Summer Learning Programs: IFTA Class Descriptions

Summer dance, music, theatre, and visual arts classes.

Students should choose 6 classes based on the grade level being entered in the fall of 2018-19. These classes may be any combination of dance, music, theatre or visual arts classes. Enter the classes in order of preference when prompted during the registration process.

Students are scheduled into 4 classes which they attend daily for the duration of the program. Every attempt is made to ensure that students receive their top choices but if a conflict arises in their schedule, the 5th or 6th choice will be used instead.

Online Health & PE (HPE9)

Online Health & PE (HPE9) 
Grade 9 (IFT2035) 

Prerequisite: This course is open to current FCPS students entering grades 9.

Students gain knowledge and skills in a variety of individual, dual, and team sports/activities to develop competencies to promote an active lifestyle. Students begin to apply personal fitness planning concepts to individualized plans. One quarter of the course includes instruction in the health education topics of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention; personal health; injury and violence prevention; disease prevention; emotional and social health; human growth and development; and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation (CPR and AED) and first aid.

Students must have a working computer, access to the internet along with access to FCPS 24/7, and valid email addresses for himself/herself and parent/guardian. This course is available to current FCPS students only.

The Online Health & PE course at IFTA is:

  • 1 of 4 classes assigned to students. (Students must select the HPE9 class as their 1st choice during registration for guaranteed placement otherwise they may not get into the class.) Three additional IFTA classes should be chosen in order to complete student schedules.
  • Coordinated with Online Campus and completes the daily 1 hour virtual teacher-led instruction required by the course. Students are responsible for completing the remaining 2 1/2 online and 1 hour fitness portions each day on their own time.
  • Supervised by an IFTA teacher. All communication and instruction with students during the course comes from the Online Campus course instructor.
  • Included in the cost of IFTA’s tuition.

Course Dates: June 27 - July 26*

  *Students are required to attend a face-to-face pre-assessment on Wednesday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to noon and a face-to-face post assessment on Wednesday, July 25 from 8 a.m. until noon at Hayfield Secondary. Absence from IFTA on July 25 will not be counted against students.

Self-Directed Economics & Personal Finance

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance (EPF)
Grades 9-12 (IFT2025)

Prerequisite: This course is open to current FCPS students entering grades 9-12.

Students learn how to navigate the financial decisions they must face and to make informed decisions related to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, taxes, saving, investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, living independently, and inheritance. Development of financial literacy skills and an understanding of economic principles provides the basis for responsible citizenship and career success. This is a self-directed course and all material is on FCPS 24/7. The course must be taken pass/fail and upon successful completion students earn one credit. This course meets the economics and personal finance graduation requirement. The opportunity to earn an industry certification is available upon completion. Additional hours beyond IFTA program hours may be required to complete this course.

This course is self-directed. Students may complete the work at any point during the designated course time frame. All materials are available and completed entirely through FCPS 24-7. In FCPS 24-7, students will read through 160 modules and take 4 tests and a final exam. The student must be self-motivated and able to fulfill the requirements without a teacher to direct and assist with studies. A teacher will not be available to explain the material. A suggested schedule for completion will be provided. Students who do not stay on schedule will not be penalized in grading but students, parents, and the school will be notified.

Students must have a working computer, access to the internet along with access to FCPS 24/7, and valid email addresses for himself/herself and parent/guardian. All communication will be via email and FCPS 24/7. This course is available to current FCPS students only.

The Self-Directed EPF course at IFTA is:

  • 1 of 4 classes assigned to students. (Students must select the EPF class as their 1st choice during registration for guaranteed placement otherwise they may not get into the class.) Three additional IFTA classes from the program brochure should be chosen in order to complete student schedules.
  • Supervised by an IFTA teacher but no instruction is provided. All communication with students during the course comes from the course facilitator via email and FCPS 24/7.
  • Included in the cost of IFTA’s tuition.

Course Dates: July 2 - August 1

Dance

Some dance classes with similar techniques may be combined due to enrollment.

Ballet I
Grades 7-12 (IFT0111)

Develop and begin building strength, flexibility and control to execute ballet movement. Each class will emphasize barre exercises and may include a combination of center work and across-the-floor combinations. Ballet shoes required.

