Continuing Education . Classes
Drawing Beyond the Pencil
Sharpen your drawing skills and expand your artistic horizons using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials. You will take your drawing abilities to a whole new level with projects designed to expand the application of fundamental drawing practices in new ways. We will establish the importance of keeping sketchbooks using the foundation of drawing and essential elements of visual art to practice, plan, and communicate creative ideas. What is the difference between looking and seeing? Through inspirational field trips to University Circle institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art and class discussion, we will address this question as essential to the creative processes of the visual artist. Students of all skill levels are welcome to explore a variety of media and techniques to create artwork beyond the boundaries of what we commonly known as "drawing." This class is suitable for beginners as well as intermediate levels. Modified projects will provide repeat students a new experience every time.
Drawing: Foundation and Fundamentals
Drawing is not about mastery of the hand but about the eye. It is the ability to learn to see anew, to understand, to represent and ultimately to express one’s own vision. This course will teach you step by step, through personal instruction and demonstrations. We will first draw single objects through direct observation, eventually progressing to still life arrangements. Each week will focus on a different aspect of drawing: line, form, relationship, perspective, shading and texture. In addition, a sketchbook will be used to take notes as well as for assignments between classes.
Encaustic Workshop: Merging Layers
This new workshop will introduce you to the timeless and limitless creativity and techniques of painting in hot wax and color. The Greeks practiced encaustic painting as early as the 5th century BC for use in portraiture and decoration. It is still widely used today by such modern masters as Jasper Johns, Lynda Benglis, Robert Morris, and Robert Rauschenberg. Many new artists have turned encaustics into a cross-disciplinary medium, extending its use from painting to collage, assemblage and printmaking.
Face Value: Portraits
Try your hand…at the face! This fun and creative portraiture course not only focuses on the foundations of realistic representation, you will also learn to add your own expression and style through drawing and painting original portraits. Let’s find out what your imagination adds to a face you can already see! Great for all levels.
Glassblowing for Young Artists
This introductory-level glassblowing class will teach you the basics of manipulating hot glass. Starting with the bubble, you will learn ways to develop blown forms out of glass. We will use basic functional shapes like cups, vases, and ornaments as building blocks to gain an understanding of how glassblowing works. Each class we will add a different type of blown form to try; however, you will be encouraged to bring ideas of shapes and forms that you would like to blow. Wear natural fiber clothing (jeans and long sleeves recommended), close toe shoes and safety glasses. Bring water to stay hydrated.
Independent Projects in Ceramics
Course No. CECR 700 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Dates September 21 – November 9 (Wednesdays) – 6-9pm
In this course, intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity to work on an independent ceramics project with guidance from a technical specialist. Propose a project to develop throughout this course using the CIA ceramics facilities in a structured, open-studio environment. This course is intended for the ceramics student capable of working independently in consultation with a technical assistant. All studio work must take place during class time. Please bring a proposed project and timeline the first day of class.
Introduction to Animation Principles
Over the course of the class, students will learn the basics of the 12 principles of animation and how to apply them. The student will work on a simple, beginner animation segment, and each class section focuses on a different principle of animation. By the end of the session, students will have an animation they compiled over the weeks that demonstrates their learning and understanding of these introductory animation principles.
Introduction to Blacksmithing
Course No. CESC 130 00
Cost $400 Register Now
Dates September 21 – November 9 (Wednesdays) – 6–9pm
This class is an introductory exploration of basic metal forging, balanced between creative expression and sculpture alongside the traditional methodology of blacksmithing. After a brief orientation of blacksmithing in both the historical and contemporary context, students will learn appropriate safety procedures, the proper use of the tools and equipment available in the CIA Fabrication Studios, and the process of shaping hot metal. Course limited to 6 students.
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