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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSCE 326 Wheel Throwing 1.50 credits Joshua Hebbert $645.00

Section A Meets 9/18/2017 to 12/11/2017 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 202 Focus on the Figure 1.50 credits Eric Rutledge $645.00

Section A Meets 9/27/2017 to 12/6/2017 on Wednesday from 6:15 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.Note: Students should brin an 18"x 24" newsprint pad (rough), very-soft and soft vine charcoal, and a large kneaded eraser to the first class meeting. No class on November 22.
CSDR 207 Pastels 1.50 credits David Little $645.00

Section A Meets 9/28/2017 to 12/7/2017 on Thursday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

This course introduces the materials and techniques of pastel painting- combining the pure, rich color of paint with the directness and spontaneity of drawing- along with related media such as conte crayon and gouache. Subjects include still life, portraiture and landscape. Consideration will be given to the effective and expressive use of color, ranging from bold and brilliant to subtle and subdued. Note: On the first day of class, students should bring a set of 15 (or more) soft/chalk pastels (Rembrandt brand is recommended), an 18" x 24" pad with assorted colors of pastel papers, two conte crayons in Sanguine Medici color and a kneaded eraser. No class on November 23.
CSPH 244 Alternative Photo Processes with Digital Technology 1.50 credits Sara Hill $645.00

Section A Meets 9/28/2017 to 12/7/2017 on Thursday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM.

In this course students will explore various alternative photographic processes with the adaptation of digital photographic methods. This course will facilitate a merger between historic processes such as Silver Gelatin, Cyanotype, and Van Dyke Brown printing methods with digital image capture and digital negative production. Students will also experiment with alternative image capture methods such as Pin-hole cameras, Photograms, and various non-traditional sources of digital image making. Lectures, class discussions, and visual presentations will help students to expand their knowledge of Photographic History as well as advancements of new technology and methods in Photography. This course will allow for students to pursue alternative ways of making and thinking about photographic images. Note: No class November 23.
CSPR 231 Etching in Color: Independent Directions 1.50 credits Ursula Minervini $645.00

Section A Meets 9/14/2017 to 12/7/2017 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

The etching medium allows artists to create effects from soft, almost imperceptible tones to deeply gouged lines. Students work with multiple zinc or copper printing plates and inks, and learn a range of etching techniques including line etching, aquatint, soft ground, and drypoint. Frequent group critiques give students the opportunity to learn from each other as they explore technical concerns and delve into the content and meaning of their prints. For beginner or advanced students. Note: No class November 23.
CSPT 250 Painting II: Acrylics and Mixed Media 1.50 credits Dorothy Valakos $645.00

Section A Meets 9/18/2017 to 12/11/2017 on Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

Robert Rauschenberg famously remarked, “There is no reason not to consider the world one gigantic painting.” Students in this course extend the traditional materials of painting in a hybrid approach that incorporates aspects of collage and assemblage. Acrylic paint is a versatile medium that combines well with many others, including paper, cloth, wood and other found materials, allowing layers of color, texture, association and meaning to accrue in the finished work. This course begins with an overview of the materials and techniques used in acrylic painting. Students discover how acrylic mediums may be sculpted, poured or otherwise manipulated to achieve a variety of surface effects. They then experiment with adding a variety of found materials and objects of choice to their paintings to achieve an integrated whole. Slide lectures, individual and group critiques round out the course. Prerequisite: Learning to Paint (CSPT 102A) or equivalent. Note: No class October 16
NCDR 110 Open Studio Model Sessions 0.00 credits - TBA $230.00

Section A Meets 9/24/2017 to 12/10/2017 on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Section B Meets 9/26/2017 to 12/5/2017 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 October 15 and November 26 and Section B will not meet on October 17.