June 29, 2022

Registration Now Open for Variety of Summer Youth Programs at Lyme Academy

This summer, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will offer a wide range of art programs for students aged 11 and older. Photo by Kayla Lilli.

OLD LYME — This summer, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will offer a full schedule of summer art programs for students ages 11 and up. Storied landscapes coupled with in-studio instruction by acclaimed, professional artists will provide an exceptional opportunity for students to improve their artistic skills.

The three distinctive youth programs include a Pre-College and Middle School Academy, beginning in June, and Academic Summer Intensives beginning in July. Each program has been developed in alignment with the nationally recognized, specialized arts instruction offered at the Academy.

Registration is open now.

“We are offering a unique opportunity to acquire and hone the foundational skills that form the bedrock of artistic study for a lifetime”, says Jordan Sokol, Co-Artistic Director at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. “The curriculum has been designed so that new and budding artists can participate on an entry level.”

He continued, “At the same time, experienced young artists, who may be looking towards a long-term academic study of art, can grow their skills and confidence to participate in future serious and rigorous programs such as the CORE program offered at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.”

The Pre-College Academy for students ages 14-18 offers beginner- to advanced-level art instruction through a series of workshops designed to foster creativity, build artistic skills, and develop a clear personal point of view.

Each one-week session includes learning the fundamental principles of drawing, painting, and sculpture, while introducing contemporary perspectives and dialogues.

For students wishing to explore the diverse world of illustration, workshop offerings include Illustration Essentials and World-Building.

All Pre-College programs are taught by college faculty in the Academy’s state-of-the-art facilities. These courses are ideal for young artists developing their portfolios.

The Middle School Academy, or “Apprentice Program,” offers students ages 11-13 week-long workshops concentrating on a significant artist in history.

During the summer program, students look to Edgar Degas, Sandro Botticelli and Georgia O’Keeffe for inspiration, creating original works that reflect the qualities specific to each master. The Apprentice program is a fun, hands- on opportunity to work in a professional artist’s studio, while learning about iconic artists and art movements.

The weekly classes for the Pre-College and Middle School Academy will run June 20 through Aug. 17, and range in price from $325 to $650 per session.

The Academic Summer Intensive Program is available for students ages 14 and up, offering the option of Drawing from July 11th-29th and/or Painting from August 1st-17th.

The intensive program offers students an immersive studio experience focused on the foundations of drawing and painting in the academic tradition.

Students will utilize custom north-lit studios, where they will draw daily from direct observation of live models and plaster casts, utilizing a sequential, systematic progression designed to strengthen visual acuity and develop a strategic approach to interpreting the visual experience.

The first three-week session of the two-part workshop will focus on drawing as an introduction to both perceptual and conceptual modes of observation. Students will explore the fundamental properties of light, form, structure, proportion, and gesture.

In the optional, second three-week session, these methodologies are applied to oil painting.

Students will learn to employ a direct-painting method, with focused discussions about paint-handling and color-mixing. Students are encouraged to attend the drawing session as a foundation for the painting session.

Tuition is $2250 per workshop and $4000 if both workshops are attended.

In addition to summer programming, the Academy offers ongoing workshops and classes throughout the year designed to provide a solid, skills-based visual education to develop one’s portfolio and abilities under the leadership of professional artists.

To learn more and to register for any of the programs, visit www.lymeacademy.edu.

Learn more at www.lymeacademy.edu.