Summer Art + Design

Earn college credit and explore topics in
Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic + Media Design, and Interior Design.

Coming soon: 2016 Summer Art + Design

Our 2016 Summer Art + Design program curriculum is in development and will be updated soon! In the meantime, feel free to reach out through our contact form with any questions or email us at summerart(at)

Summer Art + Design at Sage is geared towards students who want to exercise and refine their creative expression. In 2015, three-week college credit courses were offered to high school students at competitive costs. In addition, one-week workshops allowed students to explore unique topics within the arts. Students enhanced their skills and expanded their horizons under the guidance of professional artists and designers.

Feel free to explore our 2015 program below, and check back soon for the updated offerings for 2016!


Session I: Three-week College Credit Course Offerings


Session I takes place July 6 – 24. This three week session includes foundation courses that allow students of any skill level to participate. Refine your technique, or start from scratch, all while earning college credit!

Students will meet Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a break for lunch from 12 – 1 p.m.

Students are required to bring their own bagged lunch.

All supplies are included in the cost of tuition.

Students will design and construct clay forms using hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Students will learn the unique Raku firing process working outdoors in our state-of-the-art facility.

Instructor: Tim Martin
This class begins with basic techniques and enhances your skills so you can create finished drawings. The class will focus on observational drawing, rapid visualization through sketching, and rendering detail.

Instructor: TBA
In this introductory course, students become familiar with the basic tools, techniques, terminology and materials of the graphic designer. Students will learn to apply basic design principles to articulate a message in order to solve visual communication problems. The design process will be explored through the completion of assigned projects that incorporate initial research, idea generation, and final presentation of a design solution.

Instructor: TBA
This course emphasizes composition, colors, and paint handling. A range of subject possibilities will be studied, including still life and the live model.

Instructor: TBA
Learn to render the human form through observation, investigative drawing, and a study of anatomy. Experiment with a range of black and white media. This class is ideal for any serious art student.

Instructor: TBA
This course introduces three-dimensional problem-solving techniques used to relate the elements and principles that shape interior space. Functional and aesthetic factors that affect individual spatial requirements are also explored. This is a foundation level course for any interested student, or students pursuing Interior Design or Graphic + Media Design degrees at the Sage College of Albany.

Instructor: TBA

Session II: One-week Workshops


Session II takes place July 27 – 31. These workshops are designed to give students a short but focused experience with unique projects and processes in the fields of art and design.

Students will meet Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a break for lunch from 12 – 1 p.m.

Students are required to bring their own lunch.

All supplies are included in the cost of tuition.

This one-week portfolio preparation class is designed to give students the competitive edge they need when applying to college and university art programs. The workshop will teach students how to create a winning portfolio designed to impress both college admissions offices and art department faculty. During the morning portion of workshop meetings, visiting artists will speak to students about what should be included in their portfolios. Afternoons will consist of critiques of student work and demonstrations of proper techniques for matting, repairing, and completing artwork.

Instructor: Jean Dahlgren
Explore the possibilities of wearable art through basic digital design and output with 3-D printing, ink-jet printing onto fabric, and laser cutting. Students will create both traditional and non traditional wearable pieces.

Instructor: TBA
Engage in a dynamic course that spans work in the digital lab, the outdoors, and the photographic darkroom. Students will experience alternative photographic process including cyanotype, Van Dyke and lumen printing. Students will create prints through the use of digital negatives, exposure of their imagery in the sun, and darkroom processing.

Instructor: TBA
Explore basic 3-D modeling using Autodesk’s 123-D Design, SketchUp, and Sculptris and print your designs using MakerBot 3-D printers.

Instructor: TBA

Session III: One-week Workshops


Session III takes place August 3 – 7. Ideal for the experienced or the tech-curious, these courses focus on aspects of art + design that are implemented with the computer.

Students will meet Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a break for lunch from 12 – 1 p.m.

Students are required to bring their own lunch.

All supplies are included in the cost of tuition.

Interior Design emphasizes a three-dimensional approach to creating humane, enabling and ecologically sensitive interior environments for living, working, and recreation. In this one-week course, students will be exposed to basic concepts in interior design and the profession.

Instructor: Lynn Capirsello
Students will explore the process of creating visual communication solutions while learning the basics of digital input, process and output, critical thinking, creative problem solving and conceptual development.

Instructor: TBA
The laser cutter is a unique output tool that relies on digital files for etching or cutting various materials. Learn to prepare basic Adobe Photoshop files for etching into wood or plastic, and Adobe Illustrator files for cutting wood, plastic and paper.

Instructor: Janice Medina
Students will learn how to create a professional logo through sketching, drawing in Adobe Illustrator, and output onto various substrates.

Instructor: TBA

Tuition + Registration + Scholarship

College Credit and Workshops

College courses are increasingly expensive. Our Summer Art + Design program provides high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit in a concentrated three-week semester for the fraction of the cost of traditional semester classes. Students may also expand on their experience at Sage by taking one-week workshops in addition to their college credit course.

Students meet M-F from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one hour break for lunch from 12 – 1 p.m.

Students must supply their own lunch.

All supplies are included in the tuition for each Summer Art + Design college credit course and one-week workshops.

Tuition and Registration

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR THE 2015 SUMMER ART + DESIGN PROGRAM. Paying a balance due will remain open.

Course Tuition
1 College Credit Course $900
1 College Credit Course
+ 1 one-week Workshop
($50 savings)
1 College Credit Course
+ 2 one-week Workshops
($50 savings)
1 one-week Workshop $275
2 one-week Workshops $525
($25 savings)

Sage Colleges Scholarship

This year, a high school student enrolled in the Portfolio Preparation Workshop will be selected by the Chair of the Department of Art + Design to receive the Sage Colleges Scholarship. The student will be awarded based on their work and active role in class participation. The student will exemplify the Sage motto: To Be. To Know. To Do. This individual will receive a $5000 scholarship applicable to either the Sage College of Albany or Russell Sage College.

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