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Continuing Studies: Drawing, Painting, and General Fine Arts Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSDR 125 Collage 1.5 credits Dorothy Valakos $615

Section A Meets 9/17/2014 to 12/10/2014 on Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

Collage is a two-dimensional form of assemblage made by gluing pieces of paper, wood, cloth or other materials to paper or another flat surface. The artist expresses his or her idea by composing and juxtaposing these found elements to create new meanings and associations. The layering of materials and images reflects both the visual culture and technological flux of our time. This mixed-media course primarily explores the two-dimensional possibilities of working with collage and assemblage, though students may investigate related media such as decoupage, photo montage, wood collage and digital collage. Slide lectures introduce a wide range of historical and contemporary artists who have worked with these media. NOTE: A fee of $10 covers materials provided by the instructor. Students will also be given a list of materials to be purchased. No class on November 26
CSDR 200 Drawing II: Building Skills 1.5 credits Eric Rutledge $615

Section A Meets 9/18/2014 to 12/11/2014 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

In this intermediate-level course, students further develop their observational skills and technical mastery of various drawing media. A variety of processes, tools and strategies for both representational and non-objective drawing are introduced. Students investigate more complex compositions and a range of subjects including the figure, interior and exterior space, narration, abstraction, color, frame, mark and scale. Students undertake a personal direction within a broadened conceptual framework by gradually approaching more individualized problems, so that by the conclusion of the course they are prepared to work with greater independence. Prerequisite: Learning to Draw (CSDR 101A) or equivalent experience. Note: No class November 27.
CSDR 232 Personal Narrative and the Altered Book 1.5 credits Helen Elliott $615

Section A Meets 9/23/2014 to 12/2/2014 on Tuesday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

Students learn how to develop and evolve the kernel of an idea or significant personal experience into a fully realized and unique amalgam of word and image. Artists who find the blank page intimidating will find many ways to stimulate their creativity as they transform existing books into unique mixed-media journals. Using the format of the book’s bound, printed, and illustrated pages as a starting point, students will explore using color in unconventional ways, adding imagery through mark-making, printing, painting, transferring, stamping and also by cutting, collaging and sewing. These processes are the tools by which the artist can modify form and content by selectively adding, subtracting, enhancing, or filtering the book’s existing pages to generate a personal narrative. Note: $20 additional materials fee. No class on October 21.
CSPT 201 Learning to Paint 1.5 credits - TBA $615

Section A Meets 9/18/2014 to 12/11/2014 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

This basic course introduces the novice painter to the essential concepts and techniques of oil painting, emphasizing the careful observation of subjects ranging from still life to self portrait and the figure. Class sessions explore the varied uses of paint as a material and its ability to render form and space through descriptive, expressive and symbolic means. Topics covered include basic technical control of materials and tools, methods of paint application, color mixing, and the preparation of the painting surface (paper, hardboard and canvas). Slide lectures convey the medium's nearly limitless expressive potential through a variety of historical and contemporary examples. Prerequisite: Learning to Draw (CSDR 101A) or equivalent experience. Note: No class November 27.
CSPT 294 Finding an Authentic Self: The Self Portrait In The Environment 2 credits Joseph Giordano $820

Section A Meets 9/4/2014 to 12/11/2014 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Open to students who prefer to work in mixed media, collage, drawing, or painting. Students will begin their search for an authentic self by studying their reflections in the mirror. Weekly seminars will challenge and shed light on these self-perceptions. As the portraits evolve, environment—perceptual and/ or metaphorical—will play an important role. Professionals in the fields of art and psychology will be invited to lecture and participate. In addition, self-portraits created by historical and contemporary artists will be presented and discussed. Small to mid sizes works of art will be created in the studio. A large full-size self-portrait will be the sole home assignment. Prerequisites: Drawing I or Painting I. Note: No Class on November 27.
NCDR 110 Open Studio Model Sessions 0 credits - TBA $95

Section A Meets 9/28/2014 to 12/14/2014 on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Section B Meets 9/30/2014 to 12/9/2014 on Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Open studio model sessions are offered for those who want to draw or paint from the live figure. Each section includes two models- one for quick poses for sketching and one for sustained drawing or painting. A class coordinator will ensure the quality of each session. No formal instruction is offered and there are no prerequisites. Open to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and continuing studies students. Note: At least 25 students must enroll in each section for it to run. Section A will not meet on October 19 and November 30, Section B will not meet on October 21.
NCDR 219 The Drawing Zoo 0 credits Brittany Roger $300

Section A Meets 9/8/2014 to 12/15/2014 on Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Before the progressions of photography and taxidermy in the mid-1800s, artists depicting animals worked from live observation. Iconic pieces such as the Capitoline Wolf, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, and the works of Beatrix Potter were all done from observing live animals, whether in a zoo, in a studio, or in nature. In this open studio, artists can continue the practice of having live animals as models. The instructor is a trained animal handler and will pose the animals for artists to draw, paint, photograph, or sculpt. Artists learn to express animal anatomy, behavior, and movement in their work. For the first half of the semester, the animals will pose alone/with articulated skeletons for the artists to study the movement, anatomy, form, etc. In the second half, artists will work from posing the animals in an environment or scene. Artists can work in a variety of 2D mediums and should bring their own supplies. Note: This course is limited to 15 students. No class on October 20.