Summer Learning Programs: IFTA Class Descriptions
Summer Institute for the Arts includes dance, music, theatre, visual art, and fashion classes.
Students should pick four from this list of classes based on their fall 2020-21 grade level. These classes may be any combination of dance, music, theatre arts, visual arts, or fashion.
Grade 9 (IFT2035)
This course is open to current FCPS students entering grades 9.
4-week class only
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 coordinated with Online Campus and completes the daily 1-hour virtual teacher-led instruction required for the course. Students are responsible for completing the remaining 2 1/2 hour online and 1-hour fitness portions each day on their own time. The course is pass/fail unless students elect to take it for a letter grade. Upon successful completion students earn one credit.
- Students must select the HPE9 class as their;mainchoice, not alternate, 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.
- 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.
There are mandatory face-to-face assessments. Pre-Assessment - July 19th or 22nd. Post Assessment July 31st. Class begins self-directed work on June 29
Classes Meet: Monday, July 6-Friday, July 31, 2020
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 materials are on FCPS 24-7 Learning. 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 are required to complete this course.
Students must have:
- A working computer.
- Access to the internet along with access to FCPS 24/7.
- Valid email addresses for himself/herself and parent/guardian.
The Self-Directed EPF course at IFTA is:
- 1 of 4 classes in students schedule. Students must select the EPF class as their main choice, not alternate, 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.
- Supervised by an IFTA teacher but no instruction is provided. Students are responsible for completing additional coursework each day on their own time.
- Included in the cost of IFTA’s tuition.
Course Dates: June 29 -July 31, 2020
Dance classes of similar techniques may be combined due to enrollment.
Grades 7-12 (IFT0620)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grades 9-12 (IFT3322)
By way of theatre appreciation, this course will allow students to venture through the warm-ups, games, and exploratory journeys that are inherent to the art form. Emphasis on ensemble activities and group play is at the center of this course. Let your imaginations go wild as you take risks, create magical moments, and explore the world of improvisational storytelling.
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
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.
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.
Grades 9-12 (IFT0563)
In this advanced level class, learn more advanced rhythmic patterns where clarity and speed of footwork are emphasized while focusing on center combinations/choreography. Combine patterns into fun dance routines. Designed for students who have prior dance experience and would do ballet, modern, jazz, tap and a taste of hip hop. Tap shoes required.
Music classes with separate grade levels indicated may be combined due to enrollment.
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.
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.
Grades 7-11 (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.
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.
Grades 7-12 (IFT1951)
Play drum set, mallet, and orchestral percussion instruments. Learn basic, intermediate, or advanced 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, sequencing, and recording software.
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.
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.
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!
Grades 8-12 (IFT1017)
Prerequisite: Show Choir I
Develop proficiency in ensemble performance as you study more advanced vocal techniques and choreography.
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.
Some Theatre classes with separate grade levels indicated may be combined due to enrollment.
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.
Grades 9-12 (IFT3315)
Prerequisite: 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.
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.
Grades 7-8 (IFT3312)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grades 7-8 (IFT3330)
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!
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.
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.
Grades 8-12 (IFT3617)
Prerequisite: Makeup I within the past three years.
Learn techniques for more advanced character and special effects makeup including advanced old age, cuts, bruises and burns, hairdressing and wig applications, and gel effects. 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.
Grades 9-12 (IFT3619)
Prerequisite: 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.
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.
Grades 8-12 (IFT3719)
Prerequisite: Musical Theatre I.
Master advanced musical theatre skills and work on becoming a “triple threat” - singer, dancer, and actor.
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.
Grades 8-12 (IFT3854)
Prerequisite: Stage Combat I.
Behold the dagger and the sword! Advance your techniques in stage fighting and stage weaponry.
Grades 9-12 (IFT3855)
Prerequisite: Stage Combat I and II. Further adventures in staging fight scenes. Broadsword combat takes things to the next level!
Grades 7-8 (IFT3730)
Learn behind the scenes applications of the working theatre. Emphasis will be on the process of page to stage in the design journey of costumes, settings, lighting, sound, marketing, and stage management. Students will be given project-based learning models to envision and build. Hands on training with stage equipment may be limited due to site specific schools.
