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Basic Drawing & Beyond

  • OAK Campus
  • EXDRW-1500-01
  • Instructor: Sheila Metcalf-Tobin
  • Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 2-July 2
  • 10 sessions. $335. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

This introductory studio course focuses on the fundamentals of drawing, while exploring a variety of media, techniques, and subject matter from still life and landscape to the figure. Using traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, students develop an understanding of proportion, form, line, gesture, and tone. Through demonstrations, practice, and class discussion, participants also hone the verbal and analytical skill necessary to examine their work critically. This course is for anyone who wants to work on the basics of drawing, from beginners to those who want to get back to drawing with a renewed vision.

Bring to first class: 20” x 26” drawing board with clips, 18" x 24" Strathmore drawing pad (other brand fine but paper must be drawing quality), soft vine charcoal, compressed charcoal (Char-kole brand), white plastic eraser, sketchbook (any unlined notebook), pen/pencil, and a portfolio for transporting drawings.

Intro to Painting

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1500-01
  • Instructor: Jon Stich
  • Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 2-July 2
  • 10 sessions. $335. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

This course is designed for beginners and those who have minimal painting experience. Students learn a variety of techniques, essential color mixing, glazing methods, compositional basics, and more, while exploring a wide range of subject matter, including still life, portraiture, abstraction, and the model. Individual critiques, and group discussions supplement the studio experience. The course emphasizes learning different techniques to assist in developing a personal painting style.

Bring to first class: one preprimed canvas boards 16" x 20" or larger, acrylic or oil paint in 5oz. tubes (Golden or Liquitex preferred Brand) titanium white, cadmium yellow medium, phthalo blue (green shade), cadmium red medium.

Palette tray (11"x15") – flat bottom, not a segmented tray, several brush sizes - Robert Simmons 14 Round, 8 Round, 4 Round, 8/0 Round, Princeton Art Brush Co 8 Round, 2 Round, 0 Round, flat brush at least 1 in. wide, a few jars, and rags.

(Optional) Palette knife, disposable gloves, painting smock, if working in oils, bring odorless mineral spirits, Gamsol prefered. NO Turpenoid, which is quite toxic, as is Turpenoid "natural".

Exploring Watercolor

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1400-01
  • Instructor: Lynn Sondag
  • Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., July 26 & August 2
  • 2 sessions. $140. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

This course is designed for individuals who are new to watercolor or those who have some experience and would like to further develop their skills. In addition to learning basic applications, participants work with specialized techniques and more experimental approaches such as resist, wet into wet, and dry brush. Students work from a wide range of subject matter.

Bring to first class: one sheet of 140-lb. paper (hot or cold press), small watercolor tubes (ultramarine, cerulean blue, cadmium red medium, permanent rose, cadmium yellow medium, lemon yellow, viridian, burnt sienna, and ivory black), #6 and #12 “round” brushes, 3H pencil.

Intermediate/Advanced Painting

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPNT-1401-01
  • Instructor: Merl Ross
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 28-August 2 (no class July 5)
  • 5 sessions. $170. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Intro to Painting or equivalent experience

Intended for those students who have completed an introduction to painting course and wish to further develop their visual explorations using acrylic or oil paint. A variety of themes are explored, some through direct observation, others drawing upon imagination. Emphasis is given to developing a personal vision. Individual feedback and group critiques assist students to examine the properties of color and its application, along with other technical concerns.

Bring to first class: several brushes, a few jars, rags, a preprimed canvas (at least 16" x 20"), palette paper , palette knife, acrylic or oil paints (titanium white, mars black, cadmium yellow light hue or lemon yellow, hansa yellow medium, cadmium red medium hue or napthol red, quinacridone violet, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue). If working in oils, bring odorless mineral spirits, Galkyd, or linseed oil.

Painting: Abstraction

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1516-01
  • Instructor: Patrick Dintino
  • Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 2-July 2
  • 10 sessions. $335. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

Abstract painting has been with us for over a century. Where do we go from here? This course explores the challenge of creating truly original abstract work as it relates to current times. The development of a unique approach is emphasized while the creation of a process for experimentation is intensified. Both source material and internal inspirations are used.

