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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSDR 101 Learning to Draw 1.5 credits Dorothy Valakos $645

Section A Meets 5/23/2017 to 6/22/2017 on Tuesday,Thursday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 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 November 24.
CSPH 315 Setting the Scene: Staged Photography 1.5 credits Nicholas Simko $645

Section A Meets 5/24/2017 to 7/12/2017 on Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Though the discovery of photography was largely fueled by a desire to objectively capture visible reality, it has equally been a methodology in which to manifest manifold imagined worlds of the photographer's own invention. As a relatively new medium, less than two hundred years old, photography has produced countless artists who exploit both its possibilities and limitations in order to represent our dreams while also challenging the power of the photograph as a "fact." These image-makers go to great lengths to enchant, deceive, inspire, and fool their audience, using tactics sourced from theater, film-making, literature, and even by reiterating the very history of art itself. As our contemporary age is governed by a seemingly endless configuration of images, it is now more than ever that we must examine how these constructed photographic narratives shape our world and ourselves. This course will cover strategies and ideas relating to staged photography. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of artists who have employed an element of fiction, narrative, drama and/or myth into their photographic practice. Through the consideration of historical and contemporary sources, students will be required to develop their own concepts resulting in a cohesive body of work. In order to realize these final projects the coursework will also cover the multifaceted processes of "building" a photographic image including storyboarding, studio lighting, digital imaging techniques, print production and more. Prerequisites: PH 262 Digital Photography I or an instructor-approved portfolio demonstrating intermediate basic of digital photography, camera settings, post-production, and digital printing. Required materials: DSLR Camera of at least 8 megapixels (MP)
CSPH 370 "Queer" Photography:Definitions, Dissonances, Departures 1.5 credits Nicholas Simko $645

Section A Meets 5/25/2017 to 7/13/2017 on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

What does it mean to be a “queer” photographer? This term is certainly a loaded one, especially when entangled with the image-maker’s pivotal role in re-presenting themselves and others. The term "queer" is used by some photographers today to contextualize their practice (for purposes such as political intention, subject matter, methodology, etc.) Simultaneously some photographers epitomize “queer”-ness in their work through strategies of purposeful ambiguity and definitional transgression by never allowing the term to come to the fore at all. As we move forward in a cultural climate of national and individual identity emergency (that is, a situation in which "emergence" can occur), this course will aim to expand upon the myriad definitions of what "queer" photography might be. “Queer Photography: Definitions, Dissonances, and Departures” will feature several thematic assignments informed by queer theory readings, in-class discussions, written response, and studio critique. The course will culminate in a self-directed final project that explores the methods in which artists seek out and discover unaccounted-for sites of radical reinvention in the context of their photographic practice. Prerequisites: Intermediate knowledge of digital photography, camera settings, post-production, and digital printing is preferred. Required materials: DSLR Camera of at least 8 megapixels (MP)
CSPT 103 Basic Watercolor 1 credit David Little $430

Section A Meets 5/24/2017 to 7/12/2017 on 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 this versatile 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 on MICA's campus and its surroundings, students explore a range of subjects, from the still life and figure to simple landscapes and cityscapes, 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: No class on June 6.
CSPT 217 Narrative Painting 1.5 credits - TBA $645

Section A Meets 5/23/2017 to 7/11/2017 on Tuesday,Thursday from 6:15 PM to 9:45 PM.

This course is designed for the artist who wants to develop the narrative voice that may be nascent in his or her work and find a suitable mode of storytelling through the use of painted images. Working through various modes of painting - from personal expression to social commentary - and collecting images from numerous and diverse sources, we will build a vocabulary for the painted narrative. In class we will start with student generated set-ups, landscape and figure studies. We will work on ways to combine these varied elements from life and explore the place of process media (e.g., print, video and computer-generated images) in this overall fusion. We will look at the changing role of representation and narrative in the history of painting and explore the techniques, subjects and formats of contemporary artists such as Neo Rausch and the New Leipzig painters, David Salle, Mark Tansey, Mamma Andersson, and others. The class will work through this broad range of subject matter with the aim of fostering an individual mode of expression, be it ambiguous or disjunctive realism, implied, hybrid or fractured narrative, or invented and fantastical scenarios.
NCDR 110 Open Studio Model Sessions 0 credits - TBA $85

Section A Meets 6/4/2017 to 7/16/2017 on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Section B Meets 5/30/2017 to 7/25/2017 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 March 19, March 26, and April 16; Section B will not meet on March 14.
NCDR 219 Summer Landscape in Pastels 0 credits David Little $335

Section A Meets 6/3/2017 to 6/24/2017 on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

This workshop, designed for both beginner and intermediate students, explores the rewards and challenges of painting with pastels en plein air. Students will learn to swiftly capture the shifting quality of natural light using this versatile and expressive medium, which combines rich, pure pigment with the directness and spontaneity of drawing. From the grounds of MICA’s campus to the botanical gardens and woodland paths of Cylburn Arboretum and the gently rolling fields of Cromwell Valley Park, students will hone their skills in composition, linear and atmospheric perspective, tone, color, mark-making and layering. Students will also gain exposure to working on different supports, including toned paper, canvas and sandpaper. Informative demonstrations, one-on-one instruction and group critiques will take place every session to support individual progress. Note: On the first day of class students will need to bring a Strathmore (or other brand) pad with assorted colors of 18'' x 24''pastel paper, a drawing board, a box of soft vine charcoal, a kneaded eraser and one can workable fixative.
NCFA 300 Jumpstart Your Art 0 credits Deena Margolis $200

Section A Meets 7/8/2017 to 7/29/2017 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Feeling rusty, scared or uninspired? Hoping to “jumpstart” your creative process? In this mixed-media workshop, students will respond to a variety of prompts, challenges and games designed to stimulate the imagination and loosen up the flow of ideas. Working primarily on paper, using both black-and-white and colored drawing media and collage, students will investigate ways to generate themes and imagery for further development. A fun, encouraging and non-judgmental atmosphere will facilitate risk-taking and experimentation.
NCPT 225 Painterly Print 0 credits Deena Margolis $95

Section A Meets 6/10/2017 to 6/10/2017 on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Learn how to make monotypes, or one-of-a-kind prints, using acrylic paints and collage on special gel plates. Combining the techniques of painting, drawing and printmaking, the acrylic monotype’s appeal lies in its spontaneity and flexibility and does not require the use of a printing press. It yields images with rich textural and translucent effects and a surface unlike that of any other medium. Students will begin by making their own gelatin plate, then experiment with techniques for developing imagery, using both additive and subtractive processes such as painting, drawing, stamping, stenciling and collage. As they gain comfort with the monotype process, students will have the option of exploring a range of subjects, including the still life, the figure, and abstraction, and of combining observed and invented imagery in interesting ways. A fee of $20 will cover materials provided by the instructor. Students will need to purchase additional supplies; some are optional. A supply list will be distributed at the first class meeting.