Art Summer Institute
Participants of the Art Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):
- Art 70 – Summer Art Institute: Special Topics in Studio (3 units)
Please visit the Art Summer Institute Student Gallery for sample projects.
Drawing and Painting (A) and (B) Curriculum
This course offers students opportunities to investigate contemporary and historical concerns in drawing and painting, and to develop new approaches to making artwork in these mediums. Students will work with two instructors, spending half the day studying Drawing, and the other half studying Painting, with coordinated daily homework assignments from both instructors. A Teaching Assistant will also meet with students throughout the day to offer support, technical expertise, and feedback.
In Drawing, students work with a variety of media to learn techniques for working from observation, as well as from imagination. In Painting, students receive instruction in composition, color mixing, and paint handling, as well as the encouragement to experiment and innovate. In both mediums, students explore form and content to develop new approaches to making art. Students also strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using individual meetings with the instructor, class discussion, and group critiques as critical tools for growth and development.
Photography (A) Curriculum
The Photography course examines contemporary and historical photography with a focus on form, content, and new approaches to making photographs. Students will work with two instructors, spending half the day studying portraiture, and the other half studying collage and construction methods in photography. Students will also receive coordinated daily homework assignments from both instructors. A Teaching Assistant will also meet with students throughout the day to offer support, technical expertise, and feedback.
With workshops in the fundamentals of camera operation and advanced techniques, students in photography will execute a wide range of projects and experiments to develop their skills and portfolio. Students also strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using individual meetings with the instructor, class discussion, and group critiques as critical tools for growth and development.
Drawing and Sculpture (A) Curriculum
The Drawing & Sculpture course is a unique opportunity to introduce students to art making techniques and interpretation rarely offered in high school curricula. Students will work with two instructors, spending half the day studying Drawing, and the other half studying Sculpture, with coordinated daily homework assignments from both instructors. A Teaching Assistant will also meet with students throughout the day to offer support, technical expertise, and feedback.
In Drawing, students work with a variety of media to learn techniques for working from observation, as well as from imagination. In sculpture, students will examine the complex relationships between form, space, materials, and meaning, and will be exposed to a wide array of conceptual processes, construction methods, and materials. The course also addresses historical, contemporary, and experimental traditions in drawing and sculpture, and gives students the opportunity to develop new approaches to making art. Students strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using individual meetings with the instructor, class discussion, and group critiques as critical tools for growth and development.
Video Art and Experimental Animation (B) Curriculum
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to experiment with a range of art-making practices centered around moving image and performance. Students will work with two instructors, spending half the day studying Video Art, and the other half studying Experimental Animation, with coordinated daily homework assignments from both instructors. A Teaching Assistant will also meet with students throughout the day to offer support, technical expertise, and feedback.
The class comprises a series of workshops designed to create space to experiment and play with ideas and processes, while learning core production skills. In addition to the foundations of video making, instruction may include found-footage collage, micro-length animation, music videos, live performance, and ad hoc set design and prop making. The course will examine these experimental methods and techniques in the context of the history of video art and film making. Individual and group critiques will help students consider their own and each other’s work critically and thoughtfully, expanding for them the rich potentials of video art and animation for meaning making and unmaking in their continuing practices as art makers and viewers.
SCHEDULE AND SYLLABUS
Please find the sample Monday - Friday schedule below, modeled for a students taking Drawing and Painting.
NOTE: This program will be completed entirely online. All listed course meeting times below are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). If completing the program in a different time zone, please make sure to account for the time difference.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM DRAWING CLASS
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Class meeting – Demos, lectures, assignments, etc.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Studio work and small group meetings with Instructor and TA .
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Class meeting – daily review, discuss homework, etc.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PAINTING CLASS
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Class meeting – Demos, lectures, assignments, etc.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Studio work and small group meetings with Instructor and TA .
3:30 AM – 4:00 PM Class meeting – daily review, discuss homework, etc.
Evening – Homework
Alongside daily studio work, participants are exposed to a range of media and contemporary art practices with presentations by both UCLA Department of Art faculty and visiting artists. These artists lectures are built into class meeting times throughout the Institute.
Sample syllabi coming soon!
All students will need a laptop or desktop with a working webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection (good enough for Netflix, for example). Headphones are optional but recommended.
Students in Drawing & Painting, Drawing & Sculpture classes will order complete kits directly from Blick Artist Materials in West LA. These kits are available to our students at a significant discount, priced at approximately $200, and include all of the tools and materials necessary for the class. Materials kits can be ordered for delivery via FedEx, or picked up curbside by appointment for families living in Los Angeles. If you have questions about ordering your materials please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video Art and Experimental Animation students must also have a smartphone (or other digital video recording device), and a computer for editing their work. Students who don’t have the Adobe software suite will be provided with a software license for the duration of the institute.
Photography students must have their own DSLR camera with manual mode, and a computer for editing their images. Students who don’t have Adobe Photoshop will be provided with a software license for the duration of the institute.
