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Continuing Education . Classes

Continuing Education + Community Outreach

A Zentangle® Journey

Course No. CEDR150
Cost $225 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 22-November 10 (Saturday) – 9:30am-12pm

Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful art from repetitive patterns. It is fun, mesmerizing, and relaxing. Anyone, at any age, can learn this simple, fascinating method of creating beautiful art. No previous talent, experience, or skills are required! The benefits of Zentangle® are many. These include improved creative expression, self esteem, focus, problem solving, and eye/hand coordination. It is also a great way to relieve stress. You will learn the traditional theory, method, and practice of Zentangle® and build on those skills to take you on your own creative journey. Expect to produce many original archival-quality pieces of art suitable for framing, a sketchbook/journal, and some non-traditional items that may include a one-of-a-kind pair of tennis shoes. To learn more about this unique and wonderful art form visit zentangle.com.

Acrylic Painting: Methods into Practice

Course No. CEPT300.00
Cost $340 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 20-November 8 (Thursday) – 6:30-9:30pm

Learn how to achieve a variety of painted surface effects using acrylic paint and gel mediums. Each class will cover a different painting technique and will include a materials demonstration to show you how each technique is accomplished. Class projects are designed to put your knowledge into practice, enabling you to create artwork using each new technique as you learn it. Subjects will include washing, layering, texturing, stenciling, collaging, transfer techniques, and more! Some supplies needed for this class will be provided by CIA.

Acrylic Portrait Painting

Course No. CEPT100.00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 17-November 5 (Monday) – 6:30-9:30pm

Mirror, mirror on the wall-who is the fairest of them all? Join us and 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 focus on expressive forms of interpretation. Beginners welcome!

Advanced Glassblowing

Course No. CEGL700.01
Cost $275 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 5
Dates September 20-October 18 (Thursday) – 6:30-9:30pm

This class is for glassblowers who have glassblowing experience but want to refine their skills in the glass studio. We will begin each class with a demonstration focused on color applications and forms that are essential to the glassblower's set of tools. Each demonstration will be followed by hands-on instruction time with the project of your choice. Bring your project ideas as well as ideas for demos you would like to see.

Advanced Glassblowing

Course No. CEGL700.02
Cost $275 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 5
Dates October 25-November 29 (Thursday) – 6:30-9:30pm
Faculty David Hart | Gary D. Sampson | Rita Goodman

This class is for glassblowers who have glassblowing experience but want to refine their skills in the glass studio. We will begin each class with a demonstration focused on color applications and forms that are essential to the glassblower's set of tools. Each demonstration will be followed by hands-on instruction time with the project of your choice. Bring your project ideas as well as ideas for demos you would like to see.

Advanced Portrait Painting: Oil + Pastel

Course No. CEPT700.00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 22-November 17 (Saturday) – 6:30-9:30pm
Faculty Gary D. Sampson

The special beauty of being at this level in your artistic development is that you've made "friends" with your mediums some time ago, or, maybe not so long ago, and are now on the threshold of moving forward quickly, if you so choose, or more slowly, into your own comfort zone. Areas that we will cover include the importance of brushwork, new understandings about color, and how to design your backgrounds effectively. You will see your painting grow into a powerful expression - bringing out your best work will be the goal! We will examine a series of disciplines from still lifes to portraiture as well as live models. Bring a portfolio of your best work to the first class (approximately six pieces, photos are fine).

Art + Effect

Course No. CEFD200.00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 18-November 6 (Tuesday) – 6:30-9:30pm

This deeply personal course covers knowledge and information that allow students to begin developing images that embody their individual point of view and narratives based on their life experiences. You will explore psychological, emotional, spiritual, and/or social narratives that are significant to you. Knowledge gained by exploring subjects that are deeply close to your heart and mind, along with exposure to other related artists, will open you to realizations about your own point of view on the world and how to communicate that with the audience through painting and drawing. Various techniques, styles, and mediums will be addressed.

Art Explorations

Course No. YA800.01
Sessions 8
Dates September22-November17 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 10am-12pm
Faculty Gary D. Sampson

Join us as we explore many different art-making methods such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and collage. We will also learn about some of the fundamentals of art like color, texture, and line. Looking at historical art and artists, we will investigate and create different styles and techniques of making art. We will have fun making art with pencil, tempera paints, papers, inks, clay, and more.

BASIC Program

BASIC Program

April 18, 2015

Our Fall BASIC courses offer a wide variety of opportunities for K-12 educators.

Pre-College

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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Uptown Residence Hall

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Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.