All of our classes are open to both homeschoolers and full-time students.  This year, however, we have a few shorter term classes that might be of special interest to homeschoolers.

Peace Art – Art and Activism

Thursdays 8:30 – 12:00 November 7 – January 16  
Artists critique and bring awareness to issues that affect our society in a very powerful way. IMG_3573edsmWe will look at both historical and contemporary artists whose work has addressed and promoted the need for societal change.  At the beginning of the course, students will explore and seek inspiration from a temporary exhibit at the Fleming Museum of Art: “Resist! Insist! Persist! Exploring the intersection of and activism” Students will use a mix of styles and mediums to create work that reflects their personal values.  Possible areas of exploration could be peace sculptures, graphic arts novels, the interaction of text and images, and the reimaging of gender stereotypes.  Class earns 1/4 credit at Pacem School.  Cost $400.  Open to students ages 10-18.

Jewelry Artjewelry

Thursdays 8:30 – 12:00 January 23 – March 26  (Note; this has been postponed from its original dates)
We’ll be exploring the wide world of Jewelry making! In this class, students will construct jewelry and seek inspiration by looking at examples of artisans work from both here and around the world.  Students will be exposed to a variety of basic techniques possibly including wire-wrapping, polymer clay sculpting, Utee enameling, beading, and more!  (The exact projects will depend somewhat on student interest.)  Regardless of the project, students will use techniques to further their artistic expression and create small piece or pieces that they can take home. Class earns 1/4 credit at Pacem School.  Cost $450.  (If students are interested in expensive materials, there may be a small materials fee as well.)  Open to students ages 10-18.

The Ancients

Tuesday/Friday 8:30 – 10:05 September 10 – December 20
Delve into the mysteries of ancient history! This class will take an in-depth look at several ancient cultures from around the world, which will be chosen in part based on student interest.  Through a range of different experiences, we’ll explore aspects of these cultures including mythology, customs, religion and spirituality, science and mathematics, and the arts, and attempt to bring these cultures to life.  We’ll also look at the impact of major developments such as agriculture and written language and discuss how historians and archaeologists learn about the ancient past.  This class will include hands-on activities like art and theater as well as literature, discussion, oral presentations, and both creative and expository writing.  Class earns 1/2 credit at Pacem School.  Cost $760.  Open to students ages 10-14

Computer Graphics and Programming:

Thursdays 8:30 – 12:00 Starting September 12 – December 19
This class covers introductory computer programming with an emphasis on making images on the screen. We will start with scratch and Python to teach software concepts and coding techniques.  Students will also have opportunities to learn the basics of widely used free image-creation software such as Inkscape, GIMP and Blender. In addition to creating images, these applications also offer additional opportunities for coding in the form of scripts and custom functions. With Blender and other programs, students will be able to explore the creation of 3-D models, which can ultimately put near-realistic images onscreen, or serve as the basis for 3D-printed objects.  Cost $760.  Open to students ages 12-18 and younger with permission.