Ballet II/III
Grades 7-12 (IFT0135)

Master more advanced techniques and explore neo-classical and classical ballet. Work on advanced center and across-the-floor combinations and exercises. Ballet shoes required.

Dance Explosion
Grades 7-12 (IFT0211)

Explore different genres of dance like Social and Partner dances (Latin, Swing, Salsa), and the basics of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap. Develop an understanding of dance concepts and terminology. Ideal for students interested in taking a dance class for the first time.

Hip Hop I
Grades 7-8 (IFT0312)
Grades 9-12 (IFT0315)

Experience a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street, commercial and freestyle forms. Step outside of the box by bringing your own individual style and personality to movements.

Hip Hop II
Grades 7-12 (IFT0325)

Excel in the area of performance as you delve into commercial, hip hop, street, partnering and free style in this advanced class. Bring your own style and techniques to the movements and choreography.

Jazz Dance I
Grades 7-12 (IFT0512)

Learn proper jazz dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Broadway, Street and Contemporary styles will be studied. Jazz or ballet shoes required.

Jazz Dance II/III
Grades 7-12 (IFT0515)

Focus on Broadway, Street, Contemporary and Lyrical styles in this advanced class. Learn more complex techniques, progressions, and rhythms and patterns. Jazz or ballet shoes required.

Modern Dance I
Grades 7-12 (IFT0612)

Explore the fundamental concepts of Modern technique in this introductory class. Emphasis is placed on improving anatomical awareness and alignment, increasing strength and flexibility and developing improvisational skills.

Modern Dance II/III
Grades 7-12 (IFT0625)

Integrate traditional disciplines of modern dance foundations with current contemporary styles. Dancers will perform floor work, patterns of movement, self-expression, and continue to develop their improvisational skills.

Strength, Stretch & Conditioning
Grades 7-12 (IFT0412)

Improve fitness, coordination, strength, and flexibility with low- to high-impact aerobics, power walking, kick-boxing, free weights, and relaxation exercises. Emphasis in this class is on exercise safety and technique.

Tap I
Grades 7-12 (IFT0811)

Study the basic fundamentals of Tap. Technical accuracy is emphasized as you learn rhythmic patterns and make music with your feet. Tap shoes required.

Tap II/III
Grades 7-12 (IFT0825)

Learn more advanced rhythmic patterns where clarity and speed of footwork are emphasized. Combine patterns into fun dance routines. Tap shoes required.

Yoga for the Artist
Grades 7-12 (IFT0715)

Balance the mind, body, and spirit. Learn a series of physical postures as well as methods for relaxation, proper breathing, meditation, and concentration that promote health, alleviate stress, and increase muscular strength and flexibility. Students must provide a yoga mat.

Fashion

Fashion Design & Illustration
Grades 7-8 (IFT5719)
Grades 9-12 (IFT5721)

Learn the process necessary to design a fashion collection from creative conception to a finished presentation. Students will explore an in-depth creative and technical process in fashion illustration and fashion design. No drawing experience necessary.

Fashion Construction & Sewing
Grades 7-8 (IFT5815)
Grades 9-12 (IFT5817)

Develop fashion construction skills in reading and creating patterns, and using a sewing machine. Students will have the opportunity to design and construct practical everyday items on the machine.

Eco Fashion & Wearable Art
Grades 7-12 (IFT5717)

Repurpose, redesign and recycle to create original clothing and accessories. Learn basic hand sewing and other methods of joining and finishing materials. Learn techniques in dying, printing on fabric, knitting and crocheting, weaving, and altering and personalizing clothing.

Music

Music classes with separate grade levels indicated may be combined due to enrollment.

Beginning Guitar 
Grades 7-8 (IFT1212)
Grades 9-12 (IFT1215)

Learn the fundamentals of guitar. This class is for students who have never played the guitar before and have limited or no music reading experience. Learn to read simple chord progressions, and pick and finger style techniques. Acoustic guitars will be provided.

