Summer High School
Teen Intensive Program
July 5 - July 30, 2021
Monday - Friday, 1-4 pm
$900, includes supplies*
Please read our health and safety guidelines below before registering.
WSS is thrilled to bring back our Summer High-School Teen Intensive Program in a condensed format this July. Combining skill-building, introduction to the work of contemporary artists, and camaraderie, the class will meet from 1-4 pm daily with a different focus each week. Whether building a portfolio or just wanting an artful summer, this program is perfect for teens of all levels. Still life, the clothed figure, portrait, and urbanscape will be the motifs for the first three weeks, with a very personal project at the end. Instruction will be held at WSS and outdoors as much as the weather allows, working with portable materials. The class size is limited to twelve students – so act fast! All instructors are fully vaccinated and are members of our year-round WSS faculty. All materials will be provided with an individual packet for each student. The materials fee is built into the tuition.
If space remains it may be possible to sign up for individual sessions – however, the sequential nature of the weeks means the most benefit is gained from being in the full program.
Black and White
Instructor: Mary Freedman
Working with graphite, charcoal, ink and other monochromatic drawing materials, students will work from still life objects and as well as the live model and portrait within the context of the outdoor spaces near WSS. Line, shape, value and compositional elements will be addressed as students discover their own mark and sensibility.
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
Continuing with observation, utilizing objects, live models, and the cityscape surrounding WSS, students will begin to bring color into the drawings. Colored pencils, pastels, oil pastels and other materials will be introduced as color theory and color relationships are explored. Composition, emphasis, and some experimentation will be explored.
Painting and Watermedia
Instructor: Brian Kelley
The third week will move to water-based paints – both watercolor and gouache –and will continue to use the outdoors as much as possible. The figure in the landscape will be a frequent motif. Learning the difference between the transparent qualities of watercolor and the opacity of gouache will part of the process. Combining these paints with some of the drawing materials from Weeks 1 and 2 will also be encouraged.
Telling Your Stories: Mixed Media and Collage
Instructor: Melvin Nesbitt, Jr.
The fourth week is an exciting opportunity to pull skills from the first three weeks together into a final work of art that is personal, inventive, and meaningful to the individual artist. Using all available materials plus the addition of collage, students will create a unique visual story that can be political, autobiographical, completely invented, or a combination of the above.
*Students will be provided with all supplies. Due to the limited space in this program, registration is final and no refunds or withdrawals will be allowed except under special circumstances as listed on our policies and resource page.
A limited number of scholarships are available. For additional inquiries about this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSS Health and Safety Measures
This summer, Washington Studio School is returning to limited in-person programs in our building. As we do, our first priority is the health and safety of our students, visitors, faculty, and staff.
To ensure that, WSS is setting forth and following a series of health and safety measures, based on current CDC and District of Columbia guidelines, to address the risk of contracting COVID-19 and its transmission.
We wish to emphasize that the risks of contracting COVID-19 remain significant and -- given that WSS activities are elective -- we urge that you not sign up for WSS programs unless you understand and accept those risks. Avoiding the transmission of COVID-19 in the WSS community relies not simply on precautions taken by the school, but also on the cooperation of all members of our community. Anyone participating in an in-person program at WSS will be expected to comply with the guidelines below.
These guidelines apply to students, visitors, faculty, and staff. They include the following:
1. Everyone in the WSS building must wear a properly fitted mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status. (For details on proper mask-wearing, visit cdc.gov).
2. Everyone will be required to participate in a daily health screening. For expected visitors, this screening may be conducted electronically before arrival. If your answer to any of the screening questions indicates a potential risk, you will be asked to stay home or go home.
3. Everyone must adhere to physical distancing requirements as indicated on signage placed throughout the building.
4. Anyone who feels sick should stay at home. If you begin to feel unwell while at WSS, please go home immediately and contact your physician.
5. Anyone who learns that they have contracted COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has contracted it should notify WSS immediately so that appropriate measures can be taken.
As WSS follows current CDC and District of Columbia guidelines for our health and safety procedures, we have implemented recommended safety measures, including the following:
1. Daily cleaning of high touch areas and surfaces;
2. Readily available sanitizing products throughout the building.
3. Capacity control to maintain suggested physical distancing measures of six feet between individuals.
4. Installation of HEPA air purifier systems and air quality monitoring equipment in shared spaces.
We will post signage at the entrance and throughout the building to provide additional guidance on safety measures.
If you have questions or concerns about safety protocols while participating in activities at WSS, please contact Laila Jadallah, Managing Director at email@example.com.
As new guidelines are released by the CDC and the District of Columbia, WSS will adjust its procedures as appropriate.