Our Studios

Overview

Our nationally-recognized program engages high school students from Grand Rapids Public Schools in a tuition-free, after school experience in creative youth development. Teens can elevate their voices, connect with their communities, and build 21st century skills through project-based learning in studios including photography, video game design and programming, illustration, ceramics, audio production, video production, and fashion design. Students meet in their chosen studios twice-a-week.

These programs are supported in part by:

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Spring 2017 Semester Enrollment Now Open

Learn about our studios below, review our Frequently Asked Questions, and request an application for Spring 2017 here.

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Intro to Photo

Tuesday and Thursday (One semester studio) You’ve got some experience taking selfies and filling your Instagram feed, so why not explore photography with a more professional camera?  Learn the basic functions of cameras and tips on design and composition to Read More...
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Advanced Photo

Monday and Wednesday (Two semester studio) For students with prior experience in photography, this studio will expand your technical skills with the camera and broaden your abilities in Adobe Photoshop, while exploring more student-directed interests.  Possibilities abound for pursuing projects Read More...
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Intro to Illustration

Monday and Wednesday (One semester studio) In this introductory course, explore techniques using ink, pens, markers and other related media to strengthen your ability to communicate thoughts, ideas and processes through drawing.
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Advanced Illustration

Tuesday and Thursday (Two semester studio) Calling all doodlers, painters, graffiti artists, and comic book aficionados! Expand your illustration skills through individual projects, and apply those skills with your team to produce original works of art that make a positive Read More...
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Audio Story Telling

Monday and Wednesday (One semester studio) Express yourself through recorded music and spoken word, or report on issues that are important to you. Work individually and as a team to produce a monthly show for the local radio station WYCE Read More...
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Video Production

Tuesday and Thursday (Two semester studio) Learn new skills by using professional level cameras and editing software to produce your own unique short videos. You will practice your new skills on a production team that will document events like WYCE’s Read More...
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Intro to Ceramics

Mondays and Wednesdays (One semester studio) Learn basic skills in hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel.  Turn clay into original ceramic creations, keeping form and function in mind while we tackle our inner creativity. Using coil and slab Read More...
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Advanced Ceramics

Tuesday and Thursday (Two semester studio) Students with prior experience in ceramics will fine-tune their skills in different construction methods, including slab construction and wheel throwing. You’ll continue to improve and build confidence in your technique, as we explore ideas Read More...
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Fashion

Tuesday and Thursday (One semester studio) Explore your creativity within the world of sculpture, and wear it! Gain new skills within 3-D design using fabric and other materials to create wearable projects. This spring, you will have access to the Read More...
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Game Programming

Tuesday and Thursday (One semester studio) Code provides the backbone for all of your favorite video games and is probably a lot easier to learn than you think. Use Python, an easy to learn programming language, to create and customize your own game Read More...
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Video Game Design

Monday and Wednesday (Two semester studio) Join our video game design team to learn how to use professional software to create digital landscapes, characters and game levels. You and your team will also work collaboratively to meet different users’ needs through Read More...
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Work with Us!

The nationally-recognized WMCAT Teen Arts + Tech Program is interested in partnering with local businesses and organizations on creative place making opportunities for our teen artists. Do you have an idea for working with our teens and professional teaching artists to Read More...
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Bring Your Class to WMCAT

Principals, teachers parents: WMCAT offers field trips, daytime classes and semester-long arts experiences for middle and high school classrooms throughout Kent County. Bring your students to WMCAT to create and learn in our dedicated, professionally-equipped studio spaces. Professional teaching artists Read More...