Youth Courses

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Youth Courses (Ages 8 — 13)

Young minds are full of curiosity and the need to learn. Each of our young artist classes is designed to fulfill those desires and teach basic art and design skills. We offer a variety of studio and digital-based courses for several age groups to provide a supportive learning environment for all.

January: Digital Cartooning
AYTH 037 A | AYTH 037 B

Learn to draw digitally with a Wacom tablet and pen while you create a cartoon character.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
January 18

February: Designing Cars
AYTH 040 A | AYTH 040 B

Design the next Ferrari or Bugatti.   Learn basic drawing techniques specific to automotive design such as perspective, proportion and accuracy of shape.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
February 8
$75
Ford Campus Detroit

February: Puppetry- New!
AYTH 038 A | AYTH 038 B

Create a character that represents a person or animal using mixed media.  Then experiment with performing with your new friend.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
February 8
$75
Ford Campus, Detroit

March: Drawing Faces-New!
AYTH 039 A | AYTH 039 B

Learn to draw a human face more realistically and in proportion.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
March 14
$75

April: Illustration
AYTH 035 A | AYTH 035 B

Bring a classic children’s story to life with sketches and drawing. Students will learn basic drawing skills with an emphasis on storytelling.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 18
$75
Ford Campus, Detroit 


ANIMATION
AYTH 207 A | AYTH 207 B

Tap into your imagination and create a new character. Is it human? Is it a monster? Does it walk on four legs? Learn to draw your character digitally with a Wacom tablet and pen. Bring your character to life by drawing an animation sequence. No prior animation skills are required.

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
January 25 – February 29, Six sessions
$285  
Ford Campus, Detroit


BE A YOUTUBE STAR!
AYTH 043 A | AYTH 043 B

Learn how to become a YouTuber.  Students will create a concept for a YouTube show while learning the basics of shooting video, utilizing green screen and editing. Class time will be spent watching and analyzing kid friendly YouTube channels. 

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
March 7 – March 28, Four sessions
$195
Ford Campus, Detroit 


COMPUTER ANIMATION
AYTH 112 P

Learn the basic skills needed to turn drawings into living motion and narrative film. Students will learn valuable computer skills as they create a short animation based on a simple action.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
January 25  – February 29, 6 sessions
$245
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION
AYTH 066 P

Learn how to paint digitally using a Wacom and computer software.  Students will learn valuable career building computer skills as they create works of art that tell a story.

Saturday, 9am-12pm
March 7 – April 4, Five Sessions
$245
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


FASHION DESIGN AND SEWING
AYTH 126 P

Fashion design students will learn the foundation for proper construction of a garment including basic hand sewing techniques and proper use of a sewing machine. Students should bring their own sewing machine. Additional materials and notions will need to be purchased to bring your design to life.

Saturday, 9 a.m. — 12 p.m.
January 25 – February 29, Six Sessions
$285
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


GRAPHIC NOVEL
AYTH 110 A | AYTH 110 B

Learn the artistic elements of visual storytelling that make up a graphic novel, including narrative flow, paneling, image content, type and style. 

Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
March 7 – March 28, Four sessions
$195
Ford Campus, Detroit


PAINTING AND COLOR
AYTH 017 P

Experiment with bold color in the painting class.  Learn to use design principles and color theory to create paintings using acrylics and watercolors.

Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
March 7 – April 4,  Five sessions
$245
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex

Week 1: June 15-19

Be a YouTube or Tik Tok Star!

Be the star of your own channel! Watch and critique kid friendly YouTube and Tik Tok videos and learn the basics of video production to start your own channel down the road. Shooting, lighting, utilizing green screen and editing will be covered. This class will adhere to age restrictions set forth by YouTube and Tik Tok. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AYTH 121 A1 (ages 8 — 9)
AYTH 121 B1 (ages 10 — 11)
AYTH 121 C1 (ages 12 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Beginning Animation

Learn the secrets behind frame-by-frame animation. Create your own characters on computers or paper and bring them to life, creating a short animated video to show at the exhibition. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AYTH 112 A1 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 112 B1 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Ceramics

Explore the world of clay by creating functional and sculptural pieces by hand. Construct work using pinch, coil and slab techniques. Ceramic projects will be ready for pick up two weeks after the last day of class.

