Art Courses

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

Fall Courses

ceramics classCeramics

Learn hand-building techniques such as pinch pots, coil, and slab pots as well as wheel-throwing. A wide variety of decorating and glazing techniques will also be introduced. Individual pieces will be encouraged after basic skills are mastered. For social distancing, at most half of class hours will be wheel-throwing with the remainder of lab time for hand-building or decorating.

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Jewelry-Stone Setting & Cold Connection

This course is for students of all skill levels who are interested in stone setting via cold connection. Cold connections are a method of attaching pieces together using rivets, screws, tabs and other methods to fabricate stone-set jewelry without soldering.

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Jewelry-Wax Modeling & Casting Stones in Place

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.

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Floral Design Workshop

Learn the basic principles and mechanics of floral design using fresh flowers, and create lovely flower arrangements to take home. This class is for beginners as well as the advanced students and features different arrangements each time.

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Calligraphy/Mixed Media

Learn the basics of calligraphy, involving different alphabet styles, with individualized instruction. Create projects using watercolor and various media combined with calligraphy.

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Digital Painting Intro Online

This online class is a beginner level exploration of the tools, theory, techniques and tricks of working with computers, tablets, and software to create digital artwork. You will learn digital techniques by applying traditional art skills through live instruction, demos and exercises.

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Character Creator

Join us for a fun live online 2d character creation. Creating your own digital 2d character from scratch involves a lot of creative thinking. While many of the pop culture characters familiar to us all through movies, video games, cartoons look straightforward, a lot of thought, skill and effort will have gone into making them. From the incredibly simple and straightforward Mickey Mouse with his famous three-fingered hands – drawn to save production time when he was first developed for animations in the 1920s – to the complex characters from modern movies and video games, you will be introduced to the basics of creating unique characters from scratch inspired by people, animals, machines and your imagination.

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Creature Factory

Ever wondered what it takes to make a creature or monster? Drawing inspiration from the plants, animals and sometimes technology in the world around you, we will explore what it takes to create fun, interesting, scary, and believable creatures in 2D software. Learn how to read a brief, gather and organize references, create concept sketches, and digitally paint your creations.

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Painting

This beginning course teaches basic painting skills using different paint media. You 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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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.

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Creative Nature Journal

Do you enjoy being outdoors and connecting with nature? Would you like to learn the fundamentals of phenology while you observe and draw the natural world around you? Students will meet for class to discuss artistic techniques and concepts, then sketch, paint, and record in their journals from backyards, local parks, woods, wild-spaces, etc. No experience is necessary, this course is great for anyone who enjoys spending time outside in quieter pursuits.

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Intro to Bookbinding

Have you wanted to try bookbinding but weren’t sure where to start? This workshop will let you create up to four projects and learn basic bookbinding techniques, including two kinds of stitching, and how to cut and glue covers. You will make some interesting and useful small booklets with your bookbinding toolkit.

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Basics of Drawing

In this online drawing survey class, you’ll learn to train your artistic eye while also developing your drawing skills. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged! We will meet online weekly. Together we’ll explore line and value, geometric and organic shapes, composition and still life, the basics of linear perspective and finally, portraits and figure drawing. You will need a smart phone, scanner or other type of digital camera for sharing pictures of your work and a good internet connection for our meetings. We will share our work via a cloud based file sharing service.

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Discover Zentangle!

We live in a world full of technology and distractions... what if you could have a tool to help you take a break and have some fun? Discover the Zentangle® method, learn to produce patterns step by step, and relax, de-stress, and complete your own Zentangle art! No experience necessary, and all experience levels welcome! Whether you can't draw a stick figure or if you've already created your own masterpieces, this class is for you. Over the duration of the course, we'll explore each step of the Zentangle method, learn how to use the materials and draw tangle patterns, explore how to use graphite to shade and enhance, and break all the rules and just have a fun and relaxing experience! The Zentangle® method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

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sample zentangle

Exploring Zentangle

So you’ve discovered Zentangle, you can’t put your pen down and you want to learn more... Learn new ways to further your Zentangle practice. Dive deeper into the Zentangle techniques such as auras, drawing behind, and shading. Learn how to embrace your “mistakes” and even layer different tangle patterns to create a dramatic and cohesive piece! Each week create 1-2 tiles and learn new patterns and techniques! The Zentangle® method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images bydrawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

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Playing in the Dark with Zentangle

So you’ve been tangling like crazy, using black ink on white paper... Well, now it’s time to try the opposite! Play in the dark with white gel ink on black paper. We’ll use special materials to create dramatic and fun pieces. We’ll make things glow and sparkle, and you’ll gain a better understanding of highlighting and shading your tangles! Each week, you’ll create 1-2 pieces, starting simple and growing more intricate and detailed. The Zentangle® method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

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Zendalas and Mandalas

Explore the world of circles and patterns as we dive into creating Zendalas (a Zentangle Method-inspired approach) and Mandalas (a geometric approach used in Hindu, Buddhism, and other religions). Mandalas are an ancient form of geometry and art that reflect the self. The process of making a mandala is meditative and reflective. Take your meditative art to the next level! We’ll explore loose, hand-drawn designs as well as use simple tools (such as a compass and straight-edge ruler) to create intricate designs. We’ll also explore how to use these as meditative anchors as well. No experience needed! Each week will include instructions to creating a mandala, as well as background and historical information, and a meditative prompt. Expect to finish the mandala on your own, as the intricate designs may need more time than class allows.

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Registration

To register, use the course links above to locate an upcoming section and add to cart, or phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, for registration assistance.

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