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2017 Summer Community Arts Academy

About Us

The Community Arts Academy (CAA), is a division of the Buffalo State School of Arts and Humanities.

Our mission is to nurture student creativity, critical thinking, and applied skills through joyful cultural experiences in the arts and humanities.

Designed by Buffalo State faculty, CAA classes and workshops are researched-based and provide students with engaging hands-on experiences rooted in the most contemporary pedagogical approaches. Exceptional instruction is provided by Buffalo State faculty, graduates, and advanced student interns teaching under faculty supervision.

CAA offers courses in visual and digital arts, music, dance and creative writing for children, birth through grade 12. We can tailor programming for homeschool groups and organizations off-site. Reach out to us to pursue other instructional options by contacting Anthony Chase, Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities via e-mail (chaseaj@buffalostate.edu) or telephone (716-878-6326).

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with your child and hope you will share this Buffalo State cultural resource with a friend.

2017 Summer Community Arts Academy

SUNY Buffalo State College is excited to announce the 2017 course schedule! More classes will be added over the coming weeks, so check back soon!

We offer courses in the creative arts that include visual and digital art as well as creative writing, and we have two summer music intensives as well as a piano week!

Creative Arts

Week 1: July 10 - 14, 2017

     Exploring Artistic Expression - K-12th

     EmPOWERment in Writing and Performance Art - 6-12th

Week 2: July 17 - 21, 2017

     Graphic Novel Workshop - 7-12th

     Experimenting with Screen Printing - 7-12th (coming soon!)

Week 3: July 24 - 28, 2017

     Creating Color and Pattern on Fabric - 8-12th

     Digital Writing Workshop - 5-12th

Week 4: July 31 - August 4, 2017

     Little Journalists - K-6th

     Digital Animation - 5-12th

Week 5: August 7 - 11, 2017 

     Creative Writing for Children - K-6th

Week 6: August 14 - 18, 2017

     Journalism Boot Camp - 10-12th

Summer Music Institute (7-12th grade)

     Classical Camp  - July 10 - 14, 2017

     Summer Piano Week - July 10 - 14, 2017

     Jazz Camp - July 17 - 21, 2017

 

Creative Arts Courses

Your child will develop innate talents and find new creative paths while exploring varied art making techniques in hands-on, interactive art classes. Each child receives individual attention and encouragement in these research-based classes taught by visual, digital arts and creative writing professionals. Find an enrichment course for all grades, K-12. Broken down into intense focus multiple week classes, or workshops, each genre will engage students in a field of study while incorporating personal interests.

Week 1: July 10 - 14, 2017

Exploring Artistic Expression

Course description: This class enhances creativity through guided open ended questioning and independent student exploration and individual skills development. Students will be given a variety of materials and encouraged to create an artistic response to a stimulating question or situation presented to them. 

Grade Level: K-12th

Schedule: July 10-14, 2017

     Grades K-5th:  9AM - Noon
     Grades 6-12th: 1PM - 4PM - Students at this level work as an independent study to help develop their critical-thinking skills, and enhance their art making abilities while building their portfolio.

Instructors: Kaitlin Allen, B.S. in Art Education (Buffalo State); M.S. in Art Education (Buffalo State).
Contact: Bethgekr01@gmail.com or (716) 472-1707
Website: http://bethgekr01.wixsite.com/missbcaa

Class Location: Upton Hall 404   Campus Map

Class fee: $139

REGISTER K-5th Grade (9AM-Noon)

REGISTER 6-12th Grade (1PM-4PM)

Additional Information: Materials are provided; additional supplies are optional. Please bring a smock. Maximum 12 students.

Policies and Procedures 

 

EmPOWERment in Writing and Performance Art

Course description: Experience the transformative power of writing and performance art! Students will construct dynamic individual and collaborative writing and performance pieces inspired by personal interests and daily walking field trips. Activities and workshops will focus on the theme of empowerment; leading students on a journey towards developing life skills including writing, public speaking, teamwork, and creative thinking. Students will cover a variety of topics such as multi-genre writing, acting, and performance art which will include individual reflections, collaborative discussions, exercises, and FUN! 

