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Basic Drawing & Beyond

  • OAK Campus
  • EXDRW-1500-01
  • Instructor: Lisa Rybovich Crallé
  • Thursday, 6:45-9:45 p.m., February 6-April 17 (no class March 13)
  • 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.

Drawn to Abstraction

  • SF Campus
  • EXDRW-1507-01
  • Instructor: Mel Prest
  • Wednesday. 7:15-10 p.m., February 5-April 9
  • 10 sessions. $315. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: drawing and/or painting experience.

This course invites students to explore working from representation into abstraction through a series of specific assignments, process oriented exercises and experiments in collaboration. Conceptual, formal, and process-oriented approaches to both subject matter and drawing itself are explored. Students keep a journal/sketchbook, view slides, and have work time in each class. Nontoxic and water-based materials are used, which may include, but are not limited to: charcoal, collage, gouache, graphite, ink, etc. This class also includes casual critiques, demonstrations, a visit by an artist or critic, and brief reading and writing assignments.

Bring to first class: 12 in. x 18 in. drawing pad, vine charcoal, erasers, ink, and brushes or pens.

Intro to Painting

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPNT-1500-01
  • Instructor: Patrick Dintino
  • Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., February 9-April 13
  • 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, including alla prima, glazing, scumbling, and impasto, 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: two preprimed canvas boards 16" x 20" or larger, acrylic or oil paint in 5oz. tubes (black, white, cadmium yellow medium, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue,and cadmium red medium, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson (or magenta). Some preferred brands include Golden, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Sennelier, Lascaux, Gamblin, Old Holland. Palette knife, disposable gloves, painting smock, palette paper or plastic tray, several brush sizes, a few jars, rags; if working in oils, bring odorless mineral spirits, Gamsol prefered. NO Turpenoid, which is quite toxic, as is Turpenoid "natural".

Intermediate/Advanced Painting

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPNT-1401-01
  • Instructor: Merl Ross
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., February 1-March 29
  • 9 sessions. $300. 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.

The Series

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1506-01 
  • Instructor: Mel Prest
  • Tuesday, 6:45-9:45 p.m., February 4-April 8
  • 10 sessions. $335. 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 are encouraged to 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.

Drawing into Painting

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPNT-1514-01
  • Instructor: Melisse Herman
  • Tuesday, 6:45-9:45 p.m., February 4-April 8
  • 10 sessions. $335. 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.

Painting: Abstraction

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1516-01
  • Instructor: Patrick Dintino
  • Monday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., February 3-April 7
  • 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.

Portraiture Unveiled

  • SF Campus
  • EXPNT-1517-01
  • Instructor: Jon Stich
  • Thursday, 6:30-9:30 pm. Feb. 6-April 10
  • 10 sessions. $360. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: at least one previous drawing course.

This class focuses on drawing and painting portraits in traditional illustrative styles. Primarily using pen, pencil, and acrylic, students work from both photographs and live models. Participants dive into some basic anatomy as well as learn how to develop their images by adding elements from the subject's surroundings to indicate personality and creating background and other environmental elements that enhance the finished painting. Most classes begin with an instructor demonstration. Both illustrators and fine artists welcome.

Bring to first class: Graphite pencils (HB, 2B, 4B), Sketchbook (8.5x11), Factis extra soft eraser, Staedtler pencil sharpener, Micron pens (size 005, 01, 05), 14” x 17” pad of bristol paper (vellum surface)

Acrylic paint supplies: Tubes of Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Pthalo Blue (green shade), Titanium White, Brushes – 14 round, 8 Round, 4 round, 2 Round, one flat brush at least 1.5 inch wide, palette tray (11x15) – not a segmented tray, plastic cup or glass jar (for brush cleaning, something you don’t treasure) Matte Medium (8oz, Golden Acrylics brand, comes in a plastic jar), Retarder (8oz, Golden Acrylics Brand), Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin, 8oz Golden Acrylics Brand)

Drawing and Painting the Nude

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPNT-1518-01
  • Instructor: Jon Stich
  • Monday, 6:30-9:30 pm. Feb. 3-April 7
  • 10 sessions. $360. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: at least one previous drawing course

Studying from masters and live models, this course teaches students how to render the human form through drawing and/or painting. The class looks at the figure anatomically, studies it in motion, and learns how the form can be used to enhance an illustration. Participants study dynamic poses from illustrations and photographs used in books, films, posters, and ads, exploring the way poses can communicate action and drama. Most classes begin with instructor demonstrations. Both illustrators and fine artists welcome.

Bring to first class: Graphite pencils (HB, 2B, 4B), 18”x24” or larger newsprint drawing pad, Masonite drawing board, Lithography crayon (stick/block form preferable to pencil form), Black and white charcoal pencils, Kneaded eraser, Factis extra soft eraser, Staedtler pencil sharpener, Krylon Workable Fixitive (Spray Can)

Acrylic paint supplies: Tubes of Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Pthalo Blue (green shade), Titanium White, Brushes – 14 round, 8 Round, 4 round, 2 Round, one flat brush at least 1.5 inch wide, palette tray (11x15) – not a segmented tray, plastic cup or glass jar (for brush cleaning, something you don’t treasure) Matte Medium (8oz, Golden Acrylics brand, comes in a plastic jar), Retarder (8oz, Golden Acrylics Brand), Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin, 8oz Golden Acrylics Brand)

Intro to Jewelry Design

  • OAK Campus
  • EXMTL-1500-01
  • Instructor: Marshall Dalva
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., February 8-April 12
  • 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.

Studio Photography Workshop

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPHO-1200-02
  • Instructor: Douglas Sandberg
  • Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m, February 22 & 23
  • 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.

Photographing Your Artwork

  • OAK Campus
  • EXPHO-1200-01
  • Instructor: Douglas Sandberg
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., February 8
  • 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.