Guitar I
Grades 7-12 (IFT1217)

Are you a self-taught guitar player but could use some review with note-reading and tablature? Then this is the class for you. Deepen your understanding of traditional notation, and pick and finger style techniques while playing your favorite tunes. Students must provide acoustic guitar, pick, and extra strings.

Guitar II
Grades 7-12 (IFT1251)

Study intermediate to advanced techniques on the guitar including scales, chord progressions, and improvisation in blues and rock styles.  Students should be able to read notes on the first two strings, and play open-string chords C, G, F and power chords. Students must provide acoustic guitar (or electric guitar with amp), pick, and extra strings.

Garage Band
Grades 7-12 (IFT1446)

Learn to play cover tunes and create original songs. Put together a “set” and perform for the IFTA student body. Drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and vocals wanted. Other instruments welcome; ukulele, saxophone, etc. To be successful, students should be more advanced than beginner level. Students must provide instruments and amplifiers.

Drums & Percussion Ensemble
Grades 7-12 (IFT1951)

Play drumset, mallet and orchestral percussion instruments. Learn basic, intermediate, or advance techniques relative to your skill level, and perform in a percussion ensemble. Open to drummers, percussionists, and anyone who enjoys banging on things. No experience necessary but must be able to read music notation. Full ensemble music plus pieces for experienced percussionists.

Intermediate Band
Grades 7-12 (IFT1771)

Perform a variety of band music and improve skills in various techniques such as tone production, articulation and breathing. This is a performance and techniques class designed for students comfortable playing up to VBODA Grade 3-4 level music.

Jazz Band
Grades 7-12 (IFT1351)

Study jazz literature with a focus on the fundamentals of improvisation. This course is for students new to jazz or with a little jazz experience. A good command of major scales up to 2 sharps and 3 flats is highly encouraged to experience more success. Traditional instrumentation (wind and brass, bass, piano, guitar, drum set, and vibraphone) are encouraged however nontraditional instruments are welcome.

Intermediate String Orchestra
Grades 7-12 (IFT1851)

Perform a variety of string orchestra music and improve skills in various string techniques, such as vibrato, shifting, and tuning. This is a performance and techniques class for students comfortable playing up to VBODA Grade 3-4 level music.

Advanced String Orchestra
Grades 7-12 (IFT1871)

Develop higher level performing skills, including ensemble techniques and disciplinary skills needed for advanced performance. This is a performance and techniques class for students comfortable playing up to VBODA Grade 5 level music.

Alternative Styles for Strings
Grades 7-12 (IFT1881)

Question, what’s the difference between a violin and fiddle? Answer, the player! Develop your non-classical side and explore various styles of string playing including rock, jazz, blues, as well as various fiddle styles like Celtic/Scottish and Bluegrass. Open to violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Some electric instruments will be available for use or students may bring their own (though not required).

Piano I
Grades 7-12 (IFT1715)

Learn to read music and play the piano. This course is self-paced through independent study and is designed for students with little to no experience playing the piano or who have not played in several years. Students play electronic keyboards.

Piano - Advanced
Grades 7-12 (IFT1761)

Study advanced piano techniques and literature. This course is self- paced through independent study and is designed for students with 3 or more years of consecutive piano study. Students play electronic keyboards

Music Theory
Grades 7-12 (IFT1511)

Prerequisite: Must be able to read music in more than one clef and be familiar with a piano keyboard.

Study the elements of rhythm, melody and harmony. Learn how the rules and relationships of music theory govern the sounds of your voice or instrument. Improve sight-reading, ear-training and analytical skills.

Electronic Music Lab
Grades 7-12 (IFT1116)

Prerequisite: Must be able to read music in treble and bass clefs, and be familiar with a piano keyboard.

Use state-of-the-art music software and computer technology to create music. Learn about the music composition process through the use of music notation software, sequencing and recording software.

Intro to Protools
Grades 7-12 (IFT1118)

Prerequisite: Must have functional piano keyboard skills.

Learn to use the world's leading recording software as both a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and a MIDI sequencer. Students will be introduced to MIDI sequencing as well as live recording, editing, and mixing as they produce a final project. The ability to read music is helpful but not required.

