Study some of the artistic greats throughout history and develop an understanding of their techniques. This class is not intended to teach students how to draw or paint, but rather to teach basic artistic principles through lecture, discussion, and art exploration. This session will study Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gough, Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and African Masks.
Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Explore art journaling using mixed media techniques. Mono printing, paper marbling, and collage are a few of the techniques highlighed in this class. Bring a mixed media journal, a selection of paints and brushes, markers, glue sticks, and scissors to each class.
Learn Raku, the ancient Japanese style of firing pottery. This method can be used on either hand-built or wheel-thrown pieces. Participate in the firing process and leave with your finished work at the end of the firing day. The first Saturday is spent creating work, Friday evening is the glaze night, and the second Saturday is the firing day. Class times: first session Saturday, 12-5 p.m.; second session Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; last session Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. No experience necessary.
Work at the potter's wheel in the HCC ceramics studio and learn the fundamentals of throwing clay. After creating various forms, learn to bisque-fire, and then how to glaze the finished product. Bring a bucket, sponge, and towel. Pottery tools may be purchased at the College Store.
Learn the basic shapes that make up the anatomy of cats, dogs, horses, and other animals. Use photos of your family pet as a reference as you develop a realistic portrait. Study the shapes of the head and body of different types of animals and focus on the uniqueness of various breeds of dogs and cats to capture a realistic likeness. Drawing is fundamental to mastering these skills. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Explore natural subject matter through observation, composition, and aesthetics. Focus on light, form, surface, space, and environment as you observe natural objects and landscapes to create beautiful artwork. Participate in critiques and class discussions throughout the semester in addition to mastering new drawing skills. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Appropriate for the beginner or as a refresher for the out-of-practice artist, this class explores the many techniques used to see correctly. By using a series of simple exercises, learn accurate proportions, shapes, textures, and values within a composition, culminating in an individual project of the student's choice.
Explore artists and their works of art created during the Modernist Art Movement of the 1860’s to the 1950’s. Analyze and critique paintings, sculpture and architecture from this time period as you gain an understanding of the artist’s intentions and purpose. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Investigate painting with acrylic or oil paint. Discuss and practice color theory, stylistic choices, and various application techniques while working from a group still life. Finish the course by creating a painting of your choice with the assistance of the instructor and class critiques. Those returning to painting are
welcome. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Choose your preferred painting medium (oil, watercolor, or acrylic) as you develop your own personal artistic style. Focus on painting skills and techniques necessary to create beautiful landscape artworks. Paint in various locations on campus and participate in critique and classroom discussions about artwork and the art-making experience. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Both the beginner and more experienced student will enjoy learning how to execute landscapes in luminous, transparent watercolor. Emphasis is on good composition, color properties, and watercolor techniques including wet into wet, lost edges, and glazing. Demonstrations and individual guidance will be provided by the instructor. Materials will be discussed at the first class, at which time a supply list will be distributed. If you already have supplies, bring them to the first class. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Learn to execute landscapes in oils or acrylics by exploring various techniques including alla prima (wet into wet), underpainting, and layering. Emphasis is on good composition, color properties, and confident brushwork. Demonstrations and individual instruction will be provided by the instructor. Materials will be discussed during the first class session. All levels are welcome. If you already have supplies, bring them to the first class. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Do you need designated painting time to work on your projects? Take advantage of this open studio session. This is not for the first time student. Instruction will be limited and individualized. Students should bring their supplies and project each week and artist Rita Cooper will be available to help with those trouble spots and to offer encouragement and suggestions as you work.
Explore the basics of portrait painting in oils or acrylics. Working from photos or a mirror, learn how to capture a likeness, mix flesh tones, and use step-by-step layering techniques to create a portrait full of life. A supply list will be provided prior to the first class. All levels are welcome. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Rosemaling is Norwegian for "decorative painting" and is a form of decorative folk art that originated in the rural valleys of Norway. Explore this style of decorative painting on wood that uses stylized flower ornamentation, scrollwork, lining, and geometric elements, often in flowing patterns. Supply fee of $50 payable to the instructor at the first session. Includes woodenware, patterns, and brushes.
Explore artists and art works created during the Impressionist Movement as you analyze and critique paintings from the 1870’s and 1880’s. Dscuss the historical references associated with Impressionism and 19th Century Europe and gain an understanding of the artist’s intentions and purpose. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Learn how to paint glowing florals in luminous, transparent watercolors. Simple to more complicated shapes will be covered. Color properties, glazing, and lost- edge techniques will be included. Demonstrations and individual guidance will be provided by instructor. A materials list will be distributed at the first class. If you already have supplies, bring them to the first class. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Zendala is a hybrid of the Mandala Circle and Zentangle Art and is designed to give you the benefits of both art forms. You don't need to know how to draw - just keep an open mind and be willing to take that first step on a fun, relaxing and mindful journey. Learn the history and purpose of a mandala and several Zentangle (R) patterns. Then, create your own Zendala. You will have your own piece of art to take with you when you finish this journey.
Creating in a Zentangle way is an easy-to-understand process of simple, deliberate strokes which build on each other in beautiful, mesmerizing, and surprising ways. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over the world across a wide range of skills, interests, and ages. Come open your mind up to endless posibilities.