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Photographing Your Artwork

January 14, 2019

Do you want to properly document your artwork? We’ll cover photographic lighting techniques, camera basics, tricks for minimizing glare and how to problem–solve while photographing challenging pieces of work.

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Retouching Basics in Adobe Photoshop

January 14, 2019

Use Adobe Photoshop to remove unwanted blemishes, dust and undesirable small objects from your photographs. We’ll cover masking layers, which can make it easier to make individualized adjustments, and you’ll get familiar with the clone, spot, healing, pen, lasso and magic wand tools. This is a great class for photographers and the perfect follow–up to […]

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Sex and its Outcomes: Reproduction, Pregnancy, and Childcare in Visual Art- NEW!

January 14, 2019

This art appreciation class will explore how reproduction, pregnancy, and childcare have been represented in visual art. This is a class for anyone who was at one point in their life, an infant. We’ll focus on artists who explore how the capacity to reproduce influences and is influenced by systems of race, gender, sexuality, class, […]

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Sketchbooks: Techniques, Philosophies & Lifestyle – NEW

January 14, 2019

Make a simple new sketchbook or bring your own, discuss the philosophy of sketchbooks and learn how to use it to fuel your creativity and form a habit of sketching! Is your sketchbook about getting better at drawing or documenting your everyday life? Is it one long comic, a work of fine art, a place […]

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Stretch Your Own Canvases- NEW!

January 14, 2019

Stop wasting money on pre-stretched canvases and build your own. In this class you’ll learn how to assemble your own stretcher bars and stretch and prime canvases. Because you’re building your own painting surface, you can customize size and experiment with surface.

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Thoughtful Tuesdays: Pre–Class Meditation

January 14, 2019

Drop in and join Holly Zajur as she leads a short meditation to enhance your creativity and support your transition from the work day and into the studio before our Tuesday night classes. We’ll meet at 6 p.m. in the Dominion Energy Community Room and no experience is required. Sign-up for this program with the […]

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Writing the Personal Essay – New!

January 14, 2019

Essays are arguments, one writer’s attempt to make meaning out of life. People have been writing essays for more than half a millennium but it’s only in the last century that we’ve made them quite so personal. Traditional essays are formal but the personal essay is candid and conversational. It can enlighten and inspire. On […]

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Audio Postcard: Sound Story Basics- NEW!

January 14, 2019

Learn the basics of storytelling through sound by making your own audio postcard. We’ll listen to examples of the audio postcard and learn how to record sound using a portable recorder. We’ll explore ways to layer everyday sounds to create a rich soundscape, and learn digital editing techniques. By the end of the class, you […]

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Build Your Own Website – NEW!

January 14, 2019

Learn the basic skills to build your own website using WordPress. This course will cover web hosting concepts and principles including managing your own domain, file transfer protocol (FTP), mySQL and more. Explore the foundations of the most popular content management system on earth, WordPress, including basic tools such as posts, pages, the appearance panel, […]

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Break the Rules of Your Medium – NEW!

January 14, 2019

Stuck in a rut? Trying to find a new groove? Through a series of discussion, and class-guided creative assignments, we’ll take a critical look at the framework of rules that we as artists create and follow in our work. This class is open to artists working in any medium. Expect to complete creative exercises outside […]

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Educator Series: Brave Spaces and LGBTQ+ Inclusive Teaching Practices

January 14, 2019

In a series for educators, we hold one class each session which includes a lecture on a relevant topic, resources, and time for sharing, art-making and socializing with fellow educators. These hours can be put towards professional development. How do we better include our LGBTQ+ students and navigate difficult conversations in our teaching practices? We […]

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Editing Photos of Your Artwork – NEW!

January 14, 2019

Learn to use Adobe Photoshop to retouch and format digital images of physical artworks. Do you wish photos of your work looked more like the real thing? Do your paintings and drawings look dull once you bring them into the computer? Do you wish you knew a little Photoshop, but don’t need to jump into […]

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Art Handling for Artists: Tips for Installing Multiple Works with Accuracy – NEW!

January 14, 2019

Learn how to bring multiple 2-D works together, arrange them and install them on a group wall. We’ll explore hardware systems available for hanging various forms of artwork, then discuss layout options and presentation ideas common to museums, galleries, commercial and residential spaces. Finally, we’ll practice installing a variety of artworks and hardware types with […]

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Introduction to Children’s Book Illustration

January 14, 2019

Explore the world of children’s book illustration. We’ll focus on translating the written word into dynamic and entertaining images, taking your ideas from preliminary sketches to finished illustrations. You’ll learn about character design, page layout and painting techniques. You’ll also get a deeper understanding of the publishing industry when we cover things like finding a […]

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Marketing for Artists – New!

January 14, 2019

Learn to market yourself as an artist. We’ll explore ways to create your own beautiful website without hiring someone or learning to code. We’ll also talk about ways to leverage social media and other platforms that can help you showcase your work.

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Photographing Your Artwork

January 14, 2019

Do you want to properly document your artwork? We’ll cover photographic lighting techniques, camera basics, tricks for minimizing glare and how to problem–solve while photographing challenging pieces of work.

read more

Photographing Your Artwork

January 14, 2019

Do you want to properly document your artwork? We’ll cover photographic lighting techniques, camera basics, tricks for minimizing glare and how to problem-solve while photographing challenging pieces of work.

read more