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Visual Arts Courses Including Art History, Drawing, and Comic Books


Art History with the Ancients - Practice and Study

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Email: julierapelje@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Art history is an incredible visual reflection of the cultures and times it represents with value for both the artist and non-artist alike. This course will be an exciting romp through art, history, anthropology, archaeology, and actual projects as we examine the art and techniques of the ancient world.  This course is ideal for students interested in deepening their knowledge of the art world, but may also be enjoyed as a history elective for students who learn better through visual or kinesthetic experiences.  We will regularly use hands-on art projects to explore:  Pre-historic Europe, the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Israel, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome.  In addition to our live class interaction, we will enjoy supplemental class pages, web links, debates, discussions and interesting research projects.  At the end of this course, each student should have a beginning knowledge of the ancient world, a basic grasp of useful art techniques, and a variety of experiences which will enrich all future creative endeavors.

Course description and class content developed by Julie Rapelje for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Note to parents: This course is intended to give high school students a broad, scholarly, and tactile experience with art history. Because we will be considering artwork from cultures with differing moral views, we will examine some artwork that contains nudity. The examples will be chosen with discretion and kept to a minimum. There will be a few examples discussed as they are essential in understanding the development and culture of the art they represent. The textbook may also contain these images. Please consider this and discuss it with your student before enrolling in this course. Textbook is recommended study material for the AP Art History Exam.

Required Supplies:

Art History – Portable Edition, Book:1  Ancient Art (3rd Edition) or (4th Edition) by Marilyn Stokestad; Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009.  ISBN  9780136040972

Materials list will be provided upon class enrollment.


Art History Medieval - Practice and Study

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Email: julierapelje@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Mondays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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What was all that funny looking art of the “Middle Ages” all about and why should I be interested?  Come find out just how profound and significant this time period was for both the world of art and for our Christian faith.  We will study:  Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque, and Gothic Art through live class, class pages and personal experiences.  We will tackle very diverse projects such as:  chainmaille techniques, carving, illuminated letters, bookbinding, and wax resists.  As you will see, our course combines:  history, art, worldviews, religions, church history, philosophy, practical applications, and whatever else we can fit in!  It is a great option for those who want to deepen their artistic knowledge or those who learn history better from seeing and doing.

Course description and class content developed by Julie Rapelje for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Note to parents:  This course is intended to give high school students a broad, scholarly, and tactile experience with art history.  Because we will be considering artwork from cultures with differing moral views, we will examine some artwork that contains nudity.  The examples will be chosen with discretion and kept to a minimum.  There will be a few examples discussed as they are essential in understanding the development and culture of the art they represent.  The textbook may also contain these images.  Please consider this and discuss it with your student before enrolling in this course.  Course textbook is recommended for those studying for the AP Art History Exam.

Required Supplies:

Art History – Portable Edition, Book 2:  Medieval Art (3rd or 4th Edition) by Marilyn Stokestad; Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010.  ISBN  9780205790920

Materials list will be provided upon class enrollment.


Art History of the Renaissance - Practice and Study

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Email: julierapelje@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: available Fall 2018
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Who were the “Great Masters”?  Why were they so great?  Was this really the most glorious time period in art?  This period of art will bring about a great change in Western Europe during the Reformation and the Renaissance and take us all the way through the transitional art of the 14th century to Mannerism and the Baroque Period, finally concluding with a brief taste of the gushing Rococo style.  Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vermeer, Durer, and many other  artists may help you to understand why this period was so important and why it matters for us today.

Our studies will consist of: live class, reading, online debates and discussions, links, polls, and several divers art projects.  Some challenges include:  oil painting, silverpoint, and printmaking.  This hands-on approach will give us a much more meaningful understanding of the art of this time, as well as a new batch of tools to add to our creative arsenals.  As with the rest of the Art History -Practice and Study classes, our course will combine many different subject which include world views, history, the church and practical application.  It is a great option for those who want to deepen their artistic skills and knowledge or for those who learn history better from this visual and kinesthetic approach.

