The NYC Department of Education collaborated with Lincoln Center Education and the Education staff of constituent members to develop a "boot camp" for middle school students to prepare them for the auditions and/or portfolio reviews needed to get into a magnet performing and visual arts high school. This summer serves as a pilot for the program, which may be offered annually. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts was pleased to support the program by offering discipline-specific orientations for the Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theater and Visual Arts students, teachers and teaching artists this week.
The students were studying visual arts -- painting, drawing, photographs and graphic design, in a furhter collaboration with Studio in a School. As well as being shown how to search for circulating material, we had a workshop on design elements (line, dynamics, shadow, etc.) based on the visual content in past exhibition brochures, among them Pioneering Poet of Liht, James McMullen, and The Great American Revue. They also viewed the O'Neill Theater Center exhibit (Astor Gallery) and Al Hirschfeld caricatures on display on the 1st and 3rd floors.
Please note that the attending students were between 7th and 8th grades. Since they were 12, they have to be listed as children, but the level of information within their art form was specifically aimed at YAs.