Summer Scholars’ Academy: Arts/Academic Programs for High School Students

Course 1

SAT PREP ACADEMY
A program for students in grades 10 – 11
June 22 – July 6, 2011 (10:00 – 1:00 daily)
WEEKDAYS ONLY; NO CLASS ON JULY 4TH

 Ten intensive daily sessions, led by ACS Athens staff  Classes meet for three hours between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Two classes per session: Mathematics /Critical Reading and Writing  Maximum class size: 7-8 students  Classes will focus on specific test taking strategies, test taking practice and content review and reinforcement.  Cost: 500 euros (ACS Athens students) Minimum of 5 students required for course to run. Maximum number of students who can be enrolled: 15. COST: ACS ATHENS STUDENTS 500 EUROS NON-ACS STUDENTS 750 EUROS

Course 2

PLAYING WITH WORDS: Summer Creative
Writing Day Camp (organized in conjunction with the Aegean Arts Circle)
A program for students in grades 8 – 10. July 5 – July 8, 2011 (9:00 – 12:30 daily; individual conferences 1:00 – 3:00, by appointment)
Come with an open mind, paper and pen. We will do what the course title says: play with words. No grades. No judgments. Supportive small group will be comprised of students who like to write and who will provide feedback on all writing done in the workshop. Who knows, some of the topics we will touch on might give you ideas for college application essays and themes for projects you might want to tackle on your own. Playing with words is designed to get you thinking outside the box. We will have four days to play with our own writing – that could mean that we start off with a simple writing exercise or a journal entry or a description of a photograph and end up with a wildly interesting short story, the beginnings of a novel or an outline for a screenplay – the possibilities are endless. Instructor Amalia Melis is creator and organizer of the Aegean Arts Circle Creative Writing Workshops. Her short story “Immigrant Daughter” won second place for new writers in Glimmer Train in 2006. Two other stories were named as finalists in the 2005 and 2007 Glimmer Train awards competition. She has finished writing her first novel and is currently working on a second. She is a freelance feature writer and, when avoiding the blank page, she makes wire/metal sculptures out of found items. Minimum of 5 students required for course to run. Maximum number of students who can be enrolled: 15.

COST: ACS ATHENS STUDENTS NON-ACS ATHENS STUDENTS

250 euros 350 euros

Courses for ACS Athens high school credit
Course 3

HEALTHY CHOICES/HEALTHY LIVING
A program for students entering grades 10-12 June 22 – July 8, 2011 (10:00 – 1:00 daily)
This discussion-rich, project-based course offers an intensive study of the important health and nutrition topics necessary for all high school students to know, so that they can make informed choices to promote physical, mental and emotional health. The student will study such topics as selfesteem, stress management, abuse, First Aid techniques-CPR, nutrition and exercise, human sexuality, sex and family planning, substance abuse, and STD’s. Successful completion of this course will earn students .5 credits and satisfy the ACS graduation requirement for Health. COST: ACS ATHENS STUDENTS 500 euros NON-ACS ATHENS STUDENTS 750 euros

Minimum enrollment: 5 students. Maximum enrollment: 15 students.

Course 4

ALGEBRA II AND TRIGONEMETRY
A course for students entering grades 10-12 June 22– July 22, 2011 (10:00 – 1:00 daily)
WEEKDAYS ONLY; NO CLASS JULY 4TH.

The summer Algebra and Trigonometry class has been designed for the following students: o Students who failed the Algebra Trigonometry class and wish to retake it again Students who wish to refresh or enhance their Algebra skills in preparation for the next academic year. o Students who want to better prepare for the SAT exams o Incoming students who wish to be exposed to the ACS Algebra curriculum in preparation for their first year at ACS Athens Students who successfully complete the course (including receiving a satisfactory grade on the final assessment will receive .5 elective credits, which will be applied towards meeting ACS Athens graduation requirements.

This course contains both content that reviews or extends concepts and skills learned in previous grades and new, more abstract concepts in algebra. Students will gain proficiency in solving linear and quadratic inequalities, systems of linear equations, quadratic equations, investigating polynomials and rational expressions and a thorough introduction to Trigonometry. Students will also investigate exponential and logarithmic functions. Students will be actively engaged using concrete and virtual materials and appropriate technologies such as graphing calculators and computer software. Students will also identify and apply real-life applications of the mathematical principles they are learning to science and other disciplines they are studying. Mathematics has its own language, and the acquisition of specialized vocabulary and language patterns is crucial to a student's understanding and appreciation of the subject. Students are encouraged to use correctly the concepts, skills, symbols, and vocabulary identified in the course. Problem solving is integrated throughout the different components of the curriculum. The development of problem-solving skills is a major goal of the mathematics program at ACS. Instruction in the process of problem solving will help students develop a wide range of skills and strategies for solving a variety of problem types. Minimum enrollment: 5 students. Maximum enrollment: 15 students. COST: 1000 euros

Course 5

SCULPTING FOR CREATURE DESIGN AND ANIMATION PUPPETS – CREATING FOR THE MOVIES
Open to students entering grades 10 - 12 June 22 – July 8, 2011 (10:00 – 1:00 daily)
WEEKDAYS ONLY; NO CLASS ON JULY 4TH

A hands-on sculpting course dealing with creature design and puppet making for stop- motion animation.

A scaled character in clay is still the easiest and most direct way to create and express a character design. In this “digital era” expressing a concept/design as a physical object, during and after its completion, has never been more pertinent. Sculptures are very often scanned in 3D to make virtual models for SFX and video games. Creature design has never been more popular. Stop-motion animation is the easiest way to bring an inanimate object to life without strings and has seen enormous growth in popularity in the past 10 years, both in the amateur arena and the high-end professional one. Students taking this class will have the chance to create a character design/puppet from scratch using clay and learn the same methods a professional in the entertainment industry would use. Real examples from the workplace will be lectured about throughout the 12 day period. These examples will help keep the students engaged and motivated to work on getting an intensive hands-on experience and a real feel for the process during the course. Students will first design a character in 2D and then translate it into a real model(3D). They will be also be encouraged and shown how to make their own tools. Use of the computer will be suggested only for the purposes of aiding in the research & development of the character design via finding images on the Internet of textures, animals, art and other examples of creature design and puppet sculpting. The finished result will be something every student can take home with him/her to use as point of reference if they wish to explore the field further. If students choose to work on an exceptionally ambitious project, they can continue to work on it after the class is over using the methods/techniques learned and eventually add it to their portfolios. After working for 10 years on Film and TV productions in Montreal as a model-maker/sculptor/designer, instructor Dimitri Kaliviotis has recently relocated to Athens, Greece. He graduated from ACS Athens in 1995 and went on to get a degree in design/art at Concordia University in Montreal. He has also given lectures on building and sculpting techniques concerning for stop-motion animation for university students. Minimum enrollment: 5 students. Maximum enrollment: 15 students Successful completion of this course will earn students .5 Arts credits in fulfillment of ACS Athens graduation requirements. COST: ACS STUDENTS 500 euros NON-ACS STUDENTS 750 euros

To enroll: Contact Ms. Marietta Garbis, garbism@acs.gr or 210-6393200, ext. 302, by June 6, 2011. Students may sign up in person with MS. Garbis in the Arts Center/Institute Office in the Arts Center lobby. Payment should be made directly to the ACS Athens Cashier by June 6, 2011.

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