Grade Level: 6-12th

Schedule: July 10-14, 2017 - 9AM - 3PM

Instructors: Aimee M. Levesque, Adjunct Professor Buffalo State College; M.A., MLS Doctoral Candidate, CISL, Department of Learning and Instruction, University at Buffalo; Member, New York State Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC).
Contact: levesqam@buffalostate.edu or (716) 573-9106
Website: 

Class Location: Butler Library 208   Campus Map

Class fee: $249

REGISTER

Additional Information: All participants are required to provide their own lunch and water bottle. Maximum of 15 students.

Policies and Procedures

 

Week 2: July 17 - 21, 2017

Graphic Novel Workshop

Course description: Students will combine the Language Arts and Visual Arts over a week-long workshop, by learning how to develop their ideas, conceptualize their own characters, and build the framework for their first graphic novel.  Students will be guided through various skill building and critical thinking activities by two Buffalo State faculty members who want to help bring your stories to life.  

Grade Level: 7-12th

Schedule: July 17 - 21, 2017 - 9AM - 1PM

Instructors: Kaitlin Allen, B.S. in Art Education (Buffalo State); M.S. in Art Education (Buffalo State) and Rene Bonilla, B.S. Childhood Education with an English Extension (Buffalo State)

Contact: Bethgekr01@gmail.com or (716) 472-1707
Website: http://bethgekr01.wixsite.com/missbcaa

Class Location: Upton Hall 404   Campus Map

Class fee: $150

REGISTER

Additional Information: Please bring your ideas, a sketchbook and a pencil. All other materials will be provided.  Bring your own lunch or snack and water bottle; lunch will not be provided. Maximum of 12 students.

Policies and Procedures

 

Week 3: July 24 - 28, 2017

Creating Color and Pattern on Fabric

Course description: This workshop will introduce students to the textile/fiber arts studio through learning how to color and pattern fabric using resist dye techniques such as shibori and batik.  Students will also learn to make several different dye recipes. We will create samples on a variety of natural fabrics and conclude with the opportunity for each student to create a large piece of hand dyed and patterned fabric that can be used for clothing, scarves, upholstery, home goods, banners, and more.

Grade Level: 8-12th

Schedule: July 24-28, 2017 - 9AM - Noon

Instructors: Dawne Hoeg

Contact: hoegdc@buffalostate.edu
Website: www.stitchbuffalo.org

Class Location: Upton Hall 412   Campus Map

Class fee: $149

REGISTER

Additional Information: Materials are included.

Policies and Procedures 

 

Digital Writing Workshop

Course description: Through the use of computers and iPads, students will create multimodal video projects that focus on their lived experiences and larger issues or problems they find meaningful. Participants will read and write diverse texts throughout the workshop and will receive direct one-on-one support during the reading, writing and composing process. Participants’ work will be shared throughout, and each student will present one project during the last class meeting. Reading, writing, and digital composing are indispensable skills in college and the workplace, and the Digital Writing Workshop will help students from all backgrounds to foster those skills. Projects may be featured on the Buffalo State website.

Grade Level: 5-12th

Schedule: July 24-28, 2017 - 9AM - Noon

Instructor: Rene Bonilla, B.S. Childhood Education with an English Extension (Buffalo State)

Class Location: TBD  Campus Map

Class fee: $139

REGISTER

Additional Information: Please bring a pen and spiral notebook, a flash drive, and an iPad or other tablet with camera capabilities.  Please inform the instructor if you need a tablet for use in class. Maximum of 12 students.