Course description and class content developed by Julie Rapelje for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Note to parents:  This course is intended to give high school students a broad, scholarly, and tactile experience with art history.  Because we will be considering artwork from cultures with differing moral views, we will examine some artwork that contains nudity and/or graphic images.  The examples will be chosen with discretion and kept to a minimum.  There will be a few examples discussed as they are essential in understanding the development and culture of the art they represent.  The textbook may also contain these images.  Please consider this and discuss it with your student before enrolling in this course.  Course textbook is recommended for those studying for the AP Art History Exam.

Required Supplies:

The Story of Art  16th edition by E.H. Gombrich; Phaidon Press Limited; London, 1998.  ISBN  0714832472

Materials list will be provided upon class enrollment.


Art History of the Modern Era - Practice and Study

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Email: julierapelje@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Modern art has come to mean a variety of things from innovative and forward, to confusing, offensive, or simple.  This semester we will tackle the art that makes most people scratch their heads and blurt out, “I don’t get it!”  We will also have the opportunity to try some modern techniques and approaches to our own art.  We will cover many of the most recent “-isms” such as:  Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Surrealism, and others.  Art History-Study and Practice classes continue to provide the opportunity  for subject interaction through live classes, reading, online debates and discussions, links, polls, and five diverse art projects.  We will address our subjects in chronological sequence beginning in the 1700’s and progressing through to the current trends of today.  We will also look at the role of Christians in contemporary art.  Through our study, students will develop an understanding of how visual expression is influencing our current culture and will learn new tools to improve their own visual expression.

Course description and class content developed by Julie Rapelje for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Note to parents:  This course is intended to give high school students a broad, scholarly, and tactile experience with art history.  Because we will be considering artwork from cultures with differing moral views, we will examine some artwork that contains nudity and/or graphic images.  The examples will be chosen with discretion and kept to a minimum.  There will be a few examples discussed as they are essential in understanding the development and culture of the art they represent.  The textbook may also contain these images.  Please consider this and discuss it with your student before enrolling in this course.  Course textbook is recommended for those studying for the AP Art History Exam.

Required Supplies:

The Story of Art  16th edition by E.H. Gombrich; Phaidon Press Limited; London, 1998.  ISBN  0714832472

Materials list will be provided upon class enrollment.


Drawing for Everyone

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Email: julierapelje@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Drawing for Everyone is designed for both passionate art students and those wishing to simply explore this new skill.   We will cover foundational drawing techniques such as:  drawing materials, contours and gestures, negative space, sighting, hidden geometric forms, realistic shading, texture development, proportion, perspective (both linear and atmospheric), composition techniques, and, as a bonus, comic and character drawing.  Using live video around the class, we will enjoy a dynamic studio environment with lessons, demos and student drawing time. Outside of class, there will be daily sketch assignments and finished projects.  Supplemental tutorials and resource materials will be provided.  Encouraging critique and evaluation will be given by both student, teacher, and peers throughout the semester.

Students of differing levels are invited to take this course.  There will be beginner and advanced level projects given to meet the goals of enrolled students at their mastery level.   Students will only be required to supply basic drawing supplies (drawing pencils, kneaded eraser, pen, and sketchbook) but are certainly welcome to use finer, artist-grade supplies.  We will discuss this interesting topic in class.

The true fact about all great artists is that they only got better with practice, practice, and more practice!  If you are serious about learning how to draw, or really wish to improve your drawing skills, this course will offer ample opportunities.  Expect to spend 2-5 hours or more outside of class working on your drawing skills.  Prepare to grow in your skills and find exciting new ways to express yourself.

Course description and class content developed by Julie Rapelje for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Drawing pencils (HB and H), Kneaded Eraser, Sketchbook.  (Artist level or supplemental materials may also be used at families discretion.)  Camera and Microphone capabilities are strongly recommended.


