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Intermediate/Advanced Digital Photography

Course No. CEDA400.00
Cost $390 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 6
Dates November 7-December 12 (Wednesday) – 6:30-9:30pm

This class is designed for Intermediate/Advanced photographers to focus on perfecting digital photographic skills and to apply those skills into your image-making. You are expected to own a digital camera and to have some working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and manual camera settings. Class time will be used to improve your camera setting skills, develop natural and artificial lighting comprehension, and to perfect a practical post-processing workflow utilizing Adobe Photoshop and Bridge (re-touching, compositing, digital output). Out-of-class assignments will be given to maximize the time spent in class for printing at CIA's Digital Output Center, demonstrations, discussions, and critiques. This class will yield you several new portfolio pieces printed on digital archival paper. For the first class bring your digital camera and lenses that you would like to work with during this course, as well as any photographic work that you would like to share. You will have the opportunity to print your work at CIA's Digital Output Center ($45 computer print credits are included in the cost of this class, fees beyond this will be the responsibility of the student).

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Course No. CEDA300.00
Cost $275 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 2 sessions
Dates September 29 + October 6 (Saturday) – 9:30am-4:30pm

Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop with an overview of the tools, panels and menus. Look at the many ways that Photoshop enables users to manipulate and create unique and original images. Use adjustment layers for exposure, brightness/contrast, hue/saturation and more. Other topics and features to be covered include: content-aware fill, content-aware scale, making complex selections, puppet warp, automating tasks with Adobe Bridge, photomerge, and exporting graphics for web and mobile devices.

Introduction to Picture Book Illustration

Course No. CEIL200.00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 20-November 8 (Thursday) – 6:30-9:30pm

Children's book illustration is quite possibly the broadest expression of illustration in today's art world. There is virtually no style or vision that is not approached. We will focus on the picture book niche of children's books and simplify some of the common principles. Areas to be covered include history and overview of children's book illustration; development of consistent character drawings; animation of children, animals, and inanimate objects; study of the form of a picture book; sequential art and storyboarding; and discussion and demonstration of materials on request. You will create an 8-12-page picture book mockup as well as a two-page spread of finished art. Previous drawing experience and proficiency in one or two media will ensure your success in this course. Let's create a book!

Introduction to Sewing

Course No. CEFM100.00
Cost $$ 325 Register Now
Credits 3.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 17-November 5 (Mondays) – 6:30-9:30pm

Have you ever wanted to learn to sew but the sewing machine intimidated you? Fear no more! This course will quickly build comfort on the general use of the sewing machine. You will learn different properties of fabrics and how to manipulate them using a sewing machine. You will also learn how to create your own patterns for functional use (clothing) as well as sculptural creations.

Metal Fabrication

Course No. CESC200.00
Cost $410 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 22-November 10 (Saturday) – 10am-1pm

Power tools-we know you love them! So come and learn how to use them to cut, form, and weld steel creations from your own designs. You will learn about armatures and how to plasma cut, torch and arc weld, and also how to forge. Steel rod and welding supplies will be provided. This class is open to beginners as well as experienced sculptors. Be sure to wear protective clothing (no polyester please), sturdy shoes, and bring leather gloves.

Mixed Media: Paper, Canvas + Cloth

Course No. YAF410.00
Sessions 5
Dates September22-October 27 No class Oct. 20 (Saturday) – 9-11am

Learn about mixed media through the exploration of a variety of materials and projects. We will create a mini-album using different papers and embellishments, as well as create a paper-mache art project and a shadow box scene. We Ôll also paint on canvas and experiment with fabric and stitching.

Mosaic Garden Bench

Course No. CEFM125
Cost $275 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 17-November 5 (Monday) – 6:30-9:30pm

Have a seat-on your own very unique and colorful garden bench! Learn the fundamentals of how to make mosaic art through various techniques such as glass cutting and shaping. We will experiment with various adhesives and substrates. You will be encouraged to experiment with color, contrast, and texture. Please come with ideas for a design that you will bring to fruition on your garden bench. Please also bring an apron, safety glasses, and be sure to wear closed-toe shoes. All tools and materials will be provided. Garden bench, glass, grout, and glue are available to be purchased directly from the instructor; approximate fee is $125. No prior experience is required.

Oil Pastels: Two Mediums in One Hand

Course No. CEPT200.00
Cost $290 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 17-November 5 (Monday) – 6:30-9:00pm

Oil pastel combines the creamy consistency, color, and feel of oil colors with the spontaneity, feel, contro,l and ease of drawing with chalk pastels. Vibrant colors in stick form can be applied to many different surfaces as thick strokes of line, light passages of color, heavy impasto, and delicate washes. When combined with color pencil for accent, a startling degree of detail can be achieved. We will work on a variety of subject matter in both the studio as well as plein air in nearby University Circle and the adjoining gardens. Use of a camera is for further reference material is suggested.

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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.


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