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Senior Enrichment Focus Tracks

Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs

Focus Tracks are structured to develop skills and knowledge on a progressive basis, with students working toward a final project, presentation or performance. Course material may vary from the following descriptions based on class makeup and student interests.

Focus Tracks meet from 9:00 to 12:00, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (MWF) or Tuesday and Thursday (TTh). For a full week’s schedule, select TWO Focus Tracks on alternate days, or ONE Focus Track and TWO Morning Discovery Tracks. In this case the Focus Track must be on alternate days with the Discovery Tracks


MWF Focus Tracks TTh Focus Tracks
9 a.m.–12 p.m. 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Art Art
Cooking Fencing
Fashion Design Photography
Film Studies Radio Broadcasting
Photography Videography
Scuba Diving

In some cases, we offer a Focus Track, a Discovery Track and a Major Track on the same subject, for example, Cooking. How do you decide which to take?

Focus Tracks let you study a subject in more depth than the corresponding Discovery Track, but not as intensively as the Major. The difference is in the time available. Each week, Majors provide 15 hours of class time per subject, Focus Tracks provide 6 or 9 hours, and Discovery Tracks provide 3 or 4 1/2 hours. Dont know which is right for you? Give us a call.

Each week, students will choose two Afternoon Discovery tracks from a list that changes weekly. Click here for a comprehensive list: Afternoon Discovery.

Art

Awaken your creative instincts this summer! Let the Art Track heighten your senses and show you new and exciting ways to express yourself. The Art Track focuses on developing artistic vision and talent. With the encouragement and guidance of our talented instructors, you’ll go beyond the basics of drawing and painting to expand your creativity and discover your own personal artistic style.

We’ll concentrate on the exciting art and artists of the 20th and — now — 21st centuries. What is “modern” art, and does that also describe today’s trends? Who’s doing important work in London, Los Angeles, Latin America and New York? What are the emerging motifs and styles? We’ve gone there to find out, so come and let us share our discoveries with you.
We’ll begin with the fundamental concept of seeing the world through art — perhaps the single most important step in developing your artistic vision. You’ll learn to look through the eyes of the artist in order to perceive and capture beauty in all its many forms. How do we do that? By focusing on line, contour, value, texture, composition and presentation. We’ll study abstraction as an art modality in itself and how it is the basis for representational painting.

The Art Track combines expert instruction and exhilarating studio work on observational studies, still lifes and figure drawing. All equipment is provided, including drawing supplies, sketch books, watercolor and acrylic paints, canvases and brushes. Our classes use discussion and demonstration but the emphasis is on doing and creating. First we sketch and draw with pencil, ink, felt-tip pens and charcoal. Then we introduce color — working on different techniques with pastels, watercolor and acrylics. Finally, you’ll begin your major opus, a large work.

Come with a willingness to let go and you’ll find how deeply rooted in art you can become.

Cooking

Always wanted to know how to prepare an exceptional risotto or tempting fruit coulis? If you don’t know your guacamole from wasabe — but would like to! — this is the Focus Track for you. For the beginner to intermediate cook, our Cooking Focus Track is the perfect opportunity to work on kitchen basics and fundamental culinary knowledge while learning to prepare a variety of fresh, fun modern dishes.

For a fuller sense of our culinary school philosophy, refer to the Cooking Major description. This won’t be as intensive as that, but will allow you to work hands-on to develop your food prep and presentation abilities. Classes will cover kitchen safety and hygiene, knife techniques, use of herbs, oils and seasonings, the history and tradition of many of the ingredients used in our dishes, and — of course — the recipes themselves.

If you love sampling new foods, this is a great program. If you want to learn to whip up a variety of tempting new appetizers, entrees and desserts (without devoting all your camp mornings to it), this is the class for you, the seriously interested but still “unseasoned” cook.

Not sure which cooking program to take? Call our Culinary Director, Tina Krinsky, and she'll help you choose the right one. But most of all, sign up early, because our cooking programs are always SRO.

Fashion Design

Do you admire the beautiful clothes supermodels debut on the haute couture runways of New York, Milan and Paris? Have you ever wondered how those shows are staged, how the clothes are made? This summer, let us take you behind the scenes …

This course may be the first step in fulfilling your dreams of becoming a fashion designer or just finding out what it’s all about. You've heard of Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan — now you can learn what it takes to become a “name” designer yourself.

Class lectures and demonstrations will show you the process designers follow to create a d a piece of apparel, whether it’s a shimmering gown or simple pair of jeans. You’ll discover the role of inspiration: how a stunning creation can spring from an idea glimpsed in a dream or on a walk through the park. We’ll take a field trip to visit well-known area designers.

The course will touch on every facet of design, including color theory, fabric selection and fashion illustration. Working with your instructor, you’ll learn how to drape fabric on yourself to visualize its potential as a garment or accessory, and how to create a pattern for it.

In addition, you will construct your chosen project using sewing machines, needle and thread, hot glue, snaps, buttons and more. Fashion Design students with more sewing experience may be able to create more sophisticated garments. After completing your design, your dreams will become real as you model it on the runway for your family, friends and fellow campers to enjoy.

