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35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition

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Continuing Education . Classes

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Abstract Painting

Course No. CEPT 350 00
Grad Course No. CEPT 5350 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Grad Cost $600 Register Now
Credits 3.0
Sessions 8
Dates February 3 - March 24 (Tuesday) – 6:30 - 9:30pm

Abstract painting is a conscious breakaway from traditional realistic painting. A unique decision made over a century ago retains great value today. Since then, many abstract artists have made important contributions to the art world. Perhaps one of the most significant contributions was changing the public perception of what art should represent. The personal approach to art making is a newer idea within visual art history. The class introduces concepts and techniques used by masters of Abstraction. Three different artists influence the class direction. The artists for the spring session are: Vincent VanGogh, Andy Warhol, and Julian Stanczak. Ideas discussed and practiced in class include: color as subject, painting as object, and multiple process applications. In the studio, we will work together towards our goals. Two paintings are made from each artist. The first painting is small in scale, simple, and is considered a study or investigation piece. The second painting is large in scale, complex, and is considered a final or finished piece. Three large paintings are planned and made with the intention for exhibition. All of the artworks produced aim to visually emulate specific styles. Acrylic paint application and color mixing will be presented through instructor demonstrations.

Acrylic Painting: Methods into Practice

Course No. CEPT 300 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates February 5 - March 26 (Thursday) – 6:30-9:30pm

Learn how to achieve a variety of painted surface effects using acrylic paint and gel mediums. Each class will cover a different painting technique and will include a materials demonstration to show you how each technique is accomplished. Class projects are designed to put your knowledge into practice, enabling you to create artwork using each new technique as you learn it. Subjects will include washing, layering, texturing, stenciling, collaging, transfer techniques, and more! Some supplies needed for this class will be provided by CIA.

Acrylic Portrait Painting

Course No. CEPT100.00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates February 3 - March 24 (Tuesday) – 6:30-9:30pm

Mirror, mirror on the wall-who is the fairest of them all? Join us and look at your reflection in a whole new light! We will use acrylic paint to study the art of portraiture. We will sketch from models, study facial anatomy, and focus on expressive forms of interpretation. Beginners welcome!

Advanced Watercolor Landscapes

Course No. CEPT 775 00
Grad Course No. CEPT 5775 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Grad Cost $600 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates February 5 - March 26 (Thursday) – 6:30 - 9:30pm

Advanced Watercolor Landscapes is an opportunity to expand your existing knowledge of the medium. We will take time to look closer at overall image construction, color interactions, and techniques. Watercolor painting techniques such as layering, masking, and salting, are used in the making of our images. We will discuss and practice how to organize and construct the picture plane into a balanced composition. Studio exposure extended over each painting allows time to implement and to practice new techniques. Our class goals are to gain more control over the medium and refine skills. The opportunity to refresh known concepts and learn new painting techniques will increase your own range of abilities. Three large paintings are planned. Two of the three are guided with step by step instructions and demonstrations. The third painting is an independent study. Allowances for adaptation and experimentation are always encouraged. It will be helpful to have a strong foundation in both drawing and painting disciplines. Artist grade paints and paper are preferred. All previous students who have attended Watercolor Landscapes are welcome.

Art + Affect

Course No. CEFD 200 00
Grad Course No. CEFD 5200 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Grad Cost $600 Register Now
Credits 3.0
Sessions 8
Dates February 3 - March 24 (Tuesday) – 6 - 9pm

Art has the unique ability to affect others and create empathy through shared, yet personal, life experiences. In this course, you will begin developing symbolic imagery that is significant to you by exploring subjects that are deeply close to your heart and mind. You will learn how to combine imagery into one composition and learn techniques to assist you in translating your ideas into visual form. Conversations throughout the course will be just as significant as the artwork you create. They will help guide and support you toward your individual expression. Open to all mediums.

Art for the Parent of the Creative Child

Course No. CEFD 275 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates February 4 - March 25 (Wednesday) – 6:30 - 9:30pm

Are you the parent of a creative child? Here is an opportunity to experience and explore expressive materials and divergent ways of seeing. Learn how to offer your child a range of creative materials and experiences: drawing, painting, photography, clay, paper and more. Help your child by trying out new ideas and new ways of thinking and problem solving. This class offers excellent opportunities to individualize your parenting and discover your own way of self-expressing.

Beginning Painting

Course No. CEPT 110 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates February 3 - March 24 (Tuesday) – 6:30 - 9:30pm

In this introductory painting course students will learn the fundamental techniques and processes of painting with acrylic paint. Class projects will target basic painting principles and guide students to develop a better understanding of tools and materials, acrylic paint and mediums, basic color theory, and two-dimensional design concepts. Discussions, demonstrations, and handouts will provide students with valuable resources to facilitate good painting practices and artistic growth.

Drawing for the Absolutely Terrified

Course No. CEDR 100 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates February 2 - March 23 (Monday) – 6:30 - 9:30pm

Simply put, this fun course will help you learn how to draw. It facilitates the study of drawing by direct observation and problem solving through the use of still life. The drawing situations presented in each session will focus on issues of object depiction, special relationships, shape, value, line and texture. You will face a variety of drawing challenges throughout the course, and be shown how to use specific techniques to better see, understand and represent the objects in each setup. Instruction will be through demonstrations, lectures, and direct one-on-one assistance. In addition sketchbooks will be used for practice, notes and assignments between classes.

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