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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
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.
NCPD 112 Creative Marketplace: If I Make It, Will They Come? 0.00 credits - TBA $75.00

Section A Meets 7/8/2017 12:00:00 AM to 7/8/2017 12:00:00 AM on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

In today’s booming enterprise economy and tech-savvy environment, businesses are popping up everywhere. However, not all will survive and it is often due to lack of market research. This course will lead students through crucial questions to ask when considering whether to start a business and how to find the answers to determine if there is even a viable product or service before making the leap. Students will be introduced to tools and practices that explore how to research for market viability; develop a value proposition for a product or service; determine customer segments; and understand entities and how to register a business.
NCPD 113 Creative Marketplace: Finding Your Niche with Storytelling 0.00 credits - TBA $75.00

Section A Meets 6/17/2017 12:00:00 AM to 6/17/2017 12:00:00 AM on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Storytelling is a great way to connect with your customers, but you cannot be everything to everyone. Your story needs to connect your customers to your bottom line. In this half-day workshop, attendees will explore the art of storytelling in small business and how to develop an authentic story that communicates your brand and connects to customers’ purchasing decisions and brand loyalty.
NCPD 209 Introduction to Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign 0.00 credits Kenneth Morgan $200.00

Section A Meets 7/6/2017 12:00:00 AM to 7/27/2017 12:00:00 AM on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

This introductory seminar exposes students to the three applications widely used by professionals today in Photography, Illustration, Graphic design, Technical drawing, Animation and Motion Graphics. Various kinds of artists can take this seminar to better understand the best practices for: basic preferences, color settings, printing, digital output and simple tips helpful in using the Creative Suite. This course is an overview of the capabilities of the software and requires no prior use. Prerequisite: basic computer experience Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class.
NCPD 212 Illustrator 0.00 credits Kenneth Morgan $340.00

Section A Meets 6/10/2017 12:00:00 AM to 7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This seminar will introduce beginning students to the vector-based application widely used by professionals today in illustration, graphic design, technical drawing, animation and motion graphics. Learn the basics: how to set up art boards, draw shapes and lines, use the pen tool and work with color and gradients, fills, strokes and type effects. Best practices will be covered in working, managing and saving and exporting Illustrator files. Prerequisite: basic computer experience Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class.
NCPD 215 InDesign for Print 0.00 credits Patricia Moore $170.00

Section A Meets 6/24/2017 12:00:00 AM to 7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This introductory seminar examines the capabilities of this popular document and design program, covering how to create designs for print. Students will create brochures, business cards, and traditional promotional materials. Print production and specs for the Printing Industry will be also covered. Students will learn through lecture, assignments in class with critique and homework. Prerequisite: basic computer experience and typing skills Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class.
NCPD 216 InDesign for Web 0.00 credits Patricia Moore $170.00

Section A Meets 7/8/2017 12:00:00 AM to 7/15/2017 12:00:00 AM on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This seminar will focus on using InDesign to specifically create interactive documents. Creation of documents such as mobile ads, PDFs, emails and forms for tablet and screen will be explored. This course is perfect for those who are familiar with using InDesign for print and would like to further explore it’s capabilities for the digital space. Students will learn through lecture, assignments in class with critique and homework. Prerequisite: basic computer experience and typing skills Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class.
NCPD 217 Introduction to UX 0.00 credits Glennette Clark $95.00

Section A Meets 7/22/2017 12:00:00 AM to 7/29/2017 12:00:00 AM on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

This class offers an introduction to the principles of user experience (UX) vital in today’s tech-focused marketplace. Students learn the basics of creating prototypes, wireframes and mockups, as well as basics of job estimation, resource allocation and project management. These two days are a sneak peek for newcomers into the dynamic nature of UX design today. All levels welcome.
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.