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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CE 340 Glass Blowing 3.00 credits Anthony Corradetti $2165.00

Section A Meets 1/2/2018 to 1/12/2018 on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Students learn the ancient art of glass blowing. Demonstrations will be given every day by the instructor to show the techniques that will be learned that day. The students will then repeat the technique and be given time in the studio to practice. Building on these skills the students will create a small collection of pieces completed during the length of the course. All materials and tools are provided by the studio. Students should wear cotton clothing, long pants, shoes, and sun glasses. Students should bring a lunch each day. Corradetti Glass Studio is easily accessible by Light Rail from MICA, just two stops to Woodberry or a short seven-minute drive with free parking.
NOTE: There is a $545 fee in addition to the $1620 tuition for this class.
Instructor: Anthony Corradetti earned a BFA from the Tyler School of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited at Artscape in Baltimore; the Reston Art Center in Reston, Virginia; the Tokyo Crafts Exhibition; and the Gotthelf’s Gallery in Vail, Colorado. Anthony’s work is in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Wheaton Museum of Glass, and the Rite Aid Corporate Office. He has operated an independent glass studio in Baltimore since 1981.
CSCE 326 Wheel Throwing 1.50 credits Sarah Barnes $645.00

Section A Meets 1/29/2018 to 4/23/2018 on Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

This class focuses on using the potter’s wheel to create a body of work. As students build and refine basic skills they may advance to larger and more complicated forms. For more advanced students, attachments, altering, and combining thrown forms are highlighted. Students will have the opportunity to explore various techniques for developing complex and interesting surfaces through various firing processes. This is a fast-paced class with an emphasis on form and function. It is intended for innovation, risk taking, and creative development, not for production. Beginners as well as more advanced students will be supported and challenged. This course is meant to open the MICA ceramics studio to the broader community and is not ideally designed for undergraduate or graduate students. No class on March 12 Prerequisites: For undergraduate students: CE 200 or CE 201; for graduate students: any previous CE course at MICA; for community members, staff: none.
Instructor: Sarah Barnes has been the MICA Ceramics Studio Manager and on the adjunct faculty since 1995. She specializes in wood fired, functionally based work. Sarah co-founded the MICA Art Market -- a venue that brings together staff, students, alumni and faculty to sell handmade art to the public.
CSDR 101 Learning to Draw 1.50 credits Eric Rutledge $645.00

Section A Meets 1/31/2018 to 4/25/2018 on Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 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 expressive mark-making. 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 14. Instructor: Eric Rutledge ’97 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting M.F.A.) specializes in figurative drawing and painting and exhibits along the east coast. He received his B.A. from the University of South Florida.
CSDR 217 The Artist as Naturalist: Drawing in Color at the Natural History Society of Maryland 1.50 credits David Little $645.00

Section A Meets 2/27/2018 to 5/1/2018 on Tuesday from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM.

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit,” wrote Emerson. Students in this course, which is suitable for all levels, use colored drawing media such as pencils, markers, watercolor pencils, and ink to draw specimens from the outstanding collection of the Natural History Society of Maryland, which includes beautiful gems, minerals, plants, fossils, seashells and coral, as well as preserved insects, butterflies and moths, reptiles, birds and mammals. On site at NHSM, participants embark on extended projects focused on different aspects of the collection, spending time to closely observe, study and render a variety of fascinating natural forms. Consideration will be given to properties of wet and dry media, mark-making, composition, and the incorporation of text. In addition, students learn how to observe the interaction of color in nature, organize a palette, and establish successful color relationships in their compositions, using layering and blending. Outside of class, students keep weekly nature journals to supplement their inquiry into the natural world. Instructor: David Little ’83 (General Fine Arts B.F.A.) is a recipient of the Henry Walter Travelling Fellowship, the Baltimore City Art Grant and the Maryland State Arts Council Grant. His artwork features figurative elements on a large scale using a variety of drawing media, including pastels.
CSPH 221 The Digital Darkroom 1.50 credits Heather Braxton $645.00

Section A Meets 2/17/2018 to 5/5/2018 on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

In this hands-on course, students learn to use their digital cameras through a variety of projects that help to develop technical and creative skills. Students work one-on-one with the instructor on field trips to local destinations to be announced. Critiques and slide lectures of historic photographs help students expand their personal vision and address elements of composition and technique. Note: No class on March 17 and March 31. Instructor: Heather Braxton ’16 (Photographic and Electronic Media M.F.A.) is a Baltimore-based media artist, whose work centers around boundaries through photographs, technology and installation. In addition to her M.F.A. from MICA, she holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University in photography, studio art and graphic design.
CSPH 350 Advanced Techniques in Digital Photography 1.50 credits Sara Hill $645.00

