Junior Art Institute

The Junior Art Institute

A program for arts-interested students ages 11-14.

This innovative program is designed to give students the opportunity to explore digital illustration, digital photography, drawing, painting, filmmaking, and/or mixed media. This program will help define their creative direction in preparation for more advanced visual arts instruction in high school and beyond. We explore the depth of shape, color, line, texture, space and movement.

Students are encouraged to build their skills while becoming well-rounded and diversified in the visual arts.

Junior Art Institute Summer Sessions

Register for 1, 2, or 3 two-week sessions!

Session 1: July 6–17, 2020
Digital Photography & Mixed Media

Students will learn how to create stunning digital photographs and digital enhancement techniques through hands-on, in-class, and field-based instruction. Students will also explore collage, assemblage, and photo montage to discover the limitless ways materials can be mixed to create something new.
9:00-12:30 Drawing & Painting • Lunch • 1-2:45 Digital Photography • 2:50-4:30 Mixed Media

Session 2: July 20-31, 2020*
*Students choose between two course tracks during this session.
Filmmaking & Digital Photography
Students will learn the art of digital storytelling using both the still and moving image. By developing an understanding of color theory, lighting, and composition, students will create vibrant, professional quality photos. Students will also be immersed in the entire film production process, from screenwriting and storyboarding to shooting, editing, and post-production.
9:00-12:30 Filmmaking • Lunch • 1-2:45 Drawing & Painting • 2:50-4:30 Digital Photography

Drawing & Painting and Digital Photography
An intermediate concentration which explores the principles of visual art, 2D design, and photography. Students work on landscapes, still-life, compositional elements, portraits, and more while exploring a variety of techniques and methods in drawing, painting, collage, and digital media.
9:00-12:30 Drawing & Painting • Lunch • 1:00-2:45 Digital Photography • 2:45-4:30 Drawing & Painting II

Session 3: August 3-14, 2020
Digital Illustration and Digital Photography

This intermediate concentration will introduce students to the fundamentals of character design, storytelling, and sequential art. Experiential assignments allow students to learn how to take and use original photo references to create compelling visual narratives for their illustration portfolios.
9:00-12:30 Drawing & Painting • Lunch • 1:00-2:45 Digital Illustration • 2:45-4:30 Digital Photography

Every week brings you something different! Strong skills in Drawing & Painting are fundamental for success with all of the visual arts, as such the course is offered for all concentrations. Held in the Fine Arts Studios of Dutchess Community College, students will explore the foundations of good artmaking practices in a variety of media. Film and Photographic studies will build students’ understanding of storytelling with still and moving images. Visual art studies will expand their understanding of composition, color relationships, mixed media artmaking, character design, and more..

Junior Art Institute,Two week sessions, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Sessions are held in the Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art (Art Gallery.) For easiest access to the building, take Cottage Road to Parking Lot D. Refer to Dutchess Community College campus map.


COVID-19 Statement
Current Status:
— Spring art classes are moving online. Enrolled students and families will be contacted with specific information about their classes.
— The residential component of Session 1 of the Summer Art Institute is no longer available.
— The Art Effect is posting daily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter home projects and resources to help individuals and families stay creative. An archive of these projects is available here.
— The Art Effect has a new texting system it will be using to keep people updated. To sign up for the new text alert system, click here. To sign up for our mailing list click here.

The Art Effect is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in New York and will continue to implement health and safety measures to protect our students and their families. The Art Effect’s in-person programs are on hiatus at least through April 20, 2020. As long as Dutchess County and New York State have mandated school closures and there is local, state, and federal guidance to avoid social gatherings, we will not run in-person programs. When we postpone, reschedule, or shift the format of classes, parents and participants will be notified immediately. Should it become necessary for The Art Effect to cancel scheduled camps or classes, prorated refunds will be issued to those affected by the cancellation. We thank you for your continued support and we will keep everyone apprised of any major changes at The Art Effect that may occur.