Youth Media Classes

Summer 2015: Animation Offerings

Animation For Kids

Animation For Kids

Ages 5 - 7
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
June 8 - 12
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

This cool camp will guide young artists through the step-by-step process of stop-motion animation. Participants will work with tablets, animation apps, and a variety of materials while being encouraged to let their young minds explore the imaginative possibilities of animation.

Legomation

Legomation

Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 8 - 12
Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 22 - 26
Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
July 6 - 10
Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
August 17 - 21
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Explore the wonderful world of Legomation! Using Legos and other snap together building bricks, campers will collaborate to design and build their own stop-motion movies.

Clay Animation

Clay Animation

Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 15 - 19
Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
August 10 - 14
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Learn how to design and create your own movie using the popular technique of claymation. Watch and discuss a variety of clay animations then use tablets, clay and computers to make short clay animations with a soundtrack.

Anime Workshop

Anime Workshop

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 29 - July 3
Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
July 20 - 24
Price: 
$340.00 Members, $365.00 Non-Members

Originating in Japan, Anime has become a popular animation genre worldwide. Learn about line, contour and figure drawing and create your own Anime characters using graphics tablets and animation software. Anime classics will be screened in camp for discussion, analysis and inspiration.

Digital Animation with Wacom Tablets

Digital Animation with Wacom Tablets

Ages 11- 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
August 17 - 21
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

This camp offers an introduction to digital illustration using a stylus and graphics tablet. Students will explore various animation methods including character animation and roto¬scoping, (an animation technique in which animators trace over live-action video).

Summer 2015: Photography Offerings

Foundations of Digital Photography

Foundations of Digital Photography

Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 8 - 12
Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 22 - 26
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

This camp emphasizing examples and exercises designed to develop the ability to see and create successful photographs. Use digital SLR cameras to learn about exposure, composition and capturing a subject then use the power of Photoshop software to sample digital imaging techniques. Bring your own camera or borrow one of ours.

Digital Photography

Digital Photography

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 15 - 19
Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
August 3 - 7
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Learn to harness the many functions of digital still cameras. Digital and film-based photography will be compared and in-camp projects will provide an opportunity to improve aesthetic and technical skills through guided practice and critical analysis. Bring your own camera to camp of borrow one of ours.

Photography @ PF

Photography @ PF

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
June 22 - 26
Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
July 6 - 10
Price: 
$425.00 Members, $450 Non-Members

Learn the essential techniques of film-based photography from exposure and composition to processing and printing in a darkroom. Students will explore local neighborhoods in search of excellent photographs as well as work with lights in a studio setting. Bring your own 35mm camera or use one of ours. All materials, including 35mm black-and-white film and photo paper are provided.

This camp is held at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213.

Exploring Photography

Exploring Photography

Ages 8 - 10
12:30PM - 3:30PM
June 29 - July 3
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

If you like taking photos with a camera, tablet or phone this camp is for you! Traditional and digital processes will be explored including, pinhole cameras, camera obscura, photograms, painting with light, Photoshop basics and more.

Foundations of Photography

Foundations of Photography

Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
July 13 - 17
Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
August 17 - 21
Price: 
$350 Members, $375 Non-Members

Learn the basics of black-and-white photography and working in a darkroom. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of composition, proper use of the camera, and processing and printing your own rolls of film. In-camp exercises will enable you to practice your skills and create successful photos. Cameras, film, and photo paper are provided.

Summer 2015 Filmmaking Offerings

Foundations of Filmmaking

Foundations of Filmmaking

Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 15 - 19
Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
August 10 - 14
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

This hands-on camp will introduce aspiring young filmmakers to the basics of visual language used in movies. Pre-production, cinematography and editing will be covered. Participant will learn how to work with digital video cameras and editing software to create short films based on in-camp screenings and demos.

Cryptozoology

Cryptozoology

Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tim Israel
July 6 - 10
Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tim Israel
August 3 - 7
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

UFOs, Big Foot and Ghosts are just a few of the subjects covered in this camp mixing strange phenomena with moviemaking. Historical and recent examples of famous hoaxes will be screened, analyzed and combined with media-making exercises leading to an origi¬nal “mockumentary” movie production.

