Queer History Uncovered: Through the Lens & Practice of Art

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

Sign Up NOW!

The Program: 
This course, open to students ages 15-18, hopes to break down LGBTQ+ stereotypes and the stigmas surrounding Queer identity, history and culture through Art. This intensive course hopes to provide a place of learning for Queer students in which those students can finally see themselves represented. The course is open to all students of all levels and welcome to students regardless of how they identify.

Students will be introduced to queer and lgbtq+ (formerly lgbt, lgbtq) history beginning with the oldest known Art containing queer representation. We will challenge the mainstream view of Queer history, which has been found to be steeped in misrepresentation, racism and sexism.

This course will give students an expansive education and knowledge of Queer history and lgbtq+ culture. Students will learn the language needed to navigate critiques and conversations surrounding lgbtq+ representation, identify concerns, questions and curiosities they might have in a safe and structured environment. Alongside the in depth art history components of the class, students will have the opportunity to learn useful tools to create an authentic self-portrait that regardless of lgbtq+ association, is conceptually and quality ready for their portfolio.

Noah Greene is a ceramic MFA candidate at Alfred University whose art centers on the integration of painting and clay to create three-dimensional ceramic works based in Queer Theory and Identity. As a transgender, gay man, Noah pulls on his knowledge and personal experiences to help further a discourse between the viewer and himself in the hopes of creating a more compassionate, fact-driven conversation about Queer bodies, communities and culture.

After graduating with honors from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design for Ceramics and Glass located in Jerusalem IL, Noah went on to teach at Oogie Art Portfolio Preparatory School in Manhattan, NY. He worked with students grades 7-12 to create high quality portfolios for high school and university applications. Many of his students went on to win Gold and Silver Keys for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, win places in the YoungArts Competition, as well as acceptances to their top choice schools.

Follow Noah on Instagram.

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 acceptance.

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.

Sign Up NOW!

Intro (30min): I will begin the class with a quote by a notable Queer activist Yance Ford, a black, American, trans filmmaker who expanded on a quote by Marian Wright Edelman who said, “Children cannot be what they cannot see.” Mr. Ford broadened on this ,“ It’s not just about children. It’s about all of us. We cannot be a better society until we see that better society. I cannot be in the world until I see that I am in the world.”

I will then briefly describe the expectation of conduct within the class perimeters before introducing myself and my background.

Student introduction (30min): We will go around to each individual in the class: Each student will introduce themselves via their preferred name, personal pronouns, and three important facts that they wish to share about themselves.

Instruction (screen-share): Before beginning the Powerpoint lecture, students will have the opportunity to share what they understand to encapsulate Queer history or bring up any questions they might have. This first lecture will be 1 of 4 Powerpoint history lectures, beginning with Ancient history.

Break: 30 min. During their lunch break, students will have a moment to digest what they learned during the lecture and think about a question or statement they wish to address during class discussion.

Second part of Class: We will begin the second part of class with Discussion, an hour long group talk to comb over and look into a few key questions students have thought about during their lunch break.

In the third part of class, which will be the last hour and half of class, students will be led through a series of brainstorming exercises. These series of exercises will help students build a better foundation on approaching conceptual art. I will give extra guidance as needed during these exercises.

Class will end with explaining the homework for the following day.

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.