Fine Arts

Delaware College of Art and Design
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Fine Arts

Course Listing and Registration

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DCAD offers a variety of fine arts classes including drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and more – allowing students to explore diverse media and subjects.  Open to beginning and advanced students, classes are guided by professional, exhibiting artists who help students gain creative and technical skills through discussion, studio work and critiques.  

All Continuing Education students have the opportunity to exhibit their work within DCAD’s Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at the annual Continuing Education Exhibition.

Classes are open to the community as part-time, non-degree courses of study.

Join us!  Whether you are interested in sharpening your skills, enhancing your artistic abilities, or advancing your career, we have classes that fit your interests and schedule.  For information, advisement or a tour, contact jcampbell@dcad.edu at 302.622.8867 x.110.

Register now online or via phone (302.622.8867 x.110).

Classes include:

Abstract Contemporary Painting

Alla Prima Painting Techniques

Art Improvisaton: New Mediums/New Perspectives

Expressive Drawing Techniques

Figure Drawing

Inspired by Nature: Drawing Organic Patterns and Forms

Introduction to Oil Painting

Learning to See: Drawing for Everyone

Mixed Media Workshop

Open Figure Studio

Painting en Plein Air

Painting Workshop: Inspiration from Matisse

Paste, Papers, & Pamphlets: Decorative Papers

The Face: Features & Expression

Watercolor Painting

Register now online or via phone (302.622.8867 x.110).

Abstract Contemporary Painting

Torrey S. Kist Tuesday 9/15 - 10/20 6 - 9:15 PM $230.00

Fearless beginning and experienced painters are invited to discover new techniques to create non- representational works of art – must not be afraid of color or painting big! Students will immediately jump into exploring fun and interesting painting techniques on large-scale canvases. We will use acrylics, non-traditional materials, and ideas resulting in expressionistic paintings that represent you as an individual through color and mark. Kist will briefly discuss color theor as well as ways to economically apply color to create balance and unity. Whether you are a beginner or advanced painter looking to loosen up, this class will provide an enjoyable artistic outlet. Please wear “paint” clothes.

 

Alla Prima Painting Techniques

Raymond Brown Saturday 9/19 - 10/24 10 AM - 1 PM $230.00

Alla Prima means “all-at-once”, completing a painting in one sitting. It is a time honored technique practiced by artists from Rembrandt to Van Gogh and beyond. Participants will begin with a limited color palette, and advance toward a full color range, painting directly, completing one painting per class. Explore this exciting method through still life and self-portraiture. Open to all levels, but some drawing and painting background will enhance the experience.

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Art Improvisaton: New Mediums/New Perspectives

Susan Benarcik Sunday 11/1 - 12/13 1 - 4 pm $230.00 $20.00 materials fee

Artists produce solutions, manage uncertainty, experiment, explore, transform, collaborate, problem-solve and take risks every day. In this 6 session course, you are invited to experiment with a practicing studio artist with a variety of creative mediums that will activate your risk-taking, and problem-solving skills. Explore processes such as paper-marbling, photo collage, and a collaborative sculpture project - based on the Exquisite Corpse parlor game to  improve your capacity to trust your intuition and think outside the box. Each session will be full of surprise and excitement, with equal time for creating and reflection on the materials, process, and inventive results.

Expressive Drawing Techniques

Stephanie Silverman Saturday 9/19 - 10/24 1 - 4 PM $230.00

This course emphasizes the expansion of a personal mark-making vocabulary through a series of short exercises culminating towards longer sustained studies in drawing media. Students will begin to think about drawing as an expressive mode of communication, beyond a mere recording of visual perception. Students will work in direct observation while learning to approach the subject matter with expressive and reactive marks. Though the course is intended for intermediate artists, beginners will also benefit form the ideas and approaches central to the course.

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Figure Drawing

Ellen Durkan Saturday 9/19 - 11/7 10 AM - 1 PM $285.00

Understanding the human figure is a fundamental skill for visual artists. This course will focus on drawing from live models. Tackle complex figurative forms through careful observation and innovative drawing techniques. This in-depth exploration of the human form will stress anatomical structure, proportion, foreshortening, value and line quality. Develop expressive mark-making and strengthen compositional design.

Inspired by Nature: Drawing Organic Patterns and Forms

Susan Benarcik Thursday 10/29 - 12/10 6 - 9:15 PM $230.00

Are you inspired by the natural world - its forms and patterns? In this course, students will identify an organic form found in nature, including but not limited to a sea urchin, bird feather, coral, seed pod, or spider web and make detailed records of its characteristics, habits, and other attributes.  These observations will inform preliminary sketches from various perspectives.  Based on the sketches, students will express the nature of their form in several comprehensive drawings with a single or variety of mediums. The second half of the course will focus on the design of a continuous pattern based on collected observations, sketches, and drawings. This design will consider color, repetition, size and placement of the organic form in the layout with as much consideration one would use to design textile prints.  This class is open to students of all experience levels.

