Bronx River Art Center Offers Fall 2010 Semester+ FREE Workshops!

Digital Media and Fine Arts Classes for All Ages- The fall session of the Bronx River Art Center’s (BRAC) after school and Saturday fine art and digital media classes will begin October 11th, and the registration period will be from September 27th through October 9th.Registration for the fall classes will be at BRAC’s new temporary headquarters at 2064 Boston Road at 179th Street, Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 pm and two Saturdays, October 2nd and October 9th, from 12 to 4 pm. Registration will also be open online at www.bronxriverart.org during these dates.

FREE WORKSHOPS!-During the first week of registration, they are offering a “Free Outdoor Workshop Series” in the courtyard of our new headquarters at 2064 Boston Road at 179th Street to provide a sample of the variety of classes they have to offer: Monday will be Filmmaking for teens (ages 14 to 18), Tuesday will be Cartooning for all ages, Wednesday will be Digital Photography for teens, Thursday will be Ceramic Sculpture for all ages, Friday will be Portfolio Preparation for 8th and 12th graders, and Saturday will be Drawing and Painting for all ages. Workshops will take place the week of September 27th through October 1st, from 4 to 6 pm, and Saturday, October 2nd, from 12 to 2 pm.

Youth classes will run October 11 through December 17, while Adult classes will run October 16 through December 11. Most classes require a small fee of $75 to $100 to help cover the cost of the class and to ensure a commitment from students. Classes include digital photography, drawing and painting, cartooning, sculpture, and film-making. This fall BRAC is also offering several free classes, including classes supported by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) at JHS 123, as well as an intensive Teen Institute.

The Eco-Media Teen Institute is available free, by application only, for a maximum of 15 students. Interested teens should apply by October 2nd. Information about how to apply can be found on their website at http://bronxriverart.org/education-teen-institute.cfm. This interdisciplinary program will integrate photography, graphic design, and urban planning with an emphasis on the environmental impact of urban development on the Bronx River. Students will not only gain technical skills in digital media, but will also critically consider issues of sustainable design and environmental justice in their community. They will learn about BRAC’s own building renovation, as well as visit relevant sites throughout NYC. Putting these lessons to use, students will create marketing materials for BRACand gain valuable leadership experience that will enhance college applications. The Teen Institute will culminate with a closing exhibition and borough-wide symposium.

The classes at JHS 123, which is located at 1025 Morrison Ave. near the Bruckner Expressway, are open only to students who live or go to school in Neighborhood Development Area 9 (NDA9), which surrounds the school.   These classes include cartooning, digital photography, and sculpture.

In addition to teaching classes in a variety of artistic media, BRAC will also offer Portfolio Preparation workshops for middle school students and a Teen Gallery Night & Portfolio Preparation class for high school students. These classes are perfect for building portfolios for high school or college entrance reviews. In the Teen Gallery Night and Portfolio Prep class, students will not only build their portfolios, but will also visit some of NYC’s best museums and galleries, taking advantage of living in the art capital of the world. These trips, led by a rotating group of practicing professional artists, provide an incredible opportunity for teens to gain exposure to an array of art practices, ideas, and theories that inspire them to experiment and develop their own artistic visions.

Bronx River Art Center-2064 Boston Rd.-P.O. Box 5002, Bronx, NY 10460 718-589-5819-info@bronxriverart.org

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