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

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSDR 202 Focus on the Figure 1.5 credits Eric Rutledge $615

Section A Meets 5/28/2014 to 7/30/2014 on Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

This course, suitable for both the beginning and intermediate student, focuses on gaining proficiency in drawing that most fascinating and complex of subjects, the human figure. Concepts to be covered include anatomy, proportion, gesture, contour and modeling in light and dark. Students will increase their understanding of the dynamics of the human form and build confidence in expressively rendering the figure in two dimensions. Working from a live model with varied poses, lighting and settings, students will progress from quick studies that aim to capture the essence of line and form to extended poses, working towards longer and more finished compositions as the course culminates. A variety of drawing media and techniques, such as charcoal, conte crayon, graphite and ink, will be introduced. Slide discussions, critiques, demonstrations and out of class drawings round out the experience.
CSDR 239 The Face and Figure in Pastels 1 credit David Little $410

Section A Meets 5/27/2014 to 6/19/2014 on Tuesday,Thursday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Combining the pure, rich color of paint with the directness and spontaneity of drawing, pastels are a versatile and expressive medium for rendering the human form. This course introduces basic materials and methods for rendering the figure in pastels and other related media. The course begins with a review of basic anatomy, starting with the face and proceeding to the figure. Students will use a monochromatic approach to capture tonal structure with charcoal and conte crayon, and then progress to the use of full color. In subsequent sessions, their color options and pastel techniques will broaden to encompass a range of expressive effects, from subtle realism to bold invention. Students will also gain exposure to working on different supports, including toned paper, canvas and sandpaper. Lectures with slide presentations will trace various artists' use of the pastel medium from its beginnings in the 16th century to the present day. Note: On the first day of class, students should bring a set of 15 (or more) soft/chalk pastels (Rembrandt brand is recommended) and an 18'' x 24'' Strathmore (or other brand) pad with assorted colors of pastel paper. In addition, the student should bring a box of soft vine charcoal, two conte crayons in Sanguine Medici and bistre color, a kneaded eraser, a plastic eraser, and one can of workable fixative.
CSPT 105 Watercolor: A Survey of Techniques 1 credit - TBA $410

Section A Meets 6/2/2014 to 6/25/2014 on Monday,Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:40 PM.

Through demonstration and experimentation, students explore a range of approaches to watercolor and learn the fundamentals of manipulating the medium. Watercolor techniques, properties of transparent pigments, color mixing, basic brush strokes, paper and palettes are covered. In addition, students learn how to observe the interaction of color in nature and establish successful color relationships in their compositions. Painting both indoors and out at a variety of local sites, students undertake subjects ranging from still lifes to cityscapes and landscapes to portraits, with increasing degrees of complexity. Emphasis is placed on building self-confidence with the medium and collecting a vocabulary of techniques to encourage advancement. Note: Students should come prepared to go to the MICA store to purchase watercolor supplies for the first class or bring what they have on hand.
CSPT 238 Painting: Beyond the Basics 1.5 credits Dorothy Valakos $615

Section A Meets 5/27/2014 to 6/26/2014 on Tuesday,Thursday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

This course is geared to intermediate painters who have some comfort with the medium and seek a more personal direction for their work. Beginning with a brief review of materials and methods, this course provides ongoing customized projects for each student, supplemented by the stimulus of regular group and individual critiques, slide lectures and discussions. Participants will explore the practice of painting in a series, with consideration given to issues of size, theme, media, technique and other criteria necessary to produce an integrated body of work. As students gain familiarity and insight into their own ways of working, they will be encouraged to deepen and extend their ideas in order to develop more meaningful subject matter and strengthen their formal and conceptual vocabularies. There are no restrictions on medium, form, subject or style. Prerequisite: CSPT 102A Learning to Paint or equivalent. Note: Participants should bring at least three examples of their work and all painting supplies to the first class meeting.
DR 252 Life Drawing 3 credits Lauren Boilini $1560

Section A Meets 5/27/2014 to 6/24/2014 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

An intensive study of the nude. Issues of form, structure, volume, movement, composition, and expressive possibilities are explored and practiced. Recommended sophomore course.
DR 392 Watercolor Drawing 3 credits Randi Reiss-McCormack $1560

Section A Meets 5/23/2014 to 6/24/2014 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Varied approaches to watercolor as drawing medium. Emphasis on handling of wash areas and brush strokes in traditional and experimental ways; on use of color, on representation of volumes and spaces, and on techniques unique to watercolor medium.
FF 150 Painting I 3 credits Kimberly Roenigk $1560

Section A Meets 5/22/2014 to 6/11/2014 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Presents the fundamental principles and techniques of painting. Through a wide range of problems, students learn about preparation of various supports, use of painting tools, color mixing, and analyzing surface qualities. Integration of drawing and design concepts are emphasized as students investigate color-value connections, articulation of form, composition, and spatial relationships. Working primarily from observation, students explore subjects ranging from still life, interiors, landscapes, and cityscapes, to self-portraits and the figure.
NCDR 110 Open Studio Model Sessions 0 credits - TBA $75

Section A Meets 6/3/2014 to 7/15/2014 on Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Section B Meets 6/1/2014 to 7/13/2014 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.
NCPT 206 Painting Countryside Workshop 0 credits William Simmons $375

Section A Meets 5/31/2014 to 6/21/2014 on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Designed for both beginner and intermediate painters, this workshop explores the rewards and challenges of painting outdoors (“en plein air”). Students will hone their skills in draftsmanship, composition, and perspective while learning to swiftly capture the shifting quality of natural light. From the grounds of the MICA campus to setting of natural beauty, students will be instructed in a variety of urban and rural subject matter. Informative demonstrations, constructive feedback, and group critiques will take place every session to support individual progress.
PT 200 Painting II 3 credits Kimberly Roenigk $1560

Section A Meets 5/22/2014 to 6/11/2014 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Consolidates concepts and methods from FF 150 Painting I and leads students to expanded perceptual awareness. Projects may include still life, landscape, and the figure, as well as abstract and conceptual concerns to enhance each student's formal and personal development. There is ongoing concern with painting materials and techniques. May not be repeated for credit.
PT 300 Painting:Personal Directions 3 credits - TBA $1560

Section A Meets 5/21/2014 to 6/20/2014 on Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

This course is geared to intermediate/advanced-level students who have a sense of commitment to painting and seek a personal direction that fulfills their identity as painters. Focusing on developing each student's artistic identity, this course has no in-class studio experiences; rather, it focuses on group and individual critiques. Work is done outside of class. There are no restrictions on medium, form or subject (abstract or representational). Class size is limited.