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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
Monday & Wednesday, 7:15-10 p.m., February 9-March 16 (no class February 16)
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: Patrick Dintino
Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., February 1-March 29
9 sessions. $315. 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".

Painting II

OAK Campus
Instructor: James Sterling Pitt
Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., February 4-April 8
10 sessions. $345. Noncredit
Prerequisite: Intro to Painting or equivalent experience

In this course students build on the technical and conceptual skills developed in Intro to Painting by exploring a variety of subjects through direct observation, imagination, and sessions with the model. Students investigate color and composition and how they relate conceptually to the work. The class also explores various painting supports, including, but not limited to, stretched canvas and wood panels. Emphasis is given to developing a personal vision through individual feedback and group critiques.

Bring to first class: canvas pad (preferred) or one preprimed canvas boards 16" x 20" or larger, acrylic paint or oil 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
Instructor: Merl Ross
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., February 7-April 18 (no class April 4)
10 sessions. $345. 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. In addition to studio time, a field trip to the UC Botanical Garden is planned.

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
Instructor: Patrick Dintino
Monday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., February 2-April 13 (no class February 16 for President’s Day)
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.

Drawing into Painting

OAK Campus
Instructor: Melisse Herman
Mondays, 7-10 p.m., February 2-April 13 (no class February 16 for President’s Day)
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
Instructor: Mel Prest
Tuesdays, 6:45-9:45 p.m., January 27-March 31
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.*

Intro to Jewelry Design

OAK Campus
Instructor: Marshall Dalva
Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., February 7-April 11
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

Intermediate Jewelry: Fabrication

OAK Campus
Instructor: Luana Coonen
Sunday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., January 25-February 15
4 sessions. $120; $10 lab fee payable at registration; $35 materials fee payable to instructor at first session. Noncredit
Prerequisite: Intro to Jewelry Design or equivalent is required.

This course is for students who want to build on their fabrication skills and learn a wider range of metalsmithing techniques, such as hollow forming and more advanced soldering projects. While creating a 3-dimensional pendant, the class explores design layout, 3-dimensional shape creation, multiple-component soldering, and finishing techniques. Students leave class with a complete pendant or similar independent project.