Fine Arts Academy

Center for the Arts Academy Summer Intensive: June 3 - 9, 2012
Registration Deadline: May 13
A week-long fine arts immersion program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduating seniors on the campus of Wesleyan College.

Rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduating seniors can explore a variety of fine arts disciplines with our outstanding faculty during a one-week immersion program. Have fun, explore multiple areas of interest and experience college life. The program is designed specifically for high school students to study, create and perform in studio art, music, or theatre. In addition to advanced study of the arts, you’ll experience life at the world’s oldest college for women and learn from our world-class faculty.

Wesleyan College was founded in 1836 as the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. Today it is regarded as one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges and is consistently recognized for academic excellence. Since its founding, Wesleyan has embraced the arts with programs of study in music, visual arts, and theatre. Dynamic instruction and performance in each of these disciplines attracts creative women from around the world for the latest in fine arts instruction.

Enriching Student Life Experience
The Academy’s one-week intensive program of supervised activities takes full advantage of life on the Wesleyan campus. Students live in residence halls, eat in the historic Anderson Dining Room, and have access to the Mathews Athletic Center facilities.

High-Quality Teaching-Oriented Faculty
At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts Academy, all students engage with our faculty. Our students benefit from strong mentoring, small classes and personal interaction with professors. Our faculty members are noted scholars, experienced performers, expert researchers and skilled mentors. They are not only accomplished professors, but accomplished professionally in their field. They are highly accessible, invest personally in each student and remain valuable resources long after the summer program.

Admissions and Eligibility
Female students who have successfully completed at least their freshman year in high school and are interested in creative or performing arts may attend Center for the Arts Academy Summer Intensive.

2012 Fees & Tuition - Center for the Arts Academy Week-long Summer Intensive:
Residential students: $600 (Plus a $25 room key deposit)

Includes all classes and activities, room and board (double occupancy in residence halls and three meals daily in Anderson Dining Hall), access to laundry facilities, WiFi internet and Mathews Athletic Center.

Commuter students: $500
Includes all classes and activities and three meals daily in Anderson Dining Hall.

Supply fee for each Art Class: $25

$100 deposit due by April 30, 2012. Balance due by May 13, 2012.  Pay Online To register, contact Lisa Sloben, Center for Creative and Performing Arts at 478.757.5171 or


Morning Classes:

Applied Lessons in Organ, Piano and Voice
Students with some prior background in these disciplines may have private lessons. Lessons are every other day for 45 minutes. Come with prepared repertoire if possible, or you may be assigned new pieces. Prepare during the week for a final performance. Limited to 4 piano students, 4 organ students and 8 voice students. Study with international concert pianist Edward Eikner, College Organist Dr. Michael McGhee, mezzo soprano Nadine Whitney, or Ellen Hanson, soprano. Your 45 minute private lesson will be scheduled between 9:00 and 11:30 AM according to your class schedule.

9:00 - 10:15 AM Musical Stories
Explore stories told through music and the stories behind the music. Study with Dr. Michael McGhee, Assistant Professor of Music and College Organist.

9:00 - 11:30 AM Etching
Learn the exciting printmaking process of etching. We will use materials and techniques similar to those Rembrandt used to create many of his famous images. The process etches the artist’s drawing into a metal plate with acid, and the image is then printed onto a piece of paper. Taught by professional printmaker and Associate Professor of Art, Dennis Applebee, MFA.

9:00 - 11:30 AM Stone Carving - The Agony and The Ecstasy
Study the work of master stone sculptors and spend the week aggressively carving your own stone sculptures using chisels, rasps, and rifflers. We will also use polishing techniques to bring out the beauty of the colors in your stone. Taught by Associate Professor of Art, John Skelton, MFA.

Afternoon Classes:

1:00 - 2:30 PM Monologue/Audition Workshop
Taught by Dr. Jan Lewis, Chair of Wesleyan’s Department of Theatre, and award-winning director and acting coach. Dr. Lewis has worked in professional theatre for over thirty years. Students will study professional acting techniques and memorize and rehearse two different monologues that are appropriate for auditions for productions and competitions. Students should come to the first class with at least one monologue (either comedic or dramatic) to work on. Limited to eight students.

1:00 - 3:30 PM Bookmaking
The art of bookmaking is something you’re bound to love! Study basic book binding techniques and create original hand-bound books of your own. Course taught by artist and Adjunct Professor, Kristen Applebee, MFA.

2:30 - 3:45 PM Opera Antics
Please check back for course description

2:30 - 5:00 PM Wheel Throwing
Start with hand-building techniques, and then spend 4 full classes on the ancient art of throwing pottery on the wheel, glazing and decorating. Study the work of master potters with Johnnie Skelton, MAT. (Finished pottery will be fired and available for pick up the week after classes.)

4:00 - 5:15 PM Choral Ensemble
Students will enjoy the opportunity to make music within the context of a choral ensemble. Focus will be given to musicianship, sight-reading skills, vocal technique, diction and interpretation. A variety of repertoire will be introduced and prepared for a final performance. With Chair of the Music Department, Nadine Whitney, an active performer in recital, concert, and opera across the United States and in Europe.