I Met People Who Changed My Life

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Tessa, a camper at YPI 2013. When people say “YPI is not just a place, it’s a state of mind” it may sound cheesy at first. Really cheesy — like roll-your-eyes-at cheesy — but it’s not. And it’s not cheesy to believe in it, because I do. And when …

My Journey is Not Over

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Julie, a camper at YPI from 2007 to 2010. It was her personal statement/college applications essay that year. A sea of familiar faces looked back at me, and my mind was sent into a frenzy of chaotic emotions — fear, nervousness, and anxiety. That familiar feeling of my throat closing …

Patterns Out of Randomness and New Worlds

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Dan, Visual Arts Master Teacher at YPI. This summer in drawing and painting (with a little sculpture thrown in) was a mix of skills, styles, students, and teachers. There were three teachers, one from a classical drawing professional comic book background, one from a sculpture and printmaking perspective and one …

So You Think You Can Go to The Dance?

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Sara Luka, Acting for Film Master Teacher at YPI (she also teaches Acting and Musical Theater – a real lady of all trades). “So, You Think You Can Do To The Dance?” the mock reality TV show was put together by the well-oiled machine that was the Acting for Camera …

Revealing Your Truth

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Latifah “Desiree”, a camper at YPI 2013. YPI means a lot to me. It has not only changed me, but my life. I learned more about myself in two weeks than I’ve ever learned about myself in eighteen years. I developed a sense of self. I learned that I’m courageous, …

Fashion in 2014: Keeping a Sharp Eye for Design

by Sarah Bys, YPI Fashion Master Teacher To all my fashionistas… I hope Santa was really good to everyone this year! I have been working a ton this autumn after such an extremely inspiring YPI! I hope all of you have taken the same inspiration and are sketching, painting stitching, beading, creating, or whatever else you think of to keep …

“Disclaimer” by Natalie

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Helena, Songwriting Master Teacher at YPI. The recordings we do in Songwriting are very much demos. A full-fledged recording needs pre-production, someone acting as producer, extensive production and mixing, and mastering. In 4.5 days of workshop, students have just enough time to write the song, refine it, and make some …