Fine Arts

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Basic Drawing & Beyond

  • OAK Campus
  • EXDRW-1500-01
  • Instructor: Sarah Thibault
  • Wednesday, 7:15-10 p.m., October 7-December 16 (no class November 25)
  • 10 sessions. $345. 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 appropriate for beginners and those wishing to further develop their drawing skills.

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

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPNT-1500-01
  • Instructor: James Sterling Pitt
  • Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., October 1-December 10 (no class November 26)
  • 10 sessions. $345. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

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

Bring to first class: canvas pad (preferred) or one preprimed canvas boards 16" x 20" or larger, acrylic paint in 5oz. tubes (black, white, cadmium yellow medium, lemon yellow (or light hansa Yellow),  yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson (or magenta), burnt sienna and raw umber. Some preferred brands include Golden, Liquitex, Blick Studio, Utrecht Studio. Matte Medium, Palette knife, color wheel, disposable gloves (optional), painting smock, palette paper or plastic tray, several brush sizes, a few jars, rags, an HB graphite pencil, HB charcoal pencil  and a sketchbook. It might be easiest for transport of materials to purchase a tool box to carry items in.

Intermediate/Advanced Painting

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPNT-1401-01
  • Instructor: Merl Ross
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., October 3-December 5 (no class November 28)
  • 9 sessions. $315. 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.

Drawing into Painting

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPNT-1514-01
  • Instructor: Melisse Herman
  • Monday, 7:15-10 p.m., October 5-December 14 (no class October 12)
  • 10 sessions. $345. Noncredit.
  • Prerequisite: none

This workshop involves the drawing components of painting. Students explore the relationships between drawing and painting, including drawing as a preparation for painting, sketchbook idea development, and the translation of drawing into painting. The focus of the course is on the basic principles of form and content. Students may work in oils or acrylics and are encouraged to develop their own style. Both beginners and veterans are welcome.

Bring to first class: example of previous work if applicable, one painting support (canvas, wood, etc.), paints, brushes, palette, rags, jars or cans, sketchbook or drawing pad, assortment of drawing media.

The Series

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1506-01
  • Instructor: Mel Prest
  • Tuesday, 6:45-9:45 p.m., October 6-December 8
  • 10 sessions. $345. Noncredit. Prerequisite: Introduction to Painting or equivalent experience

Many artists choose to work in a series to hone and explore an idea beyond its initial glimmer. The Series focuses on painting a chosen subject again and again to create a body of work. In the first session, students choose a subject (self-portrait, still life, photographs, landscape, etc.) that will be their topic for the semester. Participants begin by developing a list of personal goals for the course, providing a personal structure. Students also write an artist statement that defines the work and keep a painting journal to help document the growth of their ideas, which allows them to see each painting as a step in the creative process.

Each session includes studio time for painting and may also include critique, slide viewing, writing, a field trip, or time with a visiting artist. The goal of the class is to see works not only as individual paintings but also as part of a larger creative practice.

*Bring to first class: sketchbook, writing/drawing tools, your own painting materials, ideas and sources for subject matter.*

Painting: Abstraction

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1516-01
  • Instructor: Patrick Dintino
  • Tuesday, 7:15-10pm p.m., October 6-December 8 
  • 10 sessions. $345. 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.

Intro to Jewelry Design

  • OAK Campus
  • EXMTL-1500-01
  • Instructor: Marshall Dalva
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., October 3-December 12 (no class November 28)
  • 10 sessions. $345; $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 Intro to Jewelry Design materials list