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Drawing in Color with Oil Pastels + Oil Sticks (A)

October 02, 2019

Learn to work with either oil pastels or oil paint sticks, or try the two together, to create rich, colorful drawings. Both are highly portable and easy to clean up, making them a good choice for travel, plein air, or small work spaces. We’ll focus on experimenting with the materials and you’ll discover a personal […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Oil Painting

October 02, 2019

Learn the in’s and out’s of oil painting including palette development and color mixing, as well as how to choose and use a variety of supports. We’ll cover composition development and design, constructing an underpainting, using value and mixing and manipulating medium. You’ll also learn how to use a palette knife and create a variety […]

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Watercolor + Landscapes

October 02, 2019

Explore landscape painting with watercolor while learning basic skills, materials and techniques. Watercolor can be both fun and frustrating, dynamic and meditative. We’ll cover the history, materials, and tricks for capturing light and colors as you paint and sketch using this versatile media. We’ll paint using work by the masters, still life scenes, reference photos […]

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Introduction to Watercolor

October 02, 2019

Get introduced to watercolors or refresh your knowledge of the medium. We’ll explore our materials, then cover application methods like wet–on–wet, glazes, blocks, resists and lifts. We’ll also cover work area set–up, composition set–up, lost and found edges, transferring imagery and methods for controlling the paint. With an emphasis on value as a way to […]

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The Traveling Sketchbook

October 02, 2019

Want to capture that wonderful moment or special place where you like to hang out? Make your own sketchbook from hand and learn several easy strategies for drawing, painting, collage and writing. You’ll turn your adventures into hand-held works of art. Mini-field trips inside and outside VisArts will offer source material and inspiration.

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Introduction to Pastel

October 01, 2019

Because pastels are so versatile, they’re the perfect medium for students looking to bridge drawing and painting. Learn how pastels are made, explore masters of the medium and learn how to use pastels with exercises in color, value, form and composition.

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Color Theory + Interaction – NEW!

October 01, 2019

Develop a working and theoretical understanding of color with class activities from Josef Albers’ “Interaction of Color.” Learn the basics of color mixing and explore effective color schemes. You’ll create your own portfolio of collages, exploring color relationships, and use these studies to generate a final representational or abstract painting.

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Drawing Fundamentals (B)

October 01, 2019

Learn the basic tenets of drawing and composition. We’ll cover line, shape, space and value. Hone your observation skills and use charcoal to translate what you see to paper.

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Drawing Fundamentals (A)

October 01, 2019

Learn the basic tenets of drawing and composition. We’ll cover line, shape, space and value. Hone your observation skills and use charcoal to translate what you see to paper.

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Illustrating on Your iPad

October 01, 2019

Use your iPad to expand your digital art skillset! We’ll use the Procreate app to create digital drawings and illustrations. You’ll leave class with all the skills you need to create finished digital pieces for print or web.

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Digital Drawing + Painting

October 01, 2019

Learn the fundamentals of digital painting, a 21st century art medium. We’ll use Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom tablet to create both figurative and still life works in a medium that incorporates classic disciplines with new age techniques.

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Digital Filmmaking Basics

October 01, 2019

Have you ever wanted to create your own digital film? Learn the basic concepts of filmmaking and then shoot your own digital film. We’ll learn how to use Adobe Premier to edit our footage so that each student will create a finished short film.

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Video Storytelling for Businesses, Nonprofits and Individuals

October 01, 2019

Learn how to make web content and videos for your organization using the equipment you have on hand. We’ll cover pre-production (brainstorming and script writing), production (filming and coaching talent) and post-production (editing). We’ll also explore best practices for storytelling, interviewing subjects and talk about how to use sound and video to your advantage. Students […]

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Editing the Digital Photograph in Adobe Lightroom (A)

October 01, 2019

Adobe LR is a powerful program that allows you to catalog and enhance your digital photographs. We will cover its most useful features like importing, making collections, fix exposure and color, apply local adjustments, use graduated filters, create fun presets, and convert images to black and white. Each week, students have the opportunity to practice […]

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Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator + InDesign for Beginners (D)

October 01, 2019

Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are the three most popular programs within the Adobe Creative Cloud. When used together, they allow you to create and manage visual content with amazing results. Learn to create documents for printed or digital platforms using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You’ll edit your photographs in Photoshop, design graphic elements in […]

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Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator + InDesign for Beginners (B)

October 01, 2019

Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are the three most popular programs within the Adobe Creative Cloud. When used together, they allow you to create and manage visual content with amazing results. Learn to create documents for printed or digital platforms using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You’ll edit your photographs in Photoshop, design graphic elements in […]

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Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator + InDesign for Beginners (C)

October 01, 2019

Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are the three most popular programs within the Adobe Creative Cloud. When used together, they allow you to create and manage visual content with amazing results. Learn to create documents for printed or digital platforms using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You’ll edit your photographs in Photoshop, design graphic elements in […]

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Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator + InDesign for Beginners (A)

October 01, 2019

Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are the three most popular programs within the Adobe Creative Cloud. When used together, they allow you to create and manage visual content with amazing results. Learn to create documents for printed or digital platforms using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You’ll edit your photographs in Photoshop, design graphic elements in […]

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Introduction to Graphic Design

October 01, 2019

Learn to combine images, words and visual elements together to communicate an idea. You’ll get hands-on opportunities to learn the basic ideas of graphic design. We’ll also explore form and color, typography, page layout, use of images, as well as applying design at different scales and on various platforms using InDesign Software. Learn to make […]

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Designing Books + Magazines

October 01, 2019

Explore the process of designing and producing a book or magazine. You can use images you already have or develop new images and content expressly for the book project. Portfolios or graphic and photographic narratives to represent your work or the work of others can be an asset to your career or personal artistic process. […]

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Introduction to Interior Design

October 01, 2019

Explore key concepts of interior design: continuity, scale, proportion, balance, color and light. We’ll use slide presentations and class discussions to prepare you to investigate and analyze the interiors of your choice.

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Introduction to the Wheel (B)

October 01, 2019

Learn to throw clay on a potter’s wheel. We’ll cover the foundations of wheel work, including wedging and centering clay and forming cylinders, cups and bowls. Basic glazing information will help you finish your final forms.

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Introduction to the Wheel (A)

October 01, 2019

Learn to throw clay on a potter’s wheel. We’ll cover the foundations of wheel work, including wedging and centering clay and forming cylinders, cups and bowls. Basic glazing information will help you finish your final forms.

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Advanced Wheel + Hand Building Techniques (B)

October 01, 2019

Learn new techniques to improve your functional and non-functional ceramic forms. Try raku, cone 10 reduction glazes and soda firing. Learn new surface design processes using slips, underglazes, terra sigillata and the spray booth application of both underglazes and overglazes.

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Advanced Wheel + Hand Building Techniques (A)

October 01, 2019

Learn new techniques to improve your functional and non-functional ceramic forms. Try raku, cone 10 reduction glazes and soda firing. Learn new surface design processes using slips, underglazes, terra sigillata and the spray booth application of both underglazes and overglazes.

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