Fine Arts

Beginning to intermediate level classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, furniture, and more. Experiment freely in our facilities and under the guidance of our instructors.

This class, designed for those interested in modern calligraphy, hand-lettering, and typography in general, will teach students the basics of calligraphy: Writing posture, ink control, and letterform structure.

Knowing calligraphy is an excellent way to become more familiar with letterforms of all types. According to master letterer Jon Contino, "Learning calligraphy will give you a much more intimate sense of each letter and it will help you to learn how to manipulate each one or many together to create a beautiful composition."

Tuesday
Jun 16 - Jun 30
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Stories shape our culture and define who we are and motion pictures (film and video) are more prevalent today than ever before. Digital video can be an effective medium for delivering, shaping, and sharing stories. This class will provide a hands-on experience with digital storytelling and is perfect for anyone interested in a challenging but fun introduction to video production and editing utilizing Adobe Premiere Pro nonlinear video editing software. Motion picture and sound will be incorporated to produce a digital masterpiece.

Monday
Jun 22 - Jul 6
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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The act of drawing from the live human form can feel intimidating. The key to success lies in a sound understanding of the creative problem-solving process, in combination with an acknowledgment and recognition of one's own "creative DNA."

Thursday
Jun 4 - Aug 6
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Abstraction. What does that term mean exactly? Students in this class will collectively examine this question while they work through a variety of approaches to abstract painting in oils. Instructor-led demonstrations will be geared toward providing the students with both a jumping off point--meant to address how one begins making abstract work--as well as encouragement of the student's further development toward creating their own, unique artistic style of painting and visual language.

Tuesday
Jun 2 - Aug 4
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Explore the art of letterpress printing in this hands-on workshop. Basic letterpress skills and terminology will be explored. Students will work in our expansive state-of-the-art printshop with handset type and simple imagery, using pressure and relief-printing methods that are centuries old. Students will learn basic press operation and will create a variety of prints on the Vandercook 219 cylinder press. / Students may work in the printshop outside of class time during regular hours and when other classes are not in session. / Materials fee of $27 in addition to class tuition.

Tuesday
Jun 30 - Aug 4
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Screenprinting is a direct printmaking technique that builds images from layers of color and can be used to create everything from custom screenprinted T-shirts to one-of-a-kind posters to fine art prints. This course will focus on the basics of screenprinting, and students will explore a combination of stencil, hand-drawn, painted, photographic, and computer-generated techniques in order to complete multiple screenprints. Through demonstrations, handouts, print samples, and informal critiques, the instructor will provide an overview of what one can achieve with screenprinting.

Saturday
Jun 6 - Jul 18
9:30am-12:30pm
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Painting outdoors is a great way for artists to get out of the studio and reconnect with the natural environment. In this on-location class, students will learn the essentials of landscape painting while enjoying all that summer has to offer. Students will begin by considering how to best approach the landscape as a subject in order to identify a compelling composition. Next, they will learn how to mix a color palette suitable for expressing the fugitive elements of the landscape, such as light and movement.

Saturday
Jun 6 - Jun 27
9:00 am-3:00 pm
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A monotype results from a painting or collage done on a surface. Paper is placed over the image and it all passes through a printing press. The results are surprising and fun. The process combines the spontaneity of painting with the structure and deliberation of printmaking. The process is enjoyable and freeing for everyone - from beginners to experienced artists. In this three hour workshop, participants will learn the basics, and then experiment and explore the medium under the guidance of an experienced monotype artist and teacher.

Monday
Jun 29 - Jun 29
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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If you love printmaking, you'll love this class. It offers intermediate and advanced printmakers the chance to work in an open and collaborative learning community with instruction from a skilled printmaker, while using some of the best printmaking facilities in the Midwest. Select demonstrations will be offered along with individual tutorials, as needed. Sessions will also include informal dialogues, large and small group critiques, and studio time. The learning environment is collaborative and relaxed.

Thursday
Jun 4 - Aug 6
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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This class will provide an introduction to multiple and varied ways to approach the portrait. Students in this class will learn how to achieve accuracy with regards to proportion; how to document a degree of "likeness" of the sitter, and methods for capturing something of the subject's essence. Working in various types of charcoal, the instructor will teach students how to approach these aspects through gesture, shadow, and structural shapes.

Monday
Jun 15 - Jun 29
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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