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CHARTS Academy Course Descriptions

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Dance Your Way to Broadway!

Instructor: Allison Stodola Wilson

Beginners welcome! This course will focus on iconic dance moves from all genres. You will get those hips a movin’ and those toes a tappin’. This is a great opportunity for both novice and skilled dancers to work on their craft and have fun!

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Acting for Camera and Stage

Instructor: Sheila Glasscock

The actor has three primary tools: voice, body, and mind. This course will show you how to best utilize those tools by teaching you what the pros know: how to articulate, project, move on stage, build a character, and so much more! If you've ever wondered if acting is for you, you should take this course!

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The Voice: Sing Your Way to Broadway!

Instructor: Amanda Trice

Your voice is a muscle and just like all muscles, it requires training to develop and grow. Using your voice for the stage requires a kind of training like no other. This course will teach you how to use your voice and body to project and move while singing on the stage. You may just sing your way to Broadway!

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Film

Instructor: Johnnie Brannon

This course will consist of the basics of both the pre- and post-production processes of making a short film. We will discuss and experience how to write a script, cast, and plan out a film shoot.

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Advanced Film

Instructor: Johnnie Brannon

This advanced course will follow up on what students learn in Film. We will discuss and learn cinematography, sound, lighting, producing, and directing. Once we shoot our film, we will focus on the post-production process: editing, sound design, and all the crucial steps to prepare to see our movie on the big screen. (For more experienced students or those enrolled in Film.)

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The Art of Paper

Instructor: Anna Mitchell

Rip, glue, cut, and fold! Come and explore all of the ways that you can create art using just paper and glue! Projects will focus on collage, origami, paper sculpture, and storytelling through silhouettes.

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Superheroes on Film

Instructor: Werner Trieschmann

Step into the world of a college film class by watching, discussing, and analyzing superhero films. From Disney to Marvel to DC Comics, in this

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Video Game Design

Instructor: Jeremy Smith

Design and build your own video games! Learn the basic coding behind games and create your own characters, scenarios, and environments. The world of independent game design is exciting and growing. Make your own video games and share them with the world!

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Advanced Video Game Design

Instructor: Jeremy Smith

This advanced course will follow up and build on what students learn in Video Game Design. In conjunction with making our own unique video games, we will focus on coding, storytelling, and game theory. (For more experienced students or those enrolled in Video Game Design.)

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Digital Photography

Instructor: Anna Mitchell

Interested in learning how to take great photographs? This introductory course to digital photography will teach you how to effectively compose images with your camera by using the elements of art and principles of design. (Students enrolling in this course must have access to their own digital camera or a smartphone.)

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Creative Writing Workshop

Instructor: Lydia Cole

Poets and fiction writers, this is your space! In a non-competitive workshop environment, we will develop our craft by discussing the fundamentals of good writing, focusing on generative exercises, learning how to give and receive constructive feedback, and editing our work for publication. This course is designed to help generate lots of well-crafted writing to include in your author portfolio.

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Hip Hop Dance

Instructor: Sean Fresh

We are pleased to have the talented R&B artist and 2016 Arkansas' Artist of the Year (Black Apple), Sean Fresh. He will be teaching the students the origin of Hip-Hop, the techniques of songwriting, audio recording and the many facets of Hip-Hop. The students will perform to show what they have learned at the finale.

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Creating Characters with Makeup and Costumes

Instructor: Sheila Glasscock

Look like your characters on stage! Appropriate costumes and makeup for stage is a critical part of making your character come alive. Makeup skills that will be taught include old age, special scar and disfigurement, and fantasy makeup. Costume skills include analyzing and creating a costume for specific characters.

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Vocal Technique

Instructor: Amanda Trice

What do Beyonce, Nick Jonas, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande all have in common? They're all popular artists who have seriously studied vocal technique. Voice study is key for many popular performers. In this beginning vocal course, you will learn effective warm-ups, ways to broaden your vocal range and expression, and how to be more confident while performing.

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Advanced Vocal Technique

Instructor: Amanda Trice

Through guided study, you will hone your developing vocal skills. We will focus on building your stage presence, improving delivery, and gaining the competence to sing with greater proficiency and awareness. (For more experienced students or those enrolled in Beginning Vocal Technique.)

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The Study of the Undead and Supernatural

Instructor: Nicki Smith

Study the living dead, undead, vampires, ghosts and other unnatural horrors as you navigate the veil between this world and the next. With the guidance of philosophy instructor and resident horror buff, Nicki Smith, you will learn the history of terror as the class discusses culture, tradition, and myths. By the end of the course, students will even create their own unique monster. This course is not for the faint of heart.

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Manga and Comic Character Design

Instructor: Chris Paradis

In this course, students will learn to create and develop various characters for manga, superhero, and fantasy comics. This class includes developing drawing skills to build characters that can fit into the student's own stories. Discussion with other students in small groups is encouraged in this class. Each student will invent and draw a group of characters by the end of the course.

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Create a Graphic Novel

Instructor: Chris Paradis

Students will explore the elements that go into creating manga, and graphic novels/comic books. Class activities include discussing comic book artists and styles while participating in hands-on activities that lead to the creation of a mini graphic novel by the end of the course.

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