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Spring 2020 Community Education Courses

CSCE 250: Personal Directions $660.00

Course Description

This class is for beginner and advanced students alike. Students focus on individual goals including but not limited to creating a cohesive body of work, learning new techniques or expanding familiar ones, photographing your artwork, entering national exhibitions, and building a portfolio for graduate school -- whatever each student needs to work on to improve as a ceramics artist. Beginners will be introduced to basic hand building and wheel skills and later encouraged to create a series of works based on their aesthetic research. This is a fast-paced class with an emphasis on innovation, risk taking, and creative development, not a course for production. This course is meant to open the MICA ceramics studio to the broader community and is not designed for undergraduate or graduate students. NOTE: This course is meant to open the MICA ceramics studio to the broader community and is not designed for undergraduate or graduate students.PREREQUISITE: For undergraduate students: CE 400; for graduate students: CE5500; for community members: none.

Section A meets January 27, 2020 to April 20, 2020
On Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Sarah Barnes
Credits: 1.50

CSDR 101: Learning to Draw $660.00

Course Description

In this foundation course, beginning students develop their ability to perceive and render forms in space on a two-dimensional surface. The course introduces basic drawing techniques and materials, with an emphasis on drawing from observation. Topics include line, value, texture, gesture, composition, linear and atmospheric perspective, and expressive mark-making. Note: Students should bring an 18" x 24" newsprint pad (rough), very soft to soft vine charcoal and a large kneaded eraser to the first class meeting.

Section A meets January 27, 2020 to April 20, 2020
On Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Bart O'Reilly
Credits: 1.50

CSDR 330: Reinterpreting Drawing: Experimental Practices $660.00

Course Description

NEW! This course will expand your knowledge and deconstruct traditional notions of drawing. Through in class exercises and independent projects, students will explore different ways of thinking and interpreting drawing beyond the 2-D plane through experimentation with different materials, movement, space, and more. These processes will encourage the student to explore other forms of art making and conceptual thinking within their own studio practice through the guidance of the instructor.

Section A meets January 29, 2020 to April 8, 2020
On Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 1.50

CSPH 101: Intro to Black and White Photography $660.00

Course Description

Want to know what to do with that family camera? This 10-week course introduces the fundamentals of darkroom photographic practice. Emphasis is placed on the exposure, development of black and white film, and the silver print as well as the aesthetics of photographic vision. The format includes class demonstrations, lab work, assignments and critiques. Students will learn how to expose and develop 35mm or 120mm film, create contact sheets, and make silver gelatin prints in the darkroom. NOTE: Student may bring their own cameras or borrow one from the department.

Section A meets February 1, 2020 to April 11, 2020
On Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Instructor: Patrick Galluzzo
Credits: 1.50

CSPH 337: Beyond the Print: Experimental Digital Printing $660.00

Course Description

NEW! Photographs don’t need to only be on paper! This course will explore digital printing techniques and processes beyond the normal print. Students will learn the technical side of digital printing and color profile creation. They then will learn how to master and manipulate that for more experimental techniques. Students will learn to transfer photographs onto materials such as wood, acrylic, metal, glass, etc. Students will learn to prepare handmade papers for digital printing and create different ways of presenting images like DIY projectors and more! Faculty: Heather Braxton ’16 (Photographic and Electronic Media M.F.A.) is a Baltimore based media artist, whose work centers on boundaries through photographs, technology and installation. In addition to her M.F.A. from MICA, she holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University in photography, studio art and graphic design.

Section A meets January 29, 2020 to April 8, 2020
On Wednesday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM
Instructor: Heather Braxton
Credits: 1.50

CSPR 201: Stone Lithography $660.00

Course Description

Among printmaking techniques, lithography offers perhaps the most direct translation from traditional drawing and painting techniques to the creation of limited edition prints. Working on limestone, students first learn to prepare the printing matrix, then draw or paint onto the stone, and finally process and print their images. Students create a small series of prints guided by their own interests and drawing inspiration from artists including Toulouse-Letrec, Kathe Kollwitz, and Jasper Johns.

Section A meets January 28, 2020 to April 21, 2020
On Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Ursula Minervini
Credits: 1.50

CSPT 103: Watercolor Basics: Wet, Dry, Transparent, Opaque $660.00

Course Description

Students learn the fundamentals of watercolor and build a vocabulary of approaches to this versatile medium. The course begins with essential techniques, such as color mixing and the properties of transparent pigments, basic brush strokes, selecting paper and palettes, and analysis of techniques used by other artists. As students progress they explore transparent and wet and dry techniques, such as glazing, charging, wet-on-wet, negative painting and masking. They learn to create different textures in watercolor, how to incorpoprate related media such as gouache and opaque watercolor, and the more advanced techniques of mid-tone, grisaille, and tiling. Subject matter emphasizes direct observation from life but students may also experiment with photographic sources and invented motifs. Class instruction aims to meet the individual student at his or her level of experience, while building self-confidence with the medium and encouraging advancement.

