The Morehead State University Summer Arts Academy exists to
nurture students' development in the arts in a setting which allows interaction
with expert faculty and the opportunity to work with other students who share
specific interests in music, theatre, dance, art & design, and
creative writing. All students will select a course of study
appropriate to their individual medium , but all will receive the same
The Academy consists of six full days of activities, including individual
and group instruction in your chosen area (music, theatre, dance, art
& design and creative writing). Recreational activities will include
an "Art Hop" night, movie night, bowling night and performances
/presentations by Morehead State University Summer Art Academy
WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT
Students will receive intensive individual and group instruction
in their medium; private lessons and opportunities for chamber ensemble
experience; (clarinet choir, trombone choir, etc. for example). Students
will have the opportunity to listen to faculty perform and will work
closely with faculty to learn specific techniques that will assist them in
becoming a better musician. All students will take a music theory
class, sign up for 2 electives during registration, *see below, and will have
the opportunity to perform in the SAA Final Celebration Festival on Saturday, 1
Taught by Octavia Fleck-Biggs, this program uses a variety of art forms – writing, craft making, photography, movement and dance, and performance and language arts – to help students develop a strong sense of self-awareness and navigate the terrain of their minds, hearts and surroundings. “Ms. Octavia” accepts, encourages and then cultivates multiple forms of perception and expression in young adults.
Ms. Octavia begins the residency with a writing project that includes:
- Voice, body, and imagination warm-ups and exercises
- A journal-making craft activity
- Studying, building and writing narratives through an array of activities: an action verb writing exercise; word scrambles; metaphorical expressions; “Question and Answer Finish-the-Thought exercises; journal writing; a “Poetry in a Box” exercise to help the girls develop detailed narratives; photograph analysis; and “Hand Discovery” and performance activities.
The students then study texts from the following four Shakespeare plays – Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest. They choose a character from one of the plays and merge the language of their chosen character into their narrative, and from there, they migrate their writings into a performance piece. There are a variety of activities that complement this part of the artistic process, including:
- A paper mache’ mask making craft activity
- Body movement and dance
- Using and learning photography while they document their experiences.
Using their narratives and photographs, the students design a performance emphasizing both their singularity as young artists with differing experiences and backgrounds, and the power of community, teamwork and collective expression.
Art & Design
Graphic Design - Eli Hartgrove
alternative photographic subjects and methods, students will begin a series of
digital works. The course will involve a basic introduction to new media
artists, digital creation, and photo-manipulation. Concepts are derived
from artists such as Cory Arcangel and Michael Demers.
Ceramics - Adam Yungbluth
this class, participants will learn how to construct functional pottery using
slabs and adding imagery to the surface through image transfer techniques. Pots
that are made during the class will be glazed, fired in the kiln, and ready to
take home by the end of the week. There will also be time to experience using the
Photography - Marina Vitatoe
will create cyanotypes using a photographic printing process that produces a
cyan-blue print. This process was first introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842
as a way to produce notes and diagrams as in blueprints. The name cyanotype was
derived from the Greek name cyan,
meaning “dark-blue impression.” A photograph is taken, then turned into a
negative that can be used to produce a cyanotype.
Art and Identity: Artists' Writings, Portraits, and Self-Portraits - Dr. Julia Finch
course will examine artists and identity. How do artists come to understand
their own identities--gender, sexuality, race, nationality, and/or ethnic
heritage--through art-making, and how do they communicate that identity to an
audience? We will consider Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Glenn Ligon, Andy
Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. Students will also create their own
artist identity statement.
Students will receive a broad but intense introduction to the art, craft
and business of creative writing. Academy students will work both
individually and as groups with faculty members who are published
authors. Students will emerge from this experience better
writers and better readers, prepared to create, revise and refine a wide array
of creative work.
Students signed up for music will have the the opportunity to select 2
electives during registration.
Music Electives include:
Students will enjoy getting
hands on experience with music creation & notation software such as Garage
Band, Finale, and Sibelius, and will explore how to use a soundboard to produce
Instrumentalists who have
no prior experience playing piano will be taught the fundamentals and basics to
start playing and making music on the piano in a large-group setting.
This elective focuses on
the foundations of jazz improvisation, exposing students to the wide world of
jazz in a large-group setting. All skill levels and instruments (including voice!)
Choir for the instrumentalist:
Students who are usually in
instrumental ensembles (band, wind symphony, etc.) have an opportunity to
explore their vocal capabilities with others in this vocal ensemble.
This elective will give the
student an introduction into basic instrumental conducting. The student will have the opportunity to
conduct in front of the ensemble during the week.
History of Rock 'n' Roll:
Explore the roots of
popular music, and see how modern day artists are influenced by the icons of
the past, from Ragtime to Motown to today!
Dalcroze Eurhythmics: This class
is a process for awakening,
developing and refining innate musicality through rhythmic movement of the
body, ear-training and improvisation.
Daily Schedule per area
Art and Design
DIRECTIONS TO MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY
Check in/registration will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017, 3 p.m.,
Baird Music Hall