City Lab

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City Sketchbook
Session 1: June 19-30 (1-4 p.m.)
Session 2: July 3-14 (1- 4 p.m.)
Cost: $420 for one session, $750 for two
For rising Grades 5-12 students

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.

Summer College Session
Offered June 19-30 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Cost: $650
For rising Grades 9-12 students

Join us for a college planning course for upper school students. Each day will be spent learning about the college planning process as well as touring a local college and learning about different resources available on college campuses. This course will be taught by Friends Select college counselors, both of whom have extensive college admissions and college counseling experience. This course is open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

In week one, students will engage in the college planning process introspectively. Participants will learn more about the type of colleges that might be best suited for them based on their learning and personality types. We will review the college search timeline and process, what to expect during a college visit, options for students in summer prior to applying for college, practice interviewing, and complete essay drafts.

In week two, students will learn about the college planning process through the lens of the college admissions office. We will complete a sample application, build a resume and learn about financial aid and scholarships. Students will also begin or continue working on essay drafts. Finally, students will engage in a mock admissions committee during our case studies exercises.

This course is taught by Friends Select faculty members Tracy Matthews, director of college planning, and Naté Hall, associate director of college planning. This is Tracy’s 15th year in her role as director of college planning at Friends Select. Prior to FSS, she was senior associate dean of admissions and coordinator of student of color recruitment at Swarthmore College, and served as an admissions officer at Princeton University. Tracy has consulted and volunteered at Philadelphia Futures, a local college access organization. Naté Hall joined Friends Select this year after four years as associate director of college counseling at the Baldwin School. Prior to becoming a college counselor, she worked in admissions at both the University of Michigan and Bryn Mawr College and also at Philadelphia Futures. Both Tracy and Naté are members of multiple college admissions and counseling professional organizations and have presented at workshops and conferences.

Service in the City
Offered June 19-23 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Cost: $225
For rising Grades 5-12 students

Students will have hands on experience with various service opportunities in the city of Philadelphia. There will also be presentations about the needs in the city and the impact of service.

This course is taught by Kellie Bowker, prekindergarten teacher at Friends Select School. Kellie has 13 years in community service and community organization activism. She has served as co-director of agency relations for The Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, as volunteer director of the Delaware County Literacy Center, and as assistant director of the Chester Children’s Chorus.

Wellness Within (the City)

Offered June 19-30 (8:30 am.-12:30 p.m.)
Cost: $480
For rising Grades 5-12 students

Designed with a holistic approach to positive health through mind, body and spirit. Each student will learn to be aware of their limitations, learn the difference between clean eating vs. healthy eating, and make choices toward a more substantial way of life. The city will be used as our backdrop as we incorporate a variety of options: running, walking, cycling (indoor and out), rowing, yoga technique facilities, take a grocery market tour, and visit a local farm share.

This course is taught by Deneen R. Young, the assistant to the upper school director at Friends Select School. Deneen is a health advocate, motivational speaker, lifestyle coach, certified spin instructor, certified participant indoor row instructor, and an entrepreneur of YoungLife Coach ~ Beyond Fit. She will earn her certification as a certified personal trainer and wellness coach in summer 2017.

Offered June 12th - 15th:
Basketball (Gym): (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Field Hockey (Roof): 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Offered June 19th - 22nd:
Soccer (Roof): (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Offered June 26th - 29th:
Baseball (Roof/ Mat Room): (8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.)
Softball (Roof/ Mat Room): (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Cost for 1 week sports session during the day: $225
For rising Grades 5-12 students

Each session will be a 4-day clinic run by positive and energetic coaches from Friends Select. Choose from the following sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Swimming, Baseball, Softball, and Soccer. In whichever sport you decide, students will learn sport-specific skills and drills while building confidence and enjoying a positive experience. All levels of ability are welcomed and our coaching staffs will meet every student where they are and help them to improve their skills. Check the schedule for dates and times of each sport offering.