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CHARTS Academy

Friday, May 24, 2019

CHARTS Academy
Summer Arts and Technology Enrichment Program
July 8-19, 2019

Registration opens March 11, 2019

Thank you for your interest in CHARTS Academy. To register for a course, click the course title below. For registration instructions, download our instruction guide.

charts-aca-introCHARTS Academy is a singular educational enrichment program with four course offerings:

Game Design: Level 1
Grades: Students who will be in grades 6-8 this fall.
*Limit: 15
Instructor: Jeremy Smith

About the Instructor: Jeremy Smith is a video game enthusiast and history graduate at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This will be his third year teaching Game Design for CHARTS Academy at UA-PTC. He loves working with all kinds of students. During the school year, Jeremy works for the Little Rock School District at Pinnacle View Middle School, specializing in children with special learning needs. He is a compassionate and enthusiastic educator excited to share his love of video games with young gamers! Jeremy lives in Little Rock with his wife, Nicolette, and daughters, Gwendolyn and Rosalind.

Game Design: Level 2
Grades: Students who will be in grades 9-11 this fall.
*Limit: 15
Instructor: Mark Barnes

Learn the fundamentals of game design and build your own video games! In this course, you will learn how to make your own video games from the ground up using GameMaker: a tool that has been used to create hit games like Undertale, Hyper Light Drifter, and Nuclear Throne. We will cover the fundamentals of game design, basic game programming, and pixel art animation in this two-week course. By the end you will have all of the skills you need to start working on your own hit game!

Level 2 students will have time to develop independent ideas. All students who wish to register for Game Design need basic computer skills and Level 2 students should have some knowledge of algebra and geometry.

About the Instructor: Mark Barnes has been teaching writing, video game design, and other technology-related classes in Central Arkansas since 2010. He is also a lifelong gamer and Nintendo fanboy. He has a particular fondness for Super Nintendo games and 90's PC RPGs. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Writing Studies before switching gears and pursuing his love of computer programming. He is currently working on his Master of Science in Computer Science at University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Manga & Graphic Novel Design Workshop
Grades: Students who will be in grades 6-9 this fall.
*Limit: 10
Instructor: Chris Paradis

In this course, students will learn to develop characters for manga, superhero, and fantasy comics. This class includes developing drawing skills to build characters that can fit into the student's own stories. Students will explore the elements that go into creating manga, and graphic novels/comic books. Class activities include discussing comic book artists and styles while participating in creative writing exercises that will culminate in the creation of their very own graphic novel.

About the Instructor: Chris Paradis has been drawing and creating things since he was in grade school. In 1994, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and in 2013, he completed his Master of Fine Arts in Digital Film, both at the University of Central Arkansas. Chris is certified to teach art for K-12 in the State of Florida and has worked in public schools here in Arkansas. For has 15 years, he has done graphic designer and exhibited his work.  For the past five years, he has been a part-time instructor at UA – Pulaski Tech, teaching Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. In his free time, Chris works on short film with his “team of misfits” and enjoys creative writing, painting, illustration, and collage.

Experimental Drawing
Grades: Students who will be in grades 10-11 this fall.
*Limit: 10
Instructor: Jason McCann

This intensive studio course is designed for young artists that want time, space, materials, and critical feedback to create large-scale, experimental compositions. Traditional materials and mixed-media will be explored as well as realism and abstraction. Students will be guided through totally original drawing exercises and introduced to contemporary artists.

About the Instructor: Jason McCann attended college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro as well as the University of Central Arkansas where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Education in 2001. In 2007, he completed his Master of Arts degree in Painting and Drawing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Since 1995, his artwork has been displayed in numerous shows and exhibitions across the southeast United States. He is currently represented by Boswell Mourot Fine Art in Little Rock, Arkansas and teaches advanced studio classes at Little Rock Central High School.

Alter Ego Make-up and Costume Design
Grades: Students who will be in grades 7-9 this fall.
Limit: 10
Instructor: Anjuli Vaughn

Students will gain confidence and learn to express themselves through the creation of an alter ego utilizing the transformative power of make-up and costumes. Students will explore make-up techniques specific to the characters and emotions they want to express and construct costumes using unconventional materials to emphasize that anything can become a work of wearable art! The class will culminate in an interactive runway showcasing each student’s look and walk.

Alter Ego invites students who are interested in theater, art, and fashion to explore the excitement of learning about yourself by becoming someone else!

About the Instructor: Anjuli Symone Vaughn has worked as a freelance model since 2011, designing her own sets for shoots and participating in an active online community of creative photographers. She starred in Hairspray:The Musical and had the opportunity to play an extra in the film Gone Girl. She is a song writer and performs in drag and participates in drag pageants. She owns and manages a subversive clothing company with her partner, Randy.


Each class will be Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Slots are limited. Students are taken on a first-come, first-served basis once registration opens in March. To secure a slot in any class, we must first have the registration and payment. All sessions are held at the UA-PTC Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) located on the UA-PTC main campus at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock. Students will need to bring a brown bag lunch each day.

Drop-off is between 7:30 - 8 a.m. Classes start at 8 a.m. Lunch begins at noon. Pick-up can be as early as noon and runs to 1 p.m. We have optional activities and speakers planned for the lunch hour. Parents are welcome to join us for the lunch hour.


$225 Early Bird Rate - Register by Friday, June 7, 2019

$250 After Friday, June 7, 2019

Payment and application due by June 24, 2019

Inquiries regarding CHARTS Academy should be directed to the following:

Kim Kwee
Instructor of Visual Arts, UA - Pulaski Technical College
School of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Phone: (501) 812-2871
Email: [email protected]