AYTH 011 A1 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 011 B1 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Drawing

Learn to draw what you see more realistically. Draw pictures from nature, still lifes and clothed models to develop more accurate proportions and attention to detail. Create a collection of work that demonstrates your progress.

AYTH 201 P1 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 201 PB1 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Toy Design and 3D Printing

Create your own toys! Design a working Nerf® dart blaster, an action figure, or blind box toy. Students will create their toys on 3D computer modeling program and create a basic 3D printed prototype of their design. Final projects will be ready for pick-up within two weeks.

AYTH 213 B1 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 2: June 22-25

Cartooning and Character Design

Create your own cartoon and comic book characters and render them with dynamic facial expressions and gestures. Essential drawing skills will be covered, including line, proportion and coloring.

AYTH 064 A2 (ages 8 — 9)
AYTH 064 B2 (ages 10 — 11)
AYTH 064 C2 (ages 12 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


RPG Game Design

Create the next Fortnite® using CCS’ state-of-the-art facilities. Students will go through the role playing game design process, from ideation and story development to creating a basic map using Unreal Engine®. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AYTH 120 A2 (ages 8 — 9)
AYTH 120 B2 (ages 10 — 11)
AYTH 120 C2 (ages 12 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Storybook Illustration

Bring a story or poem that you have already written or select a time-less favorite like The Three Little Pigs or Aesop’s Fables and create a simple illustrated picture book.

AYTH 035 P2 (ages 8 — 11)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Toy Design and 3D Printing

Create your own toys! Design a working Nerf® dart blaster, an action figure, or blind box toy. Students will create their toys on 3D computer modeling program and create a basic 3D printed prototype of their design. Final projects will be ready for pick-up within two weeks.

AYTH 213 P2 (ages 10 — 13)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Week 3: July 6-10

Computer Animation

Create your own animated cartoon! Using Wacom tablets and computers, learn the basic skills needed to turn drawings into living motion to produce a short animation. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.
AYTH 111 A3 (ages 8 — 9)
AYTH 111 B3 (ages 10 — 11)
AYTH 111 C3 (ages 12 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Designing Cars

Design the next Bugatti, Ferrari or Lamborghini. Learn basic drawing and rendering techniques specific to automotive design such as perspective, proportion and accuracy of shape and create your own concept car.
AYTH 040 A3 (ages 8 — 9)
AYTH 040 B3 (ages 10 — 11)
AYTH 040 C3 (ages 12 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Painting Selfies and Portraits

Learn traditional portrait and self-portrait painting techniques while creating masterpieces of yourself and your classmates. Emphasis placed on facial proportions and color theory. Parent/Guardian permission required to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts.

AYTH 220 A3 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 220 B3 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Puppetry

Create a character that represents a person or animal using mixed media. Experiment performing with your new friend!

AYTH 038 P3 (ages 8 — 11)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


RPG Game Design

Create the next Fortnite® using CCS’ state-of-the-art facilities. Students will go through the role playing game design process, from ideation and story development to creating a basic map using Unreal Engine®. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AYTH 120 P3 (ages 10 — 13)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Week 4: July 12-17

Designing Cars

Design the next Bugatti, Ferrari or Lamborghini. Learn basic drawing and rendering techniques specific to automotive design such as perspective, proportion and accuracy of shape and create your own concept car.

AYTH 040 P4 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 040 PB4 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Digital Photography and Photoshop®

Take gorgeous images of people and places with your own DSLR, tablet or phone camera. Learn to enhance your images in Photoshop®. Parent/Guardian permission required for students to take pictures on location within the Detroit Cultural Center. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.
 