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Introduction to Oil Painting

Jean Diver Wednesday 9/16 - 10/21 6 - 9:15 PM $230.00

Both beginning and returning painters will enjoy this course in oil painting basics, including review of appropriate materials, color theory, and the creation of limited and extended color palettes in order to paint still life compositions. In addition, the use of traditional underpainting techniques will be presented in order to enable students to create a guide for the composition, establish luminescence, and unify the final work. A materials list will be provided to students upon registration.

Learning to See: Drawing for Everyone

Amanda Kamen Wednesday 9/16 - 10/21 6 - 9:15 PM $230.00

Learn to draw anything in this drawing course, open for beginners to experienced artists. Whether you want to be the next Rembrandt or simply want to get a handle on the mechanics of drawing, this class will focus on understanding the fundamentals. Through the careful study of still life and models, students will learn how to create life-like drawings of the surrounding environment. We will discuss measuring and sighting, as well as basic concepts of design. Along with working from still life and models, there will be historical discussions, casual critiques and demonstrations. The mediums used in this class will be charcoal and pencil.

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Mixed Media Workshop

Erin McNichol Tuesday October 6 - 20 6 - 9:15 PM $125.00

Bring your snapshots to life in this hands-on workshop. You will enhance your memories the “old-school” way with fabric, ripped paper and paint. The class will begin with a loose charcoal sketch of your photograph, and you will learn the basics of creating a balanced and dynamic composition. After the initial drawing, you will look for shapes and values that you can depict in various mediums. Tell a story within your piece by using personal scraps, handwriting, and textures to surround your subject. Please come to the class with a black and white photograph printed on paper for reference.

Open Figure Studio

Jane Tajzler Tuesday 9/15 - 12/1 6 - 9:15 PM $10.00

This uninstructed studio session provides access to the model in a series of short and long poses which artists may draw, paint and/or sculpt. Payment is per session. Artists must bring their own materials.

Painting en Plein Air

Rick Phillips Sunday 10/4 - 11/8 1 - 4 PM $230.00

Come relax and enjoy the fall season in this 6-week course of painting “in the open air.” The experience of painting out of doors, rather than in the studio, was central to Impressionism. Beginning and intermediate students will learn travel tricks as well as various painting techniques in order to develop small and medium paintings based on direct observation. Watercolor, acrylic and oil media are welcome. Students are responsible for their own travel to local painting destinations.

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Painting Workshop: Inspiration from Matisse

Zaneta Zubkova Wednesday 9/16 - 10/21 6 - 9:15 PM $230.00

Enter the wonderful world of color created by Henri Matisse. Undoubtedly, Matisse presented himself as the most important and brilliant colorist in Paris at the turn of the last century and continues to fascinate us with his unique choices of color today. This course will allow you to know as much as you have ever wanted about Matisse, his approach to color, his painting and cut-outs, and to experience the process of making various color situations through painting and collage.

Paste, Papers, & Pamphlets: Decorative Papers

JoAnne Schiavone Saturday One Session, 9/26 9 AM - 3 PM $125.00

In this workshop, hand-painted paste paper technique will be demonstrated. This is an historical method of creating patterned papers for books during the 15th century. The process involves cooking a paste and adding pigments to brush onto paper and comb through to create patterns. Students will cook their paste, mix colors and make their own tools to design multiple layered patterns. These papers are often used as book covers, envelopes, notecards, and collage elements and beautiful when woven. During the second half of this workshop, a variety of pamphlets and double pamphlets will be made along with envelopes and closures all coordinated using the paste papers. This workshop is for students of all experience levels. A lunch break will be provided; students may bring lunch or visit a local eatery.

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The Face: Features & Expression

Olga Nielsen Monday 9/14 - 10/19 6 - 9:15 PM $230.00

An in-depth study for those who wish to better understand, draw or paint facial features. Through the creation of oversized studies of the eyes, nose, ear and mouth, students will gain greater confidence and skill in rendering both features and expressions. This class is open to both beginning and advanced students.

Watercolor Painting

Michael Robear Thursday 9/17 - 11/19 6 - 9:15 PM $355.00 $30.00 materials fee

If you have found this medium to be frightening, difficult and unforgiving, or perhaps this is your first attempt – fear no more! This course will begin with a solid understanding of traditional techniques such as washes, bleeds and layering. Students will then explore the expressive qualities of the medium and its changing effects on a variety of paper and end the course by developing a painting from start to finish.

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Register now online or via phone (302.622.8867 x.110).