Teens in Green Chicago: Exploring Chicago's Secret Gardens will create stunning contemporary terrariums, as well as drawings based on field trips to rooftop and botanical gardens, parks, and farmer's markets. Apprentice artists will learn the value of our eco-system as well as indulge in the beauty and goodness of our local gardens.
The Go Green! program is designed to engage youth in the Green movement by providing hands-on visual arts experience in reuse and recycle concepts. Interns work with a professional artist to create recycling bins, composting bins and reusable bags all made from recycled materials. The goal of this program is to provide youth with a clear understanding of the human impact on the environment, and empower them to make small changes in their everyday routines that positively impact the environment.
In Co-op Glass Works apprentices obtain first-hand knowledge of glass sculpting with an emphasis on screen printed fused glass works and glass casting techniques. Youth gain a clearer understanding of their own creativity and cognitive abilities along with an in-depth introduction to glass as a versatile medium for artistic expression.
Furniture Painting is a visual arts program for teens interested in learning how to draw and paint on 2D and 3D surfaces while developing realistic and decorative painting skills. Advanced apprentices in this program will design and paint a variety of surfaces including tables, bird houses and cabinets.
Furniture Design is a visual arts program for teens interested in sculpture and woodworking. Through the use of hand tools, apprentices work together to design and produce unique pieces of furniture. In the process, teens will learn the importance of project planning and collaboration.
Fine Arts Overview and Multimedia Book Design is a creative art and design program for teens interested in creating art about community and social issues. Teens will bind their own books by hand, create community themed designs using drawing, painting, and basic photography skills, and display their art work in an end of term art exhibition.
Explorations in Drawing and Painting is designed for teens who would like to develop their visual arts portfolio. Apprentices will create figure drawings by studying a live model, will draw cityscapes, and will paint various still life objects. Teens will be encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of materials and will work on individual and collaborative projects.
Teens experiment with traditional darkroom techniques and camera formats. They also receive instruction and technical support in various alternative techniques such as pinhole camera, digital photography, collage, photograms, and non-darkroom-based processes while building a unique portfolio.
Document This is a digital photography program that explores the area of documentation and exhibition/curatorial practices. Students study related photographers, participate in guided coursework, develop their own documentary, write an artist statement and utilize an online blog to document and share their process to a larger audience.
Pre-Apprentices design and paint murals for the Chi Town indoor Soccer facility with an aztec/mayan theme. Teens work with renowned artists Anne Gaines and Robert Klunk to execute designs for public art projects / murals.