Colored and Watercolor Pencil

Instructor: Ms. Julie Rapelje
Email: julierapelje@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Wednesdays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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In this course, the students will be introduced to colored pencils and watercolor pencil. Upon successful completion of the course, students will gain proficiency in the use of these media in drawing, portraiture, abstract art, animals, scientific illustration, landscapes, and more. They will be introduced to techniques, application and incorporation of these techniques in art expression. They will be introduced to the basic elements of art and provided opportunities to experiment with these elements. Finally, students will be exposed to a multitude of career choices in the field of illustration.  The ultimate goal of this class is for students to execute successful drawings and to produce a body of cohesive art composition using colored pencil and watercolor pencil.

This course is offered for those who enjoy drawing.  Knowing that there will be varying levels of mastery in drawing skills, the instructor will offer various challenge levels as we approach each topic.  In this way, the student will be able to receive the challenge he/she needs at a basic or advanced level.  These two tracks will culminate in a collection of projects or an online portfolio.  Live class demos, in-class drawing time, and self-determined challenges will continue to engage students in our studio community.  Students should expect short daily drawing assignments as well as larger completed drawing projects.  Plan to devote 2-4 hours of time per week outside of class to this subject.

Course description and class content developed by Julie Rapelje for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

A list of colored pencil and watercolor materials will be supplied to enrolled students.  Computer video and audio capabilities are strongly encouraged.


Comic Book Creation I

Instructor: Miss Charlotte Royal
Email: charlotteroyal@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 7th Grade and up
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal (daily sketchbook and/or project work)
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $250
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In Comic Book Creation I, students will learn how to create sequential art as a part of a team. This course comes from a Christian worldview, aiming to better equip aspiring comic-makers with the skills they need to make a positive statement and to tell worthwhile stories with their work. Throughout the 15-week course, students will take turns filling the roles of each person on a comic-making team, trying out every job from writer to inker as they create several short-story comics. Daily sketchbook and idea-development exercises will build the skills and good habits essential to success in the artistic field. Students will also receive an introductory overview of comic book world history and what it takes to get a job in today’s comic book industry. The finest of the completed coursework will be published in a printed collection at the end of the school year!

Beginners with no prior experience are welcome in Comic Book Creation I; the course will begin with basic drawing lessons and a beginner’s study of story structures.

Course description and class content developed by Charlotte Royal for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies coming soon!


Comic Book Creation II: In Color!

Instructor: Miss Charlotte Royal
Email: charlotteroyal@excelsiorclasses.com
Time:
Spring Semester, Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 7th Grade and Up
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: Comic Book Creation I
Homework Load: Normal (daily sketchbook and weekly project assignments)
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $250
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This one-semester course further develops the skills students learned in Comic Book Creation I. Comic Book Creation II students will be guided in developing effective storytelling from their own ideas as solo creators. Students will practice adding both hand-painted and digital color to their creations and will learn ways to market their comic books in order to effectively reach their intended audiences. They will also practice each stage of the comic book’s development, previously created by hand, through digital media, giving them the opportunity to try out various techniques used by professionals in the field as they each develop a style of his or her own. Daily sketchbook use and idea journaling will continue the good practices developed during Comic Book Creation I. The finest of the completed coursework will be published in a printed collection at the end of the school year!

Course description and class content developed by Charlotte Royal for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies coming soon!


Film Courses


Filmmaking I

Instructor: Mr. Tom Khazoyan
Email: tomkhazoyan@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 10/15
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Project-based, Normal Load
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Film and other visual storytelling have become the literature of our age, and it’s important for young people to be fluent in this exciting and influential craft. This introductory course builds a solid foundation in visual media and includes basic concepts and techniques that can be translated into different visual media including film, television, web video, and mobile video. The class will be highly interactive with assignments posted by students and the independent production of short video projects by students.

In this course the students will learn (1) foundational principles of visual storytelling; (2) story structure for film and other linear media; (3) lighting techniques and equipment; (4) camera techniques and equipment; (5) audio production techniques and equipment; (6) editing techniques and tools; (7) uses of visual media for world evangelization.

Course description and class content developed by Tom Khazoyan for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

TextbookThe Filmmaker’s Handbook, 2013 edition by  Steven Asher & Edward Pincus. ISBN# 978-0-452-29728-9 (paperback available for approx. $20 online).