Faculty and Instructors
Drawing & Painting A, sections 1 & 2
Amedeo Polazzo was born in Starnberg, Germany and grew up in Vicenza Italy. He completed his undergraduate art degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and Duesseldorf in Germany and received an MFA from UCLA in the painting department in 2019. Solo Shows include: UCLA MFA Thesis Show, 2019 / Tom Dick or Harry, Duesseldorf, 2016 / Prince of Wales, Munich, 2014 / Einstein Culture Center, 2016, Munich / Prince of Wales, Munich, 2014. Group Shows: Quadriennale D’arte, Roma 2020 (Upcoming) / Chateau Shatto 2020 / Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, 2016 / Galerie Sperling, Munich, 2016 / Kunstverein Arnsberg, 2015 / Galleria Ostrakon, Milan, 2015.
Alex Heilbron was born in California and grew up in Vancouver, Canada and currently lives in Los Angeles. She was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2009 from the San Francisco Art Institute and studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 2014-2017. In Düsseldorf she studied with artists Rita McBride, Christopher Williams and Enrico David. She is a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing from UCLA and plans to graduate in 2020. Since beginning her studies she has exhibited at the Museum of Modern art in Moscow, the Kunstverein for Die Reinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf, as well as LAXArt in Los Angeles. In 2020 she staged an exhibition at Miami University’s Hiestand Galleries in conjunction with winning the Dorthy and William Yeck Young Painters Award. She also considers book making an integral part of her practice and over the past four years has worked with OSO Press, Ladybug House, and extensively with Good Press.
Drawing & Painting A, section 3
Ravi Jackson is an artist living in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016. Recent exhibitions include Positioner at Matthew Marks and Ice on Soul at Richard Telles gallery.
Cameron Masters is an LA-based artist. He is drawn to misalignments of individualism and civic ideals, whether in art or broader society. These observations are informed by years spent between rural Costa Rica and large German cities, and his subsequent life in the United States. Recent pieces include large concrete-relief portraits over canvas, and small acrylic and ink paintings folded into uneven book pages. He has three cats and two dogs.
Drawing & Sculpture A
Kate Mosher Hall is an artist, musician and printmaker based in Los Angeles who creates innovative works that engage with painting and printmaking processes. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at The Getty Museum (LA), Artist Curated Projects (LA), Phil Gallery (LA), 67 Ludlow (NYC), Roberts Gallery (LA), Human Resources (LA), Cirrus Gallery (LA), Marfa Ballroom (TX), 356 Mission (LA). I recently curated a show of printed works in Vancouver at Malaspina Printmakers Society. She is represented by Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Los Angeles) & Tanya Leighton (Berlin). In the years 2004-2009 Kate toured the world with multiple record releases with punk band Mika Miko as the drummer. Kate has taught at Emily Carr University in Vancouver Canada, CalArts and a teaching assistantship at UCLA. Kate graduated from UCLA with a MFA in Painting and received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts.
Jane Orr is an interdisciplinary Artist and Educator whose sculptural work invites audience participation. Thick Air studios was founded by Jane and two partners in 2010, working together they developed a framework for their projects to dispense authorship to the participants. Parlaying into Jane’s personal studio practice, her large-scale dimensional work allows the viewer to visually fill in the blanks of the story. She honed her building skills, visual storytelling, and painting through a series of commercial construction jobs, artist in-resident positions, and living life - she dispenses the broad strokes of a large image, reminding everyone that stories do not end at the corners of the frame. She has a BFA from The New York State school of ceramics and is a candidate for an MFA in sculpture from UCLA.
Ash Garwood is an Australian artist based in Los Angeles with a practice focusing on expanded photography. Her work explores a sustained interest in photographs and the processes of photography in relationship to the landscape, science fiction, queer theory and geology. Ash has a degree in Art Theory from the University of NSW and a Masters of Fine Art from UCLA. Ash has exhibited in Australia and the USA and her work is held in the collection of Artbank, Macquarie Bank, Gippsland Art Gallery and various private collections.
Sam Richardson is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in photography, as well as video, sound and writing. She is based in Los Angeles, CA. As an image maker working in a documentary-informed practice, Richardson strives to unlearn, break open and find new ways of creating images that interrogate collaboration and photographic relationships in the context of the body, trauma and care. She utilizes her experience as a Crisis Counselor to survivors in the ER of New York City, abolitionism and personal history to enter her work with a practice of care and investigation into personal and shared experience.
Participants of the Art Summer Institute will be awarded 3 units of Pass/No Pass credit after the successful completion of the program.
As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.
The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. This program is offered on a P/NP grading basis. The following grades are used to report the quality of student work for this program:
|P||Passed (achievement at grade C level or better)|
|NP||Not Passed (achievement at grade C- or lower)|
Courses in which students receive a P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements but will be disregarded in determining a grade-point average.
Credits / Units
UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).
UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.
For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.
The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order.
Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.
NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.
ART SUMMER INSTITUTE (SESSION A):
JULY 6 - JULY 17, 2020
ART SUMMER INSTITUTE (SESSION B):
JULY 20 - JULY 31, 2020