们会针对年龄分班,提供适合学生程度、激发他们兴趣的教学。今年暑假,我们将提供一周6小时短期夏令营网课,学生将在周一、周三和周五每天上课2小时,一周一共3次2小时课,一共6个小时的短期夏令营,学生可以选择上午10点到12点的夏令营或者下午1点到3点的夏令营,学生将在6个小时的每周夏令营中完成高质量的作品。

Schedule

  Date Morning (10am-12pm) or Afternoon (1pm-3pm) Age
Week 1 6/1-6/5 Animal Drawing & Painting 5-8
Animal Color Pencil Realistic Drawing (Good for Portfolio Dev.) 9+
Week 2 6/8-6/12 Creative Writing & Stopmotion Animation 5-8
Manga & Comic Drawing 9+
Week 3 6/15-6/19 Creative Writing & Pop-Up Book Making 5-8
Illustration Drawing (Good for Portfolio Development) 9+
Week 4 6/22-6/26 Nature Science & Trading Card Design 5-8
Digital Painting (Good for Portfolio Development) 9+
Week 5 6/29-7/3 Still Life Drawing & Painting 6+
Realistic Still Life Drawing (Good for Portfolio Development) 10+
Week 6 7/6-7/10 No Camp
Week 7 7/13-7/17 Digital Painting & 2D Animation (Good for Portfolio Development) 8+
Week 8 7/20-7/24 Vehicle Drawing & Design 5-8
Advanced Vehicle Drawing & Design (Good for Portfolio Development) 9+
Week 9 7/27-7/31 Theatre Script Writing, Prop Making, & Acting 6+
Portrait Drawing & Painting (Good for Portfolio Development) 10+
Week 10 8/3-8/7 Figure Drawing & Fashion Design 6+
Advanced Figure Drawing (Good for Portfolio Development) 10+

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 2hr/class, 3 classes/week, 
Students will finish high-quality projects during the 6-hour mini online camp!
Time option (choose one)
10:00 am-12:00 pm (morning), or 1:00 – 3:00 pm (afternoon) 
Price: $120/week (6 hr/week mini online camp)
Multi-week Discount: 1st-week Full tuition; 2nd+ week $10 off
Sibling Discount: $5 off one child
Referring Discount: $15 off both the referrer and referee, Referring discount only applies if the referred person pay for the camp

*If you need to cancel the camp, please notify us 1 week ahead to get a full refund (5% process fee required). If you have attended one day before you cancel the camp, you can only get half a refund. If you have attended two days before you cancel the camp, no refund.

*You will receive our invoice from your email once you register online. You can pay the invoice through your email. Find your spam if you do not see our email.

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Drawing, Painting, Mix Media and Portfolio (素描,绘画,混合媒材等纯艺术夏令营)

This camp is designed to provide instruction in the fundamental approach, techniques, and concepts of drawing and painting. Students will investigate various ideas and considerations regarding art in both historical and contemporary terms. Campers will be divided by age and levels. Little students will focus more on observation and creative exploration. Larger students will be taught using still life, nature, and photo references as a means of investigating art elements and principles. Students will bring home a portfolio of all the works they created during the camp. High schoolers are welcomed to take the camp to prepare a portfolio for AP Studio Art and college application. Each week we have different focuses on the media and contents. It is recommended that students attend multiple weeks to master a variety of media, art concepts, and skills. 

学生将进一步学习探索各种画材来表达和进行创作!学生将按照年龄分班,小一点的孩子将更多地去探索各种不同的表现手法和艺术风格,并按主题进行创作。大一点的孩子将进行静物和人物的写生学习,高中的孩子可以利用这个夏令营来准备他们的AP和大学申请作品集!每周都会讲解不同的媒材和主题,我们建议学生可以注册多个星期来学习不同的媒材和绘画技法。

  

   

Creative Writing & Stopmotion Animation

Bring your characters and stories to life! Students will learn to write a story and convert the story to a script for an animated cartoon. They will then create drawings of characters as inspiration to build 3D model clay sculptures. Campers will learn the basics of animation production such as timeline and storyboarding. They will use stop motion apps as well as simple video editing apps to turn their story into REAL animation! Students will bring home the sculptures they made and also the link to their animation to share with families and friends. Students will also present and play their animation in front of parents in the end-of-week showcase. You can visit https://vimeo.com/album/4005337 for previous students’ claymation.

