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 is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to the tools, techniques, vocabulary, and the creative possibilities of drawing. Students in this class will learn the basic elements of drawing, such as line, value, texture, and shape to capture and record the multi-dimensional world and create visually stimulating compositions.

Wednesday
Jun 3 - Jul 1
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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This class is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to the tools, techniques, vocabulary, and the creative possibilities of drawing. Students in this class will learn the basic elements of drawing, such as line, value, texture, and shape to capture and record the multi-dimensional world and create visually stimulating compositions.

Wednesday
Jul 8 - Aug 5
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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This introductory class is tailored to those who have never painted and who are ready to take the plunge. Students will use oil paint to learn basic techniques of this expansive medium. The fundamental elements of color, color theory, design, form, and content will be explored through studio work and slide lectures. This is a welcoming and engaging studio-based class; come ready to paint on the first night! / Materials fee of $5 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Monday
Jun 1 - Aug 3
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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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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