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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSDR 101 Learning to Draw 1.50 credits Dorothy Valakos $645.00

Section A Meets 5/23/2017 12:00:00 AM to 6/22/2017 12:00:00 AM 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.
CSPT 103 Basic Watercolor 1.00 credit David Little $430.00

Section A Meets 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM to 7/12/2017 12:00:00 AM on Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 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 outon MICA's campus and its surroundings, students explore a range of subjects, from the still lifeand figure to simple landscapes and cityscapes, with increasing degrees of complexity. Emphasisis placed on building self-confidence with the medium and collecting a vocabulary of techniques to encourage advancement. Note: On the first day of class, students will need to bring one Windsor-Newton cotman pocket plus watercolor set with 12 pans and fine brush (if you don't get this set you will need a plastic palette); one Strathmore watercolor block 11"x15"; Watercolor brushes; one no. 5 round brush, one no. 20 oval wash; one roll of paper towels; a plastic water container( such as a clean yogurt container).
NCDR 110 Open Studio Model Sessions 0.00 credits - TBA $85.00

Section A Meets 6/4/2017 12:00:00 AM to 7/16/2017 12:00:00 AM on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Section B Meets 5/30/2017 12:00:00 AM to 7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM 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 B will not meet on July 4 and 18.
NCDR 219 Summer Landscape in Pastels 0.00 credits David Little $335.00

Section A Meets 6/3/2017 12:00:00 AM to 6/24/2017 12:00:00 AM 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 Rembrandt soft pastels 15 half-stick set, kneaded eraser, final eraser, Canson Mi-teintes pastel pad (assorted colors 9 x 12 inches), one can workable fixative and one black Conte crayon.
NCFA 300 Jumpstart Your Art 0.00 credits Deena Margolis $200.00

Section A Meets 7/8/2017 12:00:00 AM to 8/5/2017 12:00:00 AM 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 0.00 credits Deena Margolis $95.00

Section A Meets 6/10/2017 12:00:00 AM to 6/10/2017 12:00:00 AM 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. NOTE: 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.