Whatever you do in life, humanities and liberal arts are the foundation towards a successful career path. Integral to being a well rounded person include an appreciation for world cultures and language/writing skills.
Are you interested in learning the basics of lettering? Have you seen gorgeous lettering on social media, in ad campaigns, or on clothing and thought “I’d love to be able to do that!”? Would you like to create original designs that feature custom lettering in your own unique style? This course will introduce students to the basic principles of lettering and design. Through hands-on activities, students will dive into the wonderful world of expressive lettering. Exploration of letterforms will happen via observation, calligraphic mark making, sketching, and digital drawing. Students will learn how to transform a rough idea into a refined concept sketch and turn that sketch into a digital drawing that can be used in a wide range of applications.
A critical exploration into the roots, development, and enduring impact of Hip-Hop for people across the globe. Hip-Hop, as both politicized art form and sociocultural movement, can expose common-sense ideas and practices central to racism, sexism, homophobia, settler-colonialism, and systemic poverty. Upon surveying a critical history of how and why Hip-Hop emerged fifty years ago, we will explore how Hip-Hop lends marginalized communities a voice to express a politics of radical, youth empowerment.
In our two-week session, students will work closely with local company iFixit to write repair guides for iFixit.com. In teams of 3-4, students will pick out a device (such as a vacuum, laptop, or printer) at the iFixit office and will reverse engineer it to write these repair guides.
Would you like to improve your research, communication, speaking, and presentation skills while learning to persuade in one action-packed course? Each day students will research a debate topic. They will then compose argumentative cases and deliver to judges throughout the course. After each debate round, students will receive instructor feedback as well as deliver/receive peer. If desired, it may be possible to culminate the course in an in-class debate tournament. This class will sharpen key skills that will boost your speaking confidence and enhance your ability to organize and express ideas clearly.
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Writing for College = Writing for Life. The course stresses the fundamentals of writing, prepares students for college applications as students create their own resumes and master their college essays. Students will also be introduced to specific AP and college-level writing techniques – skills that are not only useful in their high school days, but in college and beyond.