Kennesaw State University College of the Arts to offer Summer Arts Intensives

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All four units will offer in-person summer arts intensives this summer. 

All four academic units to participate in unique arts programs for high school students

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 1, 2022) — Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts welcomes rising 9th graders to high school seniors to campus this summer with a robust offering of discipline-specific Summer Arts Intensives. All programs will be held in-person on the KSU Kennesaw campus. Registration opens today, and space is limited. All intensives are designed for high school students and college freshmen, except for the Cobb Summer Band Camp, which is designed for middle school students. 

Art and Design Intensives
The School of Art and Design has three new programs—Animated Walk, Creating a Portfolio, and Visual Storytelling—scheduled for the week of June 6-10, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each intensive in Art and Design is $295 and includes lunch daily at KSU’s award-winning dining facility, The Commons. 

The Animated Walk Digital Animation Summer Intensive allows students to learn the basics of animation and bring an original character to life in a walk cycle. High school juniors and seniors interested in majoring in art and design may want to enroll in the Creating a Portfolio summer intensive. In this customized program, students will learn how to create a portfolio, document their art, and write an artist statement and biography. Finally, students may learn Visual Storytelling in the Comics and Sequential Art intensive. Students will learn how to tell a story through images and words while developing their own comic style. 

Dance Intensives
Intermediate to advanced dancers also tell a story, but through movement and music. There will be plenty of both in the 2022 Department of Dance Summer Intensive, scheduled for June 6-10 from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Dance Intensive is $295 and includes lunch daily. The Department of Dance also offers incentive scholarships every year to outstanding high school seniors attending the intensive. 

Students will study with KSU Dance faculty and experience a variety of dance classes, such as Modern, Ballet, African, Jazz, Tap, Improvisation, and Choreography. Faculty will stage choreographic repertory that will be performed by the students in a public performance at the end of the intensive. 

Theatre Intensives
Theatre students may choose from three separate concentrations but will come together for a spectacular performance at the end of the week. The Theatre Summer Intensives will be held June 6-10 from 8:30 to 4:30; the cost is $295 and includes lunch daily at KSU’s award-winning dining facility, The Commons. 

Acting students will focus on scene work in small groups. Musical Theatre students will learn two group numbers (opening and closing) and form duets, trios, quartets, etc. that include scene into song. Both the Acting and Musical Theatre Intensives will include technique-based sessions that focus on warm-up skills, as well as voice, dance, and acting exercises for personal growth. 

No actor or singer could do without the hands-on work of design and tech students. Theatre Design and Technology students will learn about different aspects of working backstage, including scenic, costume, lighting, props, stage management, and sound.

Music Intensives
New this year from the Bailey School of Music are three half-day music intensive in Strings, Brass, and Piano. The Strings Intensive, taught by world-class faculty Helen Kim, Charae Krueger, Yinzi Kong and Karl Fenner, runs June 1-3 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Brass Intensive runs June 1-3 from 1 to 5 p.m. and is taught by outstanding faculty Doug Lindsey, Paul Dickinson, Jason Casanova, and J.D. Handshoe. Piano students will receive half day instruction from our talented piano faculty in our All-Steinway school, scheduled for June 6-8 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Students will perform, play in ensembles, and learn advanced techniques. The half day intensives are $125 each.

Choral students may immerse themselves in a weeklong program June 6-10 from 8:30 to 4:30; the cost of $295 includes lunch daily at KSU’s award-winning dining facility, The Commons. Singers will attend daily warm-ups, choral rehearsals, electives, and private voice classes. There will also be time for spotlight solos and a fun choreography class, culminating in a showcase concert at the end of the week. 

KSU is partnering with Cobb Summer Band Camp June 13-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held on the KSU Kennesaw campus, the Cobb Summer Band Camp is open to all middle school students in the Atlanta metro area. Students will perform in concert bands, study with nationally recognized professional musicians, and present a grand finale concert.  

Learn more or register for the ArtsKSU Summer Intensives. Registration is now open; space is limited, so please register early. 

--Kathie Beckett