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City Lab

City Lab includes a range of experiential, exploratory courses held in Philadelphia. These courses will be primarily 1-2 week explorations. Topics include art classes that utilize locations throughout the city as an extended classroom, jewelry and glass making, and more.

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Teacher: Steph Demko
Dates: One week sessions from June 15 - July 6 (9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Prerequisite: For students in fourth grade and up

In Summer Cooking Class, students will have the opportunity to develop their own cooking skills. The recipes chosen will be ones that students can independently create. We will make an assortment of foods including breakfast, lunch, and dinner options as well as some quick snacks and of course, a few desserts!  We will also talk about the importance of a balanced diet and fueling our bodies. A survey will be sent to students prior to the course to allow for student input into the recipe choices. A grocery list for the week will also be supplied prior to the week's classes. 

These sessions are taught by Steph Demko. Tr. Steph has worked in the middle school at Friends Select for the past eight years. She has taught 5th-grade math and social studies, 6th-grade social studies, and recently became one of the middle school deans. In her free time, she enjoys running and being active and trying out new recipes! She also loves watching the Food Network and is excited to cook with you this summer!

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Words, Words, Words

Teacher: Ashley Opalka
Dates: July 13 - July 23 No class on July 17 (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
Prerequisite: For students who are in middle school

This course will delve into the weird and wonderful aspects of language. We will look at the wild world of English and other languages, too: where words come from, unusual words, how language has changed and continues to change. Each day will focus on a different theme, from lost English to ancient alphabets.

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City Sketchbook

Teacher: Fred Kogan
City Sketch 1
Dates: June 15 - 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $460 

City Sketch Advanced 
Dates: July 6 - 101:00 - 3:00 p.m
Cost: $230 

City Sketch SummerSession

IIn both courses, students will have the opportunity to virtually travel to exciting locations in Philadelphia and other major cities around the world, where they will draw and paint subject matter using online resources. 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, Conte crayon, India ink, colored pencil, oil pastel, Sharpie marker, and watercolor.

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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 16 years, and has taught City Sketchbook for the past 15 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.

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