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Spring 2021 Community Education Courses

CSDR 105: Intro to Illustration and Visual Storytelling $675.00

Course Description

This virtual Intro to Illustration course is an introduction to the ever-changing and exciting world of visual storytelling and the many ways it can be applied. The object of this course is to introduce students to a variety of materials, methods, and brainstorming exercises to create thoughtful and well composed illustrations. With a focus on narrative illustration, and visual storytelling, students will learn how to develop ideas, create characters, and visually interpret prompts to a larger audience. Through lectures, assignments, and warm up brainstorming exercises, students are introduced to visual problem solving, critical thinking, and the communication of concepts through visual means. An awareness of the client/audience/illustrator relationship and methods of creating a professional portfolio of work will be also be examined in this course.

Section A meets February 2, 2021 to April 13, 2021
On Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 1.50

CSDR 210: Portrait Drawing $675.00

Course Description

There is more to portraiture than likeness alone. This course includes instruction on proportion and facial surface anatomy including structure. It also includes expressive and narrative themes such as the artist's self portrait, the double, body language, aging, and other invented elements. The media used in this course is charcoal, conte' crayon, and a limited palette of pastels.This course is for both the student who is experienced as well as the student who wants to begin the exploration of portraiture. Instruction is focused on each student's individual growth.

Section A meets January 20, 2021 to March 31, 2021
On Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: David Little
Credits: 1.50

CSPT 233: Painting in Acrylics $675.00

Course Description

This foundational course introduces the student painter to the essential concepts and techniques of acrylic painting and is open to painters of all abilities. The focus of the course will be on perceiving and rendering form and light and the qualities inherent in painting from direct observation. Topics of study include surfaces and layering, grounds and supports, pigments, mediums, grisaille, glazing, and the tempera technique for acrylic painting. Students will investigate color theory, lighting, composition, and the genres of still life, figure and landscape. Formal demonstrations and slide discussions will be used throughout the class. Through open dialogue and supportive group critiques, students will be encouraged to generate a personal direction for their work.

Section A meets January 28, 2021 to April 8, 2021
On Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Duane Lutsko
Credits: 1.50

FB 244: Needle+Thread+Fabric=Quilt $199.00

Course Description

In this course participants will explore the basic structure of a quilt, including piecing, layering, quilting and embroidery techniques within cross-cultural, historical and contemporary contexts and through collaborative efforts. We will study global variations and traditions while reimagining these traditional forms to explore both two and three dimensional ways of working. No sewing machine or previous sewing knowledge is required, just an enthusiasm to create. This course is a special collaboration that combines MICA Undergraduate students and members of the Open Studies community, with a limit of 6 spaces available for OS participants. The cost of this course for Community Education participants is $199 to cover expenses associated. *Please note that this course is 0 credits for Community Education students.

Section A meets January 19, 2021 to May 4, 2021
On Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Instructor: Susan Brandt
Credits: 3.00

NCCE 104: Workshop: Ceramics: Polymer and Paper Clay  $170.00

Course Description

This workshop will focus on creative uses of polymer clay and paper clay techniques from home. Students will learn recipes while experimenting with the variety of textures, surfaces, and forms unique to both materials. Image transfers and pattern making will also be covered as the class creates a range of sample projects. These will include small vessels, slab sculptures, and pinched forms, among others.

Section A meets February 27, 2021 to March 6, 2021
On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00

NCPR 240: Workshop: Relief Printing on Fabric $170.00

Course Description

This workshop will provide an introduction to relief printing on fabric from home. Students will carve their own designs onto blocks and print by hand on cotton fabric. We will use materials that clean up easily with soap and water. Students can choose to print on shirts, handkerchiefs, tea towels, patches, or any other smooth cotton fabric. Please note that this workshop will end at 3:00 PM on 2/13/21 and 5:00 PM 2/20/21 & 2/27/21.

Section A meets February 13, 2021 to February 27, 2021
On Saturday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Instructor: Ursula Minervini
Credits: 0.00