Policies and Procedures

 

Week 4: July 31 - August 4, 2017

Little Journalist

Course description: Embark on a "spy route" like Harriet the Spy, and become "little journalists" within this fun-filled, one week course. Students will observe public forums in the safe Buffalo Sate campus surroundings, record observations in their very own notebooks, and learn how to transform these observations into journalistic writing. Professor Haid will appropriately introduce young minds to elementary journalistic methods by borrowing from some of Buffalo State's most popular journalism courses. and an

Grade Level: K-6th

Schedule: July 31 - August 4, 2017 - 9AM - 3PM

Instructors: Natalie Haid, English Adjunct Professor, SUNY Buffalo State; M.A. in English, SUNY Buffalo State, A.B.D. Doctoral designation in English Literature from Western University

Contact: dibiasna@buffalostate.edu
Website: 

Class Location: TBD   Campus Map

Class fee: $249

REGISTER

Additional Information: All participants are required to provide their own lunch, water bottle, ruler, coloring materials, and smocks. (This course does not include a nap time). Maximum of 25 students.

Policies and Procedures

Digital Animation

Course description: The fundamentals of animation will be explored through hand-drawn and computer-based techniques with mobile technology, and free software you can continue to use at home. For those students who took the Graphic Novel Workshop (above), they can bring portions of the graphic novel and characters to life digitally! No experience is neccessary.

Grade Level: 5-12th

Schedule: July 31 - August 4, 2017 - 9AM - Noon

Instructors: Brent Patterson, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo State; M.A. in Fine Art, Washington State University

Contact: patterbd@buffalostate.edu
Website: http://www.brentpatterson.com/

Class Location: Upton 211   Campus Map

Class fee: $139

Registration Link coming soon!

Additional Information: All participants should bring a flash drive to store their work. If available, please bring an iPad or other tablet with camera capabilities.  Please inform the instructor if you need a tablet for use in class. Maximum of 15 students.

Policies and Procedures

 

Week 5: August 7 - 11, 2017

Arts & Humanities, Creative Writing for Children

Course description: Children will create three original books in this one week course: a Pop-Up, Comic, and book of Poetry. Each piece will mimic the style and design of a popular children's publication that will be discussed in great detail throughout the duration of the course. Such discussion will reflect the kind of "close-reading" that the Buffalo State English Department exercises within its Children's Literature courses, but at a much younger level. This practice will give children a taste of what is like to read literature for more than entertainment, and what is thus learned will be reflected in the three books to be created. The original works created in this course will be considered for potential publication on the Buffalo State College Web Site. 

Grade Level: K-6th

Schedule: August 8 - 12, 2017 - 9AM - 3PM

Instructors: Natalie Haid, English Adjunct Professor, SUNY Buffalo State; M.A. in English, SUNY Buffalo State, A.B.D. Doctoral designation in English Literature from Western University

Contact: dibiasna@buffalostate.edu

Class Location: TBD   Campus Map

Class fee: $249

REGISTER

Additional Information: All participants are required to provide their own lunch, water bottle, ruler, coloring materials, and smocks. (This course does not include a nap time). Maximum of 25 students.

Policies and Procedures

 

Week 6: August 14 - 18, 2017

Journalism Boot Camp

Course description: This intensive, five-day boot camp is designed for high school students who have a serious interest in journalism. Learning basic skills in news reporting, including writing, interviewing, filming, and editing, students will gain hands-on experience with Buffalo State’s equipment and facilities. Students will produce original work across multi-media platforms that will be posted online at the end of the week.  

Grade Level: 10-12th

Schedule: August 14-18, 2017 - 9AM - 3PM

Instructor: Annemarie Franczyk, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Journalism

Contact: francza@buffalostate.edu or 716-878-5900
Website: http://communication.buffalostate.edu/faculty/annemarie-franczyk

Class Location: Donald Savage Building 110  Campus MapArts & Humanities, 

Class fee: $199

REGISTER

 

Policies and Procedures

Summer Music Institute of 2017

Students are immersed in music rehearsals, lectures, master classes, seminars and ensemble performance.

