Continuing Education . Classes
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.
Still Life Painting
Course No. CEPT 140 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Dates June 13 - August 8, no class July 4 (Saturdays) – 2 - 5pm
Using oil paints and traditional methods, students will develop 2 different paintings on canvas of various still life arrangements. This class is beneficial for any level of artist. The beginner will learn basic drawing, composition, color theory, and paint handling. The intermediate to advanced will greatly benefit from a refresher course in fundamentals. The style and techniques taught and demonstrated will be grounded in realism, however expressive brush strokes and Impressionist styles are encouraged.
Stop Motion Animation/Claymation
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.
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.
Studio Painting in Acrylic
Course No. CEPT 425 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Dates June 9 - July 28 (Tuesday) – 6:30 - 9:30pm
This studio painting course will help guide you toward developing individual ideas within your work while broadening your painting vocabulary and skills. Through discussion and demonstration you’ll learn concepts and techniques to use as you create your work. We’ll focus on developing the ability to work at an independent advanced level. Open to intermediate to advanced students.
The Spinning Wheel
Course No. CEFM 200 00
Cost $375 Register Now
Room Praxis Fiber Workshop
Dates June 11 - July 30 (Thursday) – 6 - 9pm
The practice of spinning fibers to form thread and yarns has been in existence for over 10,000 years. The spinning wheel itself is believed to have evolved in India 1,000 years ago. During this course, you can master this timeless craft through developing a working knowledge of hand spinning on a spinning wheel. In handspinning, you can design the exact kind of yarn you desire with any variations in texture, color, or thickness that you wish that can be used towards weaving, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. You will first work with wool and cotton then move to your material of choice-it can be ribbon, patterned cloth, or yarn from your discarded sweaters. We will also work in the dye lab to customize your material. This is a project driven, hands on course-great for the material minded who might also have an interest in color and pattern. Experimentation is encouraged! No previous spinning experience is necessary
Upcycled Hand + Rod Puppets
Course No. CEFD 130 00
Cost $250 Register Now
Dates June 10 - July 15 (Wednesday) – 6 - 8:30pm
Who hasn’t been touched by Jim Henson’s Muppets? Use upcycled and found materials to create characters to play with and talk through. Once your new characters are finished we will team up with classmates to formulate a performance for the last session. Props and a visible setting will be available for rehearsal and performance. Be prepared for a light potluck reception for the final evening-performance.
View Camera: Black & White Large Format Photography
Course No. CEPH 250 00
Cost $300 Register Now
Dates June 15 - July 20 (Monday) – 6:30 - 9:30pm
This is an introductory class for photographers with a desire to use the view camera and large format photography in their work. The coursework covers 4×5 and 8×10 camera operation, large format sheet film, the zone system, darkroom printing skills, related equipment, and individual projects using the large format image. In addition to technical work specific to the view camera, this class focuses on traditional darkroom printing methods. Students learn to choose and handle appropriate equipment and materials, develop large format sheet film, and make fine prints on gelatin-silver papers. Each student will develop and produce a final portfolio of archival gelatinsilver prints. Available for use are 4×5 and 8×10 view cameras, light meters, darkroom equipment and chemistry. Students will need to supply their own 4×5 and 8×10 black & white sheet film and gelatin-silver papers (20×24 maximum paper size). Basic understanding of 35mm camera operation and exposure principles recommended.
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