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.
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.
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.
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.