“Flipped” Classroom Model: In order to cover more material in an on-line setting, students will watch pre-recorded lecture material before some weeks’ classes. This will be posted and explained. Working in this way helps to maximize live class interaction and learning.

Equipment & Software: Students need to have access to a basic video recording device with a microphone input. This could be something like a camcorder, a late-model iPhone/smartphone, or Digital SLR (DSLR) camera with video capability. They also need access to a computer with digital video editing software for home assignments. Examples of software include Apple iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, PowerDirector, Lightworks, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, HitFilm, and Sony Vegas. A high-level program is not needed as we are focusing on storytelling, not fancy effects. However, use of some of the basic programs (especially Windows Movie Maker) can be an extra challenge and are strongly discouraged. A small investment in a better program can save many headaches.

This also applies to filmmaking equipment like audio gear, lights, and camera support. Students who are serious about learning need to be prepared to make some investment in the tools of their craft, just as any artist or musician needs to invest in their tools and instruments. It need not be a huge burden, but it’s important. I also will post documents listing (with links) basic equipment that will make filmmaking much more pleasurable and effective. Please check with the teacher if you have a question about a camera or editing software.


Screenwriting I

Instructor: Mr. Tom Khazoyan
Email: tomkhazoyan@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 10/15
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Project-based, Normal Load
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Screenwriting 1 is a 15-week creative writing course focused on the screenplay as a literary genre, with practical application as students write their own short film scripts.

The course takes students through a process of analysis of storytelling in screenplays, development of original creative stories, and writing exercises to create polished screenplays of their own. This is an essential skill for any student interested in pursuing filmmaking, and it’s a lot of fun for students who just love to write and want to explore different writing styles.

Screenplays are a modern form of literature and are unique in that they are created as the foundation of another medium, narrative film. They possess all of the literary qualities of other story forms: character, plot, dialogue, theme, etc. but convey these elements in a unique and exciting format that is intended to be portrayed visually. Join us as we explore this important modern storytelling medium.

Screenplays completed in this class will be ready for production by students independently or to be further developed as part of the Film Producing & Directing class in the spring semester.

Course description and class content developed by Tom Khazoyan for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Textbook: The Screenwriter’s Bible, 6th edition by  David Trottier,  ISBN: 978-1-935247-10-4  — approx. $20 on Amazon.

“Flipped” Classroom Model: In order to cover more material in an on-line setting, students need to be prepared to watch pre-recorded lecture material before some weeks’ classes. This will be posted and explained. Working in this way helps to maximize live class interaction.

Equipment & Software: One of the great things about writing is that you don’t need a lot of gear (unlike other parts of filmmaking!)  Students will need to have a working word processor program and a DVD player/movie streaming service for some assignments. As we begin to develop formal screenplays, it will be helpful for students to invest in screenwriting-specific software such as Celtx (there is a free version), WriterDuet (free, online), Slugline (inexpensive, but Mac-only), FinalDraft, or others we will discuss in class.


Filmmaking II

Instructor: Mr. Tom Khazoyan
Email: tomkhazoyan@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 10/15
Prerequisites: Filmmaking I or equivalent experience (contact teacher)
Homework Load: Project-based, Normal Load
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Film and other visual storytelling has become the literature of our age and it’s important for young people be fluent in this exciting and influential craft.

This class builds on the concepts and techniques introduced in Filmmaking 1 and includes more advanced concepts and techniques, focused on narrative filmmaking. The class will be interactive with class members developing their own projects and reviewing with their peers. Students will complete their own short, narrative film with experience in the following activities and skills: (1) story and script development; (2) script breakdown and scheduling; (3) working with actors; (4) camera techniques; (5) production audio techniques with sync and double-system sound; (6) interior and exterior lighting techniques; (7) narrative film editing; (8) finishing and distribution on DVD and web.

Course description and class content developed by Tom Khazoyan for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Textbook: The Filmmaker’s Handbook, 2013 edition by  Steven Asher & Edward Pincus. ISBN# 978-0-452-29728-9 (paperback available for approx. $20 online).  [Note: this is the same textbook as used in Filmmaking 1, if you have purchased it for that class, you need not purchase it again!]

