Continuing Education

Continuing Education at Delaware College of Art and Design is dedicated to providing opportunities for inspired teens and adults to realize their creative potential in an engaging environment.

DCAD invites you to join a community of aspiring and professional artists and designers who are committed to a lifetime of learning through dynamic courses that foster personal and professional growth. DCAD delivers challenging and inspiring courses, the convenience of a downtown Wilmington location, the flexibility of an evening or weekend schedule and personalized, small classes conducted by an engaging and supportive faculty of working artists and design professionals – all focused on your success.

Continuing Education classes and workshops are open to the community and are perfect for:

  • High school students who wish to build their portfolios
  • New or current artists interested in learning new techniques and working in new media
  • Professionals who wish to accelerate their careers by adding new creative and technical skills
  • Non-degree seeking students who value the flexibility of evening and weekend classes

View courses offered within a particular discipline below or email our staff to find out more about the many opportunities to enhance your career, artistic abilities and lifestyle through Continuing Education at DCAD.

2019 fall workshops & courses
  • fine arts

    Observational Drawing for Portfolio Development
    Instructor: Aki Torii
    THREE SESSIONS
    Sundays, November 3rd, 17th, 24th
    1 – 4:00 p.m.

    The workshop focuses on Observational drawing through individualized instruction, demonstration, critiques and hands-on practice. This fast-paced class will offer students drawing tools and techniques necessary to develop observational drawing skills.  Students will develop an individual style through a variety of in-class and homework assignments.

    Schedule for one or more workshops in this series! Students who register for all three workshops will receive a 20% discount on the workshop tuition price.

    Tuition: $50 per session or register for all 3 sessions and receive a 20% discount.

    Register for November 3rd 1-4:00 PM ($50)

    Register for November 17th 1-4:00 PM ($50)

    Register for November 24th 1-4:00 PM($50)

    Register for all 3 ($120)

    Course Supply List

    • 5 or more physical or digital images of artworks done in the last 2 years (works that are portfolio worthy, sketches, and works that represent your interests) – We will look at them together to figure out how to improve portfolio.
    • Assorted graphite pencils (Including at least one 6B or softer)
    • Pad of Drawing paper in 18 x 24 inches (similar to Blick Drawing Pad 30 sheets, Product # 10314-1049)
    • Portfolio bag to carry materials
    • Variety of 4 compressed charcoal sticks
    • Variety of compressed charcoal pencils including one in white (Recommended: General’s pencil kit, Product# 20418-1009 on Blick)
    • SpectraFix Spray fixative (non-toxic, Product# 21725-1012 on Blick or similar non-toxic fixative)
    • Staedtler white mars plastic eraser
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Masonite Drawing Board 18” x 24” or larger
    • Portfolio bag to carry materials

     

    November 3, 2019
    Week 1: explore line quality; create gesture & contour drawings

    To begin, students will work quickly to create timed drawings that require focus and continuous movement to develop visual skill and confidence.  Students will continue to explore variation in line and mark-making to create an outline drawing that indicates mass, shape and form based on direct observation of a studio set-up.

    Through observation of shape, form, edges and boundaries, students will focus on drawing the space around an object (negative space).

    November 17, 2019
    Week 2:  measuring, sighting, and value scale
    Students will work through multiple drawings in charcoal, creating light and shadow through observational drawing of a white still life composition. Students will be exposed to measuring and sighting techniques to help their compositions reflect the illusion of 3-D space.

    November 24, 2019
    Week 3: Still Life Composition
    Students will work to discover how to create effective compositions in a still life drawing.  Students will enlarge or decrease the scale of multiple objects to create dramatic drawings, full of visual interest.

     

    Plein Air Landscape Painting in Gouache
    COURSE ID: FA0278

    Instructor: Charley Parker
    TWO SESSIONS: Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Painting outdoors, students will learn the basics of working with gouache, a versatile and fun water-based medium well-suited for landscape painting on location. Demonstration and individual guidance will teach students how to choose a subject, plan a landscape painting, mix colors, block in, add details and textures, mix water with gouache to achieve the best consistency, compensate for color shifts and use different brushes for a variety of effects.
    This workshop will take place on location at Rockford Park. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the site. Paint will be provided to students, but students should bring a folding chair, brushes and watercolor paper or a watercolor sketchbook. A portable drawing board will be useful. A plein air easel is optional.
    Tuition: $95
    Lab/Materials Fee: $10

