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Create your own summer art experience! Week-long, half day intensives give high school students the option to mix-and-match programs that suit their interest and schedule. For middle schoolers, join us for week-long intensives in character design and fine art. Weekly classes are also available for students ages 5-18.

Summer Art & Design classes and intensives at Rutgers Community Arts take place in the art studios and computer labs of Mason Gross School of the Arts. Join the vibrant artistic community at Rutgers University-New Brunswick!

Financial aid opportunities are available! If you would like more information on financial aid, please contact our office, or read more HERE.

High School Art & Design Intensives

Customize your art & design experience this July! Students may register for any of eight week-long, half-day intensives. This program is commuter only. Students enrolled in both morning and afternoon sessions are required bring their own lunch.

Open to students ages 14-18.

Graphic Design – Web

Sharpen design skills this summer and learn the fundamentals of web design. This course introduces HTML and CSS, the basic tools for creating websites. Emphasis is on building awareness of sequence and hierarchy, the Web, and on making software that serves the designer’s vision. A series of short exercises lead up to creating a collaborative online publication.

Graphic Design – Print

A focus on the core principles of print design and an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and InDesign to produce work suitable for a college admissions portfolio. This class will involve hands-on exercises to acquire strong foundational skills and will consist of tutorials, demonstrations and both in-class and homework exercises. The final outcome of students’ work will consist of a printed publication. Beginner-through-advanced levels of technical proficiency are welcome.

Drawing

Hands-on studio art course for dedicated high school students with some experience in the visual arts. This course is designed for students who wish to develop their awareness and abilities in drawing, as well as for those considering applying to art school in the future. Focus is on observational and realistic drawing. Students will learn various drawing and shading techniques, with some opportunities to explore personal imagination and artistic experimentation. Participants will receive feedback on their artwork from a professional working artist. Contemporary art and art history will be discussed. Materials are provided.

2D Animation

This program is designed for students at any level of video-making experience who are interested in creating digital moving images. Students will learn narrative development, character design, story-boarding, stop-motion, and editing. Prior drawing experience is required.

  • July 11-15, 2022 Class is Full! Waitlist available.
  • July 18-22, 2022 JUST ADDED! 
  • 1:30-5 p.m.
  • $350
  • Register Here!

Painting

Hands-on studio art course for dedicated high school students with some experience in the visual arts. This course is designed for students who wish to develop their awareness and abilities in painting, as well as for those considering applying to art school in the future. Focus is on observational painting, with some opportunities to explore personal imagination and artistic experimentation. Students learn various techniques in color mixing and composition. Participants will receive feedback on their artwork from a professional working artist. Contemporary art and art history will be discussed. Materials are provided.

3D Animation

This course will introduce students to the history, principles, terms, and practices of analog and digital 3D animation in visual art and film. Students will complete a series of motion studies, learn how to develop concepts/characters, and storyboard their own time-based works. They will gain familiarity with 3D animation software and experiment with several modeling materials. Classes will include a mix of screenings, discussions, material and software demonstrations, in-class projects, and individual and group exercises. No previous experience is required.

Middle School Art & Design Intensives

Join us for two week-long, half-day intensives this July and August! This program is commuter only.

Open to students ages 9-13.

Introduction to Character Design

Enter a journey of character creating, world-making, and storytelling!  Through learning the art of character design, story-boarding, and illustration, students will obtain a basic grasp of comics, animation, and movie making. Students who are passionate about creating their own stories of fiction and enjoy working with others to realize their dreams are encouraged to enroll. By the end of the course, students will have the option to animate their own characters. Basic drawing and observational skills will be covered to give students the necessary tools for expressing their vision. No prior drawing experience is required and all are welcome to be part of the community! 

  • July 11-15, 2022
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • $350

Class is Full! Click the registration link below to be added to our wait list.

Junior Drawing & Painting

Students develop their drawing and painting skills through observation, memory, imagination, and experimentation. Academic and experimental approaches will be offered. Experimental approaches may include: visualizing sounds, exploring the sense of time and change, different qualities of light and shadow, and color through abstraction. Students develop individual projects that will incorporate all basic drawing and painting course material. Art history will also be discussed as it relates to each project. All Rutgers Community Arts visual art classes encourage personal exploration through materials and process. Previous experience with drawing and painting is recommended.