Our instructor Aimee has taught  Middle and High School level English classes in a private school setting for 2 years. She enjoys connecting younger aged students to their creative story writing while guiding them through punctuation and grammar usage. Aimee makes it fun to brush up on English writing skills and learn the brainstorming process for thoughtful and unique story creation.

  

Comic & Manga

Students will focus on the anatomy, proportions, and movement found in Manga and Comic Art. In addition to figure development, students learn about costume design, gesture, and facial expression. Students will explore visual storytelling techniques, including story development, page composition, perspective/camera angle, lighting, lettering, and color/texture techniques.  These skills are practiced through comic and graphic novel pages that will be displayed at the end of the week showcase!

  

Illustration Design

This course will introduce students to the process and techniques of creative writing and how that is interpreted in visual art. Composition, color theory, themes are just a few elements that will be learned and practiced in this camp. Character design will be thoroughly conceived through anatomy, clothing, hair, and facial/body expression design. Students will explore a range of drawing styles such as realism, abstract, technical, and graphic. Students will learn how to create more interesting and meaningful compositions by taking risks, editing, and peer/self-critiques. This camp will also be good for high school students who are developing portfolios for college applications, especially those who are interested in Illustration and Animation majors.

Digital Painting & 2D Animation

Students combine their basic art element skills with their love of technology in the exciting camp. Students will learn how to: Draw shapes and forms using digital software; Apply value, space, and texture; Develop patterns, repetition, and variety; Practice movement, rhythm, proportion, and more; Creative 2D animation and GIF motion picture. This class uses and builds upon their 2d visual art skills that involve problem-solving, courageous creativity, and time management. The software we may use are Adobe Photoshop, Wacom tablet, and Procreate. This camp will also be good for high school students who are developing portfolios for college applications, especially those who are interested in Illustration, Animation, and entertainment majors.

   

Nature Science and Trading Card

Students will learn about nature science facts, research on the facts, write about the facts, create an illustration for the facts, and finally put everything together to create trading cards. This camp will be interesting and informative, which requires students to construct knowledge about nature science and finally make nicely-illustrated products conveying their understanding of the knowledge. 

 

Theater Script Writing, Prop Making, and Acting

This camp strengthens language skills, teamwork, confidence, and public speaking through writing, building, and performing their very own theatrical production! Students collaborate during the story writing and stage design portion. All students will individually make their own props and learn about character development. Public speaking is practiced: how to properly enunciate and deliver lines to an audience. This camp has a performance at the end of the week! We will record the final performance through screen recording and share it with all parents, family, and friends!

Our instructor Aimee has taught  Middle and High School level English classes in a private school setting for 2 years. She enjoys connecting younger aged students to their creative story writing while guiding them through punctuation and grammar usage. Aimee makes it fun to brush up on English writing skills and learn the brainstorming process for thoughtful and unique story creation.

 

Creative Writing & Pop-Up Book Making

This course will introduce students to the process and techniques of creative writing and how that is interpreted in visual art. Composition, color theory, themes are just a few elements that will be learned and practiced in this camp. Character design will be thoroughly conceived through anatomy, clothing, hair, and facial/body expression design. Students will then turn their story into an illustrated pop-up book. Many different pop-up book mechanisms will be learned and practiced to best suit each page of the student’s book made in class.

Our instructor Aimee has taught  Middle and High School level English classes in a private school setting for 2 years. She enjoys connecting younger aged students to their creative story writing while guiding them through punctuation and grammar usage. Aimee makes it fun to brush up on English writing skills and learn the brainstorming process for thoughtful and unique story creation.

Click to watch a Pop-Up book video

Figure Drawing and Fashion Design

This class is perfect for those who love character design, learning new skills, or have an eye for style. Students will create character and story to guide the clothing choices made in class. Students will learn how professionals illustrate fashion concepts and will learn a variety of drawing techniques to draw their figure with fashion design.