AYTH 071 A4 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 071 B4 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Drawing

Learn to draw what you see more realistically. Work from nature, still lifes and clothed models to develop and improve drawing skills. Techniques for creating shadow, value and form will be introduced. AYTH 201 A4 (ages 8 — 9)

AYTH 201 B4 (ages 10 — 11)
AYTH 201 C4 (ages 12 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Patterns and Fabric Design

Design and create your own textiles using various techniques such as Shibori, block printing, tie-dye, and photosensitive fabric. Create digital designs for fabric, wallpaper and giftwrap. Bring two 100% white cotton t-shirts to class.

AYTH 124 A4 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 124 B4 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 5: July 20-24

Design your own Brand

Create the next Supreme® or Nike® or be your own brand! Learn the basics of graphic design using Adobe InDesign®. Develop your brand concept, design a logo and launch your brand with stickers, buttons, graphics and more.

AYTH 010 A5 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 010 B5 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media

Explore the colorful world of art history and fine arts. Create bold paintings, sculptures and mixed media work, while learning color theory and techniques used by Matisse, Van Gogh, Warhol, and Jacob Lawrence.

AYTH 004 P5 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 004 PB5 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Storybook Illustration

Bring a story or poem that you have already written or select a timeless favorite like The Three Little Pigs or Aesop’s Fables and create a simple illustrated picture book.

AYTH 035 A5 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 035 B5 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Writing for Cartoons and Animation

Anything is possible in the world of cartoons. Invent your own characters and put them in hilarious situations with action and dialogue. Students will read and analyze favorite animated cartoons and scripts like Sponge Bob SquarePants® and Toy Story®, and learn to write their own script for a cartoon.

AYTH 150 A5 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 150 B5 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 6: July 27-31

Cartooning and Character Design

Create your own cartoon and comic book characters and render them with dynamic facial expressions and gestures. Essential drawing skills will be covered, including line, proportion and coloring.

AYTH 064 P6 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 064 PB6 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Digital Painting

Learn to paint on a computer using Adobe Photoshop®, Wacom tablets and pens. Learn how to get started, create custom brushes, and paint your masterpiece using state-of-the-art technology.

AYTH 066 A6 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 066 B6 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Fashion and Sewing
Design and illustrate your fashion ideas. Learn basic pattern-making skills and sewing techniques. Bring your own sewing machine or hand sew your designs. Additional materials and notions may need to be purchased to complete your final design.

AYTH 205 A6 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 205 B6 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Van Gogh and Friends
Get a first-hand look at the
“Van Gogh in America” exhibit at the Detroit Institute of
Arts and meet more of the great masters like Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, and Jacob Lawrence to name a few. Return to the studio inspired to create masterpieces of your own. Parent/Guardian permission required for all field trips.

AYTH 014 A6 (ages 8 — 10)
AYTH 014 B6 (ages 11 — 13)
$295
Ford Campus, Detroit


Week 7: August 3-7

Costume Design

Let your imagination run wild as you design and create an amazing costume. Starting with an idea, learn sketching, pattern-making and construction skills. Students may bring their own sewing machines or hand-sew their project. Additional materials and notions may need to be purchased to complete your design.

AYTH 154 P7 (ages 8 — 13)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Video Editing

Learn the basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro®. Watch and critique kid friendly videos. Students will create a short video presentation working with existing video clips, still pictures, titles, music and sound effects. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AYTH 045 P7 (ages 10 — 13)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Week 8: August 10-14

Computer Animation

Create your own animated cartoon! Using Wacom tablets and computers, learn the basic skills needed to turn drawings into living motion to produce a short animation. Bring an 8GB USB drive to class.

AYTH 111 P8 (ages 10 — 13)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex


Not-So-Ugly Dolls and Soft Sculptures

They don’t have to look pretty to be loved. Invent your own characters complete with back stories and create turn your ideas into plush toys and soft sculptures. Pattern making and hand sewing instruction included.

AYTH 122 P8 (ages 8 — 11)
$295
PARC, Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex