Lyme Pre-College Academy

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High school students with beginning to advanced level art training are welcome to enroll in a series of courses to further explore and expand their technical skills and abilities. All Pre-College courses and workshops aim to foster creativity, build artistic skill, and mentor personal vision in young artists. Lyme Pre-College Academy runs an intensive series of weeklong, daytime classes during summer months, as well as Saturday and evening classes and workshops that are flexibly scheduled to complement work and school schedules throughout the academic year. Lyme Pre-College Academy also offers free Portfolio Preparation workshops for high school seniors during the fall semester.

Summer 2018 Course Offerings

Registration for our Summer 2018 Pre-College Academy is open now.

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Drawing with Kimberly Monson

This foundation course focuses on observational drawing skills, teaching students how to accurately depict the subjects in front of them. Emphasis will be placed on tactics to measure, plot and interpret what they see.

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Concept Art with David Wenzel

This course will focus on the basic building blocks for concept design. Concept design is a key component of today’s entertainment market and is used in video game creation, animation, movies and the Internet. It can involve visualizing fantastic creatures, scenes, clothing, vehicles and a variety of other applications. There are some basic principles that contribute to concept art creation and this class will provide basic fundamental knowledge that will allow a student to further explore concept design on their own.

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Oil Painting with Michael Viera

This foundation course focuses on direct and indirect oil painting methods. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills to paint the subject in terms of form, color, light, tone and texture. The instructor will demonstrate techniques in layering paint and use of mediums.

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Sculpture with Kimberly Monson

This foundation course will explore three-dimensional concepts, skills and process. Students will work in clay and construct an armature and sculptural form from direct observation. Emphasis will be placed on learning anatomical, structural and proportional strategies necessary for building the sculpture.

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Illustration Essentials with Jon Sideriadis

Students will explore drawing and painting as a means of thought and communication. Aspects of art, storytelling and careers in illustration will be introduced alongside class projects. Student will develop skills in water-based media, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Projects include character illustration and album art. Upon completing the class, students will have learned how to produce a professional illustration from start to finish.

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Animation with Roland Becerra

Learn to animate using Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. Instruction will emphasize artistic creativity, timing, motion and combining sound and/or music. The course will also focus on the principles of storytelling and characterization with the goal of developing more advanced projects.

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Intermediate Illustration with Jon Sideriadis

Intermediate Illustration introduces students to projects that serve as the building blocks for their continued growth toward understanding the field of illustration. Traditional forms of media, like pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor and gouache will be presented with the goal of achieving professional quality outcomes. The class will also work with digital art media and photo-reference in conjunction with the digital lab to produce finished artwork. This exposure to advanced methods and materials will further enhance the quality of student work.

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Portfolio Preparation Workshop with Adam Nowakowski

Through a multimedia approach and portfolio prep component, this workshop is designed to prepare freshmen, sophomores and juniors in High School for their senior year of art making. This is both their first chance to receive in-depth feedback on what work they feel is ready for college applications and guidance on what to focus on in the future regarding methods and materials, portfolio organization and artistic collegiate goals.

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Spring 2018 Course Offerings

Registration for our Spring 2018 Pre-College Academy is open now.

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Classical Drawing with Kimberly Monson

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Summer Youth Academies

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University of New Haven Summer Youth Academies

The University of New Haven invites local youth to participate in innovative and individualized summer programs.

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Registration Policies

  • Withdrawals and Refunds
    All Courses

    To officially withdraw from a class, submit written notification to the Director of Community Engagement and Arts Programming by email or by fax. Refunds will be calculated according to the following schedule upon receipt of written notice:

    • Two weeks prior to class start: 100%.
    • One week prior to class start: 80%.
    • After the start of class: no refund.
  • Cancellations and Schedule Changes
    Non-Credit Courses

    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts reserves the right to cancel courses, to alter fees, scheduling or staffing of courses. If a program or course is cancelled, students will be informed at least one week before the class start date. Please allow six weeks to process all refunds. Students will receive full refunds in the event of course cancellation.