Middle School and High School
Painting & Drawing

Terri Shay, Instructor

Gifted Arts students receive visual arts instruction in various forms, particularly drawing and painting. In addition to learning professional techniques and experimenting with new media, the class will follow the entire artistic process from initial sketches to final works, from artist statement to public presentation. Selected media may include  watercolor, ink, colored pencil, etc. With an illustrative bend, the course emphasizes visual storytelling. Students will create works that communicate their ideas, experiences, and personal styles within an encouraging, inspiring environment.

Terri Shay has been working as a professional artist for over 30 years. She is an illustrator, painter, and educator. From illustrating the art of children’s books, expressing popular topics and seasonal events in greeting cards, to bringing her travels to life on canvas, her emotive soul is shared. Terri is currently teaching Color, Design, and Painting at Saint Louis University and Saint Louis Community College.

Emily Zoernig returns this summer as the studio intern.
Portrait of Terry Shay
Painting & Drawing
with Terri Shay

Middle School
Drawing & Painting

2020 Summer Session• Grades 7-8•
June 29-July 16• $300/$425

Middle school students are given more advanced instruction in various drawing and painting techniques from SLU Fine Arts professor, Terri Shay. The class is designed to be instructional, fun, and promote creative expression. Art students also learn to critique each other’s work in a positive and constructive environment.

The session runs Mondays-Thursdays from June 29-July 16 from 12:30-3:30.  Students may take the class for a two-week ($300) or three-week ($425) session.  All classes are held at Xavier Hall, the Fine Arts building at Saint Louis University.

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High School
Drawing & Painting

2020 Summer Session• Grades 9-12• June 8-June 25• $300/$425

High school students are given instruction in various drawing and painting techniques utilizing composition, space, perspective, value, light and shadow, volume and texture, and color. 
  
The class runs from June 8-25, Mondays-Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 PM.

Students may take the class for a two-week ($300) or three-week ($425) session. All classes are held at Xavier Hall, the Fine Arts building at Saint Louis University.

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High School
ceramics

Ryan Bredlau, Instructor

My philosophy centers on the productivity of students learning the language of visual form and attempt to create meaning about themselves and their link to the human condition through it. Visual arts are clearly a crucial component of the human experience at many levels, and to look at its meaning, and practical potential through the study of studio art. There are four areas of learning that I stress in my studio courses. In these areas students learn two things: The importance of taking on a strong work ethic and experiencing difficulty in their creation process when thinking about art.

1. Learning the language of visual form, creating work that communicates to its viewer being open to new approaches and concepts. Students will be required and encouraged to have sketch book to record their ideas and thoughts. 
2. Cultivating critical thinking. Critical thinking occurs through formal analysis, both during the process of creation and afterwards in critiques and contextual analysis. Also becoming aware of your surroundings in the studio, being safe is just as important as being productive.
3. Recognizing the importance of tradition in the visual arts, Looking back on art history and exploring what has already been done, It is important to have heros in the art world. My students will be required and encouraged to look up and study past or present artists of today which they like or admire and study their work and ideas.
4. Communicating effectively and meaningfully through the language of visual form, which is using the vocabulary that comes with the medium being taught and becoming confident in the studio.

About the Artist
Ryan Bredlau grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2005, focusing on ceramics, sculpture, and glassblowing. After taking several graduate classes at the University of Iowa, Ryan went south to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2010 with a focus in ceramics and sculpture. During and after graduate school Ryan worked for several companies outside St. Louis as an artisan in bronze and cast iron. In 2011 He then went to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was a Studio Technician and Adjunct Professor of Studio Art for the University of St. Francis for four years. He now currently resides in St. Charles, Missouri, were he has been an Artist in Resident of Ceramics at Craft Alliance Center for Art and Design St. Louis MO From 2016-2017, Assistant Preparator at Laumeier Sculpture Park St. Louis MO, Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Jefferson College in Hillsboro MO.

He is currently the Studio Technician at St. Charles Community College St. Charles MO, Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL. Ryan is married with three children.

When Ryan isn’t working he enjoys creating ceramic sculpture from hand built and slip cast forms. His work has been shown around the St. Louis area as well as southern Indiana. For more information on his work please visit his website or his Facebook page.