Advanced Voice
Grades 9-12 (IFT1056)

Topics such as vocal health, performing, auditioning, and sight-reading are visited through large and small group instruction. Students will sing and perform solo repertoire in class.

Show Choir I
Grades 7-8 (IFT1010)
Grades 9-12 (IFT1011)

Learn to sing in the show and swing choir genre. Add simple choreographed routines and bring popular songs to life!

Show Choir II
Grades 8-12 (IFT1017)

Prerequisite: IFTA Show Choir I

Develop proficiency in ensemble performance as you study more advanced vocal techniques and choreographed routines to a broader variety of jazz, rock and pop songs.

Choral Workshop
Grades 7-8 (IFT1012)
Grades 9-12 (IFT1015)

Improve your vocal skills while singing Folk, Pop, Broadway, Jazz, and Classical styles in a large group setting.

Theatre

Some Theatre classes with separate grade levels indicated may be combined due to enrollment.

COLLABORATIVE CLASSES*
Actors Studio and Stage Directing are scheduled during the same class period so students should choose only one.  Teachers and students work together in these classes to produce and perform short works and scripts.

Actors Studio*
Grades 9-12 (IFT3015)

Prerequisite: IFTA Acting or HS Theatre I

Develop audition, movement, and characterization skills while working with students from the Stage Directing class on the creative process for developing a short scene or play.  Students will collaborate with the Writing for Stage and Screen class for original production material. Live auditions are a requirement of this class.  

Stage Directing*
Grades 9-12 (IFT3115)

Learn how to choose a script and build strong actors, and develop techniques that create exciting stage pictures for the audience. Gain directing experience working with students from the Actors Studio class.  Students will collaborate with the Writing for Stage and Screen class for original production material.

Acting
Grades 7-8 (IFT3312)
Grades 9-12 (IFT3315)

Learn to take the stage with confidence and style. Make your voice heard and understood. Use improvisation, scripts, and theatre games to develop an actor’s tool box. Work on audition material and presentation. No previous experience required.

Acting for Film and Television
Grades 9-12 (IFT3415)

Take your acting off the stage and onto the set. Explore the techniques of acting for the camera through monologue and scene study. Students will be filmed doing scene work.

Acting Shakespeare
Grades 7-8 (IFT3416)
Grades 9-12 (IFT3418)

Speak the language of Shakespeare’s characters. Visit the Elizabethan world of cloak and dagger, and of mystery and romance. Play the characters who plot and plan in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.

Creative Writing
Grades 7-8 (IFT3513)
Grades 9-12 (IFT3516)

Capture your great ideas writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry and other forms of descriptive writing. Become a novelist, a poet, or a journalist and explore the world of the professional writer. Students participate in readings of their works.

Writing for Stage and Screen-NEW!
Grades 9-12 (IFT3216)

Are you a budding playwright or screenwriter? Then this class is the perfect place for you to develop your work. Students will write short, original scripts focusing on multiple character plots, thematic devices, and storyboards.  Students participate in stage readings of their works. This class will collaborate with the Video Production II, Actors Studio, and Stage Directing classes.

Storytelling
Grades 7-12 (IFT3511)

Learn the art of storytelling. Develop skills in using facial expressions, gestures, and the voice to create distinct, exciting characters in solo performances.

Theatre Audition Techniques
Grades 7-8 (IFT3420)
Grades 9-12 (IFT3425)

It’s all about the audition! Perfect audition skills, select material, and work on timing and structure so that your next audition is a success!

Theatre Sports/Improv
Grades 7-8 (IFT4313)
Grades 9-12 (IFT4316)

Learn to perform without a script or rehearsal! Develop the skills of improvisation. Use your imagination to mix and match characters, plots, props, and scenes. Play the most spontaneous games in theatre.

Stage Makeup I
Grades 7-8 (IFT3612)
Grades 9-12 (IFT3615)

Color the face. Mold the nose. Change the eyes. Basic stage makeup, old age, and monster/Vampire. All participants will act as artist and model. Students must be able to work with and wear the makeup. Latex is used in this course.

Stage Makeup II
Grades 8-12 (IFT3617)

Prerequisite: IFTA Makeup I within the past three years.

