Recent Grad Classes

These courses are being offered to recent high school graduates from the Class of 2020.

List of 10 items.

  • American Sign Language, An Intro to, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #553 Section 72
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Sanaz Whetter, Crossroads Summer Faculty


    Course: #553 Section 24
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Richard Reardon, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, and Deaf culture through active communication. This class will focus on the language skills: sight comprehension, hand formation, body language, and knowledge of signs. No prior knowledge of ASL is required to join this class.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Art History Crash Course for Families, grades 9 – 12 and recent grads and adults [NEW]

    Course: #738 Section 63  
    Days: Wednesday Nights
    Time: 7:00 pm-10:00pm
    Dates: June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
    Fee: $500
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Jesse Robinson, Crossroads Faculty
     
    This ‘crash course’ in Art History will cover topics including ancient Greek sculpture, the Italian Renaissance, and Contemporary American art.  Designed with both students and adults in mind, we will cover some of the large themes in art through a series of slide lectures, guided break-out discussions, and PDFs with images, supplemental readings, and online resources.  Participants of all ages will come away from the class with a greater insight into some of the driving questions in art history and some tools for understanding Modern and Contemporary art.  While we can’t travel far physically these days, we can certainly take an aesthetic journey through the ages and engage in stimulating conversation along the way.
  • Biotech Intensive, One-Week, grades 9-12 and recent grads

    Course: #783 Section 72
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Edward Peebles-Maxwell, Crossroads Faculty

    The course allows students to use biotechnology to learn about genetics, solve problems, and discuss bioethical issues such as the genetic modification of organisms (GMO) as well as cancer and virus research.  Students also gain experience simulating basic biotechnology research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, PCR, and bioinformatics. In remote learning, the course will shift its focus to the use of online research tools that are publicly available through the NIH such as genetic databases and algorithms.
     
     
  • Filmmaking Fundamentals – Remote 2020, One-Week, grades 8-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #806 Section 11  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Students will learn the basics of movie making and cinematic language by producing, directing, and editing their own short movie. Students will develop and strengthen their own unique voices on screen working in narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental forms. Simple, fun, and informative this course is a perfect starting point or continuation for the aspiring filmmaker. Filmmaking Fundamentals concludes with a special online screening night, complete with a filmmaker Q&A, open to family and friends. Students will need access to any type of video camera. This can include i-phones, computer cameras, or DSLRs.
  • How to Read A Film, Tom Kemper's Greatest Hits, grades 9-12, recent grads, alumni and parents [NEW]

    Course: #716 Section 03
    Days: Sundays
    Time: 3:00pm-5:30pm
    Dates: June 14, 28, July 5, 12, 19 (no class on June 21)
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Tom Kemper, Crossroads Faculty

    An overview of film interpretation, this one-week course will survey the many different practices of filmmaking and how to recognize and understand them. It will examine film’s close relation to other arts from painting to photography to the comic book, exploring film from many different perspectives. Students will learn the principles of classical Hollywood style and its endurance into the modern era. From there, the course will examine the ways filmmakers employed aspects of the medium to create narratives. These classical narrative values will serve as a contrast to explorations of alternative cinemas, from foreign films and art cinema, modernist and avant-garde strategies, documentary form, animation, and independent filmmaking. In all of these cases, students will learn what elements stand out as necessary to film’s meaning and how to discern a film’s important and unique components as an art and a form of communication. The class will expose the complexities of film that often go forgotten or overlooked. Film clips and visual aids (painting, photography, theater, and comic books) will enhance the lectures and discussions.  The goal is to develop or enhance students in their film experience by giving them the tools and practices of engaged watching.  Dr. Tom Kemper has taught at UCLA’s film school and currently teaches at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and Crossroads School. He is the author of Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents (2010) and Toy Story: A Critical Reading (2015) in the prestigious BFI Film Classics series. 
  • Poetry Intensive: A Thinking, Reading and Writing Creativity Workshop, One-Week, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #758 Section 11 
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-11:30am
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Ebony Murphy-Root, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    This is an intensive one-week poetry workshop where we will read the work of classic, established and contemporary writers, with a focus on queer, women and writers of color; analyze, write, edit and revise our work. The philosophy behind a workshop of  this kind for committed, enthusiastic young writers is that you will hone your craft and style by working with other writers who are engaged in similar efforts and who share similar goals to to share with an audience and possible publication.
     
