City Lab

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City Sketchbook By Fred Kogan

Session 1: June 18 - June 29 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Session 2: July 2 - July 13 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; No class July 4)
Cost: $425 per two week session
Prerequsisite: Rising 5th - 12th graders

The City Sketchbook 1 and 2: In both courses, students will have the opportunity to travel to exciting locations in the city, where they will draw and paint the subject matter from direct observation. They will be encouraged to work energetically, to be self-motivated and to relate drawing and painting to self-discovery. Students will learn about the basic art elements, such as line, tone, value, hue, proportion, perspective, texture and modulation. Finally, students will learn concepts of compositional structure: picture plane, cropping, movement, symmetry, proportion and craftsmanship. Students will learn the major characteristics of the various drawing and painting media including pencil, charcoal, graphite stick, Conte crayon, India ink, colored pencil, oil pastel, chalk pastel and watercolor.

This course is taught by Fred Kogan, who studied industrial design at Kent State University and art education at Parsons School of Design/Bank Street College of Education. Fred has taught art at Friends Select School in grades 5-8 for the past 15 years, and has taught City Sketchbook for the past 14 years. In his own work, Fred enjoys drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. His work has been exhibited at The Plastic Club, Fleisher Art Memorial and Tyler School of Art/Rome. Fred loves drawing and painting from observation in Center City and his goal is to inspire young artists to become passionate urban sketchers.

In partnership with Drexel University’s Close School of Business, Friends Select School is proud to offer:

Nature, Grittiness, Grit, and Entrepreneurship In The City

July 9th to July 20th (12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Cost: $270
Prerequisite: For rising 10th-12th graders

Wanna see a bunch of cool sights and sites in our city that most people never encounter? Then sign up for this immersive urban experience!

The canvas: Philadelphia - fifth largest US city; loads of wealth in Center City and University City; poorest big city in the US; 10,000 acres of preserved natural areas; 40,000 vacant inner-city lots; two dynamic rivers closely connected to the ocean.....Beauty, history, culture, social issues, opportunities. So much to dive into and explore!

The goal of our camp experience is to stimulate your sense of wonder, awe, and curiosity by exploring lesser known but super cool natural and urban places in Philly. Our varied journeys will expose you to awesome natural and built beauty, as well as challenging social problems. Along the way, you’ll also meet several inspiring local social entrepreneurs, who are positively impacting our local neighborhoods. By the end of our treks, you’ll walk away with a newfound awareness of the amazingness of our city and, perhaps, an urge to get involved in a new cause related to your own passion!

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