Spring Semester 2021 classes

Welcome to our spring semester of 2021. The Youth Artist Program (YAP) is committed to providing high school-age artists with access to high-quality visual art programs. This year, our offerings will be hybrid, allowing for scheduled times to work in our studio in North Philadelphia at the Taller Puertorriqueño. 

In this post, you will find our Spring semester courses and their descriptions, along with timelines. Our classes are held virtually on the Discord platform.

We encourage returning students to fill out the information for the class if you want to participate. You can take more than one course if you like. You will have to fill out each form per-Class. We understand this seems repetitive, but this is how we are organizing ourselves for now. We hope to return to an in-person class format for most of our programming in the future.

New students are encouraged to fill out the form for the class they wish to participate in along with our General application. YAP is moving to streamline this process for the Summer of 2021.

All participants will receive a packet of supplies that include some paper, drawing materials, and resource packets. The workshop will focus on training students in drawing techniques, comic layout, design, and coloring. Each participant will create a 4-page comic and a cover image and published it in an anthology of short comics in print and web form.

Comic illustration experience is not required. The workshop is a celebration of Manga, Anime, art, and the spirit of storytelling. Acceptance to the program is first-come, first-serve. There are only 20 spots for this workshop. 

We have eight weekly sessions starting Saturday, March 6, 2021, and ending Saturday, April 17, 2021.

The group meets every Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. 

Instructors

Daniel de Jesús – Youth Artist Program Manager

David Izaguirre Jr. – Teaching Artist

Cost: $50

Payment includes the materials packet, all eight sessions, and a student membership to the Taller Puertorriqueño for one year. Membership includes 10% on items sold in the Gift Store. 

After Filling out this application, you will receive an email taking you through the payment process. 

Many of the youth artists we work with are eager to effectively illustrate the human body, create facial expressions, and show the human body in movement. Drawing the body is a complex skill that requires an understanding of proportion, anatomical knowledge, and perspective. Learn all of the essential elements of drawing the human figure in YAP’s Anatomy Lab starting Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

YAP provides supplemental material for you to work from home. We offer drawing pads, sketchbooks, and dry mediums (charcoal, pencils, erasers, pastels, and conté crayons). The focus of the course is on adapting the theory of anatomical drawing to observational drawing.

No previous anatomy drawing experience is required. Through these workshops, we intend to help young artists advance their skills in drawing the human body, regardless of where their skills are now. Acceptance to the program is first-come, first-serve. There are only 20 spots for this workshop. 

We have six weekly sessions starting Wednesday, April 7, 2021, and ending Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

The group meets every Wednesday from 4 – 5:30 PM. 

Instructor: Daniel de Jesús – Youth Artist Program Manager

The Youth Artist Program is hosting a VIRTUAL documentary photography workshop for high school students on Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 PM FEBRUARY 23 – MAY 11,  2021

The deadline to register is FEBRUARY 19, 2021

The workshop is FREE of charge but requires a commitment to all sessions. 

Participants must attend every session and complete the assignments. Missing two sessions will result in the removal of the participant’s inclusion in our book and exhibition. 

The workshop will focus on training students in documentary photography techniques, compositional essentials, imaging techniques, and photography color. Each participant will create a series of images in photojournalism for print and web.

No prior experience is required. The workshop is a celebration of photography to document significant social change and the spirit of visual storytelling. Acceptance to the program is first-come, first-serve. There are only 20 spots for this workshop. 

We have twelve sessions starting FEBRUARY 23, 2021

The group meets every Tuesday from 4:00 – 5:30 PM. 

Instructor: Tony Rocco

Tony Rocco is an award-winning Latino photographer best known for his compelling portraits of people from his mother’s native Colombia. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States as well as in Colombia.

Social Justice Fashion is an Eight week-long internship where youth designers in high school meet virtually twice a week and have scheduled access to the YAP studio. 

We have ten positions for youth designers.

The youth designer and YAP manager can negotiate the days to accommodate scheduling. 

We are selecting designers based on a first-come basis. Upon acceptance to the program, youth designers attend our orientation on February 26, at 4 PM virtually. The Youth Artist Program manager will send details via email.

Products put to market are selected based on quality and market appeal. Determining which products go to market will be determined by the Teaching artists and the youth designer in collaboration with the Gift Shop Manager. Youth Designers enter a contract where the program sells the products through the brand #socialjusticefashion. Each youth artist receives 60% of sales from products they designed and sold via multiple venues. All products are property of Taller Puertorriqueño’s Collaborative and are entitled to the customary 20% commission.  The other 20% will support future projects and civil rights issues. 

The Youth designers receive a dossier highlighting a list of social activities. Designers research their subject/s and develop their images for printing. The designer can also collaborate with others and work in groups. 

For the Spring 2021 semester, youth designers deliver designs for three pieces: 1 to 2 color silkscreen prints for soft merchandise. Designers will also print their products in three formats; tote bags, t-shirts, and scarves. Students are also encouraged to work with block printing and 3D printing. 

Youth designers are not to miss any of their sessions. We can give designers the ability to make up their hours based on the youth designer’s needs and agreement with the YAP manager. 

YAP is open for in-person studio time scheduled with the YAP manager. Meetings are virtual and twice a week. Thursdays and Friday’s 4 – 5:30 PM on Discord. 

Timeframe for Spring 2021: Sessions 1 – 8

Orientation February 26, 2021, 4 – 5 PM Virtual Meeting on Discord.

Virtual Meetings Thurs. + Fri. March 4 & 5 | 4 – 5:30 PM | In house studio time scheduled

Virtual Meetings Thurs. + Fri. March 11 & 12 | 4 – 5:30 PM | In house studio time scheduled

Virtual Meetings Thurs. + Fri. March 18 & 19 | 4 – 5:30 PM | In house studio time scheduled

Virtual Meetings Thurs. + Fri. March 25 & 26 | 4 – 5:30 PM | In house studio time scheduled

Virtual Meetings Wed. + Thurs. March 31 & April 1 | 4 – 5:30 PM | In house studio time scheduled

Virtual Meetings Thurs. + Fri. April 8 & 9 | 4 – 5:30 PM | In house studio time scheduled

Virtual Meetings Thurs. + Fri. April 15 & 16 | 4 – 5:30 PM | In house studio time scheduled