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Special Summer 2015 Glass Workshop

New Surface: Wheel Cutting and Engraving with Ethan Stern

OAK Campus
Instructor: Ethan Stern
Monday-Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 1-3
3 Sessions. $480. Noncredit
Prerequisite: None, but some cold working experience recommended.

This workshop explores texture, color, surface, and form through engraving and carving glass. Participants investigate carving techniques using various tools including glass cutting and engraving lathes that allow for new approaches to sculpting in the cold shop. Techniques born from tradition are used in new ways, illustrating a wide range of possibilities with cold work. These include cutting with diamond wheels, as well as dressing and cutting with stone wheels. Students are encouraged to bring “blanks” to experiment on in the studio.
Students should bring rubber boots to wear while grinding and safety glasses.
About the Instructor
Ethan Stern earned his Associates degree in Ceramics at TAFE College in Brisbane Australia and his BFA in Sculpture and Glass from Alfred University. His work is widely exhibited and is currently featured in the collections of The Eboltoft Glass Museum in Denmark, The Museum of American Glass in New Jersey, and The Palm Springs Art Museum in California. Stern has taught sculpture in glass at the University of Washington, Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center, The Penland School of Craft and the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Basic Drawing & Beyond

OAK Campus
Instructor: Lisa Rybovich Crallé
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 2-July 2
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
Instructor: Serena Cole
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:45-9:45 p.m., June 2-July 2
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, including alla prima, glazing, scumbling, and impasto, while exploring a wide range of subject matter, including still life, portraiture, abstraction, and the model. With a focus on color, students will work from life as well as from photographic sources. 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 (preferred) 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 preferred. NO Turpenoid, which is quite toxic, as is Turpenoid "natural".

Figure Painting

SF Campus
Instructor: Jon Stich
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., July 13-August 12
10 sessions. $345; $20 lab fee payable at registration. Noncredit
Prerequisite: Intro to Painting or equivalent experience

This course focuses on painting the human form in its many dynamic states. With a model to study from each session, students create a series of works ranging from quick sketches to completed paintings, learning all the in-between steps to transition from a drawing to a painting. Frequent demos introduce students to painting techniques, human anatomy, and color mixing, as well as how to translate color into value. Any prior figure drawing experience is encouraged, but not necessary, as all are welcome to explore and experiment!

Bring to first class: 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). Retarder (8oz, Golden Acrylics Brand). Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin, 8oz Golden Acrylics Brand). Sketchbook with paper ideal for water media (9x12 or larger). Canvas Panels, Stretched canvas, or Wood Panels (11x14 or larger) Bring one to 1st class 

Intermediate/Advanced Painting

OAK Campus
Instructor: Merl Ross
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 11-August 8
5 sessions. $180. 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
Instructor: Mel Prest
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:45-9:45 p.m., June 2-30
9 sessions. $315. 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.*

Intro to Jewelry Design

OAK Campus
Instructor: Marshall Dalva
Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 4-August 6
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

Alchemy: A Casting Intensive

OAK Campus
Instructor: TBA
Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., July 18-19
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
Instructor: TBA
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 20-24
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.

Ceramics: Creating Well-made Functional Pottery

OAK Campus
Instructor: Nathan Ring
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 16th-July 28th (no class July 14)
10 sessions. $345. $15 lab fee payable at registration. Noncredit.
Prerequisite: none

With any craft, creativity needs to be encouraged and developed to enable practitioners to grow beyond their comfort zone and produce better-quality pieces. This course is designed to benefit both beginning and intermediate students.

Participants who have never taken a pottery course learn how to wedge and center clay, open and pull a cylinder, trim a foot, and apply glaze. Students with previous pottery experience improve their techniques to produce larger, lighter, more well-balanced pieces.

Glaze application is also covered, focusing on the relationship between form, function, and surface treatment. Major forms explored include coffee mugs, bowls, plates, vases/jugs, and lidded forms. Lectures on ceramics history and studio pottery practice are interwoven with class demonstrations to enrich students’ knowledge of the ceramics world.

Meeting for a total of 12 sessions, the class has a built-in review/work day with the instructor.

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: $15). Experienced students should come prepared with their preferred tools. Clay may be purchased from CCA's Ceramics department for $10/bag. Students should bring a checkbook to class in order to purchase clay.