July 12--Art and business are coming together for teens in the fall with a new Design Art Academy. Middle and high school students who are passing their classes in school will have an opportunity to enhance their art skills while working toward creating a professional portfolio of their work.
According to Kristi Brown, executive director of the Design Art Academy, the purpose of the program is to give learners who aren't necessarily interested in sports or school clubs a chance to get involved in an activity while teaching them how to turn their talent into a meaningful project in the community or into a career.
"By doing good work and marketing themselves, they can make money on their talent and build a portfolio that could be a stepping stone into college and also a career," Brown said.
The Design Art Academy intends for the courses to supplement to what the students learn in school. They will be led by local artists and interns from Indiana University. Art instruction will focus on drawing, graphic art, photography and videography. Students might use their artistic abilities to create signs, T-shirt designs, business cards or fliers to go into their professional portfolio. They will also be asked to work toward projects for a customer base.
"We're very excited to get this going, and I can't wait to see all the talent that comes through," Brown said.
Students will attend twice a week for an hour and 30 minutes of instruction, and they will also have open lab time twice a week for an hour and a half to work on projects with computers or other equipment. The course will cost $395, and applications for the Design Art Academy are currently being accepted. The program will hold two sessions in the fall, two in the spring, and one in the summer. All sessions will last eight weeks.
The Design Art Academy will open its doors about six weeks after school starts. It is at 2120 W. Vernal Pike, inside Kicks Unlimited Dance Studio. Get more information on kicksdance.com/designart.
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