    Registration Closed

  • Photography

    Introduction to Black & White Photography
    COURSE ID: PH0037
    Instructor: Dave Norbut
    SIX SESSIONS: Mondays, October 7 to November 11, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Learn the fundamentals of black-and-white photography using a 35mm camera in a state-of-the-art laboratory setting. Students will learn to expose and develop film and contact prints, including enlarging, finishing and manipulating images. Group and individual critiques will focus on composition and design.
    No experience required, but students must bring a 35mm camera with manual controls.
    Tuition: $250
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35

    Register for Introduction to Black & White Photography

  • Web & Graphic Design

    Adobe Photoshop I: Beginning Photoshop (Mac)
    COURSE ID: GD0057
    Instructor: Rob Whitehead
    SIX SESSIONS: Wednesdays, September 25 to October 30, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    This course introduces the new user to Photoshop, the most widely used image-processing and image-manipulation application for the desktop. Students will explore this program’s painting, color-correction and retouching tools and investigate the relationship between image capture, resolution and output quality.
    Basic MAC competency required.
    Tuition: $300
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35

    Registration Closed

     

    Adobe Animate CC I
    COURSE ID: AN00576
    Instructor: Charley Parker
    SIX SESSIONS: Wednesdays, September 25 to October 30, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    This course includes an overview of HTML5 animation tools and options for publishing to various platforms, including the iPad and other mobile devices.
    Tuition: $300
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35

    Registration Closed

     

    Logo Design with Vector Graphics: Beginning Illustrator
    COURSE ID: GD0041
    Instructor: Jason Olney
    SIX SESSIONS: Mondays, September 30 to November 4, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    One of the backbones of modern graphic design and electronic publishing, Illustrator is the leading vector-based illustration software available. This course instructs the beginning student in typical uses in today’s design and publishing environment, covering basic drawing, tracing and typographic techniques.
    Mac competency required.
    Tuition: $300
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35

    Registration Closed

     

    Introduction to Graphic Design for Web and Print
    COURSE ID: GD0077
    Instructor: Joy Smoker
    TWELVE SESSIONS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 1 to November 7, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    This course includes an overview of page layout, vector-based illustration and pixel-based digital imaging software. Publishing techniques, rough composition skills, concept development and typography basics will be introduced and shown in real-world applications.
    Mac competency required
    Tuition: $490
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35

    Registration Closed

     

    Adobe Animate CC II
    COURSE ID: AN0057
    Instructor: Charley Parker
    SIX SESSIONS: Wednesdays, November 6 to December 18, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Students will learn more sophisticated animation techniques and interactive design for websites, creating an interactive HTML5 motion graphics presentation that responds to user input. The class will include more advanced use of Animate’s vector graphics tools and the use of Adobe Animate to create easily editable animated GIFs. Topics will include publishing HTML5 animations and interactive elements that responsively resize for play across desktops and mobile devices with varying screen sizes.
    Prerequisite: Adobe Animate CC I
    Tuition: $300
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35

    Register for Adobe Animate CC II

     

    Illustration with Vector Graphics: Intermediate Illustrator
    COURSE ID: GD0042
    Instructor: Jason Olney
    SIX SESSIONS: Mondays, November 11 to December 16, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Students will build on their basic understanding of Illustrator in this hands-on course. They will explore the advanced capabilities of the software by creating dynamic type effects and using blends for realistic illustrations. They also will learn to integrate illustrations with Adobe Photoshop and web applications through a variety of problem-solving exercises.
    Prerequisite: Beginning Illustrator
    Tuition: $300
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35

    Register for Illustration with Vector Graphics: Intermediate Illustrator

     

    Basic Layout & Typography for Web and Print
    COURSE ID: GD0076
    Instructor: Joy Smoker
    TWELVE SESSIONS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 12 to December 19, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Students will learn to communicate effectively using principles of design and typography. Issues of space, texture, color, rhythm and meaning will be addressed, along with the combination of type and visual elements to create effective layouts.
    Mac competency required.
    Tuition: $490
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35

    Register for Basic Layout & Typography for Web and Print

  • Jewelry Design

    Metal Manipulation
    COURSE ID: JD0028
    Instructor: Pat Rosenberger
    ONE SESSION: Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Working with a variety of metals, students will learn to saw, dome, channel and use a disc cutter. Pieces will be embellished with texturing and heat. Students will have time to complete several pieces, all of which may be brought to the “Torch-Fired Enamels Workshop” for further enhancement.

    Tuition: $45
    Lab/Materials Fee: $15
    Register for Metal Manipulation

     

    LEATHER AND METAL
    COURSE ID: JD0047
    Instructor: Pat Rosenberger
    ONE SESSION: Thursday October 24th, 6 to 9:15 p.m.

    Students will learn how to handle, cut, and stamp leather along side of learning the basics of metal jewelry work. You will then combine these pieces into a one of kind piece of jewelry.