Learn specialized techniques used for character and special effects makeup along with basic hairdressing and wig applications. Learn more advanced skills such as advanced old age, hair laying, use of latex and Gel Effects, and special effects for cuts, bruises, and burns. All participants will act as artist and model. Students must be able to work with and wear the makeup. Latex is used in this course.

Stage Makeup III
Grades 9-12 (IFT3619)

Prerequisite: IFTA Makeup I and II.

Learn advanced application techniques including life mask and gel cast mask making, and wig and hair piece applications. Students will create a final character makeup design. All participants will act as artist and model. Students must be able to work with and wear the makeup. Latex is used in this course

Musical Theatre I
Grades 7-8 (IFT3715)
Grades 9-12 (IFT3717)

Sing, dance, and act scenes from famous musicals, past and present. Strengthen your singing, dancing, and acting skills.

Musical Theatre II
Grades 8-12 (IFT3719)

Prerequisite: IFTA Musical Theatre I 

Master advanced musical theatre skills and work on becoming a “triple threat” - singer, dancer and actor.

Stage Combat I
Grades 7-12 (IFT3811)

How do the slap, the fall, and the fight look so real on stage? Learn the fundamentals of safe, hand-to-hand combat in performance.

Stage Combat II
Grades 8-12 (IFT3854)

Prerequisite: IFTA Stage Combat I.

Behold the dagger and the sword! Advance your techniques in stage fighting and stage weaponry.

Stage Combat III
Grades 9-12 (IFT3855)

Prerequisite: IFTA Stage Combat I and II.

Further adventures in staging fight scenes. Broadsword combat takes things to the next level!

Video Production I
Grades 7-12 (IFT4112)

Learn the basics of video production through shot composition, camera angles and the standard rules of film making. Explore the artistic and technical aspects of shooting and editing. Students should be familiar with using a digital video camera.

Video Production II
Grades 8-12 (IFT4117)

Prerequisite: IFTA Video Production I or must have significant experience shooting and editing video.

Experience the complete process of visual storytelling and work through all the stages of a professional production - scriptwriting, preproduction, shooting, and editing. Students will serve as crew members in all productions and will be involved in the production process of at least one short.

Visual Arts

  • Use of a personal sketchbook is required for students taking visual art classes.
  • Some art classes with similar techniques or with separate grade levels indicated may be combined due to enrollment.

Foundations of Drawing
Grades 7-8 (IFT5612)
Grades 9-12 (IFT5615)

Learn to translate the world into two dimensions. Develop form and line, express movement through gesture and space, and render light and dark through perspective. This is an introductory class and is suggested for students who want to develop and/or improve their drawing technique. It can be taken in conjunction with other fundamental classes.

Experimental Drawing
Grades 9-12 (IFT5656)

Prerequisite: IFTA Foundations of Drawing, MS Art Expressions or HS Studio Art.

Explore unusual solutions to drawing problems by combining and/or using dry/ wet media, and collage. Works created will represent the authenticity of each individual as a reflection of the creative work and process.

Figure Drawing
Grades 9-12 (IFT5616)

Prerequisite: IFTA Foundations of Drawing, MS Art Expressions or HS Studio Art.

Watch your drawings evolve from gestural line to realistic human form as you improve your drawing skills and techniques. Students are encouraged to take a painting course in conjunction with this course. (Students work with clothed models.)

Cartooning Fundamentals
Grades 7-12 (IFT5112)

Learn the basics of drawing human and animal figures using pencil, pen and ink, and develop your own personal cartoon style. Emphasis is on using expressive lines to render facial expressions and full body gestures to communicate simple and complex ideas and emotions. Students learn traditional and contemporary cartooning techniques. Good for beginners and cartoonists who want a refresher course. This class may be taken in conjunction with Cartoon Storytelling or Cartooning Professionally. A sketchbook is required for this class.

Cartoon Storytelling
Grades 7-12 (IFT5115)

Create illustrations, comic strips, web comics, or graphic novels telling your story.  Learn to visually plot a story, set up a joke, or create an illustration to accompany text. Use pacing and dynamic page structure to create visual interest in stories, gags, characters, and settings. A sketchbook is required for this class.