Weekly Art & Design Classes

Available for elementary, middle, and high school students, summer weekly art & design classes mirror the classes offered during the academic year. This six-week summer session begins July 6.

Basic Drawing & Painting

Send your child on an around-the-world artistic adventure! The focus of this course is to introduce the young aspiring artist to drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture through material exploration. By learning the basics of art-making, students will develop problem-solving skills found only during the creative endeavor of the visual arts. Students will find their voice through color, marks, shapes, forms, and materials during telling stories through their artwork. They will also learn about different ways of making by exploring different cultures and their traditions. By the end of the course, students will go home with a body of work to showcase, a community of young fellow artists, and a new plethora of visual problem-solving abilities that can only be explored through the creative act of making.

  • Open to students ages 5-7
  • Mondays, July 11-August 15
  • 5:30-6:15 p.m.
  • $150
  • Register Here!

Intermediate Drawing & Painting

Students develop their drawing and painting skills through observation, memory, imagination, and experimentation. Academic and experimental approaches will be offered. Experimental approaches may include: visualizing sounds, exploring the sense of time and change, different qualities of light and shadow, and color through abstraction. Students develop individual projects that will incorporate all basic drawing and painting course material. Art history will also be discussed as it relates to each project. This course is designed differently for each semester but revisits themes from previous classes. All Rutgers Community Arts visual art classes encourage personal exploration through materials and process.

  • Open to students ages 8-11
  • Mondays, July 11-August 15
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • $225
  • Register Here!

Drawing & Painting Portfolio Development

This class is designed for students who wish to develop their awareness and abilities in drawing and painting, as well as for those considering applying to art school in the future. Students will be given project assignments daily and will also have the opportunity to develop independent projects over the course of the intensive. Participants will receive feedback on their artwork and portfolios. Contemporary art and art history will be discussed. Instructions for taking appropriate photos of artwork for a portfolio will be covered.

  • Open to students ages 12-18
  • Mondays, July 11-August 15
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • $350
  • Register Here!

Introduction to Graphic Design

In this 6 week course, explore the core principles of Graphic Design through working in Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator. Learn how to develop an effective creative process when working with typography, color, composition and more, to create logos, website designs, and compelling imagery.

  • Open to students ages 14-18
  • Wednesdays, July 6-August 11
  • 5:30-7 p.m.
  • $300
  • Register Here!

VIRTUAL Introduction to Film & Animation

We all gravitate to the art of telling stories. From learning information about the world through our ancestors, sharing or thoughts and feelings to one another, or simply entertainment, storytelling plays an important role in our culture. In this course students will examine the elements of storytelling by learning the fundamentals of how to create memorable characters, settings, and narratives. Students who are in the beginning stages of crafting their own worlds and need guidance on how to create them are encouraged to take this course. They will be taught how to draw, conceptualize, and realize their beloved narratives. There will be assignments that give breathing room for students to experiment with different ways to create art out of their personal worlds. Concepts such as storyboarding, and character designing are amongst the many aspects that will be taught in this course. By the end of this experience students will have an understanding of if they wish to pursue illustration, animation, comics or other means of bringing their art to life.

Students are encouraged to have taken our Intermediate Drawing & Painting course, or have visual arts experience prior to joining this class.

  • Open to students ages 8-13
  • Thursdays, July 7-August 11
  • Held online via Zoom
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • $225
  • Register Here!

VIRTUAL Independent Study: Animation

The Animation Independent Study is designed for students, at any level of video-making experience, who are interested in creating digital moving images. Students will learn narrative development, character design, story-boarding, stop-motion, and editing using free software such as Krita, Blender, and Pencil 2D. In addition, our Animation Independent Study now includes workshops that teach students how to have an online presence for applying to colleges and for archiving their body of work for professional purposes.  This includes how to create websites and a workflow to utilizes the online platform to ones’ advantage. Independent sessions meet in small groups where students are able to receive extra assistance when developing individual projects.

  • Open to students ages 14-18
  • Wednesdays, July 6-August 10
  • Held online via Zoom
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • $300
  • Register Here!