    Tuition: $45
    Lab/Materials Fee: $15
    Register for Leather and Metal 

    Torch-Fired Enameling Workshop
    COURSE ID: JD0037
    Instructor: Pat Rosenberger
    ONE SESSION: Thursday November 14th, 6 to 9:15 p.m.

    Students will be introduced to a rainbow of colors and an amazing technique using copper, enameling powders and a plumber’s torch.  This easy and versatile process can be used to create pendants or earrings and may be incorporated into other works of art. Students may bring pieces created in the “Metal Manipulation Workshop” to this workshop for further enhancement.

    Tuition:
    $45
    Lab/Materials Fee: $15

    Register for Torch Fired Enameling

  • Young Artists

    Observational Drawing for Portfolio Development
    Instructor: Aki Torii
    THREE SESSIONS
    Sundays, November 3rd, 17th, 24th
    1 – 4:00 p.m.

    The workshop focuses on Observational drawing through individualized instruction, demonstration, critiques and hands-on practice. This fast-paced class will offer students drawing tools and techniques necessary to develop observational drawing skills.  Students will develop an individual style through a variety of in-class and homework assignments.

    Schedule for one or more workshops in this series! Students who register for all three workshops will receive a 20% discount on the workshop tuition price.

    Tuition: $50 per session or register for all 3 sessions and receive a 20% discount.

    Register for November 3rd 1-4:00 PM ($50)

    Register for November 17th 1-4:00 PM ($50)

    Register for November 24th 1-4:00 PM($50)

    Register for all 3 ($120)

     

    Course Supply List

    • 5 or more physical or digital images of artworks done in the last 2 years (works that are portfolio worthy, sketches, and works that represent your interests) – We will look at them together to figure out how to improve portfolio.
    • Assorted graphite pencils (Including at least one 6B or softer)
    • Pad of Drawing paper in 18 x 24 inches (similar to Blick Drawing Pad 30 sheets, Product # 10314-1049)
    • Portfolio bag to carry materials
    • Variety of 4 compressed charcoal sticks
    • Variety of compressed charcoal pencils including one in white (Recommended: General’s pencil kit, Product# 20418-1009 on Blick)
    • SpectraFix Spray fixative (non-toxic, Product# 21725-1012 on Blick or similar non-toxic fixative)
    • Staedtler white mars plastic eraser
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Masonite Drawing Board 18” x 24” or larger
    • Portfolio bag to carry materials

    November 3, 2019
    Week 1: explore line quality; create gesture & contour drawings

    To begin, students will work quickly to create timed drawings that require focus and continuous movement to develop visual skill and confidence.  Students will continue to explore variation in line and mark-making to create an outline drawing that indicates mass, shape and form based on direct observation of a studio set-up.

    Through observation of shape, form, edges and boundaries, students will focus on drawing the space around an object (negative space).

     

    November 17, 2019
    Week 2:  measuring, sighting, and value scale
    Students will work through multiple drawings in charcoal, creating light and shadow through observational drawing of a white still life composition. Students will be exposed to measuring and sighting techniques to help their compositions reflect the illusion of 3-D space.

     

    November 24, 2019
    Week 3: Still Life Composition
    Students will work to discover how to create effective compositions in a still life drawing.  Students will enlarge or decrease the scale of multiple objects to create dramatic drawings, full of visual interest.

  • Instructors

    DAVE NORBUT
    AFA, Delaware College of Art and Design. David is a portrait and music photographer with an intense passion for shooting street and documentary work. His photographs have been published by The Guardian, The New York Times and The Huffington Post and have been exhibited in galleries around the globe. His website is www.davidnorbut.com.

    JASON OLNEY
    BFA, University of the Arts; certificate, Delaware College of Art and Design. Jason is a freelance designer, illustrator and photo retoucher who is fluent in both Mac and PC. His website is www.jasonolney.com.

    CHARLEY PARKER
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Charley has taught gouache painting through Delaware College of Art and Design, The Delaware Art Museum and Jester Artspace. He is an associate member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and the author of the arts blog “Lines and Colors” (www.linesandcolors.com). His painting website is www.charleyparker.com. Charley also is a cartoonist, illustrator and web designer. He produces the award-winning online comic “Argon Zark!” (www.zark.com)  and works for a variety of agencies in web development. His design website is www.cparkerdesign.com.

    JOY SMOKER
    BFA, Pratt Institute; AFA in graphic design, Delaware College of Art and Design. Joy is the art director for the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware and also is a budding metalsmith.

    ROB WHITEHEAD
    Rob is a web designer and web publisher with extensive experience in photography, pre-press and imaging technology. He owned and operated Colourworks Photo Lab.

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