Section A meets January 30, 2020 to April 23, 2020
On Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: David Little
Credits: 1.50

CSPT 203: Painting from the Figure $660.00

Course Description

This course focuses on painting from the nude model. Working from life is rooted in long traditions of artistic practice. This course delves into the principle conventions and ongoing concerns of figure painting, such as light, composition, proportion, environment and narrative. Students will gain technical proficiency with materials and methods such as grounds and imprimaturas (underpaintings), grisaille, pigments and color mixing for achieving realistic skin tones, mediums, glazing and working alla prima. Readings, lectures, and slide presentations will investigate both historic and contemporary artists working with representational painting and the figure, in order to deepen students’ understanding and practice. Students will set portfolio goals that will be guided and assessed in instruction, discussions, critiques, and homework.Prerequisite: Learning to Paint (CSPT 201A) or equivalent experience. NOTE: No class March 19 (MICA Spring Break)

Section A meets January 30, 2020 to April 23, 2020
On Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Duane Lutsko
Credits: 1.50

CSPT 315: Contemporary Realism through the Old Masters $660.00

Course Description

NEW! This course teaches methods used by the Old Masters to help students understand the principle conventions of representational painting. Students produce a series of paintings in which they strive for proficiency in painting the human form in its environment. This course also takes a closer look at several contemporary realist and figurative painters. Technical and conceptual issues explored include surface preparation, pigments and mediums, grisaille painting, glazing, observational exercises, figurative composition, landscape and still life painting, lighting and alla prima techniques. Formal demonstrations and slide discussions are used throughout the class. Prerequisite: Learning to Paint (CSPT 201A) or equivalent experience. Note: No class Tuesday, March 17 (MICA Spring Break)

Section A meets January 28, 2020 to April 21, 2020
On Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Duane Lutsko
Credits: 1.50

NCDR 110: Open Studio Model Sessions $120.00

Course Description

Sessions are offered for those who want to draw or paint from the live figure. Each section includes two models—one for quick poses for sketching and one for sustained drawing or painting. A class coordinator will ensure the quality of each session. No formal instruction is offered and there are no prerequisites. Open to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and continuing studies students. Note: At least 25 students must enroll in each section for it to run.

Section A meets February 11, 2020 to April 21, 2020
On Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00

Section B meets February 9, 2020 to May 3, 2020
On Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00

NCPH 270: Casebound Books & Marbled Paper $170.00

Course Description

NEW! This two-day workshop is a hands-on learning experience combining photography with handmade artist book structures. Over the course of the two sessions, students will learn how to print photographs & text to make your own basic “photo book”. During the workshop students will learn how to produce an elegant, hard-cover, casebound book with decorative marbled paper featured on the interior covers. Learning this book structure will enable students to create elegant books of their own from scratch. The first day of this two-part workshop will be spent learning the techniques of marbling paper. We will be demonstrating the Japanese Suminagashi technique of marbling, as well as the Arabic technique known as Ebru. The finished marbled paper will then be dried for a few days, and be used in the following week during the bindery steps. Students will then be instructed how to format pages, and printing images & text for their book project. On the second day, the students will concentrate on bookbinding techniques. Students will learn how to cut and fold signatures, stitch, and bind their marbled paper and interior book elements into a beautiful casebound book. Faculty: Jefferson Jackson Steele moved to Baltimore in 1989 to attend school at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Jefferson earned his BFA in fine art photography in 1992 from the Institute, and has been working in Baltimore and beyond ever since. He is currently the Department Manager for the Photography Department at MICA.

Section A meets January 11, 2020 to January 18, 2020
On Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Instructor: Jefferson Steele
Credits: 0.00

NCPH 275: Pinhole Photography $170.00

Course Description

NEW! This two-day workshop will explore the possibilities for building handmade pinhole cameras from ordinary household materials. Students will immerse themselves in the basics of camera design, fundamentals of exposure, and the processing of traditional photographic materials in this fun and exciting workshop. Faculty: Jefferson Jackson Steele moved to Baltimore in 1989 to attend school at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Jefferson earned his BFA in fine art photography in 1992 from the Institute, and has been working in Baltimore and beyond ever since. He is currently the Department Manager for the Photography Department at MICA.

Section A meets February 22, 2020 to February 29, 2020
On Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Instructor: Jefferson Steele
Credits: 0.00

NCPR 235: Letterpress Printing: Get inky with the Globe Collection and Press $170.00

Course Description

NEW! This two-day workshop will explore the rich archive of the Globe Collection and gets hands-on in the print shop. Participants will learn the basics of setting wood type for letterpress printing. If already familiar with letterpress, this is an opportunity to expand your type setting repertoire and get hands on with one of the largest wood type collections in the world. Founded in 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland, Globe Poster delivered eye-catching posters to promote concerts, drag races, circuses, carnivals and more. Fluorescent colors, bold wood type, and lettering that shook and shimmied defined Globe’s iconic style, attracting clients from James Brown and Marvin Gaye to Ike and Tina Turner. Globe ceased production in 2010, and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) stepped forward to purchase a substantial portion of Globe, including wood type, letterpress cuts and posters. The acquisition by MICA keeps Globe’s legacy alive as a working press, a teaching tool, and source for research. NOTE: additional $35 materials fee Allison Fisher is a designer and letterpress printer from Baltimore, Maryland. She is the manager of the Globe Collection and Press at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). She fell in love with printmaking and letterpress while earning her BFA in Graphic Design at MICA. As a student she was bitten by the DayGlo love of Globe and devoted most of her senior year helping to rally student support for acquisition of the collection. Her love of Globe kept her in Baltimore, lurking around MICA’s campus, helping on projects and spreading the word of Globe until MICA finally hired her. Allison manages all things related to Globe at MICA from the production of Globe’s new projects for clients like Hello Kitty, Smithsonian Institutions and Stax Records, to wrangling Globe interns, overseeing archiving, working on community-oriented projects and more. When not working on Globe Allison can be found tinkering on her own presses and working as a Linotype apprentice at the Baltimore Museum of the Industry.

Section A meets March 7, 2020 to March 14, 2020
On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Instructor: Allison Fisher
Credits: 0.00