    School is closed July 3. 
  • Psychology, An Intro to, grades 9-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #639 Section 51
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $1050
    Type: Credit (1-semester elective credit)
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty 

    The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.” Sigmund Freud. This college-level course is a broad survey of the scientific study of human nature. We will delve into various topics including but not limited to, how the mind works, the mind-body connection, child development, memory, cognition, personality, psychopathology, and social interaction. Students will consider how such knowledge relates to debates about nature and nurture, free will, consciousness, human differences, self, and society. The learning format of this class will be structured around discussions, experiments, guest speakers, optional field trips and in-class psychological explorations. Students will come away with a strong foundational knowledge of psychology, mental health & wellness and career options in this field. We will have lecture 2-3 times per week via Zoom. The days that do not have a lecture will be time that students have to work on assigned research projects.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Summer Cinema – Remote 2020, One-Week, grades 8-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #811 Section 12  
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Do you love watching movies? Would you like to meet others who love movies as much as you do? Summer Cinema will unleash and nurture your inner cinephile. Over the course we will watch a series of essential movies, discuss, and learn the basics of cinematic language. Fun and thought provoking, you will leave knowing how to articulate cinematic thoughts and defend an argument for your favorite movies while meeting other movie lovers.
  • Watercolor Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    This class is offered as part of the summer ONLINE program. Students will not return to campus this summer. 

    Course: #780 Section 72
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: July 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed, Crossroads Faculty

    Course: #780 Section 12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 15-June 19, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty

    As of July 1, enrollment in this course requires each student to supply their own materials.   It is not required that these items are purchased from Blick.
    Crossroads is not providing these materials.
     
    Item#
    Per Student
    Cost
    Description
    1
    $4.74 
    Blick Studio Acrylics - Titanium White, 4 oz tube
    1
    $19.70 
    Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set of 12
    1
    $23.22 
    Canson Montval Watercolor Block - 12'' x 16'', 15 Sheets
    1
    $1.75 
    Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser
    2
    $1.50 
    Blick Studio Drawing Pencil - 2B
    1
    12.05
    Blick Scholastic Golden Taklon Brush Set - Set of 5

    Have you wanted to learn about watercolor painting, but been intimidated because it seems too unforgiving? In this workshop, we will explore the beauty and the possibilities of this exciting painting medium.
     
    In this 5-day intensive class, we will explore some of the basics of watercolor painting; which include basic color theory, composition, tonal structure, and mark-making, using still-life and portraiture as modes of investigation. The goal will be for students to use what we have learned to find the freedom to tap into their own personal expression as artists.
     
     
  • Writing for Performance, grades 8-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #703 Section 34  
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Faculty
     
    In this fun, dynamic, on your feet writing class, students will explore writing a range of texts that are designed to be performed – monologues, skits, sketches, personal narrative, two person scenes and more.  We will examine both our individual writing styles and strengths and look at what it is like to work collaboratively on one story, as one does in a writers room (a la TV).  This is for any writer or performer who wants to push themselves creatively and is interested in developing their skill set as a writer. You will have the chance to workshop your writing each week, get feedback, give feedback and because scripts are meant to be spoken out loud, you will start to learn more about human behavior and interaction and what rings true to the human ear.   In each class you will be working as both a writer on your own content and as performer in the work of your peers.  We will read excerpts of screenplays and plays and watch clips of writers whose work has been produced in film and Television.  We may also look at developing content for Film/TV/Internet, how to “pitch” your work to those who might want to produce it and how you can produce your own work.  Get ready for a fun, creative on your feet writing class where you will walk away with work that will enhance and enliven your portfolio, whether you are a writer or a performer or both.
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