Art Courses


Follow your passion and find an artistic outlet in one of our many popular non-credit enrichment art courses. See also Animation and Cartooning.

Art Metal

Art Metal / Jewelry-Making

Jewelry 1 Art/Metal

scene from art metal classJewelry 1 / Art Metal is an introduction to the basic techniques of jewelry making and small-scale metal objects using silver, copper, bronze and brass. The fall semester focuses on fabrication and forming. The spring semester focuses on bezel stone setting and casting. Advanced students enrolled in Jewelry 1 will work independently.

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Rings on Your Fingers: Beginning Art Metal/Jewelry

This is a beginning-level class designed to teach basic metalsmithing techniques by creating different types of rings. Some techniques covered will include sawing/piercing, filing, sanding, soldering, finishing, and bezel stone setting.

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art metal class photoJewelry 2 Art/Metal

This course expands on the techniques learned in Jewelry 1. The class is run in a workshop manner; demonstrations are based the desires and needs of the students in the class. Advanced techniques are demonstrated such as wax modeling for casting in silver, gold, or bronze.

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Stone Setting & Mokume-Gane

This course expands on the techniques learned in Jewelry 1 Art/Metal and is for any student who has learned the basic fabrication techniques. Demonstrations include advanced stone settings and Mokume-Gane.

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Wax Modeling & Casting Stones

scene from art metal classThis course is for students of all skill levels who are interested in incorporating a stone setting into a wax carving and casting stones in place.

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Jewelry Workshop Advanced

This course expands on the techniques learned in Jewelry 1 and is for any student who has learned the basic fabrication techniques. The class is run in a workshop manner in that demonstrations are based on the desires and needs of the students in the class.

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Ceramics

Ceramics and Sculpting

Ceramics 1: Sculpture and Hand-Building

ceramics classThis course is an introduction to clay through the use of hand-building techniques such as pinch pots, coil, and slab pots. A wide variety of decorating and glazing techniques will also be introduced. Individual pieces will be encouraged after basic skills are mastered.

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Ceramics 2: Wheel Throwing

ceramics classThis class is for both beginning and continuing wheel throwers. Topics covered include forming techniques as well as decorating and glazing.

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Polymer Clay Figure Sculpting

Whether it’s your own personal character design or a favorite character from film or literature, you can bring it to life in 3D! In traditional animation, sculptors create character maquettes as 3-dimensional scale model reference guides to aid the artists in drawing characters from all angles. The student will create a wire armature and sculpt their maquette in polymer clay. Maquette sculpting is a great skill to add to a professional portfolio as well as a fun hobby to enjoy for life.

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Drawing/Painting

Drawing and Painting Courses

art class photoFundamentals of Drawing

In this class, you will learn to see as artists do. All levels of aptitude are encouraged as the instructor works one-on-one with individuals. Students are encouraged to work independently and participate in group discussions and critiques. Confidence will be created in producing drawings.

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Figure Drawing

scene from drawing classThis is a basic course introducing the study of the human figure, including proportions, construction, balance, and relationships. Different drawing media are used for reasons of expression, detail, articulation, dramatic effect, and reproducibility. For the advanced student, the course involves composing the figure in successful finished drawings with greater technical development. Ages 18+ only.

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Painting

This beginning course teaches basic painting skills using different paint media. Students will learn how to lay out a palette, prepare painting backgrounds, mix colors and develop pictures along with other painting skills.

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Watercolor Painting

For beginners or continuing students refining their watercolor skills, this class will be filled with technical information, demonstrations, individual instruction and lots of time to paint. Learn brush handling, color theory and watercolor techniques such as washes, glazes and textural effects. Choose subject matter from photos, book references or still lifes as the class explores painting styles from realism to abstract.

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Oil Painting

Students will have the opportunity to observe the instructor demonstrate oil painting techniques and can choose to paint along with the class project or may select a subject of individual preference.

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Painting for Pleasure

Painting can be a way to relax or a form of self-expression. Students will have the opportunity to observe the instructor demonstrating acrylic painting techniques and can either choose to paint along with a class project or may select an individual project. The instructor will accommodate all levels of painting skills, from beginning to advanced, will help students with ideas for subject matter, composition, color, etc., and will encourage each student to develop their own painting style.

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See also Animation and Cartooning.

Stained Glass

Stained Glass Courses

Stained Glass Suncatcher Workshop

Take this short workshop to find out if creating stained glass art is for you. Join us to make a star suncatcher; no experience is necessary. With step-by-step instruction on glass cutting, pattern preparation, foiling, soldering, you will complete a star to take home with you.

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Stained Glass Holiday Suncatcher Workshop

Take this short workshop to find out if creating stained glass art is for you. Join us to make one of several holiday-themed suncatchers; no experience is necessary. With step-by-step instruction on glass cutting, pattern preparation, foiling, soldering, you will complete a suncatcher to take home with you.

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Stained Glass

Construct a stained glass piece using standard principles and techniques. This class is designed to acquaint students with basic stained glass cutting, copper foil method, and soldering in making stained glass art. Continuing students have the option of learning lead method, mosaic art, stepping stones, lamp making, etc.

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Other

Additional Noncredit Art Courses

Calligraphy/Mixed Media

If you've ever wanted to learn the art of making beautiful notes, letters, and signs, then this is the class for you. Basic alphabets are used so students will finish the course with elemental knowledge of the use of the chisel-edge pen. Uses of calligraphy are discussed.

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Digital Painting

Prepare to look at digital art in a whole new light. This class is a beginner level exploration of the tools, theory, techniques and tricks of working with Adobe Photoshop. You will learn techniques for producing digital paintings and conceptual art by applying traditional art skills in a virtual environment. Be prepared to immerse yourself in practical assignments that will build your digital painting skills from the ground up.

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Floral Design Workshop

Students learn the basic principles and mechanics of floral design using fresh flowers, and will create and take home flower arrangements. This class is for beginners as well as the advanced students.

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Matting & Framing 1

Learn how to mat and frame pictures, making them more appealing while protecting them. Design the mat and frame, and then construct your design. The class covers several procedures for finishing frames, combinations of frame moldings, restoration procedures, and conservation materials and procedures. Designed for both the new and the continuing student. Experienced students will learn advanced mat cutting and decoration as well as more complex frame building. Some current techniques are covered as well as an exploration of the latest materials.

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Matting & Framing 2

The class presents information and techniques that are new to beginning students and a review for more experienced students. This course also offers more advanced techniques in matting, v-grooves, French lines and panels, open v-grooves and more for the experienced students. Techniques on joining various mouldings to produce different profiles, different finishing applications such as gold/silver leafing, antiquing, staining, dry brushing, and restoring are among the techniques introduced and reviewed. The course is an open lab after the first session and is tailored to the individual needs of the students.

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Printmaking

The course covers relief printing (wood block and linoleum block) and intaglio printing (etching, collagraphs, engraving and dry point). Formal instruction and techniques will be demonstrated in the beginning of class, and students will be given time to work on individual projects with instructor guidance. Designed for both the new and the continuing student.

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Woodcarving

This hands-on class will give students a basic knowledge of different knives, woods, and finishes. Students will develop, sketch, or transfer a picture or mental image into wood. If students' skills and interest develops, carving can become their art.

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Registration

To register, obtain the 5-digit class number from the links above and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, or login to your account.

No application is needed. If you have never taken a class here before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account.