Ryan Bredlau
High School Ceramics
with Ryan Bredlau

High School
Ceramics

2020 Summer Session• Grades 9-12• June 8-June 26• $300/$425

Students will learn the development of form and surface through the use of hand-building and wheel thrown techniques. They will learn the language of visual form, cultivate critical thinking, discover the importance of tradition in the visual arts, and communicate effectively and meaningfully through the language of visual form.

The class runs from June 8-25, Mondays-Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Students may take the class for a two-week ($300) or three-week ($425) session. All classes are held at Xavier Hall, the Fine Arts building at Saint Louis University.

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High School
printmaking

Brian Lathan, Instructor

My teaching methods utilize demonstrations, critiques, and idea discussions before and during art making processes, and sharing examples. A combination of all these methods allows me to be there for the students early on in the process and makes for a smoother transition to from idea to art piece. Using demonstrations I can guide students through the work that is expected of them and by showing them examples they can see what students have done before them. Discussion of ideas, concepts and sketches allow me to inform them of design pitfalls, process challenges and lets the student build confidence in talking about their work. Critiques allow me to assess each student and since I have seen where each student started I am given a better understanding of where they should be. This affords me the opportunity to assess the student within the group and individually. By the end of the semester, I will be able to see how much the student has grown and how close they are to meeting the objectives. Each new project gives me a chance to see how well and how much they are improving. Each critique allows the student a new opportunity to speak about their work resulting in me learning more about them as a student and them learning more about their own artistic direction.

About the Artist

Born in St. Louis, MO, Brian Lathan received his BA from Saint Louis University. Afterwards he spent several years studying printmaking and sculpture at St. Louis Community College-Meramec before going on to receive his MFA in printmaking from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Brian is now an Adjunct Professor in Printmaking/Design at STLCC-Meramec.

Currently based in St. Louis, Brian has been exploring printmaking and sculpture since 2007. Though his specialization is printmaking, Brian has spent the last several years exploring the combination of print and sculpture. His work ranges from being sculpture-forward to printmaking-forward while other times the two blend seamlessly.

Thematically, Brian’s work embodies the feeling of “Sweet and Sour” or “Beauty and Beast.” Beautiful colors, vibrant palettes, emotional gestures, and organic forms express the “sweet;” while darker concepts, traumatic narratives, and emotionally scarred characters illustrate the “sour.”

Teaching Philosophy
It is my own history with my professors and love for sharing knowledge that draws me to being a teacher. As an instructor, I aim to mentor students and contribute to their artistic journey. During my later experience with teaching, I found that many students think and process ideas differently and as instructor I was challenged to transform the same information to fit different learning styles and I find this aspect of teaching worthwhile.

Being trained as both a printmaker and a sculptor, I find these two subjects the most comfortable. As a printmaker I am well versed in etching, relief, serigraphy, lithography, monoprinting, and papermaking/bookmaking. As a sculptor, I am well versed in woodcarving/wood bending, oxy-acetylene, plaster, paper-mache, and clay. No matter which course I teach, it is important for me that students learn techniques correctly, how to maintain the shop and its tools, how to analyze artwork, how to synthesize their ideas and how to vocalize their concepts. These objectives are important for students to learn, as they are quintessential for the continuation of their artistic careers. The earlier in their studies and more familiar students are with these objectives, the better they will be at their own artistic practice.

Brian Lathan, Instructor
High School Printmaking
with Brian Lathan

High School
Printmaking

2020 Summer Session• Grades 9-12• June 8-25• $300/$425

Students will be introduced to techniques of printing using water based and oil based inks. The goal is to develop meaningful content while learning new technical skills in various forms of printmaking. Through demonstrations, critiques, and idea discussions before and during art making processes, students learn correct printmaking techniques, how to maintain the shop and its tools, how to analyze artwork, how to synthesize their ideas, and how to vocalize their concepts.

The class runs from June 8-25, Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30-12:30. Students may take the class for a two-week ($300) or three-week ($425) session. All classes are held at Xavier Hall, the Fine Arts building at Saint Louis University.

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