Exploring Drawing

Monday, July 19th - Thursday, July 22th
Application Deadline: June 22nd
Apply Today!

The Program:
Due to its popularity, we will be offering this camp in an online, virtual learning format in the summer of 2021!

Exploring Drawing is a four-day online camp investigating different aspects of drawing. It will range from observational drawing to the broadest definition of what can be considered drawing. The observational portion will investigate how to map a drawing, how to structure values in a drawing, and how to use image fragments to create a drawing. Finally we will consider how to create drawings using games, nontraditional materials, physical science or nature. The course is directed toward students who are looking for a college preparatory course involving drawing. 

Kathryn Vajda, Clinical Assistant Professor in Alfred University's renowned School of Art and Design, is the camp instructor.

Who Can Attend? 
This dynamic camp is for students ages 15-18.

You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon registration.

The cost is $100. A deposit of $50 is required.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

The application deadline is May 1st, so apply today!

Class will run from 1pm - 4:30pm EST to accommodate most US time zones.

1:00 - 1:40 Introduction. Presentation of how we map and measure the physical and how we map a drawing. Discuss what makes a good composition. Assign a drawing project: Sight lines.

2:20 - 2:30 Meet as a group to looking at everyone’s drawing and give feedback. Presentation for next drawing. Assign a second drawing project: Looking at distance between edges.

3:10 – 3:40 Meet as a group to looking at everyone’s drawing and give feedback. Presentation for next drawing. Assign a third drawing project: Discuss proportions and eye level.

4:10 – 4:30 Meet as a group to looking at everyone’s drawing and give feedback. Presentation for next drawing. Assign a 90-minute overnight drawing project: Layer over each of the ways we mapped a drawing in class and invent a system of your own.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

  • Phone or digital camera
  • 8 color pencils
  • Vine charcoal
  • Graphite pencil
  • Eraser:  white plastic, gum eraser 
  • 5 grey scale markers (Tombow) Amazon
  • Color paper
  • Scissors and/or #11 X-acto knife
  • 11” x 14” Drawing Pad
Gather any drawing materials you already have at home!