So get ready Vogue, move over Stella McCartney: There’s a new designer on the horizon. Fashionistas — can we talk? This is a course not to be missed!

Fencing

You pull the mask over your face. At the other end of the strip your opponent salutes you with raised sword … and the duel begins. Heel and toe, you advance with cat-like stealth. The blades flash and cross as you attack and parry. You lunge for the tenth time and your muscles burn with the effort, still you’re unable to score a definitive touch. You call on all your energy for a final leaping attack; you strike …

If you thrive on this kind of competitive intensity and adrenaline rush, then sign up now. Our Fencing Focus, for beginners and more advanced students, covers footwork, blade work, strategy, training drills and exercises.

Film Studies

Admire the reviews of Roger Ebert or Jeffrey Lyons? Curious about the role Hollywood plays in representing our society’s values to the rest of the world? Interested in looking beyond the special effects and star power to discover a movie’s subtext? Then you’ll want to buy a ticket to our Film Studies Focus Track.

We’ll analyze some of the greatest movies of all time and develop a greater appreciation of the ones that revolutionized the film industry. Your instructors will use reviews, commentary and new critical-edition DVDs to help you understand how social and political conditions affect the filmmaker’s work. You’ll see how social commentary has been expressed through the cinema, and the role of movies in supporting social causes.

Every critic has to work out the structure and principal elements of a film to discuss it intelligently. We’ll do that, and look at what has made certain films legendary and captivating through the years. Discover when, where, how and by whom these movies were made. And see how great literature from the Greek classics to J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien has been transformed into some of the best — and worst — films of all time.

You’ll become a critical viewer and begin to appreciate films from a richer point of view. So sit back and enjoy the show as we reveal the artistry behind the silver screen!

Photography

With a camera in your hand, you have the ability to share your vision of people and the world. Your photograph can forever document emotions like the joy in your best friend’s smile, or their disappointment as a game ends in a narrow defeat. Moments like these are fleeting, so a photographer must react instinctively to capture them. That instinctive “click” — with professional skills behind it — is the focus of this track.

All you’ll need is a digital or film 35mm camera (bring your own or use one of ours) and the desire to learn about a technical art form. We’ll begin with an overview of camera parts, lenses, functions and maintenance. Then we’ll look at basic concepts like controlling exposure through aperture and shutter-speed settings. Then we’ll move into the “digital darkroom” and work on manipulating images with Photoshop software, often with surprising results.

The course is an interesting, fast-paced mix of classroom instruction and multiple field trips. Your professional instructors will show you how to compose and develop pictures, light special subjects, and incorporate other techniques such as stop action and depth of field.

Radio Broadcasting

Say radio broadcasting and you naturally think of someone behind a microphone. But as a career, it offers opportunities for people with a range of talents. Sure, the best place for some of us is on the air, spinning records, reading the news, hosting talk shows and more. With a little work on your vocal presentation, maybe you could be a high-energy rock ‘n roll DJ or field news reporter.

For those with a technical inclination, though, the place to be is behind the controls and mixing desks, handling the intricacies of sequencing and fading, checking levels and keeping the station on the air regardless of technical glitches or equipment problems.

And, of course, there’s always the programmer’s role, requiring creative thinking and radio smarts to continuously fill the air waves with entertaining material.

In this introduction to radio broadcasting, you’ll create your own commercial, program, radio play, documentary material and/or news report. Radio Broadcasting — where you learn how to produce, star in, and broadcast the sounds of modern radio. You’re on the air!

Scuba Diving

Beginner divers will move along quickly in our instructional course. Gear will be provided by us; all you need is the desire to begin exploring the 70 percent of the world that’s covered by seas and oceans. That’s a lot of vacation adventures to come!

You’ll learn the fundamentals of safe diving, including the use and care of diving gear, how to handle yourself underwater and how to react in a range of underwater situations. The course combines classroom work with in-water practice and hands-on experience with the scuba equipment.

You’ll gain an understanding of the physics of diving, the effect breathing pressurized air has on your body, and the risks involved in recreational scuba diving.

On the final Saturday of the program, you’ll have the chance to go on a diving trip and take your first real open-water dive. Interested in becoming a certified diver? Ask about our certification program (additional charge).

Videography

At some point, every enthusiastic movie-goer and TV fan wants to get behind the camera. For all of you, we offer Videography, the track that makes you the filmmaker. Here’s your chance to try your hand at direction, set design, costuming, production, editing and script writing. Design a television advertisement, script a real-life drama, choreograph a music video or direct a documentary.

This track gives you the chance to explore all aspects of videography. You’ll learn how to set up lighting and use the camera’s eye to create dramatic effects. Become comfortable with editing techniques and realize the artistic flexibility that the “out of camera” process gives you. Working with experienced instructors, you’ll design the layout, scout the location and write the script for a dramatic production. Produce and direct your own videos and cast your friends, classmates and yourself in the films you create.

Combine this track with the Film Studies or Photography Focus Tracks and see where your imagination leads.