Classical CampJuly 10 - 14 , 2017

Course Description: The Classical Camp provides students the opportunity to continue their musical development in an intensive one-week music program. Curriculum consists of small and large ensembles, theory,  ear training, piano, and conducting classes, master classes and special topics lectures led by internationally recognized Buffalo State music faculty along with other outstanding local performers, teachers, and scholars. 

Grade Level: 7-12th (divided into 7-9th and 10-12th) The Classical Camp is designed for experienced secondary school musicians who are proficient on a primary instrument, and are able to perform in ensembles. 

Schedule: July 10 - 14, 2017 - 8AM - 3PM

Daily schedule (subject to change)
8AM-10AM         Large Ensemble Rehearsals

10:15AM-11AM  Theory, Ear Training, and Piano Classes

11:10AM-Noon   Vocal Ensemble

Noon-1PM          Lunch

1PM-2PM           Special Topics: Conducting, Digital Music, African Drumming

2PM-3PM           Chamber Ensembles

Final Concert will be held at the end of the week.

Instructors: Internationally recognized Buffalo State music faculty along with other outstanding local performers, teachers, and scholars. 

Contact: Dr. Rick Fleming, fleminrl@buffalostate.edu or call 716-878-6504

Class Location: TBA  Campus Map

Class fee: $200

REGISTER

Policies and Procedures       

 

Summer Piano Week - July 10 - 14, 2017

Course description:  Pianists in grades 7-9 an 10-12 have the opportunity to continue their musical development in an intensive 1-week session.  The piano curriculum will focus on exploring the broad spectrum of experiences than can begin with classical piano study.  In addition to solo repertoire performance, pianists will explore the world of collaborative piano and get to know the harpsichord and organ. 

Additional topics include practice, memorization, and performance strategies, theory and ear training, sight reading, piano pedagogy (especially focused on how to take on a young beginning student), collaborative piano technique, and Alexander technique. 

Students will explore new ways to grow as keyboard players and musicians. 

Grade Level: 7-12th (divided into 7-9th and 10-12th)

Schedule: July 10 - 14, 2017 - 8AM - 3PM

Sample Daily schedule (subject to change)
8AM-8:45AM          Warmup (Alexander technique lesson) 

9AM-9:45AM          Piano Class

9:45AM-10:30AM   Private Lesson 

10:30AM-Noon       Faculty concert and masterclass 

Noon-1PM              Lunch

1PM-2PM               Group Topic 

2PM-3PM               Collaborative Piano Experience

The schedule will vary slightly each day. 

Contact: Abigail Rockwood, rockwoab@buffalostate.edu 

Class Location: TBA  Campus Map

Class fee: $200

REGISTER

Policies and Procedures        

 

Jazz CampJuly 17 - 21, 2017

Course description: The Jazz Camp provides students with the opportunity to explore songwriting, piano, jazz improvisation, jazz theory and jazz/rock combo experience. All courses are taught by internationally recognized Buffalo State Music faculty and highly skilled professionals from Western New York.

Grade Level: 7-12th (divided into 7-9th and 10-12th). The Jazz Camp is designed for experienced student musicians who are proficient on a primary instrument and who can perform in a jazz ensemble setting. 

Schedule: July 17 - 21, 2017 - 8AM - 3PM

Daily Schedule: (subject to change)
8AM-10AM         Big Band/Vocal Jazz Ensemble

10:15AM-11AM  Theory, Jazz Arranging

11AM-Noon        Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Noon-1PM          Lunch

1PM-2PM           Jazz Improvisation Class

2PM-3PM           Jazz Combo Rehearsals

Final Concert will be held at the end of the week.

Instructors: The most recognized and highly-skilled jazz musicians from around the region.

Contact: Dr. Rick Fleming, fleminrl@buffalostate.edu or call 716-878-6504

Class Location: TBA  Campus Map

Class fee: $200

REGISTER

Policies and Procedures                                                          

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