 “Flipped” Classroom Model: In order to cover more material in an on-line setting, students will watch pre-recorded lecture material before some weeks’ classes. This will be posted and explained. Working in this way helps to maximize live class interaction and learning.

Equipment & Software: Students need to have access to a basic video recording device with a microphone input. This could be something like a camcorder, a late-model iPhone/smartphone, or Digital SLR (DSLR) camera with video capability. They also need access to a computer with digital video editing software for home assignments. Examples of software include Apple iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, PowerDirector, Lightworks, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, HitFilm, and Sony Vegas. A high-level program is not needed as we are focusing on storytelling, not fancy effects. However, use of some of the basic programs (especially Windows Movie Maker) can be an extra challenge and are strongly discouraged. A small investment in a better program can save many headaches.

This also applies to filmmaking equipment like audio gear, lights, and camera support. Students who are serious about learning need to be prepared to make some investment in the tools of their craft, just as any artist or musician needs to invest in their tools and instruments. It need not be a huge burden, but it’s important. I also will post documents listing (with links) basic equipment that will make filmmaking much more pleasurable and effective.

Please check with the teacher if you have a question about a camera or editing software.


Film Directing and Producing

Instructor: Mr. Tom Khazoyan
Email: tomkhazoyan@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Wednesdays @ 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 10/15
Prerequisites: Recommended, but not required: Filmmaking 1 & 2 or Screenwriting
Homework Load: Project-based, Normal Load
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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In the world of independent filmmaking, it’s essential to learn a broad range of skills. An emerging filmmaker must take on many roles, including the roles of Producer and Director. This course looks at filmmaking from a creative but non-technical perspective to give students the necessary skills to pull together a quality film project of any scale.

We will look in-depth at the specific roles of the Producer and Director, how they help to lead and create films, what they need to know and understand about stories, visual design, working collaboratively with other creative people, and the business side of filmmaking.

Projects include script analysis, visual design, storyboarding, lookbooks, short video design projects, scheduling, budgeting, and more. Even if you are still a beginner, if you are serious about becoming a well-rounded filmmaker, this course will take you to the next level.

Course description and class content developed by Tom Khazoyan for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Textbook: None required, but we will have readings from articles and web links I provide. I also have recommended texts if you are interested in deeper study.

“Flipped” Classroom Model: In order to cover more material in an on-line setting, students need to be prepared to watch pre-recorded lecture material before some weeks’ classes. This will be posted and explained. Working in this way helps to maximize live class interaction.

Equipment & Software: One of the great things about producing and directing is that you don’t need a lot of gear (unlike other parts of filmmaking!)  Students will need to have a working word processor and spreadsheet program and a DVD player/movie streaming service for most assignments. We also do a few practical video-based assignments for which the student will need to have access to a camcorder and basic editing software.


Culinary Arts Courses


Introduction to Culinary Arts

Instructor: Mrs. Jennifer Pasos
Email: jenniferpasos@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th Grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of kitchen equipment, kitchen safety and sanitation.
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Students will improve their life skills with the introduction of intermediate cooking techniques, culinary terminology, classical French knife skills, equipment identification and ingredient identification through online lectures and hands-on practice. Students will learn the importance of kitchen safety, sanitation, creativity and presentation with everyday meals. Upon completion of this course, student will be equipped with the ability to: mise en place many kitchen ingredients, identify and discuss quality fresh produce, grains, and meats, and utilize proper cooking techniques to present an elegant plated entree.  

Course description and class content developed by Jennifer Pasos for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Optional Supplies:

The chef Instructor will teach from On Cooking a textbook of culinary fundamentals 3rd. Edition by Sarah R. Labenski and Alan M. Hause.  This is a great resource, but not required.  Students will need household kitchen equipment such as knives and cutting boards.


