Pre-College Art Program

Constructing Character. An immersive studio experience.

Spend a week learning, creating, and exploring Animation, Fiber/Mixed Media, and 3-D/Performance. Led by SUNY Cortland's inspired Art and Art History faculty, this week-long session is ideal for high school students with a passion for art and creativity.


Constructing Character

In the 3-D and Performance Studio, you will explore character creation using traditional style shadow puppetry, contemporary art concepts, and a variety of media. You will also develop a short narrative, story, or act that will utilize the art pieces to be performed and recorded.

In the Fibers/Mixed Media Studio Experience, you will be introduced to visual layering through dyeing and printing techniques (resist, stitching, and silkscreen), focusing on the theme of Constructing Character.

In the Animation Workshop, you will explore 2-D sequential imagery using the traditional practices of drawing, digitizing, and editing to create animated shorts centered on the theme of Constructing Character. During the week, you will investigate animation as an art form.



This hands-on program is designed for students ages 14 to 18, entering grades 9 through 12.

Dates: July 16 - 20, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: SUNY Cortland Dowd Fine Arts Center

Instructors: Martine Barnaby, Jenn McNamara, and Bryan Thomas (see below for more information)

Cost per student: $175 through May 31; $225 - June 1 through 29

Students should bring their own lunch and snacks. An art show will be held on the last day for family and friends.

Register by June 29, 2018. Space is limited, so register early to secure your space.

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Additional details will be sent to registrants approximately 2 weeks before the start of the program.


Martine Barnaby is a digital artist and an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Media within the Art and Art History Department at SUNY Cortland. She earned an A.A.S. in display and exhibit design from The Fashion Institute of Technology, a B.F.A. in computer animation from Ringling School of Art and Design and an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She began her teaching career at Cortland in 2000. She teaches courses in design, animation, multimedia, interactivity, digital illustration, graphic design and portfolio preparation.


Jenn McNamara is a mixed media/fiber artist and Associate Professor of Fibers at SUNY Cortland. She joined the Art and Art History Department in 2005, after earning an M.F.A. from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, that year. She teaches courses in weaving and surface design, including photo-silkscreen, embroidery, piecework, dyeing, resist, and much more.


Bryan Thomas is a mixed media sculptor and teaches foundation courses in Drawing and Design. He has been part of the Art and Art History Department at SUNY Cortland since 2002. He has an M.S. in Education from Alfred University, as well as his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2007, Bryan received the Excellence in Teaching award at SUNY Cortland.

Contact Us

Phone: 607-753-5643
Fax: 607-753-2959
Miller Building, Room 230

Extended Learning Office
Summer/Winter Sessions
SUNY Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Intersession Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.