Teen Classes - Fall 2019

October 4, 2019 - December 19, 2019

Teen Project Studio Teen Project Studio

Instructor(s): Art Jones
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: BRAC - Computer Lab (2nd Floor)
Ages: 15 - 26
Fee: $0

Teen Project Studio + 2.0 is an intensive, five-week, digital and fine arts program for teens and young adults ages 14 -26. This free program is limited to 15 students. TPS is a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the visual arts & creative industries in an interactive and challenging way. It is also an opportunity to meet other teens with similar eagerness to learn and create.

From July 9 to August 10, students will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4pm, at the Bronx River Art Center located at 1087 East Tremont Ave, Bronx NY, 10460. There will also be 2 field trips to art exhibitions and cultural events.
Working with 3-D Design and sculptural fabrication, participants will have the opportunity to bring their own public bench designs to life for a private seating area along the Bronx River commissioned by the McInnis Cement Company.

It's free to participate, but you must complete our application form. Please fill out, scan, and email to mbrody@bronxriverart.org.

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A closer look at BRAC's Teen Studio, as part of
Emily McDermott's project, Arts At Risk:

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Cartooning Cartooning

Instructor(s): Segun Braithwaith
Time: Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: BRAC - 2-D Studio (4th Floor)
Ages: 8 - 12
Fee: $95

How are Comics and Manga made? How can you create your very own? In this course, students will develop an original short comic story featuring their very own characters! Students will learn about lettering their stories, drawing backgrounds efficiently and effectively using perspective, as well as creating dynamic compositions. Work will be hand drawn with pencil and ink, students seeking additional challenge can add color to their work and will be guided on how to select colors that "pop"! Past BRAC Cartooning students will find this series as "the next step" in their development. Beginners with a strong interest in comics, cartoons, and art are welcome!

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Ceramics (Saturdays)

Instructor(s): Ana Ruiz-Castillo
Time: Saturdays, 2 - 4 PM
Location: BRAC - 3-D Studio (4th Floor)
Ages: 6 - 9
Fee: $95

All ages welcome! Especially Parents with young children working together to learn the basics of ceramics with an emphasis on the creative use of clay to produce colorful sculptures. Both the art and craft are explored as participants create uniquely formed objects such as vases, boxes, cups and other utilitarian objects as well as realistic and abstract sculptures. Students will learn different modeling techniques such as pinching, coiling, slabs and glazing.

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Digital Animation Digital Animation

Instructor(s): Isael Luperon
Time: Saturdays, 2-4 PM
Location: BRAC - Computer Lab (2nd Floor)
Ages: 11 - 16
Fee: $95

Do you love animated shows from Cartoon Network and Netflix? Want to learn how to bring your own drawings to life? Here at BRAC, we are welcoming students who are passionate about art and want to take their work to the next level. In our Digital Animation class, you will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop to create your very own animated works with absolutely no prior experience needed. Not only will we develop your skills as young artists, but this is also an opportunity to add more unique work into your portfolios. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate your animations to others through BronxNet.


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Digital Photography 102

Instructor(s): Hosea Johnson
Time: Saturdays, 10:30AM-1:30PM
Location: BRAC - Computer Lab (2nd Floor)
Ages: 14 - 85
Fee: $120

This course will emphasize studio photography and natural light photography. Students will be encouraged to study commercial still life and portrait photography. Techniques like Natural light, fill light, flash fill, meter reading, color balance, professional strobe and continuous light source equipment use will be covered. This course will cover the basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding the history and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic, light meter, photographic equipment. This course will use Photoshop for editing. The course will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and color. Technological requirements of digital formats will be addressed, such as file types and resolution. Basic digital manipulations of images will be taught in preparation for creating a photo portfolio of images.

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Drawing & Printmaking

Instructor(s): Tammy Wofsey
Time: Fridays, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: BRAC - 2-D Studio (4th Floor)
Ages: 8 and up
Fee: $95

Introduction to Printmaking 

All ages welcome! Especially Parents with young children working together!

In this class we will explore different kinds of printmaking methods. We will first learn how to make our own handmade and marbled papers for chine collé then linocut prints, water color monotypes, stencils, drypoint and collographs. We will explore drawing and color with the printmaking tools we learn.

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Graphic Design

Instructor(s): Larry Jackson
Time: Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 PM
Location: BRAC - 2-D Studio (4th Floor)
Ages: 11 - 13
Fee: $95

For this GRAPHIC DESIGN class, student will work on various projects that expand their creative knowledge of design. Students will create incremental works leading to a mini portfolio. The completed body of finished works will showcase the student   concentration on their own particular point of focus. As students create their pieces, they plan, implement, and test their designs throughout the process. With the completed works; students then reflect on and evaluate their work.


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Intro to Painting and Collage

Instructor(s): Joel Adas
Time: Saturdays, 11am - 1pm
Location: BRAC - 2-D Studio (4th Floor)
Ages: 6 - 13
Fee: $95

We will explore the history of collage as it has related to painting throughout the history of art,  starting with the early collaged cubist paintings of Picasso. We will explore how different and unusual painting techniques can be used in collage, and  we will use found - as well as more traditional - art materials to create our painted  collages.

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Painting Painting

Instructor(s): Joel Adas
Time: Saturdays, 2 - 4 PM
Location: Bronx River Art Center
Ages: 14 - 50
Fee: $95

Painting and Collage

We will explore the history of collage as it has related to painting throughout the history of art,  starting with the early collaged cubist paintings of Picasso. We will explore how different and unusual painting techniques can be used in collage and  we will use found as well as more traditional art materials to create our painted collages. 


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Portfolio Prep Workshop Portfolio Prep Workshop

Instructor(s): Joel Adas and Jennifer Tomaiolo
Time: Saturday, October 19 and 26, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: BRAC - 2-D Studio (4th Floor)
Ages: 11 - 50
Fee: $8

Applying for arts high schools and colleges is a competitive process, often involving essays, an arts exam, and a portfolio review. The portfolio - containing examples of the artist's best work in a variety of media - is arguably the most important part of the application. Schools and admissions officers typically begin to review applicants' portfolios in the fall or winter. Students applying for art school admission can get a jump on this process by participating in BRAC's Portfolio Preparation Workshops. Our instructors will share insights on the elements of an outstanding portfolio, as well as offer personalized suggestions on how to strengthen and improve existing bodies of work. Students are encouraged to bring their portfolios or examples of artwork to discuss. 

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Registration Information:

Fee Information:

Please note: It is a first come, first serve policy. Reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Register before September 7 to receive a 10% discount!

All fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Or contact us at info@bronxriverart.org or call 718.589.5819

Cancellation Policy If a class does not meet capacity, it may be canceled, in which case students will have the option to either take another class or receive a full refund.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes include materials and use of professional equipment.

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1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10460
T (718) 589-5819

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DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.