After School & Saturday Programs
Sept. 18-Dec. 19, 2012
- Mondays & Saturdays – 12 wks.
- Tuesdays – 14 wks.
- Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays – 13 wks.
January 7-March 9, 2013
- Mondays – 8 wks.
- Tuesdays through Saturdays – 9 wks.
April 8-June 22, 2013
- Mondays & Saturdays – 10 wks.
- Tuesdays through Fridays – 11 wks.
Applicable HST (13%) will be added to all classes.
Students who register in the fall for a minimum of one class in each of the fall, winter & spring terms will be entitled to a 5% discount off one winter & one spring class. Family discounts are also available. Get the details.
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Digital Photography (Gr. 8-12)
In this course, students will learn to confidently use their digital cameras to capture artistic and compelling images. Students will be introduced to basic photographic techniques such as framing, aperture and shutter control, while strengthening their artistic voices through a combination of in-class slide lectures, practical demonstrations, occasional field trips and weekly assignments. Students will also learn to experiment with their images using photo based mixed media techniques such as acrylic transfer and collage. All levels of experience are welcome.
Please note: Students are required to provide their own digital camera for use during the course. Although a DSLR is preferred, a point-and-shoot camera capable of manual control will suffice. Regular access to a computer and the use of a USB key is necessary for image transfer and selection.
Thursday 4:30-6:00 pm
Fairytale Films (Gr. 2-5)
Create a fairytale and make it into a blockbuster film, starring yourself and a bunch of puppet friends! Students will be taught how to develop a story, make puppet characters, backgrounds and props, using various mixed media materials and then animate, photograph and film themselves and their characters. At the end of each term, students will edit still-photos taken throughout the process to create a finished DVD presentation of their story.
Please note: Students do not need to bring a camera, video camera or laptop to use in class.
Wednesday 4:30-6:00 pm
Introduction to Filmmaking
From dreaming up a story to screening a finished film for an audience, there are many steps that can feel daunting for the first-time filmmaker. In this class we will produce two to three different short films each term. Filmmaking is a collaborative exercise, and students will work in groups, getting a chance to try out the primary roles needed to create a film. The roles include Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Production Designer and Editor. Students will rotate through these roles providing each student with an opportunity to direct and support each other by participating in the storytelling process. Each group will brainstorm and write their own creative and artistic film and work through the creation process, helping to constructively analyze and celebrate the finished results. Some of the topics of study will include: storytelling for the screen, character, genres, directing for film, acting for film, film production, editing and screening. Each term will end in the Avenue Road Arts School Film Festival for family and friends to attend.
Please note: Students do not need to bring a video camera or laptop to use in class but are welcome to do so if they wish. Editing programs used will be iMovie and/or Final Cut Pro.
Tuesday 4:30-6:00 pm (Gr. 4-8)
This course is not being offered for the Spring 2013 term.
Video Art Masterpieces
Students will join in the creation of a film, deriving from famous works of art. Each term, the class will be given a choice of paintings with open-ended themes to work from, as in Rousseau's The Dream or Hockney's A Bigger Splash. The class will analyze the painting, looking at its historical roots and the environment that it was painted in. Working in small groups, students will develop a storyline and storyboard based on one of the paintings. Groups will create life size figures, costumes, props and sets, using materials like corrugated cardboard, fabrics, chicken wire, paper, recycled objects and paints. Groups will act out and film their stories utilizing both traditional and stop-motion film techniques, using provided cameras. Students may also have an opportunity to create their own movie soundtrack.
Please note: Students do not need to bring a video camera or laptop to use in class.
This class is not being offered for Spring 2013.