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

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSDR 101 Learning to Draw 1.5 credits Eric Rutledge $615

Section A Meets 2/13/2014 to 5/8/2014 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:40 PM.

In this foundation course, beginning students develop their ability to perceive and render forms in space on a two-dimensional surface. The course introduces basic drawing techniques and materials, with an emphasis on drawing from observation. Topics covered include line, value, gesture, composition, linear and atmospheric perspective, and mark-making. Note: Students should bring an 18" x 24" newsprint pad (rough), soft to very soft vine charcoal and a large kneaded eraser to the first class.
CSDR 214 The Sketchbook as Visual Diary 1 credit Helen Elliott $410

Section A Meets 3/26/2014 to 5/7/2014 on Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Throughout history to the present day, artists have recorded images and ideas in sketchbooks. Learn to capture your observations and reflections through journaling as you create a personal sketchbook or visual diary. This course consists of stimulating and challenging exercises in drawing, painting, mixed media and collage designed to encourage creativity and help you generate both imagery and content. Students will work with pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor and gouache to explore a range of subjects from the traditional to the abstract and from the topical to the personal. Students will also experiment with a variety of found objects and automatic techniques. As a culmination to the course, students will develop several journal entries into larger, finished works of art. Note: This course may be taken singly or in sequence with Mixed Media Book: Alternative Surfaces (CSDR 236A), below. A fee of $20 covers materials provided by the instructor.
CSDR 255 Drawing from Many Sources Drawing From Many Sources 1.5 credits - TBA $615

Section A Meets 2/11/2014 to 5/6/2014 on Friday from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Students in this intermediate-level course draw from many sources, including observation, other visual media, and the imagination.  Using a variety of drawing mediums, such as charcoal, ink, graphite and charcoal powder, students investigate the interplay of material and image. Students generate drawings using photographs, video and memory, as well as traditional observation, to create narratives, investigate movement and abstraction, and gain an expanded understanding of what drawing can do.  Topics will include formal considerations such as composition, value and mark-making, as well as conceptual approaches.Prerequisites:Learning to Draw (CSDR 101) or equivalent experience. Note: No class on March 18.
CSPT 160 Spinning the Wheel: Color for Painters 1.5 credits Dorothy Valakos $615

Section A Meets 2/19/2014 to 4/30/2014 on Wednesday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

Geared for both beginning and intermediate painters who want to use color more effectively in their work, this course demystifies color through a hands-on, practical approach. Students begin by sharpening their perception of “local” or naturalistic color and its relationship to light, value, form and space, and refining their ability to mix color accurately. Basic principles for organizing a palette and creating balanced and harmonious color compositions will be reviewed. From there, students embark on an investigation of the expressive and symbolic use of color to convey atmosphere, mood and meaning. As they gain confidence, they’ll learn how to exploit “found” color -- the incidental colors and color relationships that emerge on the palette and canvas while working -- to achieve increasingly sophisticated results. Finally, students will create a series of paintings using a more intuitive and personal color vocabulary. Frequent slide lectures will draw upon historic and contemporary examples to further students’ understanding of specific concepts. Students may work in oil or acrylics. Prerequisite: Learning to Paint (CSPT 201A) or equivalent experience.Note: No class on April 16.
CSPT 240 Realistic and Expressive Watercolor 1.5 credits Rodney Cook $615

Section A Meets 2/18/2014 to 4/29/2014 on Tuesday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

Through demonstration and experimentation, students explore a range of approaches to watercolor, from loose and free to tightly rendered. Painting techniques, properties of transparent pigments, color mixing, basic brush strokes, paper and palettes are all covered. In addition, students learn to observe and paint fundamental color relationships and to perceive how colors change in a landscape space. Subject matter ranges from colorful designs to simple landscapes, from basic still lifes to figurative impressions to floral arrangements. Emphasis is placed on building self-confidence with the medium and collecting a vocabulary of techniques to encourage advancement. Note: A supply list will be emailed to students prior to the first class meeting. No class on March 18.
NCDR 110 Open Studio Model Sessions 0 credits - TBA $95

Section A Meets 2/18/2014 to 4/29/2014 on Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Section B Meets 2/9/2014 to 4/27/2014 on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Note: cost is $95 per section. 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 March 18, and Section B will not meet on March 16 and 23.