Continuing Education . Classes
Face Value: Portraits
Try your hand…at the face! This fun and creative portraiture course not only focuses on the foundations of realistic representation, you will also learn to add your own expression and style through drawing and painting original portraits. Let’s find out what your imagination adds to a face you can already see! Great for all levels.
Glassblowing for Young Artists
This introductory-level glassblowing class will teach you the basics of manipulating hot glass. Starting with the bubble, you will learn ways to develop blown forms out of glass. We will use basic functional shapes like cups, vases, and ornaments as building blocks to gain an understanding of how glassblowing works. Each class we will add a different type of blown form to try; however, you will be encouraged to bring ideas of shapes and forms that you would like to blow. Wear natural fiber clothing (jeans and long sleeves recommended), close toe shoes and safety glasses. Bring water to stay hydrated. Please bring a bag lunch.
Introduction to Sculpture
In this class students will experiment with a variety of materials to create 3D artwork. We will look at art made by other artists as inspiration for our own creations. Each week students will use new materials to sculpt, bend, carve, mold and assemble one of a kind sculptures. This is a great class for the student who likes to experiment and build.
Old Clothes/New Look
Are you bored of your clothes? Instead of running to buy new ones, consider what can be done to turn your older clothes into brand new, original and unique looks. This two week long exploration will transform your wardrobe using dyeing techniques, deconstructing and reconstructing clothing or embroidery to embellish for some extra flare. You will push your creativity to new levels, have new and exciting clothing choices and learn about traditional fiber processes as well. This course will give you fundamental skills which you can add onto for a lifetime of DIY and art making. Bring anything and everything from your closet from jeans, to sweatshirts to t-shirts. Let's push the boundaries of fashion and have a lot of fun doing it!
This is a great class for any student who is interested in really delving into the world of painting. Students will learn the fundamentals of creating a painting including composition, color and application. As a class we will learn how to prepare a canvas, sketch ideas, mix colors, and explore multiple painting tools and techniques. Paintings will be representational so each student will choose their own subject matter ranging from landscapes, still lifes, human and animal portraits.
This course will help you to put together a stronger portfolio needed in applying to art colleges, as well as the fabulous benefits of improving your drawing skills, the joys of trying different drawing materials, along with showing you what an art college is actually looking for in your portfolio. Besides enjoying the classroom explorations and drawings assigned outside the classroom, you will get to engage in the occasional critique in a fun and informative way. The goal of this course is to help you reach a higher level of skill in the creation of your own artwork. Parent permission is required for life drawing because of nude models.
Stop Motion Animation/Claymation
Learn how to bring your creative storytelling to life visually, through stop-motion animation! You will write, draw, sculpt, paint, take photos, and edit! If you like to make up stories, take pictures, and make artwork using mixed media, this class is for you! We will begin our class by watching many funny, serious, and amazing stop-motion animations by a variety of artists and learn to recognize and put into effect the principles of animation. Working with a partner or individually, you will make up a short story and write it down. You will learn how to draw an effective storyboard to help tell your story visually. Then you will create your sets and characters using a combination of paper, clay, objects, toys, paint, etc. You will follow your storyboard to shoot your animation using your digital camera and tripod. We will edit and create sound for our animations using Final Cut. We will experiment with pixilation, claymation, paper animation, and object animation. Armatures and tie downs will be utilized to make your character magically walk or dance. You will create 1-3 animations each depending on your ideas. Get ready to have some fun! You will take home your animation(s) on a disc. Please bring your own digital camera and tripod.
In this introduction to drawing and painting in the studio environment, exposure to basic concepts and materials will offer you a strong foundation on which to build. The essential tools of an artist are the pencil and brush. You’ll use both, separately and combined, to generate multiple exercises and images. The elements and principles of color, perspective, shape, shading, and pattern are explored through projects. All of the projects will be guided by individual and written instructions. Every new challenge and concept will promote both your artistic confidence and vocabulary.
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