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Continuing Education . Classes

Continuing Education + Community Outreach

Painting Basics

Course No. YAPT 260 00
Cost $310 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Location George Gund Building
Room G111
Dates February 7–March 28 (Saturday) – 1–4pm

This is a great class for any student who is interested in really delving into the world of painting. Students will learn the fundamentals of creating a painting including composition, color and application. As a class we will learn how to prepare a canvas, sketch ideas, mix colors, and explore multiple painting tools and techniques. Paintings will be representational so each student will choose their own subject matter ranging from landscapes, still lifes, human and animal portraits.

Painting with Fire

Course No. YAJM 150 00
Cost $275 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Location George Gund Building
Room G112
Dates February 7–March 28 (Saturday) – 9:30am–12pm

Experience the intriguing process of fusing glass on metal via enameling. Enamel is ground glass in an unlimited range of color that is fused to metal in a kiln. The process of enameling is instantly gratifying and produces results with saturated permanent color. You'll learn the various skills for creating art and objects that will range from work for the wall, to jewelry, accessories and more. Throughout the course you will complete pieces in one class, up to a few weeks. You will revel in the beauty of this unique form of art. Come with ideas and you’ll leave with some very cool creations!

Portfolio Preparation

Course No. YADR 700 00
Cost $375 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Location George Gund Building
Room G304
Dates February 7–March 28 (Saturday) – 9:30am–12:30pm

This course will help you to put together a stronger portfolio needed in applying to art colleges, as well as the fabulous benefits of improving your drawing skills, the joys of trying different drawing materials, along with showing you what an art college is actually looking for in your portfolio. Besides enjoying the classroom explorations and drawings assigned outside the classroom, you will get to engage in the occasional critique in a fun and informative way. The goal of this course is to help you reach a higher level of skill in the creation of your own artwork. Parent permission is required for life drawing because of nude models.


Course No. YAPT 400 00
Cost $310 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Location George Gund Building
Room G305
Dates February 7–March 28 (Saturday) – 1–3:30pm

Mirror, mirror on the wall – who is the fairest of them all? You’ll look at your reflection in a whole new light! We will use acrylic paint to study the art of portraiture. We will sketch from models, study facial anatomy, and also focus on expressive forms of interpretation.

Stop-Motion Animation/Claymation

Course No. YAAN 300 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Location George Gund Building
Room GS32/G303
Dates Saturdays, February 7–March 28 (Saturday) – 12:30–4pm

Learn how to bring your creative storytelling to life visually, through stop-motion animation! You will write, draw, sculpt, paint, take photos, and edit! If you like to make up stories, take pictures, and make artwork using mixed media, this class is for you! We will begin our class by watching many funny, serious, and amazing stop-motion animations by a variety of artists and learn to recognize and put into effect the principles of animation. Working with a partner or individually, you will make up a short story and write it down. You will learn how to draw an effective storyboard to help tell your story visually. Then you will create your sets and characters using a combination of paper, clay, objects, toys, paint, etc. You will follow your storyboard to shoot your animation using your digital camera and tripod. We will edit and create sound for our animations using Final Cut. We will experiment with pixilation, claymation, paper animation, and object animation. Armatures and tie downs will be utilized to make your character magically walk or dance. You will create 1-3 animations each depending on your ideas. Get ready to have some fun! You will take home your animation(s) on a disc. Please bring your own digital camera and tripod.

Studio Foundations

Course No. YAFD 135 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Grades Grades 5-8
Location George Gund Building
Room G304
Dates February 7–March 28 (Saturday) – 1–4pm

In this introduction to drawing and painting in the studio environment, exposure to basic concepts and materials will offer you a strong foundation on which to build. The essential tools of an artist are the pencil and brush. You’ll use both, separately and combined, to generate multiple exercises and images. The elements and principles of color, perspective, shape, shading, and pattern are explored through projects. All of the projects will be guided by individual and written instructions. Every new challenge and concept will promote both your artistic confidence and vocabulary.

Telling Stories through Comics

Course No. YAIL 150 00
Cost $285 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 7
Location George Gund Building
Room G303
Dates February 14–March 28 (Saturday) – 9am – 12pm

Thinking Inside the Box: Telling Stories Through Comics introduces students to basic visual storytelling techniques. Students will learn about writing, character design, and composition in a combination that is entirely unique to comics. Over the duration of the course, students will use these tools to write and draw comics of their own.

Watercolor Painting for Kids

Course No. YAPT 160 00
Cost $125 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Location George Gund Building
Room G117
Dates February 7–March 28 (Saturday) – 1–3pm

Through a playful and experimental approach we will embark on an exploration of the fundamentals of watercolor painting. We will learn the basics such as paint mixing and application techniques, compositional tools such as line and shape, subjects such as still life and landscape, and an array of non-traditional approaches to encourage creative exploration and problem-solving. Emphasis will be placed on developing confidence with the medium, an understanding of formal elements, and a desire for working out of the box. Students will create several finished paintings and be encouraged to keep an explorer’s watercolor sketchbook both in and out of class.

Graduate Credits

Graduate Credits

Each semester we offer dozens of courses approved for graduate-level credits. Take a look at our latest catalog for details. Please contact us if you have any questions about our credit-bearing courses.


Pre-College Program

Experience the life of an art student at CIA through this 2-week residential program.

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Community Works

Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

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Save the date. Four celebration events.

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Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.