Exploring Drawing

Monday, July 19th - Thursday, July 22th
Application Deadline: EXTENDED THROUGH 6/23

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The Program: 
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 was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University in Bloomington. She is Assistant Clinical Professor of Art at Alfred University in the divisions of Expanded Media and Drawing and Painting.

The Snow City and Ice prints have been exhibited in “Flickering At The Edge of Anthropocene”, Blockfort Gallery, Columbus, OH (2020), “Mounds Piles and Massing”, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University (2019). “Fractured Habitats”, AC Gallery Beijing, China (2019),“Indigo Celebrates 10 Years”, Indigo Art, Buffalo, NY (2018), MAPC Conference, “Indiana University Alumni Exhibition”, Laramie, WY (2018), Cleveland Institute of Art “ 2018 Alumni Exhibition”, Cleveland, OH, The View in the Vandervort Gallery, Old Forge, NY (2018). It was part of the 6th Guanian International Print Biennial, China (2017) and a group show of Alfred Alumni and Faculty at the Southern Graphics Conference in Portland, Oregon. The series was shown as part of "Configuration: Recent work by Kathryn Vajda and Bryan Hopkins" at INDIGO art in Buffalo, NY (2016). Individual prints were part of the "Variantology" exhibit in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University.

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

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to Kathryn Vajda.

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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!