Emphasizing fiction and non-fiction prose and poetry, artists-in-residence, visiting poets, playwrights, and novelists work with students to increase writing skills and critical awareness. A juried literary magazine is produced at the end of the program and becomes part of the student portfolio. Personal laptops are not used as students use computer facilities on campus.
Dance study at CCY is carefully structured for development of self-discipline,
integrity and aesthetic awareness. Daily classes in ballet or modern techniques are designed to develop versatile dancers. With our strong emphasis on composition, students study the art of choreography and have opportunities for creating original work. Assignments will be given requiring library research, writing, and personal studio hours. Each summer, dancers benefit from working directly with our Summer Artists in Residence - artists from national and internationally known dance companies.
Film students will work with digital video cameras and Final Cut editing software
to learn film style production techniques. They will produce several short films, and
collaborate and crew for each other in small teams. The group will shoot from "Day 1" of
the program and learn by experiencing every aspect of filmmaking. Students study
storyboarding, screenwriting, scoring, and producing/editing to create their films using
state-of-the-art equipment in Wesleyan's professional labs. Guest artists will also be
available to discuss marketing, production, development and documentary styles.
Students major in either instrumental or vocal music. They develop skills in many musical styles by rehearsing and performing in small ensembles with professional coaches and in master classes with internationally known clinicians. Daily classes are taught by artists/instructors with strong performing backgrounds.
Wesleyan has one of the oldest ethnomusicology departments in the country and is home to a wide range of world music traditions, which CCY students will have the opportunity to study in depth. CCY is able to offer our summer students 4 weeks of training they are not likely to find anywhere else. Our students will play in the Caribbean Steel Pan Band, the Javanese Gamelan Orchestra, West African Drum and Dance, and the Latin Rhythms Band.
Students are encouraged to apply their existing music skills [and instruments] in familiar and unfamiliar ways, participating in ensembles such as the Trinidadian Steel Pan Ensemble, Javanese Gamelan Orchestra, West African Drumming, Latin Rhythms Band, plus Jazz ensemble, and Rock Ensemble. All music students study theory, history, and often, composition. Students will also attend master classes with prestigious guest artists, and perform several times throughout the program.
Students majoring in musical theater integrate concentrated actor training with daily voice work and dance. Students work on solo and ensemble performance skills using selections from the American Musical Theater Lexicon. History of Musical Theater and performance opportunities are part of the program
The focus is on aesthetic, technical, and historical aspects of black and white photography and print developing towards mastery over photographic equipment, materials, and processes. Students use Wesleyan’s studio to work towards mastery over photographic equipment, materials, and processes. They learn qualities of light and shadow, sense of motion, and relationship of subject to frame. Students will also be introduced to digital imaging. Students will shoot film all over the campus, working with other departments and on excursions off-campus. Methods of film development, contact printing and enlarging prepare students for a juried exhibit at Wesleyan's Zilkha Art Gallery.
Theater majors begin with a five-day intensive program in movement for actors, based primarily on the Laban and the Viewpoint techniques. This is designed for the actor and does not require any dance experience. Students start each day with Suzuki method intensive exercises in ensemble building, physical core strength, focus and concentration, voice and diction, and improvisation. Theater students then focus on monologues, scene work and audition preparation. Summer Artists-in-Residence or area professionals offer Master Classes. A field trip to a local professional production supports their studies.
Concentrations in the Visual Arts include Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Mixed
Media. Classes experiment with a variety of media in each discipline, with emphasis on
foundation building, problem solving, and conceptual exploration, and they exhibit
twice during the program. Students also learn about historical and contemporary
issues in art through research projects, slide presentations, and guest artists or field trips to local galleries. Students document their work, develop portfolios and receive coaching in the college application process.
Students have the choice of two two-week interdisciplinary art workshops. Each student will
increase understanding of the relationship of art specialties to other disciplines and the creative
process among all the art forms in these workshops. These will be shared in performances,
exhibits, and social activities. Some classes are required for certain majors, or open specifically for
non-majors. We strongly encourage students to move outside their major art form for the
afternoon classes (unless indicated as required for your major). One or two of these choices may
change; any new offerings will be posted at a later date.
Ballroom/Swing Dance and More...
Social dance crazes are as old as time; it is the most popular dance form in terms of public
awareness and direct participation. Social dance promotes couple and group interaction.
