Academy for the Arts - Course Descriptions

Music Preparatory Department

Piano Camp.   This piano camp is a great experience for students who are not yet taking piano lessons as well as beginning piano students. Piano Camp includes musical games, beginning piano pieces, music theory, staff and rhythmic notation and ear training. Classes are 90 minutes long, and each child plays from a beginning piano book on keyboards and pianos.

Song Writing Camp. Designed for Guitar, Piano, and Voice students with multiple semesters of experience with their instrument. Students would learn the basics of song writing, the parts of a song, rhyme scheme, and use of literary devices to write lyrics to go with chord progressions they create.  Students would be expected to be able to write down and share thoughts and ideas, as well as collaborate with the group on individual and group works.

Let’s Explore Music Camp. Has your child expressed an interest in music? Would they like to learn how to play instrument but you aren’t sure they will like it? This camp is a chance to explore different instruments and beginning music theory!  During this fun-filled one week camp, your child will learn basic rhythms, dynamics, note learning, and music terminology, along with music games!  In addition to getting some basic music knowledge, your child will get the opportunity to choose an instrument for the week to sample. They will have their choice of piano, guitar, or violin! No experience needed, and instruments are provided for this camp. We will accept students with 0-1 year experience on piano, guitar, or violin.

Theatre Preparatory Department

Bringing Aesop's Fables to Life. Students will take characters from classic tales and bring them to life. Through movement, puppetry, and creative expression, the student will develop characters and the necessary skills to take any story from page to stage. All of this will come together in a performance at the end of the camp.

Acting and Improv Techniques.   By learning about characters, story structure, and communication skills, students will adapt a short story into a performance piece. Students will use acting and improv techniques in the performance at the end of the camp.

On Broadway!.    GLEE has nothing on us! Join us for a Musical Theatre Experience this summer for junior high/high school students as we put together a performance of musical theatre favorites! Dancing, singing, acting, professional audition and performing tips, and resume instruction will prepare both a veteran or an aspiring actor to pursue any performance opportunity with an attitude of confidence. The week-long camp will culminate in a performance for parents and friends.

Rising Stars!     Join us for a Musical Theatre Experience this summer! Grades Kindergarten - 6th grades will put together a musical revue from popular musicals, complete with choreography and singing! Solos, group singing, and small skits will culminate in a performance for parents and friends. Learn about auditioning, good performance etiquette, and working with a director and other actors while performing will also be addressed. Whether you have been in 50 shows or are an aspiring performer, you’ll learn something new!


Visual Art Preparatory Department

Digital Art Making Private Lessons:  Private Lessons in Digital Art Making include learning skillsets in Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe Premiere and Encore CS5 and Adobe Flash CS5. Individual lessons are tailored to students knowledge base from beginner to advanced. Click the following link to see what is being offered this summer.

Introduction to Digital Photography for Adults:  Ever wanted to learn more about the world of digital photography? In this course, students will learn basic digital camera techniques, terminology and working within Adobe Photoshop. This course will provide the student with hands on exercises in 2-Dimensional Fundamentals as well as an extensive range of practical photographic applications needed for the creative workplace and/or for individual artistic endeavors.

Intro to Videography Camp:  This week long camp introduces the student to shooting and collecting video as well as various pieces of video editing software. Students recieve hands on training in gathering footage and editing finalized videos. Software includes Adobe Premiere CS5 and Windows Movie Maker.

Digital Animation Camp:  This week long camp is designed to introduce the student to various pieces of computer animation software and animation techniques. Software includes Adobe Flash CS5, Adobe After Effects CS5, Pencil, Blender, Art of Illusion, and K-3D.

Scribble! Kinder Art Class.   Inspire your child’s imagination and creativity through the exploration of many art mediums.  In this class toddlers will develop fine and gross motor skills while creating drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures.  This class will focus on developing skills, increasing confidence, and creative potential while having fun and making a mess!

Look and See!  Foundations of Drawing.   Explore the shapes, forms, and lines found in the fundamental structure of drawing.  In this course we will complete drawing exercises to train the brain.  We will also create finished drawings using animals, people, and places as a subject matter.  We will also explore shading to create realistic shadows, highlights, and textures.

Add Water! Watercolor Painting Class.   Bring out the wild side by exploring animals and learning the fundamentals of watercolor painting techniques.  In this class you will learn color mixing, paint application, texture, and 3 dimensions with watercolors. Create brilliant and beautiful animals while learning important techniques in watercolors and application of art elements.

Art Modge Podge Camp.   Discover and create art using many different materials and methods.  Students will learn about contemporary art, interesting processes, and unconventional materials in the creation of art.  In this class we will also explore these processes through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography.  Students will leave the camp with knowledge in art making processes, methods utilized by contemporary artists, and many creative works of art.

Mommy/Daddy and Me Art Class.   Collaborate with your child in the creation of art through the exploration of various art mediums such as painting, printmaking, drawing, and found materials. Parents and children will work together to create masterpieces and build meaningful relationships through the creation of art together.  Art created in this class will be great additions to the walls of your home where you and your child will be able to enjoy and cherish the memories of your creations.  


FSUNow Stories

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts recognized students for their scholarship at the Academic Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring 2014 semester.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

A total of 1,044 students have been named to the Dean’s List at Fairmont State University after completing the spring 2014 semester.

Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has released the Dean’s List and the President’s List to recognize high-achieving students for their academic distinction. Full-time students who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average for the fall 2013 semester are named to the Dean’s List. Full-time students achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average are named to the President’s List.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

When you attend the Fairmont State University Town & Gown Summer Theatre production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” you will notice a lot of related names in the program. Multiple members of several local families take the stage together for this musical.

Tickets for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” are $10 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (304) 367-4240. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m.  June 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21 and at 2 p.m. June 15 at Wallman Hall Theatre on the FSU main campus.

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