Virtual Summer Workshops

Exceptional Minds is now offering remote Summer Workshops! We are excited to provide students on the autism spectrum digital arts classes for summer fun or exploring a possible career path.

Workshops are taught over Zoom by our professional instructors and range from character animation and motion graphics to 3D modeling and video game creation. Sessions run for two weeks each between June 15th and August 14th.

This year marks our first remote Summer Workshop as we open our virtual doors to the same amazing summer experience but in compliance with physical distancing policies and in the safety and convenience of your own home.

Included in the two-week program are social engagement electives ranging from improv and drawing to Dungeons & Dragons character development and game activities.

With our low student to teacher ratio, classes will fill up quickly. Sign up now for a fun summer of art and technology classes: Animation, 3D Creation Lab, Movie Magic, and Game Building in Unity.

We can’t wait to see you!

To apply for Summer Workshops, a one-time virtual meeting is required.

Returning Students

  1. Please email Rebecca@exceptional-minds.org to request an application.
  2. Allow 10 business days for processing.
  3. Look for email confirmation to select classes.
  4. Once enrolled, pay tuition through PayPal or by check. Please include student’s name and session.

New Students

  1. Book a required tour. (virtual only)
  2. After your tour, look for emailed application link ($25 application fee applies).
  3. Allow 10 business days for processing.
  4. Look for email confirmation to select classes.
  5. Once enrolled, pay tuition through PayPal or by check. Please include student’s name and session.

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Two-Week Summer Workshops

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*Separate Enrollment and Fee

Enroll in One Class Per Session | $950 |

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Design and animate characters and environments using Adobe Animate and/or Photoshop software. This extremely popular course gives students the ability to create and animate their shorts, characters, or stories in a collaborative environment. Students can explore and focus on their favorite aspects of the animation production process, including concept/ character design, storyboarding, and animation.

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Using Adobe After Effects and/or Premiere, students will learn how to create and edit their own shorts with amazing animated graphics and compositing effects. Using professional techniques, students can combine footage, text, graphics, and sound to create dynamic sequences like the ones seen in commercials, shows, movies, and social media

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Students are introduced to the 3D production workflow using Autodesk Maya. They will use 3D software to model, texture, light, animate, and render a short sequence. Along the way, they will learn the concepts and principles of the 3D workspace and how to unleash their creative ideas.

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Learn the fundamentals of game building in the state-of-the-art game engine Unity. The class will focus on creating a 2D breakout game, art design by the student, and some basic scripting.

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Every afternoon from 2:15 pm- 3:15 pm students will have the opportunity to join electives ranging from video gaming, Dungeons and Dragons character development, drawing, improv, film reviewing, guided lab practice, potential guest lectures from industry professionals, and chat. Summer Workshop students will sign up for electives at the beginning of every day.

Enroll in One Class Per Session | $950 |

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Create an animated cartoon using Adobe Animate software. This fun and very popular class allows young artists to make their creative ideas come to life.

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Learn techniques that creative professionals use to create effects and graphics for movies, television, and social media—using Adobe After Effects and or Premiere students will learn how to create and edit their own shorts with amazing graphics and cool effects.

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Students are introduced to the 3D production workflow using Autodesk Maya. They will use 3D software to model, texture, light, animate, and render a short sequence. Along the way, they will learn the concepts and principles of the 3D workspace and how to unleash their creative ideas.

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Every afternoon from 2:15 pm- 3:15 pm students will have the opportunity to join electives ranging from video gaming, Dungeons and Dragons character development, drawing, improv, film reviewing, guided lab practice, potential guest lectures from industry professionals, and chat. Summer Workshop students will sign up for electives at the beginning of every day.

A La Art Classes are offered from 3:30- 5:30 pm | Monday -Thursday | Price varies | *Not Eligible for Early Bird Discount*

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Develop your drawing practice with personalized feedback from our animation instructors. Students work on perspective, proportion, gesture, and speed with figure and still life drawing practice.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit realms of fantasy and magic? Want to learn the basics of character design and story writing? Prepare to sling dice and slay monsters with the world’s most popular role-playing game. This unique workshop uses role-playing to develop the social, intellectual, and creative skills of our players.

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Work on personal projects and class assignments with guidance from our technical instructors. Instructors are available to help with animation, after effects and 3D projects. For lab, students should be able work independently for 15 minutes at a time. Must be enrolled in Summer Workshops to sign up for computer practice lab.

All enrolling students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a medical diagnosis of autism
  • Are 12 years of age and older (classes divided by age and skill)
  • Learn effectively in a workshop/classroom setting
  • Follow multi-step directions and work independently for a minimum of 15 minutes at a time
  • Verbally ask appropriate questions (i.e. for help, clarification)
  • Have an interest in computers, visual effects, game design, and/or animation
  • Have fluency in basic computer skills