Art Classes for Teens 12 -18

College of the Atlantic News

DSC_0044Victoria Accardi ’14, is starting a fine art summer program for teens ages 12-17 in Bar Harbor, Maine. The two or three-week courses begin on June 23.  Workshops will take place on the College of the Atlantic campus.
According to Accardi, “Classes are designed to equip students with foundation skills in fine art practices to help them realize their own artistic potential and provide a conducive and creative outlet for young adults in such a critical time in their developmental process. The projects are intended to build confidence in technical practices, while leaving room for individual creativity. These concepts together will inspire and motivate students to continue honing their skills in fine art, and set them on the track for college application.”
This program is unique for this area as it targets an age group that has or may have fazed out of the “summer camp” model, but is still in need of inspiring summer activities…

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8 responses to “Art Classes for Teens 12 -18

  1. I want to take lessons from Victoria in Bar Harbor!! I know, I know…

  2. Clearly Victoria is carrying on in the family tradition. Eric would be proud.

    “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire…” — William Butler Yeats

  3. Good for her. I like when you showcase her talent.

    As a side note; I hope that they will focus somewhat on the commercial applications of the arts. I didn’t learn any of that until I went to college but I firmly believe that some aspects of art marketing should be taught to secondary school level students.

    It only make sense to given that many North American high schools have long had co-op and other courses that introduce “young entrepreneurs” to business mentoring organizations like Junior Achievement. I find that these entities don’t really cover the commercial arts which is in fact the world’s largest industry.

    Being the world’s largest means that it is saturated with artists and; therefore, has the highest level of competition. So, young artists need to learn how to navigate this ocean if they want to afford being able to continue their artistic calling.

    • I’m sure you’re right, after all if they do it for other fields….I recall, when I went to a high school for visual arts I was really turned off by the focus on the commercial aspects, I wanted to improve my skills, I would have liked an education in art history, I wanted ART, haha…I was in the wrong decade, it was the 80s and art in general was out of fashion and considered useless, so there was the “hard sell,” and I have, still, an uneasy feeling regarding the confluence of art and commercialism….nevertheless, you are correct – it is a huge industry and artists, in particular, are perhaps poorly suited to navigate it. Still, I say – art first.

  4. Art will always be first in my book. I just know that because the masses have stupidly relagated the arts as frivolity, it takes commercial know how to convince them that they need to embrace the arts for their own good.

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