Grades 9-12 (IFT3732)
For the advanced theatre student who is interested in a more thorough approach to behind the scenes applications of
the working theatre. Emphasis will be on the process of page to stage in the design journey of costumes, settings, lighting, sound, marketing, and stage management. The reading and discussion of sample scripts will be part of the course study. Students will be given project-based learning models to envision and build. Hands on training with stage equipment may be limited due to site specific schools. If you are hoping to lead a tech team or crew in your base school, this is the course for you!
- 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.
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 or improve their drawing technique. It can be taken in conjunction with other fundamental classes.
Grades 9-12 (IFT5656)
Prerequisite: IFTA Foundations of Drawing, MS Art Expressions, or HS Studio Art. Explore unusual solutions to drawing problems by combining 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.
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 work with clothed models.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Grades 7-8 (IFT5312)
Grades 9-12 (IFT5315)
Art meets technology! Explore various techniques to create and manipulate images with Adobe Photoshop. Create logos, graphics, and composite images. Students should have a digital camera or may use their personal device. A limited number of cameras will be available to share. A USB flash drive is recommended.
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 white-board stop motion animation, and creating an interactive drag and drop game. A USB flash drive is recommended.
Grades 9-12 (IFT5365)
Prerequisite: IFTA Digital Art and Design or 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.
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.
Grades 7-12 (IFT6215)
Grades 8-12 (IFT6216)
Prerequisite: 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.
Grades 7-8 (IFT6226)
Grades 9-12 (IFT6228)
Prerequisite: 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.
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.
4 week class only
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.
4 week class only
Grades 7-8 (IFT6411)
Grades 9-12 (IFT6412)
Develop a basic understanding of the digital photography workflow 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.
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 to create unique one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Grades 8-12 (IFT6016)
Prerequisite: IFTA Jewelry Making-Introduction Design and create stunning jewelry from brass, copper, new gold, and wire. Create metal beaded necklaces and bracelets, metal cuff bracelets, and other interesting pieces.
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.
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.
4 week class only
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.
Grades 7-12 (IFT6612)
Explore the exciting world of creating 3-D works of art. In this introductory class students will 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.
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.
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.
Grades 7-8 (IFT5815)
Grades 9-12 (IFT5817)
Develop fashion construction skills in reading and creating patterns, using a sewing machine. Students will have the opportunity to design and construct practical everyday items on the machine.
(FIRST SESSION ONLY - JULY 6-17) Grades 7-8 (IFT5530) NEW!
Grades 9-12 (IFT5531)
Learn many techniques for decorating with buttercream to achieve a beautifully finished cake that tastes as good as it looks! Each class begins with a brief discussion of recipes and techniques. Then, you’ll roll up your sleeves and get to work, learning how to create and tint buttercream, then level, fill, layer, and crumb coat cakes like a professional. Experiment with cake dripping, fault lines, and creating flowers. It’s bound to be a tasty treat!
(SECOND SESSION ONLY - JULY 20-31) Grades 7-8 (IFT5530) NEW!
Grades 9-12 (IFT5536)
Learn edible artistry skills like those used on The Food Network. Students will sculpt with delicious white and dark modeling chocolate. Students will also learn to make their own modeling chocolate, to manipulate sugar paste, and fondant to make colorful cake toppers.
4 week class only
Grades 7-8 (IFT5810)
Students learn Amigurumi- Japanese trend of crochet in the round to create 3-D forms and stuffed animals. Students will learn how to crochet using the single stitch and the double stitch and will learn to read and follow patterns for fun and exciting 3-D characters, including Marvel, Harry Potter, My Little Pony, and Star Wars figures.Included in this course is Felting & Weaving- Traditional techniques used in needle felting will be explored to create sculptural felt animals. Students will also learn how to turn raw wool into colorful felt for jewelry through the nuno (wet) felting process. Hand weaving wool yarn on table looms will be covered for those students wishing to make woven belts or bag straps.