The Visual Arts program focuses on providing rich opportunities for young folks who have in interest in expressing themselves visually. Students enjoy weekly classes ranging from basic painting to fashion design to video editing. AS220 Youth students are able to create work, document it in their online portfolios and present at AS220 Youth showcases and gallery shows. For students who are ready to take their visual work to the streets, they can sell their custom art at AS220 events, join a mural crew and/or present their creative projects at external venues in and around the state. Students are highly encouraged to coordinate gallery openings, fashion shows and utilize AS220 Youth staff when applying to art schools. AS220 Youth provides instruction in current software, including Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and Premiere. In the past, our Visual Arts program has been commissioned to create bus shelters for the city of Providence, repaint old electrical boxes and create large scale murals for local agencies, businesses and schools. Popular classes include film photography, painting, fashion design, screen printing, video, and comic design.
In the Apparel program, youth learn fashion design skills to suit their goals, whether its launching their own clothing line or creating a few shirts for friends. Students work at Youth but also AS220 Printshop where they practice screen printing and other printmaking skills. Apprentices in the Apparel program create designs for our Futureworlds shows, including a runway show and costumes for characters. Students are encouraged to sell their work at festivals, events and on our online shop.
In the Digital Media program, cameras and equipment are provided for youth to create music videos, short films and more. Two editing suites are available, one at Youth and one at AS220 Media Lab, where youth can learn to use Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects, and more. AS220 Youth shares the same floor as AS220 Community Darkroom, where students can learn analog photography skills. Digital Media Apprentices hone their skills in event photography, documentary, graphic design, short films and more.
The Youth Visuals program covers a range of traditional and digital mediums. Painters can work with provided canvases and paints. Students can also check out tablets and learn how to use Procreate to make digital drawings. Visuals students work in the Youth visuals studio but also learn printmaking skills at the AS220 Printshop. Apprentices work on commissioned murals throughout the city, illustrate comics and more. Youth are encouraged to organize their own gallery shows and display their work across the state.
Featured photo by Allam Mella