Senior Art CoursesExplore courses in painting, drawing, ceramics, crafts and art history.
Art in Photography
Put the wow into your photos! Learn how to take photographs with composition awareness and creativity to enhance your skills with such techniques as: the rule of thirds, photojournalism eye, art elements and principles of design.
Basic Acrylic Painting
Learn to create paintings using acrylics. Explore how to use and mix colors and pigments, how to apply techniques using different kinds of brushes, mediums and materials, how to prepare the painting surfaces, and how to use the color wheel to balance color and composition.
Examine, interpret and analyze all aspects of a photo then re-create it into a meaningful painting. Begin with a basic introduction to photography and inspect photos for composition, color and structure elements. Painting techniques for both beginning and intermediate artists will be presented. Class concludes with peer analysis and feedback.
Discover how to use charcoal drawing techniques in order to make delicate and sensitive drawings. Examine how to evaluate color, value, and gradation, along with the block-in technique of charcoal drawing, the uses for charcoal drawings, materials and references that are needed for charcoal drawings, and more.
Drawing and Painting for the Senior Adult
Learn the basic techniques of various two-dimensional media. Discuss the use of media and the techniques used to achieve desired effects, as well as the equipment necessary to complete a two dimensional project.
Drawing for Beginners
Learn to use the basic drawing techniques in line, shape form, contour, value, perspective, spatial relationships, measurements and proportion rules while doing hands-on projects. Bring a drawing pad 9 by 12" or larger, pencil and eraser to the first class. A supply list will be provided at the first session.
Fundamentals of Portrait Drawing
Create realistic facial features in pencil, charcoal and pastel, using the five concepts of ideal light and shadow. Learn how to mix colors for a variety of skin tones, draw facial expressions and structure and translate photographs into fine art portraits.
Fundamentals of Portrait Painting
Acquire basic and intermediate drawing and painting skills while being introduced to a variety of media. You'll draw from photos provided by the instructor and other students and work from a portrait model for four weeks. Learn lighting and posing basics, as well as various techniques for obtaining a likeness.
Use what you learned in Drawing for Beginners to produce more advanced drawings using materials such as pen/ink, charcoal, pastels and more. Explore how to create portraits, landscapes, perspective and still life drawings. Bring a pencil and art pad; a list of materials will be provided at the first class.
Introduction to Zentangle
Create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns called “tangles" made with a combination of dots, lines, simple curves and orbs using small pieces of paper called tiles.
Mechanical Pencil Drawing
Discover how to use mechanical pencil drawing techniques in order to make delicate and sensitive drawings. Examine how to evaluate color value, value and gradation, the block-in technique, uses for mechanical pencil drawings, materials and references needed for mechanical pencil drawings and more.
Pastel Painting: All levels
Receive individual instruction in the use of soft pastels with your choice of subject matter. Beginners will learn drawing, shading and coloring; those with more experience will have their work critiqued for color, composition and drawing. Learn how to use charcoal for under-drawings and how to evaluate the effects of different materials on your work.
Realistic Painting in Pastel and Oil
Learn to create realistic subject matter in charcoal, pastel and oil since the techniques are the same. Topics to be covered include selecting a preferred medium; instruction on the selected medium; best materials for each medium; creation of underdrawings; overpainting the underdrawings; using ideal light and shadow; applying the technique of chiaroscuro to create realism.
Solvent-free Oil Painting
Learn how to oil paint using non-toxic materials with the goal of completing at least one painting. Instruction will include the preparation of a canvas; underpainting monochromatically with light and shadow; painting using a full palette; the application of opaque color and glazes and the principles of art and composition.
Triple Combo Methods of Portrait Drawing
Explore three different methods of portraiture drawing: The Loomis Method which deals with proportions and construction of simple shapes, the Reilly Method which deals with the rhythm and flow of the body's lines and curves, and the Russian Method which deals with capturing the personalities, tone, and emotional feelings. No previous drawing skills are needed.
Acquire intermediate and advanced painting skills using watercolors. Develop skills utilizing wash, dry brush and masking techniques. Subject matter will include landscapes, still life and portraiture.
With a basic understanding and practice of the Zentangle Method, expand your skills using a variety of techniques and materials. Learn to draw structured patterns focusing on strokes in order to create beautiful images as well as, develop an increased sense of well-being, self-confidence and calm. Taught by a credentialed instructor.