We are excited to offer three sessions of LYNX Camp programs again for 2018! Session One will feature one-week programs and will only be open to commuter students. Students who live outside of the Denver area will need to make arrangements to stay with a family or friend in the area or have the family visit Denver and stay in hotel during the camp.
Sessions Two and Three will feature two-week immersion programs featuring hands-on learning from recognized CU Denver faculty members and renowned guest artists. Students attending one of these programs have the option to be residential students who live in our Campus Village Residence Hall, commuter plus students who are with the program from 9am-9pm, or commuter students who stay for only the academic portion of the day from 9am-4:30pm M-F.
In all sessions, the LYNX Camp class size is small to ensure individualized instruction.
Session One: Photography, Audio Production or 2D Animation
June 11-15, 2018
*Three separate sessions (listed below) are offered during Session One. These programs are one-week long and don't have a residential component. All students must commute to the camp. Students from outside of Denver who want to attend a Session One program are encouraged to stay with a relative or friend in the Denver area.
Photography Program – Students will learn the fundamentals of photography in a fun interactive class. From the darkroom to the digital lab, students learn the technical and conceptual skills that are necessary to produce meaningful and provocative photographs. Downtown Denver and the beautiful Auraria Campus will serve as inspiration as students utilize CU Denver's exceptional photography facilities and learn from talented photography professors. This program will be taught by a CU Denver Photography Program faculty and current CU Denver Students.
Audio Production/ Ableton Live Program (New!) - Explore the world of mixing, mastering, and recording sound in our industry standard recording studios. Students will also learn to produce music using Ableton Live from CU Denver faculty member Lorne Bregitzer, one of the only certified Ableton Live trainers in Colorado.
2D Animation/ Illustration Program (New!) - Faculty and college student artists will guide students through exploration of digital illustration, mixed media, and 2D animation. In this hands-on program students will create characters, story boards, and backgrounds while improving their artistic sklls.
Design | Make (NEW!) - Design and make robotic sculptures! For the first three days of camp, students will explore a range of techniques to create inexpensive interactive sculptures, before diving into an independent or group project of their own design. Along the way they’ll create pop-up paper art, build paper circuits, learn to 3D print, and explore mechanics by creating sculptures that move on their own. Students will also program Arduino microcontrollers to incorporate LEDs, sensors, and other electronics into their creations. This program provides hands-on training in the basic principles of electronics and how to use a laser cutter and 3D printer. This program is produced as a collaboration of the CU Denver STEAM Center, Inworks, and the College of Arts & Media.
Session Two: Music Industry
June 17-29, 2018
Music Industry Program - This program provides high school students a window into into the current state of the music industry. Students will explore many aspects of the industry including performance, singer/songwriter, music business, and recording arts. The program is designed to preview the CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department college programs. Check out this article about our camp's Music Industry Program in DownBeat Magazine. The songs recorded by past Music Industry Program students are available on SoundCloud here: 2016 songs and 2017 songs
Students will have the opportunity to take two elective courses and participate in two ensembles. This summer we will offer electives in the following areas: Performance, Singer/Songwriter, Music Business and Recording Arts (audio production). The Music Industry Program is led by Academic Directors Peter Stoltzman (Facutly Area Head of Piano Performance) and Owen Kortz (faculty Area Head of the Singer/Songwriter Program). There are about 20 total music faculty members and professional musicians who teach at the camp!
We also offer many exciting ensemble options. This summer students can choose from Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Hip-Hop, Latin/Jazz, A Cappella, Mobile Device, Studio Chamber, and R&B. There will also be options for students who prefer to focus on Recording Arts or Music Business instead of being in an ensemble. The final ensembles offered at the camp will depend on student interest. Students also learn from guest artists and get to go on education field trips such as our annual visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater (the students at the 2016 camp got to attend the soundcheck for the Big Head Todd & The Monsters concert!). All students will get a chance to record a song with one of their ensembles and perform at the student showcase at the conclusion of the camp. Make sure to view our Music Industry Program video to get a feel for what students experience at the camp.
2017 Guest Artist and Field Trips- The 2017 Music Industry Program featured guest artists Ben Wysocki (The Fray), singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, Kim Dawson (Pimps of Joytime, Sisters of Soul), Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa), the the band One Flew West. The program also featured field trips to Red Rocks Amphitheater for a concert featuring Lauren Hill, En Vogue, and Common, Chautauqua Park near Boulder for hiking/relaxing, and downtown Denver for a fun day in the city! 2018 Guest Artists and field trips will start to be announced in March.
Session Three: Filmmaking or 3D Animation/Motion Graphics
July 8-20, 2018
Filmmaking Program– Students will create their own films and experience every step of film production from brainstorming and scriptwriting all the way through filming and screening. Along the way they will learn about lighting, sound, location scouting, editing, graphics, and color correction. Students will work in teams and learn from experienced faculty and filmmakers. All filmmaking equipment is provided for the students. The student films from the 2016 camp can be viewed here and 2017 camp can be viewed here.
This program is led by CU Denver Film & Television Program faculty members Jess McGaugh and Roma Sur! We hire 3 current college students in our Film & TV Program to assist the faculty as Teaching Assistants. You can view the curriculum from the course last summer here. The curriculum will be very similar this summer.
Digital Animation/Motion Graphics Program – Bring artwork to life using traditional and digital media to create one-of-a-kind animations and motion graphics. Students will learn animation principles while exploring different techniques, including stop-motion animation, frame-by-frame animation, digitally modified video, and computer-aided animation. Digital tools including workstations, still cameras, video cameras, sound recorders, and drawing tablets may be used in conjunction with sketchbook work and traditional processes to reflect contemporary artistic hybrid methods. Guided by faculty and recent Digital Animation college graduates, students receive daily instruction and time to practice new skills. At the 2016 camp students got to learn from guest artists who worked on Moana and Zootopia at Disney (Jeff Gipson) and Finding Dory at Pixar (Richard Marrujo). Check out the animation reels from the 2016 camp students here and from the 2017 camp students here.
This program is led by Michelle Carpenter (faculty member in Digital Design) and Chris Lemon (Facilities Manager of the Digital Animation Center)! They are assisted by current 3D Digital Animation Program and Digital Design Program college students who work as teaching assistants.
2017 Guest Artists and Field Trips- In 2017 this session featured guest artists Jeff Gibson (Disney - Moana, Zootopia, Frozen), Rebecca Forth (Industrial Light & Magic - Star Wars Rogue One, Jurassic World, Transformers), filmmaker Aldo Velasco (Chittagong, Hinge, Mosshunter), Norm Shearer (Chief Creative Officer of Cactus Denver, a branding, design, website company), Greg Guler (Disney - See credits here), Chris Schultz (Senior Editor - High Noon Entertainment). This session also featured an acting workshop and field trips to the Denver Art Museum, Chautauqua Park, and downtown Denver! 2018 Guest Artists and field trips will start to be announced in March.
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