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The Morehead State University Summer Arts Academy exists to nurture students' development in the arts in a setting which allows interaction with expert faculty and the opportunity to work with other students who share specific interests in music, theatre, dance, art & design, and creative writing.  All students will select a course of study appropriate to their individual medium , but all will receive the same opportunities. 

The Academy consists of six full days of activities, including individual and group instruction  in your chosen area (music, theatre, dance, art & design and creative writing).  Recreational activities will include an "Art Hop" night, movie night, bowling night and performances /presentations by Morehead State University Summer Art Academy faculty.  


Students will receive intensive individual and group instruction in their medium; private lessons and opportunities for chamber ensemble experience; (clarinet choir, trombone choir, etc. for example).  Students will have the opportunity to listen to faculty perform and will work closely with faculty to learn specific techniques that will assist them in becoming a better musician.   All students will take a music theory class, sign up for 2 electives during registration, *see below, and will have the opportunity to perform in the SAA Final Celebration Festival on Saturday, 1 p.m. 

Students involved with theatre during the Academy will receive intensive individual and group instruction in daily classes including but not limited to acting, improvisation, dance, elements of design, and production.  The student will also rehearse during the course of the week for the SAA Final Celebration Festival on Saturday.  Students involved with dance during the Academy will receive intensive individual and group instruction in daily technique classes offered in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern dance.  Studies in Improvisation, Dance Choreography, and Dance History supports the technical training students will receive and prepare the dancer for performance.  Dancers present a concert of repertoire created during the week and frequent collaboration with Academy music students enhances their overall Arts experience. 

Art & Design
Graphic Design & Illustration - 
Instructor:  Christopher Field –
We will look at a range of styles, methods and techniques that can be used to visually communicate an idea or feeling in graphic design.  Using one or more of these techniques, each student will create their own digital illustration of a self-portrait using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Ceramics - Instructor: Seth Green –
In this class, participants will learn how to construct functional pottery using clay slabs.  Pots that are made during the class will be glazed, fired in the kiln, and ready to take home at the end of the week.  There will also be time to experience making pottery on the potter’s wheel.

Photography - Instructor: Lee Ann Paynter –
In this class, participants will learn the magic of darkroom photography.  Images will be made using the Photogram method, where objects are placed directly onto light sensitive paper.   They will experiment with composition and layering, creating their own unique work to take with them after the class.

Printmaking - Instructor: Cecily Howell –
Students will learn how to use the technique of drypoint.  Students will explore various types of lines and shading created purely by marking onto the plexiglass/mylar.  Students will also get to experience the making of an edition as well as hand coloring their prints.

Creative Writing
Students will receive a broad but intense introduction to the art, craft and business of creative writing.  Academy students will work both individually and as groups with faculty members who are published authors.  Students will emerge from this experience better writers and better readers, prepared to create, revise and refine a wide array of creative work.      


Students signed up for music will have the the opportunity to select 2 electives during registration.
Music Electives include:
Music Technology
Class Piano
Jazz Improvisation
Choir for the instrumentalist
History of Rock 'n' Roll

Daily Schedule per area

Art and Design
Creative Writing


Check in/registration will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2015, 3 p.m., Baird Music Hall


"I loved the music! I liked all the private instruction time."

"I liked the fact that we had free time filled with electives, especially music technology because I love composing. Furthermore, I loved the music we played in all aspects. The Academy really got me motivated to practice.  I loved it!  I liked the concepts covered in the higher level theory class. I can’t wait until next year…I hope I get to come back."

"I liked everything about the Academy!  The counselors were great, the professors were wonderful. Everyone was nice and friendly. I can’t wait to go to school in the fall."

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