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, …

“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 …

Throwback Thursday: Goods and Bads, 2011

Today’s Throwback Thursday is straight out of the YPI time machine from 2011. Enjoy some “Goods and Bads” and a couple photos from the vault. For the record, the photos and “Goods and Bads” are in no way related, other than that they happened at camp in the same year. (If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, learn more …

Extremely Short Shorts: #ypiproblems

Inspired by the amazing, super-short videos that filmmakers are making on the social video-sharing app Vine, the ambitious 2013 YPI Video Production class took on an extra task: in addition to finishing their own films, they wrote, shot, and edited these extremely short shorts in about a day. The theme? #ypiproblems For me, it’s all about 1:42.