Fine Arts

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Basic Drawing & Beyond

  • OAK Campus
  • EXDRW-1500-01
  • Instructor: TBA
  • Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30pm, June 1-July 6 (no class July 4)
  • 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: TBA
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:45-9:45pm, June 2-July 5
  • 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. 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., June 4-25 & July 9-16 (no class July 2)
  • 6 sessions. $200. 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 & Thursday, 6:45-9:45pm, July 12-August 11
  • 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
  • EXMTL-1500-01
  • Instructor: Marshall Dalva
  • Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 2 -August 4
  • 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

Wheel Throwing:  Above and Beyond the Mug

  • OAK Campus
  • EXCER-1503-01
  • Instructor: Rachel Steiner
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 7-July 26
  • 15 sessions. $350; $15 lab fee payable at registration. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

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 15 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.*