Practical information for presentation is provided as well as strategies on navigating through the art world. Confidence building and critical analysis included. No prerequisite necessary except a desire to create abstractions.

Bring to first class: two preprimed canvas boards 18" x 24", acrylic or oil paints (black, white, yellow, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, alizarin crimson and cadmium red), palette knife, palette paper, several brush sizes, a few jars, rags; if working in oils, bring odorless mineral spirits and linseed oil.

Painting: Your Body of Work

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1515-01
  • Instructor: Patrick Dintino
  • Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., July 14-August 13
  • 10 sessions. $335. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

This course is designed to help painters develop their voice through a body of work, focusing on expanding their unique process, while discussing the implications of creating significant artwork in contemporary society. The class emphasizes the use of practical tools for establishing your aesthetic and demystifies the intricacies of operating in the art world. The course includes exercises for continuing a committed painting practice, as well as enhancing your ability to speak eloquently about your art. No prerequisite necessary except a desire to create.

Bring to first class: two preprimed canvas boards 18" x 24", acrylic or oil paints (black, white, yellow, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, alizarin crimson and cadmium red), palette knife, palette paper, several brush sizes, a few jars, rags; if working in oils, bring odorless mineral spirits and linseed oil.

Expanding Painting Through Color & Practice

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1510-01
  • Instructor: Mel Prest
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m., June 7-28
  • 4 sessions. $275. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: prior painting class or painting experience

In this four-day immersive workshop, participants choose a single image or composition to explore in depth. Each session includes in-class demos using acrylic, gouache, or collage for color exercises; mid-day slide/ video viewing and time for group discussion and lunch together (bring your own); and afternoon painting studio with individual feedback. Students engage in exercises that develop and expand a color palette to enhance, encourage, or otherwise affect a mood or feeling within a painting. The class is appropriate for painters who wish to balance their time between learning new techniques and making ongoing work. The studio is suitable for all painting media, although the class exercises will be done specifically in acrylic or gouache.

Bring to first class: all the materials you normally use in your regular painting practice, plus watercolor paper notebook (14x18" minimum size), ruler, pencil, eraser and artists' tape, magazines for collage, glue, brushes appropriate for gouache or acrylic paint, acrylic OR gouache in following colors: Zinc white, Titanium white, Cadmium Red Medium (hue), Quinacridone Magenta or Permanent Magenta, Cadmium Yellow Medium (Hue), Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Zinc or Hansa or Lemon Yellow

Intro to Jewelry Design

  • OAK Campus
  • EXMTL-1500-01
  • Instructor: Marshall Dalva
  • Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 3-August 5
  • 10 sessions. $335; $25 lab fee payable at registration; $35 materials fee payable to instructor at first session. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

This course explores basic metalsmithing and jewelry processes. Participants are introduced to various techniques for cutting metal, methods of joinery, soldering, forming, fabrication, and various means of surface treatment.

Students may work with copper, brass, or sterling silver as they create jewelry or other small forms.

Tool kit deposit: each student is required to submit a check in the amount of $140, payable to CCA, at the first session. Checks will be returned to students on the last day of class upon the return of tool kits. Materials fee covers some copper, silver, and additional supplies.

Download the materials list for Intro to Jewelry Design.

Alchemy: A Casting Intensive

  • OAK Campus
  • EXSCU-1300-01
  • Instructor: John Poole
  • Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., July 19-20
  • 2 sessions. $195; $40 lab fee payable at registration. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

In this rigorous introduction to a wide variety of moldmaking and casting methods, participants receive instruction in quick-setting, detail-capturing silicone and latex rubber molds, plaster-piece molds, alginate molds, and moldmaking directly from the body, along with an overview of casting methods for materials such as wax, plaster, paper, latex, soap, and clay. Participants may choose to generate their own sculptures through experimentation with these materials and processes or they may bring pre-existing sculptures or found objects to transform into new materials. The emphasis of this class is on creating samples and learning a variety of new techniques, not on completing a finished product.

