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Experiential Drawing is a way to explore and develop a personal drawing practice, which will inform and inspire the creative process no matter someones profession or experience level. Students in this class will draw from a variety of sources from observation to memory to imagination. Spontaneity and improvisation are the methods of exploration in the creation of mixed media drawings as well as ephemeral works. Emphasis will be placed on examining the relationship between how drawings are made and what they potentially express.

Tuesday
Sep 8 - Oct 6
6:30 p.m. - 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." To aid in these endeavors, this class balances studio exercises with supplemental discussions, presentations, readings, and a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Thursday
Sep 10 - Nov 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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This class will offer an introduction to stop-motion animation, covering frame by frame techniques and basic concepts of this traditional and very hands-on style of animation. The instructor will share behind the scenes videos of animations that use stop-motion animation techniques and will provide an overview of DragonFrame, the stop motion capture program. Students will dig into the fundamentals of animation by learning about frame rate and basic animation principles, such as squash and stretch, ease-in/ease-out, anticipation, and more.

Thursday
Oct 15 - Nov 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Graphic design is everywhere. From t-shirts to posters, traffic signs to logos, graphic design is used to visually communicate an idea, a message, or a statement. Students in this class will explore graphic design as a practice and learn to put to work the concepts and principles of design. Hands-on, in-class exercises, and real world, structured assignments will immerse students in the elements of graphic design, including typography, layout, color, and graphic form.

Wednesday
Sep 9 - Nov 11
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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In this introductory-level course, students will explore how typography is used to communicate effectively within the field of graphic design. While building a basic vocabulary of terms and processes, students will exercise different topics ranging from formal usage to typography as art. Class periods will include studio time, discussions, and critiques appropriate to the projects throughout the course. The primary focus of the course will be creating individual projects through both experimental, analog materials and computer-based typesetting.

Thursday
Sep 10 - Nov 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Indigo blue has been used for thousands of years and still is fully intact on archaeological textiles. The bonding of the pigment onto fiber is incredibly strong and has caught the eyes of many cultures due to its complex and captivating chemistry. This two night workshop will go over indigo dying history and the processes involved with creating, maintaining and utilizing a naturally fermenting indigo vat. Students will dye cotton and silk swatch samples and learn resist mark making techniques such as shibori, itajime, and painting/printing designs.

Tuesday, Thursday
Sep 15 - Sep 17
6:30 p.m. - 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
Sep 10 - Nov 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Acrylic paint is a very versatile and exciting water-based medium, which can be used in endless ways by fine artists and illustrators. In this course, students will learn multiple techniques for using acrylic, all with the end goal of creating stronger, richer illustrations. Instructor-led demonstrations will help students gain a better sense of the tools used in acrylic painting. Students will evaluate various acrylic techniques, and make decisions about which ones are most applicable for their illustration work.

Wednesday
Oct 21 - Nov 11
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Gouache is a popular water-based medium used in contemporary illustration and design. Like watercolor, gouache can be a challenging to those new to the medium. In this course we will work through some of the more difficult aspects of painting with gouache and cover skills and techniques used when applying gouache into an illustration. Weekly illustration assignments will be given to provide time to practice and apply using techniques demonstrated in class. Sketching and ideation will also be expected each week in developing concepts and compositions for illustration assignments.

Wednesday
Sep 30 - Oct 14
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Having trouble controlling or working with watercolor in your illustrations? In this course students will experiment with painting and drawing with watercolor and ink. Techniques and tricks will be demonstrated to help control the medium. Each week exercises will be given to build skills. Weekly prompt-driven homework assignments will provide opportunities to apply these techniques to illustrations. Students will walk away from this three-week course more confident using this challenging water-based medium. / Materials fee of $15 in addition to class tuition.

Wednesday
Sep 9 - Sep 23
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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