LYNX National Arts & Media Camp
LYNX Camp offers three different summer sessions. Session One features one-week programs for commuter students only. Students who live outside of the Denver area will need to make arrangements to stay with a family or friend in the Denver area.
Sessions Two and Three feature two-week immersion programs featuring hands-on learning from recognized CU Denver faculty members and renowned guest artists. Students attending one of these programs have the option to be Residential students who live on campus, Commuter Plus students who are with the program from 9 a.m.–9 p.m, or Commuter students who stay for only the academic portion of the day from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., M-F.
All sessions and programs feature small LYNX Camp class size to ensure individualized instruction.
Five separate programs (listed below) are offered during Session One. These are one week programs with no residential component. All students must commute to the camp. Students from outside of Denver who want to attend a Session One program are encouraged to stay with a relative or friend in the Denver area.
2D Animation/ Illustration – Students learn methods to mix traditional media and use a variety of digital tools. Traditional tools encourage students to be inventive and to make original imaginative character illustrations in a setting. The class moves between traditional media approaches to realize the movement created using computers and software programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects. The animation reel from the 2019 camp program can be viewed on our Youtube channel here.
Audio Production/ Ableton Live – Explore the world of mixing, mastering, and recording sound in our industry standard recording studios. Students will also learn to produce music using Ableton Live from CU Denver faculty member Lorne Bregitzer, one of the only certified Ableton Live trainers in Colorado.
Mural Creation – Students work as a team to create a large mural. The mural is created in the studio and each student gets to create a section of the mural. Students receive lessons in painting, drawing and artistic collaboration and then get to apply these skills while creating the mural. The mural will be displayed somewhere on the Auraria Campus or in downtown Denver. The mural created by the 2019 camp students is on display at the CU Denver Student Wellness Center. The mural was a modern recreation of the famous Seurat painting. The wonderful final mural can be viewed here and here and at the Student Wellness Center. Painting students, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!
Comic Book Character Design – Students explore the dynamics of comic book/manga character development through a study of the imagery of leading cartoonists who have been at the forefront of depicting some of the most memorable characters in comic books and manga. An exploration into how comic book characters are drawn, inked and colored will be the main focus of this fun and creative workshop.
Photography – Students learn the fundamentals of photography in a fun interactive class. From the darkroom to the digital lab, students learn the technical and conceptual skills that are necessary to produce meaningful and provocative photographs. Downtown Denver and the beautiful Auraria Campus will serve as inspiration as students utilize CU Denver's exceptional photography facilities and learn from talented photography professors.
Session Two a two week program and has an optional residential component.
The Music Industry program provides high school students a window into into the current state of the music industry. Students will explore many aspects of the industry including performance, singer/songwriter, music business,
and recording arts. The program is designed to preview the CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department college programs.
Students will have the opportunity to take two elective courses and participate in two ensembles. Our program offers students a range of contemporary music classes ranging from mobile devices to singer/songwriter. The final electives and ensembles offered at the camp will depend on student interest. See more information about these courses here: MUSIC INDUSTRY ELECTIVE & ENSEMBLE DESCRIPTIONS
The Music Industry Program is led by Academic Director Owen Kortz (Faculty Area Head of the Singer/Songwriter Program) and Peter Stoltzman (Camp Co-Founder/Senior Camp Instructor). There are about 20 total music faculty members and professional musicians
who teach at the camp!
Students who attend the camp during the summer prior to their senior year of high school will have the opportunity to audition for our college program at the camp, saving time and money when applying to CU Denver's MEIS college programs during their senior year.
Two separate programs (listed below) are offered during Session Three. These programs are two-week long and have an optional residential component.
Students will create their own films and experience every step of film production from brainstorming and scriptwriting all the way through filming and screening. Along the way they will learn about lighting, sound, location scouting, editing, graphics, and color correction. Students will work in teams and learn from experienced faculty and filmmakers. All filmmaking equipment is provided for the students. This program is led by CU Denver Film & Television Program faculty member Jess McGaugh. Check out a sample of Filmmaking Program curriculum.
Bring artwork to life using traditional and digital media to create one-of-a-kind animations and motion graphics. Students will learn animation principles while exploring different techniques, including stop-motion animation, frame-by-frame animation, digitally modified video, and computer-aided animation. Digital tools including workstations, still cameras, video cameras, sound recorders, and drawing tablets may be used in conjunction with sketchbook work and traditional processes to reflect contemporary artistic hybrid methods. Guided by faculty and recent Digital Animation college graduates, students receive daily instruction and time to practice new skills. Past guest artists have included Jeff Gibson who worked on Moana and Zootopia at Disney and Richard Marrujo who worked on Finding Dory at Pixar!