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Continuing Studies: Drawing, Painting, and General Fine Arts Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSAR 232 Drawing on History: A Survey of Architecture through Sketch 2 credits Megan Elcrat $840

Section A Meets 1/22/2016 to 4/29/2016 on Friday from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

This survey of architectural history throughout Baltimore focuses primarily on sketching on-site with some classroom instruction. No previous drawing experience is required; beginners and experienced artists alike will develop technique and analytical skills through practice and a refined eye. Students will learn to view the built environment through the lens of its past. We will visit and examine both well known sites such as the Washington Monument and Peabody Library, as well as more obscure landscapes, interiors, buildings, and monuments.. Note: No class March 18.
CSDE 108 Design Fundamentals 1.5 credits Dorothy Valakos $630

Section A Meets 2/1/2016 to 4/25/2016 on Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

Students learn the basic principles of effective visual communication in two dimensions, preparing them for further work in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, and jewelry. Using both wet and dry media, students will investigate how to employ the formal elements of line, shape, value, color, texture, pattern, and space to achieve visual impact and communicate ideas. Working first in black and white, students subsequently learn to discern and coordinate a range of tonal grays, and begin to grasp the rudiments of three-dimensional illusion on a flat surface. Students will explore multiple ways of composing images using the principles of design: balance, proportion, emphasis, movement, pattern, repetition, rhythm, unity and variety. Note: No class on March 14.
CSFA 210 Art, Identity, and Activism 1.5 credits Stephen Towns $630

Section A Meets 2/4/2016 to 4/28/2016 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

Throughout American history, artists and designers have used their visual communication skills to explore complex and contested issues of identity within the larger sociopolitical context, and to ignite and inspire social change. Through slide lectures and discussions, students in this course will examine the history of race in America and learn about artists who have integrated ideas of racial and ethnic identity into their practice. Using the cultural lenses of the historic Black Power movement and the current Black Lives Matter movement, students will examine how contemporary visual artists and designers are redefining the concept of “blackness.” This course is suitable for beginner to advanced painting, drawing, and mixed-media artists. Those working in other media are encouraged to apply with the instructor’s permission. Note: No class March 17.
CSPR 201 Stone Lithography 1.5 credits Ursula Minervini $630

Section A Meets 2/1/2016 to 4/25/2016 on Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

Among printmaking techniques, lithography offers perhaps the most direct translation from traditional drawing and painting techniques to the creation of limited edition prints. Working on limestone, students first learn to prepare the printing matrix, then draw or paint onto the stone, and finally process and print their images. Students create a small series of prints guided by their own interests and drawing inspiration from artists including Toulouse Lautrec, Kathe Kollwitz, and Jasper Johns. This course is suitable for both beginning and advanced students. Note: No class on March 14.
CSPT 250 Painting II: Acrylics and Mixed Media 2 credits Dorothy Valakos $840

Section A Meets 1/20/2016 to 4/27/2016 on Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Students will extend the traditional materials of painting to incorporate aspects of collage and assemblage in a hybrid approach. Acrylic paint is a versatile medium that combines well with paper, cloth, wood, and other found materials. This course begins with an overview of the materials and techniques used in acrylic painting, then students discover how acrylic mediums may be sculpted, poured, or otherwise manipulated to achieve a variety of surface effects. Students experiment with adding found materials and objects of choice to their paintings to achieve an integrated whole. Prerequisite: CSPT 102 Learning to Paint or equivalent. Note: No class March 16.
NCDR 110 Open Studio Model Sessions 0 credits - TBA $105

Section A Meets 2/14/2016 to 5/1/2016 on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Section B Meets 2/16/2016 to 4/26/2016 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. Note: At least 25 students must enroll in each section for it to run. Section A will not meet on October 18 and November 29 and Section B will not meet on October 20.