Cartooning Professionally
Grades 7-12 (IFT5117)

Catch a glimpse into professional cartooning with fun, real world projects, and learn about the variety of jobs from street caricature to advertising illustration.  Students are exposed to traditional and contemporary tools and techniques used by professional cartoonists. A sketchbook is required for this class.

Digital Art and Design-Introduction (formerly Computer Graphics Introduction)
Grades 7-8 (IFT5312)
Grades 9-12 (IFT5315)

Art meets technology! Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and use various techniques to create and manipulate images. Create logos, graphics, and composite images. Students may bring a digital camera or use their personal device. A limited number of digital cameras will be available to share. A USB flash drive is recommended.

Computer Animation
Grades 9-12 (IFT5566)

Prerequisite: HS Digital Art and Design or working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Design your own characters and bring them to life while learning a variety of animation techniques. Techniques may include learning how to create a rotoscope animation using live video, creating a whiteboard stop motion animation, and creating an Interactive drag and drop game. A USB flash drive is recommended.

Digital Art and Design-Advanced (formerly Computer Graphics Advanced Design)
Grades 9-12 (IFT5365)

Prerequisite: HS Digital Art and Design

Create personally expressive and meaningful digital imagery using Adobe Creative Suite. Explore motion graphics and animation. Render new 3-D realities through the introduction of Bryce or AutoDesk Maya software. A USB flash drive is recommended.

3-D Modeling to 3-D Printing
Grades 10-12 (IFT5625)

Prerequisite: IFTA  Digital Art and Design, HS Digital Art and Design or 3-D modeling experience 

Learn fundamental 3-D modeling using Autodesk Maya –  the software used by Pixar, Dreamworks, and creators of popular animated TV shows. Students are able to 3-D print at least one of their creations. A USB flash drive is recommended.

Glassworks
Grades 7-12 (IFT6112)

Form and function come together in this warm glass fusing, cold work and frit casting course. Students will use COE 90 glass sheets, billet chunks, mosaic tiles, rods, noodles, stringers, beads, dots and frits to create decorative & ornamental pieces, miniature sculpture, and functional items such as hanging pocket vases, coasters, wind chimes and garden stakes. A sketchbook is required for this class.

Glassworks - Advanced
Grades 9-12 (IFT6117)

Prerequisite: IFTA Glassworks.

Learn to prep and use glass molds in this more advanced class. Explore glass cutting and fusing techniques along with bottle glass cutting and slumping, glass screen printing, and kiln pot melts. Capture ideas on paper and see your one-of-a-kind glass artworks come to realization. A sketchbook is required for this class.

Paper Art
Grades 7-12 (IFT5515)

Develop your sense of design with this wonderful medium. Fold, cut, cast, carve and experiment. Create Luminaria, paper relief, 3D and cardboard sculpture, altered books, paper clay, jewelry, installation, stencil and narrative art.

Mask Making
Grades 7-12 (IFT6125)

Design and create simple to complex masks including some that are based upon character studies from scenes and stories being acted in IFTA theater classes. See your masks turn into live characters!

Jewelry Making - Introduction
Grades 7-12 (IFT6013)

Learn how to use traditional jewelry making tools to design and create beautiful jewelry. Get creative using a variety of techniques and materials, including polymer clay, wire, paper and beads. Use recycled materials to create unique one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Jewelry Design - Advanced
Grades 8-12 (IFT6016)

Prerequisite: IFTA Jewelry Making-Introduction.

Design and create stunning jewelry from brass, copper, new gold, and wire. Use traditional tools and techniques to create a variety of finely crafted jewelry. Create clay, glass and metal beaded necklaces and bracelets, metal cuff bracelets, and unique recycled jewelry.

Public Art
Grades 9-12 (IFT6115)

Discover the process behind creating art for public spaces. Design and create a public art piece from concept to installation in this project-based class. Working in small teams, students create a proposal that outlines the completion of a large-scale project. Subject matter for Installation pieces changes from year-to-year.