Section A Meets 2/13/2018 to 4/24/2018 on Tuesday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

This course will expand on your current knowledge of using a DSLR camera for image making as well as the post production techniques applied to digital images. Students will explore intermediate and advanced editing, retouching, and compositing image techniques in Adobe Photoshop to experiment with the full range of possibilities in manipulating digital images. In this course students will also experiment with non-traditional image making such as using scanners to produce images, digital pin-hole, and various other mediums. Students will also work to master advanced and alternative digital printing techniques as well as the techniques used to create a color managed workflow from screen to print. Through control of and experimentation with these techniques we will explore the practical and conceptual aspects of photography in the digital era. Note: No class on March 13. Instructor: Sara R. Hill ’15 (Photographic and Electronic Media M.F.A.) received her B.S. in photography from Middle Tennessee State University. Hill has exhibited throughout the United States and her work has been featured in various online galleries and publications. Hill currently works in the Photography Department at MICA.
CSPR 230 Monoprint/Monotype 1.50 credits Ursula Minervini $645.00

Section A Meets 2/12/2018 to 4/23/2018 on Monday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

Students use monoprint and monotype printmaking processes to create one-of-a-kind prints that may be painterly or graphic, colorful or monochromatic. Drawing inspiration from such artists as William Blake, Paul Gauguin and Edgar Degas, students explore a variety of techniques. The direct nature of the process lends itself to exploration and experimentation. Technical demonstrations and in-class exercises introduce students to the range of possibilities offered by this unique medium. Students also work independently, with regular group and individual critiques, to produce a thematic body of work. No class on March 12. Instructor: Ursula West Minervini ’05 (Printmaking B.F.A.) earned her M.F.A. from Towson University. She operates Pellinore Press, a letterpress and woodcut studio.
CSPT 201 Learning to Paint 1.50 credits Dorothy Valakos $645.00

Section A Meets 1/30/2018 to 4/24/2018 on Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 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). Note: No class on March 13.Instructor: Dorothy Valakos ’92 (Mount Royal School of Art M.F.A.) is a painter and mixed media artist who has exhibited widely throughout the region and is the past recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She has worked with diverse populations both as an instructor of fine arts and as a museum educator.
CSPT 203 Painting from the Figure 1.50 credits Duane Lutsko $645.00

Section A Meets 2/1/2018 to 4/26/2018 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

This course focuses on painting from the nude model. Working from life is rooted in long traditions of artistic practice. This course delves into the principle conventions and ongoing concerns of figure painting, such as light, composition, proportion, environment and narrative. Students will gain technical proficiency with materials and methods such as grounds and imprimaturas (underpaintings), grisaille, pigments and color mixing for achieving realistic skin tones, mediums, glazing and working alla prima . Readings, lectures, and slide presentations will investigate both historic and contemporary artists working with representational painting and the figure, in order to deepen students’ understanding and practice. Students will set portfolio goals that will be guided and assessed in instruction, discussions, critiques, and homework. No Class on March 15. Prerequisites: CSPT 201 (Learning to Paint) or equivalent experience. Instructor: Duane Lutsko paints the American landscape of the highway, industry and the unassuming imagery to which people generally turn a blind eye. His motif is the amalgamation of the hardware and paraphernalia, left in the wake of development, on the American landscape. He earned his M.F.A. in Painting from Brooklyn College, CUNY. He has exhibited widely, received numerous awards and has taught in Baltimore County Public Schools as well as at MICA.
NCDR 110 Open Studio Model Sessions 0.00 credits - TBA $230.00

Section A Meets 2/11/2018 to 4/29/2018 on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Section B Meets 2/13/2018 to 4/24/2018 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. 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 25 and April 1, and Section B will not meet on March 13.
NCFA 210 Collecting Art: Where to Begin? 0.00 credits - TBA $85.00

Section A Meets 4/21/2018 to 4/21/2018 on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This one day seminar is for individuals who have acquired the “art bug” and would like to learn more about art, and/or start a collection. The variety of topics include an overview of researching and approaching galleries and individual artists; framing and displaying artwork; insurance, conservation and appraisal of artwork; and getting to know the local art scene, arts organizations and publications. Various art professionals will discuss their particular field and a field trip will be made to a local collector in the Bolton Hill neighborhood.