After Effects Workshop

After Effects Workshop

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 6 - 10
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

Gain experience and knowledge with digital effects in Adobe’s powerful image compositing program. This camp will provide students with an introduction to After Effects. Learn to manipulate video, photographs, graphics, text, and other visual elements into an entirely new work. Keyframes, blending modes and chroma keying for green screen will be covered.

Digital Filmmaking Workshop

Digital Filmmaking Workshop

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
July 13 - 17
Price: 
$350 Members, $375 Non-Members

This camp offers a solid foundation in the key aesthetic and technical skills essential to creating quality digital films. Composition, cinematography, audio and editing are some of the concepts that will be covered. In-camp screenings and discussion of narrative, documentary and experimental films and videos will enable participants to gain command of the language of filmmaking. Using digital video cameras and editing software, students will collaborate on short projects designed to explore essential filmmaking techniques.

Synthesizers, Samples, and Soundtracks

Synthesizers, Samples, and Soundtracks

Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
July 27 - 31
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Make a banana sing? Turn a tree into a turntable? Learn how to make an instrument out of anything! Participants will explore the science of sound using magnetic circuitry and tablets to design and build their own unique musical instruments. Then learn how to record your instruments, make sound effects and remixes! Perfect for music, art and science fans.

Acting for the Camera

Acting for the Camera

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
July 27 - 31
Price: 
$350 Members, $375 Non-Members

We’ve been watching film and television actors all our lives—- but what makes for a successful screen performance? How does it differ from acting on the stage? This camp will utilize digital video to demonstrate and instruct acting-for-the-camera techniques. 
Students will perform on camera and critique their performances, enabling them to learn the basics of film and television acting.

Director's Workshop

Director's Workshop

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
July 27 - 31
Price: 
$350 Members, $375 Non-Members

Everyone wants to direct, but what does a director do? Find out by exploring concepts such as visualization, composition and shot choice. Screening and analysis of a variety of films ranging from the silent era to contemporary classics will enable participants to recognize the influence of the director. You’ll learn how to plan and direct scenes, and discover how a crew works together to fulfill the director’s vision.

Handmade Filmmaking @ PF

Handmade Filmmaking @ PF

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
August 3 - 7
Price: 
$375 Members, $400 Non-Members

Here’s a chance to explore creating movies with film. Working collaboratively, you will learn how to properly shoot and hand-process real celluloid. Then using a film to digital workflow, you will edit your footage using computers and editing software. Hand-painting, scratch films and other non-camera techniques will be also be explored in this unique filmmaking camp.

This camp is held at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213.

Summer 2015 Programming Offerings

Intro to Video Game Programming

Intro to Video Game Programming

Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
July 13 - 17
Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
August 3 - 7
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

This introduction to the creative world of video game programming and design is geared toward 8 - 10 year olds. Students will learn how to make their very own video games using Scratch - developed at the Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology - a programming language for creating interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. While learning how to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, youngsters will also learn how to design, program, and troubleshoot.

Recycled Robots

Recycled Robots

Ages 8 - 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
June 29 - July 3
Price: 
$240 Members, $265 Non-Members

Design, build, and program robots using CMU CREATELab’s Hummingbird kit and recycled materials. Students will learn how to creatively use Servos, sensors, and LEDs along with programming basics to make their robot creations come to life!

Maker Madness

Maker Madness

Ages 11 - 13
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
July 20 - 24
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Calling all tinkers, programmers and technology enthusiasts: advance your maker skills in this cool camp. You will create basic circuits, hone your woodworking skills, and program video games in Scratch. Then combine these skills to create you own video game controller out of recycled materials.

Web & Apps

Web & Apps

Students Entering Grades 9 - 12
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 22 - 26
Price: 
$340 Members, $365 Non-Members

Turn your idea into a website on any device. Through in-class lessons and self-directed projects, this camp will offer an introduction to programming covering HTML5, CSS, Javascript, code structuring and styling. Packaging for Android and iOS will also be covered.

Holiday & School Break Camps

Legomation (Ages 8 - 10)

Legomation (Ages 8 - 10)

Ages 8 - 10
1 week, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday-Friday, March 16 - 20
Price: 
$330 Members, $355 Non-Members

Explore the wonderful world of Legomation! Using Legos, apps and tablets, campers will collaborate to storyboard, design, and build their own stop-motion movies with soundtracks.

Winter 2015 Adult Offerings

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

8 Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mandy Kendall
January 20 - March 10
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$290 Members, $315 Non-Members

This introductory photography class will meet the needs of students who have their own digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera. The rising popularity of digital SLR cameras has created a revolution in the photography world. Using Adobe Photoshop software and working with RAW images on Apple computers, students will be in command of the many features of these advanced cameras while creating photographs ready for framing.

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

8 Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Kara Sambrick
January 21 - March 11
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$290 Members, $315 Non-Members

This introductory photography class will meet the needs of students who have their own digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera. The rising popularity of digital SLR cameras has created a revolution in the photography world. Using Adobe Photoshop software and working with RAW images on Apple computers, students will be in command of the many features of these advanced cameras while creating photographs ready for framing.

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

8 Thursdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Kelly Bogel
January 22 - March 12
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$290 Members, $315 Non-Members

This introductory photography class will meet the needs of students who have their own digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera. The rising popularity of digital SLR cameras has created a revolution in the photography world. Using Adobe Photoshop software and working with RAW images on Apple computers, students will be in command of the many features of these advanced cameras while creating photographs ready for framing.

Circuit Building 1

Circuit Building 1

6 Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Michael Johnsen
January 27 - March 10 (No Class February 17)
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$230 Members, $255 Non-Members

A simplified course in making audio circuits from scratch. Clear, honest and not super technical, this course covers the basics of soldering, construction and schematics as well as the idiosyncratic world of “circuit bending”. Cost includes materials.

Instructor -- Michael Johnsen 
MICHAEL JOHNSEN is a co-founder of the influential Orgone Cinema. He has been a consistent advocate for sincere and truly independent media culture since the late ’80s. He has shown films and performed locally and internationally in backyards and museums. His current work concerns the design of electronic audio devices for live performance. 

Winter 2015 Class Offerings

Clay Animation

Clay Animation

Ages 8 - 10
6 Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jayla Patton
January 24 - February 28
Price: 
$160 Members, $185 Non-Members

Learn how to design and create your own movie using the popular technique of claymation. Watch and discuss a variety of animations then use tablets, apps, and clay to create animated movies with a soundtrack.

Digital Animation with Wacom Tablets

Digital Animation with Wacom Tablets

Ages 11 - 13
6 Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
January 24 - February 28
Price: 
$160 Members, $185 Non-Members

This class offers an introduction to digital illustration using a stylus and graphics tablet. Students will explore various animation methods including character animation and rotoscoping, (an animation technique in which animators trace over live-action video).

Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Ages 11 - 13
6 Saturdays, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Zac McCreary
January 24 - February 28
Price: 
$200 Members, $225 Non-Members

Jump head first into programming with Minecraft! Learn the basics of creating your own texture pack and server side scripting for mods, and walk away with an understanding of terminal and a taste for Java.

Manga to Anime

Manga to Anime

High School
6 Saturdays, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Jayla Patton
January 24 - February 28
Price: 
$200 Members, $225 Non-Members

An artistic tradition based in Japan, print comics, known as Manga, have become a popular art form worldwide. Animated filmmaking derived from Manga is known as Anime. In this class you'll learn about line, contour and figure drawing to create your own Manga-inspired Anime, using graphics tablets and animation software.

Photography

Photography

High School
8 Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mandy Kendall
January 24 - March 14
Price: 
$150 Members, $175 Non-Members

Learn the essential techniques of film-based photography from exposure and composition to processing and printing in a darkroom. Through the lens of as 35mm camera explore the local neighborhoods in search of excellent photographs. Students may bring their own 35mm camera or use one of ours. All materials, including film and photo paper are provided.

 

We are pleased to be able to offer this class at a reduced cost because of the generous funding of the Photographic Section of the Academy of Science and Art of Pittsburgh.