Painting Fundamentals
Grades 7-12 (IFT6212)

Develop painting skills, expand your understanding of art elements and principles, and create works in both watercolor and acrylic. Some basic drawing from observation as well as a strong foundation in both watercolor and acrylic painting processes and techniques will be taught. Realistic and abstract subject matter will be covered. A sketchbook is required for this class.

Painting I
Grades 8-12 (IFT6215)

Prerequisite: IFTA Painting Fundamentals, MS Art Extensions or HS Studio Art.

Explore water-based painting mediums while studying composition, value, color, materials, and techniques. Paint a variety of subjects from the figure to still life. A sketchbook is required for this class.

Painting II
Grades 9-12 (IFT6226)

Prerequisite: IFTA Painting I or HS Studio Art.

Expand your knowledge and experience with water-based paint. Explore limited palettes, complex composition, and chiaroscuro. A sketchbook is required for this class.

Watercolor
Grades 9-12 (IFT6236)

Prerequisite: IFTA Painting I or HS Studio Art.

Explore a variety of watercolor painting processes and techniques. Learn how to stretch watercolor paper, sketch in subject matter, and create paintings in both realistic and abstract styles. Draw and paint from observation. A sketchbook is required for this class.

Pastels
Grades 7-8 (IFT6312)
Grades 9-12 (IFT6315)

Use basic color concepts to work still life, landscape and portrait drawings into oil and soft pastel mediums. Learn about lighting, composition, and the basics of using special papers. Students should have a strong drawing background or take this class in conjunction with Foundations of Drawing.

Art of Lettering
Grades 7-8 (IFT5013)
Grades 9-12 (IFT5015)

Discover the art of hand lettering, calligraphy, icon creation, and original typography. Projects will include logo, illustrations, and basic design principles.

Photography I
Grades 7-8 (IFT6414)
Grades 9-12 (IFT6416)

Enhance your creativity and visual perception through a fundamental understanding of analog photography processes and dark room techniques.  Shoot, develop and print your own analog photographs.  Explore composition and basic studio lighting techniques.  Students are encouraged to have a 35mm film SLR camera but will have access to cameras provided by class. Students must provide 3 rolls of Kodak TMAX or TRI-X (400 ISO) black and white film.

Photography II
Grades 8-11 (IFT6420)

Prerequisite: IFTA Photography I or HS Photography.

Advance your creativity and visual perception through a more in-depth understanding of analog photographic and darkroom processes.  Alternative process photography and mixed media will also be explored. Self-expression and artistic content is emphasized. Students are encouraged to have a 35mm film SLR camera but will have access to cameras provided by class.  Students must provide 3 rolls of Kodak TMAX or TRI-X (400 ISO) black and white film.

Photoshop for Photographers
Grades 7-12 (IFTA6412)

Develop a basic understanding of the digital photography work flow and how Adobe Photoshop can be used to help create unique, complex and imaginative imagery. Explore Adobe Photoshop layout and tools as well as become familiar with using layers and masks.  Learn compositional techniques and studio lighting that will give your photos a polished look.  Students are encouraged to have a digital camera for use during class.  A limited number of cameras will be available to share.

Ceramics I
Grades 7-8 (IFT5215)
Grades 9-12 (IFT5217)

Experience working with clay in this introductory class. Learn coil, slab, and pinch hand building techniques. Use the pottery wheel to create original works.

Ceramics II
Grades 8-12 (IFT5254)

Prerequisite: IFTA Ceramics I or HS Ceramics.

Refine your technique in hand building in this advanced level course. Expand skills on the wheel to develop larger, more graceful forms and approaches to create functional and decorative ceramic objects.

Sculpture I
Grades 7-12 (IFT6612)

Explore the exciting world of creating 3-D works of art. In this introductory class students use various sculpture techniques and media including plaster, cardboard, papier-mâché, wire and found objects. Experimentation, creative problem solving, and idea development will help guide you throughout the creative process.

Sculpture II
Grades 8-12 (IFT6615)

Prerequisite: IFTA Sculpture I or HS Sculpture.

Refine your skills and expand your knowledge by pushing the boundaries of working in 3-D. Using various materials, learn new techniques, use creative problem solving skills, and work on concept development to master the art of the 3-D form. Projects change yearly.