UICA's ArtWorks program is a free, five-week long innovative job training program for creative youth, ages 14 to 19. The program readies young people for 21st century creative careers by providing inventive studio practices, professional resources, and opportunities for students to present themselves and their work to the community.
Sculptor / Fashion
Designer / Illustrator / Photographer / Art
Educator / Graphic
Designer / Architect / Painter / Printmaker / Interior Designer /
ArtWorks is a five-week, free program for students ages 14-18 years old. Students participating in the program will receive on-site job training and mentorship, and engage in art, design, and installation projects. Led by highly qualified instructors and artists, students work in small groups on the creative process and design solutions to client or community partner needs.
PROJECT 1 / COMMUNITY MURAL
Participants will work with a lead artist to plan and execute a community revitalization initiative and mural project in a public space. Students
will work with neighbors and business owners
in the community to generate a design concept and installation to be enjoyed by the individuals living and working in the area.
PROJECT 2 / PHOTO + DIGITAL MEDIA
Students will work in small groups to explore the unique experiences that downtown businesses offer to residents and guests visiting Grand Rapids. These groups will interview local shop owners and create their own works of art in collaboration with downtown artists. As a collective group, students will write, edit, and develop an open source blog to share their experiences with the community.
PROJECT 3 / APPAREL DEVELOPMENT
Students will work with UICA staff and a local screen printing company to conceptualize and
produce a cohesive series of designs for UICA’s
early childhood education program. The designs will be implemented on a line of clothing and accessories. Students will be involved in every step of the process from design to production, including the development of a visual merchandising strategy for the items to be sold in the UICA Gift Shop.
ArtWorks runs Mon–Thurs for five weeks
Applications due: May 1, 2016
Orientation: June 28, 2016
Classes: July 11—August 11, 2016
Summer Celebration: August 12, 2016