Lab fee covers some rubber, plaster, cement, plastic, wax, and other miscellaneous supplies

Metal Casting

  • OAK Campus
  • EXSCU-1500-01
  • Instructor: John Poole
  • Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 21-25
  • 5 sessions. $350; $80 lab fee payable at registration.
  • Noncredit. Prerequisite: none

This course explores the process of casting. While focusing on traditional bronze/aluminum casting using the investment and sand processes, students also investigate nontraditional methods and materials. Participants learn direct working of wax and mold making (plaster and rubber), as well as metalworking techniques (TIG welding and chasing) through the final patination of finished metal pieces. This course is ideal for people interested in casting for the first time as well as those who are more experienced.

Materials fee covers wax, plaster, and sand. Cost of bronze/aluminum extra.

Wheel Throwing:  Above and Beyond the Mug

  • OAK Campus
  • EXCER-1503-01
  • Instructor: Craig Petey
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 17th-July 24th
  • 12 sessions. $335; $15 lab fee payable at registration. Noncredit. 
  • Prerequisite: Introductory wheel throwing class(es)

Enrollment limit: 8 students; one student per electric pottery wheel. Students will have at least sixteen hours of access to the ceramics studio outside of class time, exact times to be determined during the first week of class.

Suitable for beginning and advanced students alike, this course is designed to promote individual expression and ideas while gaining an understanding of the nature of clay and the ceramic process. Wheel-throwing, glazing techniques, and firing methods provide insight into one's own artistic perspective.  By looking at examples of both historical and contemporary work, students are encouraged to experiment in creating pieces such as bowls, mugs, plates, and vases that operate beyond the solely functional. 

Class sessions are divided between demonstration, theory, and application. Meeting for a total of 12 sessions, the class has four built-in review/work days with the instructor or teaching assistant present to answer any questions. The last day is for picking up your work and cleaning out your cubby.

Lab fee covers materials for making ceramic glazes. Bring to first class: Beginning students should purchase a basic wheel throwing tool kit.  Experienced students should come prepared with their preferred tools.  Clay can be purchased from CCA's Ceramics department at $10/bag.

Bring to first class: Beginning students will be provided with tools the first day of class and will be given a list of  tools to buy for the second class (approximate cost: $10. Experienced students should come with their preferred tools. Clay may be purchased from CCA's Ceramics department for $10/bag. Students need to bring a checkbook to class in order to purchase clay.

Photographing Your Artwork

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPHO-1200-01
  • Instructor: Douglas Sandberg
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., June 21
  • 1 session. $85. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

This workshop is designed to teach students how to make high-quality digital captures and slides of their artwork. Topics covered include choosing equipment, judging proper exposure, working with the lab, photographing two- and three-dimensional work (including context), documenting a show or installation, digital capture, and mounting and masking slides. Students are encouraged to bring a piece of artwork (two- or three-dimensional) for demonstrations.

Equipment and cameras will be provided for the demonstrations, but students may also bring in equipment they have questions about. Bring a USB device to capture images done in class.

Studio Photography Workshop

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPHO-1200-02
  • Instructor: Douglas Sandberg
  • Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m, August 9-10
  • 2 sessions. $140. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

Photographing in a studio allows you to control and manipulate light and perspective in ways that create arresting imagery. In this lively workshop students view examples of extraordinary lighting then learn how to achieve the same effect in simple and cost-effective ways.

Hands-on demonstrations cover photographing people and objects, film and digital photography, and studio gear options and backgrounds. Results are seen instantaneously in studio digital capture. Students leave with a basic knowledge of studio equipment and studio lighting techniques, as well as information on how to set up a home studio.

Equipment and cameras will be provided for the demonstrations, but students may also bring in equipment they have questions about. Bring a USB device to capture images done in class. For the second day, bring an object that you would like to photograph in a studio lighting situation.