Introduction to Baking and Pastry Art

Instructor: Mrs. Jennifer Pasos
Email: jenniferpasos@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Thursdays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 8th Grade and High School
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of kitchen equipment, kitchen safety, and sanitation.
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Students are introduced to professional baking and pastry procedures with an emphasis on understanding the function of each baking ingredient. Through the course of fifteen weeks students will demonstrate their expertise in preparing quick breads, yeast breads, pate-a-choux pastries, tarts, pies, cookies, dessert sauces, and elegant plated desserts.  Students will complete the course with a cake war demonstrating their skills in baking, decorating and presenting a themed cake or cupcake display.

Course description and class content developed by Jennifer Pasos for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Optional Supplies:
The chef instructor will teach from Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft, 2nd Edition presented by the Culinary Institute of America.  This is an excellent resource and highly recommended, but not required.


Photography Courses


Introduction to Photography

Instructor: Ms. Caitlyn Wise
Email: caitlynwise@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: 7th Grade and up
Min/Max#: 8/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Are you interested in learning more about how to use your camera? Do you want to learn how exactly your shutter and aperture work together? This is the class for you! This class focuses on the basics of photography. We will cover topics such as lighting, composition, and various camera settings. Our assignments allow for creative exploration as we learn the technical aspects of photography.

Course description and class content developed by Caitlyn Wise for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

You may use a point and shoot camera or a DSLR. No books or editing will be required for this class. 


Advanced Photography

Instructor: Ms. Caitlyn Wise
Email: caitlynwise@excelsiorclasses.com
Time:
Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Age (special circumstances discuss with teacher)
Min/Max#: 8/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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This class takes the topics learned in Introduction to Photography and expounds on them. We delve deeper into mastering the technical aspects of photography, while at the same time developing a creative style. This class challenges students to think outside of the box and step outside of their comfort zone.

Course description and class content developed by Caitlyn Wise for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

A DSLR or a camera that can shoot in manual mode is require for this class. Editing software is recommended, but not required. No books are required. 


Architecture Courses


Architectural Drafting & Design I

Instructor: Mrs. Melisa Kaiser
Email: melisakaiser@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students (10th-12th grade)
Min/Max#: 6/24
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $250
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Learn to seedraw, and think like an architect! This semester-long course will introduce students to architectural drafting and design through drawing exercises. Students will learn the different types of drawing that architects use to facilitate design thinking and representation. Beginning with drawing from observation, exercises in line, shape, value, and form will foster an understanding of geometric characteristics, then skills and conventions of representation with drafting will be taught. Weekly assignments will consist of a sketchbook or drafting assignment as well as a reading requirement. A weekly assessment will account for the completion of the reading assignment. Three projects will be done during the semester. For the final design project students will create architectural drawings consisting of plan, section, and elevation. Students will present their projects in the final class. This course is a prerequisite for Architectural Drafting & Design II.

A microphone and webcam are strongly recommended.

Course description and class content developed by Melisa Kaiser for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Design Drawing by Francis D. K. Ching, ISBN-13: 978-0470533697
List of required supplies may be obtained by emailing melisakaiser@excelsiorclasses.com


Architectural Drafting & Design II

Instructor: Mrs. Melisa Kaiser
Email: melisakaiser@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Thursdays @ 2:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students (10th-12th grade)
Min/Max#: 6/24
Prerequisites: Architectural Drafting & Design I
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $250
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This semester-long course will build upon the skills learned in Architectural Drafting & Design I. Students will continue to learn how to see, draw, and think like an architect, with a focus on three-dimensional design and representation. We will begin by learning to draft isometric, oblique, and perspective views, then spend a few weeks learning about 3D design. In an exciting introduction to architectural modeling, the computer program, SketchUp, will be used to create and explore digital representation. Students will finish the semester with their own design for a chapel.

Weekly assignments will consist of a sketchbook or drafting assignment as well as a reading requirement. A weekly assessment will account for the completion of the reading assignment. Three projects will be done concurrently with weekly assignments during the semester.

A microphone and webcam are strongly recommended.

Course description and class content developed by Melisa Kaiser for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Design Drawing by Francis D. K. Ching, ISBN-13: 978-0470533697
List of required supplies may be obtained by emailing melisakaiser@excelsiorclasses.com


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