Follow your passion and find an artistic outlet in one of our many popular non-credit enrichment art courses. See also Animation and Cartooning.
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Art Metal / Jewelry-Making
Jewelry 1 Art/Metal
Jewelry 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.
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.
Basic Stone Setting: Beginning Art Metals/Jewelry
This is a beginning level class that focuses on the fundamentals of jewelry and metalsmithing. Students will learn basic techniques from sawing to soldering while making pendants incorporating basic stone settings. Settings covered will include tab, bezel and tube. Projects are predetermined but open to interpretation based upon a student's own design aesthetic.
Jewelry 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.
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.
Wax Modeling & Casting Stones
This 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.
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.
Precious Metal Clay 3 Intro
Learn how to make fine silver jewelry from Precious Metal Clay 3 (PMC3). In this beginning-level class, students will learn how to form, refine, fire, finish, and much more using various forms of PMC3 clay. Projects are predetermined but open to interpretation based upon a student's own design aesthetic.
Advanced Precious Metal Clay 3
This course presents advanced techniques using various forms of Precious Metal Clay 3 (PMC). It is for any student who has learned the basics of working with PMC3. Demonstrations include bezel stone setting, Aura 22 gold, Keum Boo and more.
Techniques are very specific but students are given room for personal creativity in their designs.
Beyond Basics: Jewelry/Metals
This course builds upon the basic fundamentals of beginning jewelry and metalsmithing. Emphasis will be placed each semester on exploring in greater depth a basic metalsmithing technique to create more advanced pieces. Projects will be independently designed and created employing the demonstrated techniques.Drawing/Painting
Ceramics and Sculpting
Ceramics 1: Sculpture and Hand-Building
This 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.
Ceramics 2: Wheel Throwing
This class is for both beginning and continuing wheel throwers. Topics covered include forming techniques as well as decorating and glazing.
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.Stained Glass
Drawing and Painting Courses
Fundamentals 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.
This 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.
Drawing Plants and Botanicals
Learn multiple techniques to render plants and nature objects realistically. We will explore botanicals using different materials and focus on observational drawing skills. Investigations will include the use of colored pencils, watercolor pencils, ink, watercolor, and pencil. Projects will be done using still-life objects, and objects will be rendered from life. Students will look at art historical references, including scientific botanical studies. Each student will be met at their drawing level and guided to expand their observational drawing skills.
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.
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.
Mixed Media 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 you explore painting styles from realism to abstract. This is a mixed media course with emphasis on watercolor. Explorations with media such as graphite, ink, color pencils, oils and more are incorporated into watercolor painting. Instructor is bilingual in English and Spanish.
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.
Oil pastels are a unique medium that combine a use of color that is reminiscent of painting with the application method of a drawing tool. Students will learn multiple oil pastel techniques to create works of art based on both still-life objects and photography. Methods such color blending, scumbling, hatching, sgraffito, stippling, and tonal layers will be explored. Students will also learn concepts of color theory and drawing.
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.
See also Animation and Cartooning.Other
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.
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.
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.
Additional Noncredit Art Courses
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.
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.
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.
Wedding Floral Design Workshop
Are you planning a wedding and would like to make the flowers yourself? In this workshop you'll learn about the care and handling of wedding flowers, types of flowers to use, how to determine how many stems to buy, and a working timeline. Learn how to make a bridal bouquet, corsage, boutonniere, and centerpiece.
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.
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.
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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