Adult Class Descriptions

Not all classes are offered every semester, please check the current schedule. 
 
Mixed Media 
Studio Art with Patti Burris 

In this short course, students will cover the basics of drawing, painting and printmaking.

 The course is designed to help students who are new to art-making choose a path which seems to interest them the most. Students with previous art-making experience will have an opportunity to explore different subjects or media. Supplies included.

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The Art of Collage 

Students will bring a personal element to their art by including their own photos, papers and drawings etc. This class combines drawing and painting using a variety of mediums such as charcoal, graphite, pastels, colored pencils and more. Themes and assignments will be given by the instructor. 
 
Mixed Media Painting
Students will be using a combination of found elements and images and will be incorporating them into painted surfaces. There is a long and colorful history of both narrative and non-objective examples to be inspired by. Students will be introduced to a variety of ideas related to surfaces, tools, content, personal history and more, all leading towards a richness of expressive potential.  
 
Drawing 
Beginning Drawing 
Explore the fundamental concepts of drawing such as line, shape, form, volume, spatial relationships, and perspective while working with a variety of drawing materials. Students will focus on learning how to see the world around them and how to translate this newly found vision into the two-dimensional world of drawing.
 
Intermediate Drawing 
Develop enhanced observational drawing skills as you further investigate line, value, form, perspective, texture and color. Learn to create dynamic and compelling drawings using charcoal, graphite pencil, pen and ink, colored pencils and various other media. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing
 
Advanced Drawing 
Develop enhanced observational drawing skills as you further investigate line, value, form, perspective, texture and color. Learn to create dynamic and compelling drawings using charcoal, graphite pencil, pen and ink, colored pencils and various other media. Prerequisite: Beginning or Intermediate Drawing
 
Drawing Workshop
This workshop has been designed for students who wish to explore and expand on drawing as a comprehensive art form. Students work on their own individual projects under the highly individualized guidance of the instructor with an emphasis on personal development, experimentation, process, and encouraging students to create a fulfilling arts practice rooted in drawing. Students work from photos or still life depending on their needs and interests and work at their own pace. Students may have a variety of interests and the instructor works to inspire each student through art history, conceptual creation, technical development, personal aesthetics and the occasional group critique leading to each student achieving their best work. 
 
Figure Drawing 
Explore classical as well as contemporary figure drawing techniques and approaches to developing the human form. Emphasis is placed upon observation, anatomy, structure, line quality, volume, composition and originality. Techniques with graphite, charcoal, conté, colored pencil, and pastel are demonstrated and developed. 
 
Pastel
Beginning Pastel
In Beginning Pastel students will spend the first two weeks working monochromatically in charcoal to strengthen their ability to draw value before moving on to the more complex techniques of layering color, blending, hatching, creating transition tones, and controlling and separating values. The class is structured so that each lesson builds on the previous and students will see themselves improve from project to project. Student furnishes own supplies.
 
Intermediate/Advanced Pastel
Using soft pastels, Intermediate/Advanced Pastel students will work on their own individual pieces with guidance and encouragement from the instructor to achieve their desired goals.
 
Painting (some drawing experience recommended)
Beginning Painting 
Explore the basic techniques and concepts of painting such as color theory, composition, color mixing, brushwork, blending and glazes. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and pursuing an imaginative and personal approach. Student furnishes own supplies.
 
Painting - oil or acrylic, unless otherwise noted 
Painting techniques and composition are taught with an emphasis on developing skills and pursuing an imaginative and personal approach. Students work from photos or still life depending on their needs and interests. Individualized instruction is emphasized and students work at their own pace. Student furnishes own supplies.
 
Advanced Painting Workshop with Deda Jacobsen 
This workshop has been designed for students who wish to explore and develop their own personal techniques. Students work on their own individual projects under the guidance of the instructor. There is a critique period each class meeting, which will allow the students to strengthen their ability to discuss their own work as well as others. Students may have a variety of interests and the instructor works to inspire each student, to build and grow from their strengths to create their best work. A model is provided about every third month for three weeks, during this time portraiture and figure painting will be emphasized. Art history, art appreciation and color theory are a large part of the curriculum in this lively workshop. 
 
Contemporary Figure Painting 
Students will study contemporary methods for painting the portrait and figure. Exploring techniques for mixing and applying paint, analyzing value, seeing color, rendering light and shadow, mixing flesh tones, and developing volume. The instructor will assist students in capturing a likeness as well as in achieving an aesthetic and personally expressive style. Student furnishes own supplies. Some Figure Drawing experience recommended.
 
Watercolor 
This course offers a survey of traditional, as well as experimental watercolor techniques. Learn to appreciate the unique beauty of this medium and its myriad of possibilities. Exploring techniques, interpreting varied subjects, and analyzing color theory will help students to develop a personal style and an understanding of the process of creating an aesthetic painting. Student furnishes own supplies. Drawing skills required for beginning level. Portfolio review for intermediate/advanced level.
 
Exploring the Abstract 
In this introductory class students will explore the abstract by choosing a painting from an assigned artist to use as a starting point. Using this method, the students will learn a variety of techniques and notions of abstraction, enabling them to develop a greater understanding of the range of possibilities. Students will be encouraged to experiment and use their own creative style that will result in unique and personal pieces of artwork. Formal concerns of composition, light, color, space and surface will be addressed. Some painting experience is recommended.
 
Abstract Painting 
Develop techniques that create rich textural surfaces, glazed and stained fields of color, and aesthetic ways of organizing space. The strength, sensitivity and rhythm of form, line, value, shape, pattern and color will be examined. Student furnishes own supplies. Some Painting experience recommended.
 
Plein Air 
Learn to paint on location (landscape, beachscape, cityscape). Discussions will include the use of perspective, atmosphere and color. The student should work in a medium familiar to them such as oil, acrylic or watercolor.
 
 
Sculpture (with oil and water-based clay) 
Introduction to Sculpture
This course is designed to introduce students to the tools and techniques to approaching sculpture. Through observation and duplication, students will learn how to observe form and understand ways of breaking it down to its basic elements, such as planar orientation, volume, projection and its silhouette.


Figure Sculpture (all semesters)
This course is the study of the human figure as sculptural form. Emphasis is on proportion, anatomy and construction by direct observation of the model. Students will explore the tools and techniques used for understanding contour of form, line, composition and gesture.


Beginning/Intermediate Sculpture Workshop

This is an open course for beginners as well as the more advanced student. For the beginner, this course is designed to introduce students to the tools and techniques to approaching sculpture. Through observation and duplication, students will learn how to observe form and understand ways of breaking it down to its basic elements, such as planar orientation, volume, projection and its silhouette. This class is also open to individual projects. Students can bring in work from other classes or personal projects to finish, or start new ones. This class will not provide a live model, however, you can bring your own.
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