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CSCE 326: Wheel Throwing $660.00

Course Description

This class focuses on using the potter’s wheel to create a body of work. Students refine basic skills and may advance to larger and more complicated forms. For more advanced students, attachments, altering and combining thrown forms are highlighted. Students will have the opportunity to explore various techniques to develop more complex and interesting surfaces through various firing processes. This is a fast-paced class with an emphasis on form and function and for innovation, risk taking and creative development — not a course for production. Beginners as well as more advanced students will be supported and challenged in this course. This course is meant to open the MICA ceramics studio to the broader community and is not ideally designed for undergraduate or graduate students. Prerequisite: For undergraduate students: CE 200 or CE 201; for graduate students: any previous CE course at MICA; for community members: none. Note: No class March 15. Instructor: Sarah Barnes has been the MICA Ceramics studio manager and on the adjunct faculty since 1995. She specializes in wood fired, functionally based work. Sarah cofounded the MICA Art Market — a venue that brings together staff, students, alumni and faculty to sell handmade art to the public.

Section A meets January 28, 2019 to April 22, 2019
On Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Sarah Barnes
Credits: 1.50

CSDR 206: Drawing In Color $660.00

Course Description

Students in this course, which is suitable for all levels, use traditional and contemporary techniques to explore the role of color in drawing. Media covered include pastels, watercolor pencils (used both wet and dry), and conté crayon, along with markers and inks that students may already have on hand. Through demonstration, open-ended experimentation and directed practice, students learn pastel techniques ranging from traditional blended surfaces to impasto and subtractive techniques such as sgraffito. Consideration will be given to properties of wet and dry media, mark-making, and composition. Students also create toned customized paper for their drawings. Students learn to apply the fundamental principles of color theory through exercises that investigate color schemes, value range, and how to organize a palette. In addition, students learn how to observe the interaction of color in nature and establish successful color relationships in their compositions, using layering and blending. Instruction focuses on individual growth and progress. Note: No class on March 21 Instructor: David Little earned a B.F.A. from MICA and is a recipient of the Henry Walter Travelling Fellowship, the Baltimore City Art Grant and the Maryland State Arts Council Grant. His artwork

Section A meets January 31, 2019 to April 25, 2019
On Thursday from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Instructor: David Little
Credits: 1.50

CSDR 217: The Artist as Naturalist: Water-Based Media at the Natural History Society of Maryland $660.00

Course Description

It is said that Nature is the greatest designer of all. Students in this course, which is suitable for all levels,use water-based media such as ink and watercolor to paint specimens from the outstanding collection of the Natural History Society of Maryland, which includes beautiful gems, minerals, plants, fossils, seashells and coral, as well as preserved insects, butterflies and moths, reptiles, birds and mammals. On site at NHSM, participants will focus each week on a different aspect of the collection, spending time to closely observe and render a variety of fascinating natural forms. Consideration will be given to watercolor techniques, properties of transparent pigments, color mixing, basic brush strokes, paper and palettes. In addition, students learn how to observe the interaction of color in nature and establish successful color relationships in their compositions. Outside of class, students will keep weekly nature journals as a way of furthering their inquiry into the natural world. Note: No class March 19.

Section A meets January 29, 2019 to April 23, 2019
On Tuesday from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Instructor: David Little
Credits: 1.50

CSDR 234: The Figure From Drawing To Painting $660.00

Course Description

Suitable for students of all levels, this course leads participants through a carefully sequenced series of investigations designed to build skill and confidence in portraying the human figure. The course begins with drawing, progresses through quick colored sketches in oil on paper or canvas board, and culminates in longer, finished paintings. Working from the live model and anatomical references, students learn to see and render the figure accurately by breaking down its complex forms into manageable parts. To gain a clearer sense of the figure as a dynamic whole, students embark on short studies focusing on gesture, light and color, and finally to sustained poses that allow for the development of more fully finished paintings. The course covers the organization of the basic palette, including the most appropriate colors for depicting the figure and their proper application, plus the basics of brushwork and composition. Slide lectures on the work of historical and contemporary figurative artists, hands-on demonstrations, and individual and group critiques round out the course. NOTE: Students should bring an 18" x 24" newsprint pad (rough), very soft to soft vine charcoal and a large kneaded eraser to the first class meeting. No class March 18. Instructor: Eric Rutledge ’97 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting) received his B.A. from the University of South Florida and his M.F.A. from MICA. He specializes in figurative drawing and painting and exhibits locally and along the east coast.

Section A meets January 28, 2019 to April 22, 2019
On Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Eric Rutledge
Credits: 1.50

CSPH 221: The Digital Darkroom $660.00

Course Description

In this hands-on course, students learn to use their digital cameras through a variety of projects that help to develop technical and creative skills. Students work one-on-one with the instructor on field trips to local destinations to be announced. Critiques and slide lectures of historic photographs help students expand their personal vision and address elements of composition and technique. Note: No class on March 23 and April 20. Instructor: Heather Braxton ’16 (Photographic and Electronic Media M.F.A.) is a Baltimore-based media artist, whose work centers on boundaries through photographs, technology and installation. In addition to her M.F.A. from MICA, she holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University in photography, studio art and graphic design.