Students will learn 6 - 8 popular partner dances taught in Ballroom Dance Studios, and they
will explore the relationship between social dance and its historical and cultural influences.
Open to all.
Caribbean Steel Pan Orchestra
A Steel Pan Orchestra is a unique opportunity to experience multicultural learning through the
arts. Discover a broader world of music through the sounds, rhythms, and songs of other
cultures. This ensemble will play traditional calypso and soca from Trinidad, as well as
classical, of the steel band; explore improvisation and compositional techniques; and gain an
understanding of the vital role of music in Caribbean culture. For Share Day, we will create a
musical celebration in the spirit of Carnival. Open to all students.
Japanese Painting (Sumi-e)
Sumi-e is a style of black-and-white calligraphic ink painting that originated in China and
eventually was introduced into Japan by Zen monks around 1333. We will learn basic
technique and composition of this traditional Japanese painting and concentrate on the four
basic compositions of sumi-e: bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid, and plum blossom. We will
also study the works of the more famous schools, such as Kano. Students will create a portfolio
of class exercises and their own creative pieces.
At Wesleyan, undergraduates and graduate students have the opportunity to learn about other
cultures by playing their music. A favorite class is the Javanese gamelan, an orchestra of
gongs and metallophones, a two-stringed bowed lute, a wooden xylophone, a bamboo flute, and
two-headed drums. Wesleyan's beautiful red and gold leaf court-style gamelan was built over
100 years ago in Java, an island in the country of Indonesia. In Java, the gamelan provides
the essential musical accompaniment for all-night puppet shows, dances, feasts, and
ceremonies. Listeners have compared the sound of the gamelan to angels singing, a river
running, and "moonlight poured over the fields." Since the instruments range in difficulty from
fairly easy to challenging, both musicians and non-musicians are invited to broaden their
knowledge of world music, melody and rhythm in this class. The course will also introduce
students to other aspects of Indonesian culture, such as dance and puppet theater.
Musical Theater for Non-Majors
Students will be introduced to basic principles of acting, vocal work, music, movement, and
interpretation. We will apply these principles while studying various genres of this most
American invention, Musical Theater from the early 1940's through today. This course is for
The playwright is asked to present the private act of writing in its most public forum. This
class seeks to capitalize on the dual nature of play writing by including not only a daily writing
lab, but also a collaborative approach to developing and presenting student work. We will
focus on creating believable dialogue, truthful characters and compelling dramatic action. Play
Writing is open to all students in any discipline.
Speak out! The art of slam poetry is all about creative writing with a contemporary performance
twist. With a rich history as a highly accessible art form and often a vehicle for change in local
communities, slam poets combine big voices, smooth rhythms, and a passion for telling it like
it is. Such notables as Anis Mojgani, Saul Williams, Bassey Ikpi and Black Ice, and even Talib
Kweli and Kanye West started out by taking the stage. Students will be exposed to the
structure, and performance of slam poetry through a variety of media (including video clips,
published poems, and writing and sharing exercises). Students will develop their own creative
writing and performing skills, collaborate on group slam pieces, and ultimately produce slam
poems for performance.
Songwriting Workshop is intended for students who write songs or who have musical ideas
they would like to turn into completed songs. We will stress creativity over formula,
establishing a supportive environment where songwriters can work on their craft, collaborate
with peers, and receive constructive feedback. Students will work together on daily
assignments given by the teacher and then workshop the results with the whole class. There
will also be opportunities for students to receive feedback on individual compositions. Each
class session will also feature music analysis and discussion of musical terms. This class is
founded on the idea that any creative person can be a songwriter. Basic instrumental or vocal
skills are encouraged, but highly motivated non-musicians are also welcome.
Introduction to Stage Combat (ISC): Stage Combat is the illusion of violence for stage or
screen. Understanding the techniques of safe and effective performance combat is the primary
goal. The student will build a solid foundation of footwork, attacks, and defenses, and explore
movement and partnering techniques for stage combat.
West African Drumming, Dance and Song
This course is a non-stop, energetic exploration of the dynamic music, dance, song, and
culture of West Africa. All students experience first-hand a non-Western way of musical
expression in preparation for outdoor concerts. This is a must for serious music, dance, and
vocal students, as well as beginners from all arts areas. You will never be the same again,
because the music never stops!