Art Start and DigiStart

Art Start and DigiStart are both unique full-scholarship pre-college programs developed for talented 11th and 12th-grade students enrolled in Philadelphia School District Public or Charter high schools, who would not otherwise have the occasion to study visual art on an extra-curricular basis. Tyler School of Art and Architecture is proud to provide this opportunity for students to advance their creative abilities. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have made the decision to combine Art Start and DigiStart into one unique online program for fall 2020 that will allow each enrolled student to attend a Drawing Fundamentals class and a Digital Media class over eight Saturdays. Motivated students interested in exploring their artistic interests are nominated by teachers and counselors for admission into the program.

Art Start allows students to explore new media and interests, develop technical skills, discover creative career paths, and experience college-level classes. Participants in the fall 2020 program will learn how to use a variety of drawing mediums, as they expand their grasp of the importance of drawing from direct observation. They will also investigate the creative applications of digital and interactive media programs, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects, through projects that introduce graphic design, digital photography, and video art. Classes are taught by dedicated faculty and provide students with an immersive studio art experience. All media and materials are provided for students.

COVID-19 Updates
Following the success of our Online Summer 2020 Pre-College Programs, and given the continued risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to remain 100% online for fall 2020. Art Start has been adapted specifically for online learning to allow students to engage in hands-on, project-based learning from the safety of their homes. Our online programs are designed to be as interactive as possible and will include a mix of:
> Live face-to-face instruction and presentations with your instructors
> Time for hands-on art making and projects, both independently and in small groups
> Critique and discussion of projects with your instructors and classmates
> Virtual studio visits and guest lectures by practicing professionals
> Online resources such as virtual museum tours, site visits and demonstration videos

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VIEW STUDENT WORK CREATED DURING OUR SUMMER 2020 ONLINE PROGRAMS

Click on the class photos below for class descriptions, schedules and details on the nomination process. 

Online for Fall 2020

Saturdays: 10/10/20 - 12/5/20 
*No class on November 28

Full-Scholarship Program: Philadelphia School District Public or Charter high school teachers and guidance counselors are invited to nominate students for Art Start. View the Art Start class page to review the nomination process.

Deadline for Nomination: September 25, 2020

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