Section A meets February 16, 2019 to May 4, 2019
On Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Instructor: Heather Braxton
Credits: 1.50

CSPH 336: Large Format Photography $660.00

Course Description

In this course students will explore the historical significance and long-standing tradition of the view camera in photography. Throughout the course students will learn the mechanics of a 4x5 camera and techniques used to gain maximum utilization of the camera. Students will also gain a working knowledge of the zone system and how to properly implement advanced exposure techniques in both capture and printing of large format negatives. Students will learn to print large format negatives in the black and white darkroom as well as scanning negatives to print digitally. This course will also focus on developing a fine print workflow in the darkroom and digital labs. Cameras will be provided courtesy of the Photography Department. Note: No class on March 19. Instructor: Sara R. Hill ’15 (Photographic and Electronic Media M.F.A.) received her B.S. in photography from Middle Tennessee State University. Hill has exhibited throughout the United States and her work has been featured in various online galleries and publications. Hill currently works in the Photography Department at MICA.

Section A meets February 12, 2019 to April 23, 2019
On Tuesday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM
Instructor: Sara Hill
Credits: 1.50

CSPR 229: Etching: State Shifts $660.00

Course Description

To create an etching, the artist works with a metal plate that may be altered many times before the print is finished. Each alteration is called a “state”. In this course, students spend the semester working with two or more copper plates to create complex, richly textured prints. Students learn etching techniques including line etching, aquatint, and soft ground, as well as a variety of hand-working methods. By spending many weeks etching, printing, and reworking their plates, students immerse themselves in imagery of their choosing, develop control of fundamental etching processes and find ways to experiment with the medium. In addition to their personal prints, students collaborate on an etching in which each member of the class works on one state of a shared copper plate. Note:There will be a $10 materials fee, payable to the instructor on the first day of class, to cover the cost of the shared etching plate. No class on March 18. Instructor: Ursula West Minervini ’05 (Printmaking B.F.A.) earned her M.F.A. from Towson University. She operates Pellinore Press, a letterpress and woodcut studio.

Section A meets January 28, 2019 to April 22, 2019
On Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:40 PM
Instructor: Ursula Minervini
Credits: 1.50

CSPR 234: Using What you Have: Found Objects, Personal Memoir and the Artist's Book $660.00

Course Description

This course builds visual vocabulary and bookmaking skills, developing individual self-expression through bookmaking techniques. Assignments will highlight varied aspects of artist books and offer opportunity for discussion of contemporary art and critique. Narrative subject material will include personal memoir and found objects. Processes will emphasize recycling, storytelling, and incorporating students' past artworks and found objects in finished compositions. Finished objects will include accordion books, various bound books and upcycled hardback books. Note: No class March 20. Instructor: Alison Morgan Alison Morgan is a documentary story quilter and printmaker. Her hand-dyed and quilted fiber narratives extrapolate themes of identity, community and social justice onto fabric. She has an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Section A meets February 13, 2019 to April 24, 2019
On Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 1.50

CSPT 201: Learning to Paint $660.00

Course Description

This foundational course introduces the novice painter to the essential concepts and techniques of oil painting, emphasizing the careful observation of subjects ranging from still life to self portrait and the figure. Class sessions explore the varied uses of paint as a material and its ability to render form and space through descriptive, expressive and symbolic means. Topics covered include basic technical control of materials and tools, methods of paint application, color mixing, and the preparation of the painting surface (paper, hardboard and canvas). Slide lectures convey the medium’s nearly limitless expressive potential through a variety of historical and contemporary examples. Note: No class on March 21. Instructor: Duane Lutsko paints the American landscape of the highway, industry and the unassuming imagery to which people generally turn a blind eye. His motif is the amalgamation of the hardware and paraphernalia, left in the wake of development, on the American landscape. He earned his M.F.A. in Painting from Brooklyn College, CUNY. He has exhibited widely and received numerous awards and has taught in Baltimore County Public Schools as well as at MICA.

Section A meets January 31, 2019 to April 25, 2019
On Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Duane Lutsko
Credits: 1.50

NCDR 110: Open Studio Model Sessions $120.00

Course Description

Sessions are offered for those who want to draw or paint from the live figure. Each section includes two models—one for quick poses for sketching and one for sustained drawing or painting. A class coordinator will ensure the quality of each session. No formal instruction is offered and there are no prerequisites. Open to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and continuing studies students. Note: At least 25 students must enroll in each section for it to run. Section A will not meet on March 24, April 7 and April 21; Section B will not meet on March 19.

Section A meets February 10, 2019 to May 5, 2019
On Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00

Section B meets February 12, 2019 to April 23, 2019
On Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00

NCFA 210: Collecting Art: Where to Begin? $95.00

Course Description

This one-day seminar is for individuals who have acquired the “art bug” and would like to learn more about art or start a collection. The variety of topics includes an overview of researching and approaching galleries and individual artists; framing and displaying artwork; insurance, conservation and appraisal of artwork; and getting to know the local art scene, arts organizations and publications. Various art professionals will discuss their particular field and a field trip will be made to a local collector in the Bolton Hill neighborhood.

Section A meets April 27, 2019 to April 27, 2019
On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00