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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 $630

Section A Meets 9/17/2015 to 12/10/2015 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

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. Note: Students should bring an 18” x 24” newsprint pad (rough), very soft to soft vine charcoal, and a large kneaded eraser to the first class meeting. No class on March 17.
CSDR 210 Portraiture 2 credits Karen Warshal $840

Section A Meets 9/14/2015 to 12/14/2015 on Monday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

All great portraiture depends on the artist’s thorough understanding of the human form, on keen powers of observation, a highly developed ability to depict what she sees, and the working knowledge of traditional principles of design. Using pencil, charcoal, and other drawing media, students will build the foundational skills needed to create beautiful portraits. Note: Students should bring a pad of 18” X 24” drawing paper (either Strathmore 400 series or Canson 1557), HB, H, and 2H drawing pencils, a kneaded eraser, and a long straight-edge such as a lightweight plastic ruler to the first class. Prerequisite: Learning to Draw (CSDR 101) or equivalent experience. Note: No class on October 19.
CSDR 232 The Nature of Change and the Altered Book 1.5 credits Helen Elliott $630

Section A Meets 9/29/2015 to 12/8/2015 on Tuesday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

Fall offers some of the most varied evidence of change in the physical landscape, with its dramatic displays of color and more subtle forms of change (ripening, fading, going inward). In this class, students will investigate and record the natural environment through photographs, drawing, illustration, and printing, as well as paper cutting and paper molding, to create, alter, and reinvent images that relate to the process of change. Slides, field trips, demonstrations, and experimentation will offer ways to examine the underlying structure of things, repetition in nature, and the “nature of change.” Note: No class on October 20.
CSPR 235 Woodcut 1.5 credits Ursula Minervini $630

Section A Meets 9/12/2015 to 11/14/2015 on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 1:45 PM.

Drawing inspiration from historical and contemporary woodcut prints, students learn the fundamentals of relief printmaking as they explore a variety of woodcut tools, materials, and techniques. The dramatic effects of simple black and white printing are explored, as well as the use of multiple blocks to create colorful images. This course offers an excellent introduction for beginners while providing opportunities for advanced students to hone their skills and create a new body of work. Note: A $20 materials fee, to be paid to the instructor on the first class, will cover the cost of test blocks and some shared supplies. Note: No class on October 17.
CSPT 201 Learning to Paint 1.5 credits Dorothy Valakos $630

Section A Meets 9/23/2015 to 12/2/2015 on Wednesday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

This foundational 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). Prerequisite: Learning to Draw (CSDR 101) or equivalent experience. Note: No class on November 25.
NCDR 110 Open Studio Model Sessions 0 credits - TBA $105

Section A Meets 9/27/2015 to 12/13/2015 on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Section B Meets 9/29/2015 to 12/8/2015 on Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

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. Note: At least 25 students must enroll in each section for it to run. Section A will not meet on October 18 and November 29 and Section B will not meet on October 20.