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Fall Community Education Courses

CSCE 326: Wheel Throwing $660.00

Course Description

This class focuses on using the potter’s wheel to create a body of work. As students build and refine basic skills they 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 that emphasizes form and function, along with 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. Prerequisite: For undergraduate students: CE 200 or CE 201; for graduate students, any previous CE course at MICA; for community members: none. NOTE: This course is meant to open the MICA ceramics studio to the broader community and is not designed for undergraduate or graduate students.

Section A meets September 17, 2019 to December 10, 2019
On Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Joshua Hebbert
Credits: 1.50

CSDR 200: Drawing II: Building Skills $660.00

Course Description

In this intermediate-level course, students further develop their observational skills and technical mastery of various drawing media. A variety of processes, tools and strategies for both representational and non-objective drawing are introduced. Students investigate more complex compositions and a range of subjects including the figure, interior and exterior space, narration, abstraction, color, frame, mark and scale. Within this broadened conceptual framework, students gradually approach more individualized problems, so that by the conclusion of the course they are prepared to work with greater independence. NOTE: Students should bring a box of soft vine charcoal, a 18 x 24" pad of Strathmore 400 drawing paper, and a drawing board to the first class meeting. Prerequisite: Learning to Draw (CSDR 101A) or equivalent experience.

Section A meets September 3, 2019 to November 19, 2019
On Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Eric Rutledge
Credits: 1.50

CSDR 254: The Artist as Naturalist: Water-Based Media at The Natural History Society of MD $440.00

Course Description

It is said that Nature is the greatest designer of all. Students in this course, which is suitable for all levels, hone their drawing skills by focusing on 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 and under the guidance of a drawing instructor, participants will focus each week on a different aspect of the collection, spending time to closely observe, study and render a variety of fascinating natural forms. Consideration will be given to the expressive use of line, contour, shape, tone, texture, pattern, gesture and mark-making to achieve a realistic likeness. Outside of class, students will keep weekly nature journals as a way of furthering their use of drawing to facilitate authentic inquiry into the natural world.

Section A meets September 17, 2019 to November 19, 2019
On Tuesday from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Instructor: David Little
Credits: 1.00

CSDR 315: Fundamentals of 2-D Design $660.00

Course Description

This course is an introduction to conceptual and formal issues in contemporary art and design and color theory through the hands-on creation of two-dimensional studio projects using a wide variety of media and processes. Course work includes readings, lecture, studio work, and critique for both art majors and non-art majors. Note: The following supplies are needed for the first day of class, 14”x11” pad of drawing paper, set of pencils, ruler, compass, eraser, pencil sharpener Instructor: Bart O'Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland and has lived in Maryland since 2003. He makes interdisciplinary work that includes painting, drawing, poetry and video. He currently teaches at MICA and Harford Community College. His work has shown extensively in Baltimore, Washington DC. Philadelphia and New York as well as Ireland and Northern Ireland. He received his BFA from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2000 and a MFA from MICA in 2012.

Section A meets September 16, 2019 to December 2, 2019
On Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 1.50

CSFB 207: Unearthing Pigment: Color from natural dyes and earth pigments $440.00

Course Description

This course will cover the origins, process and transformative material uses of natural earth pigments (mineral and oxide clay), and natural dyes. Earth Pigments, are mined clay that have naturally occurring colorant. Natural Dyes are derived from plant matter, fungus, lichen, and certain insects and shell ?sh. This coloring is the ?rst known to man and has long been a practice in indigenous communities throughout the world. Participants will study colorants from a historical lens and experiment with applications of earth pigments and natural dyes and their uses in alternative forms such as paint, watercolor/gouache, lake pigments, and pastels.

Section A meets October 26, 2019 to December 14, 2019
On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 1.00

CSPH 101: Intro to Black and White Photography $660.00

Course Description

Want to know what to do with that family camera? This 10-week course introduces the fundamentals of darkroom photographic practice. Emphasis is placed on the exposure, development of black and white film, and the silver print as well as the aesthetics of photographic vision. The format includes class demonstrations, lab work, assignments and critiques. Students will learn how to expose and develop 35mm or 120mm film, create contact sheets, and make silver gelatin prints in the darkroom. NOTE: Student may bring their own cameras or borrow one from the department.

Section A meets September 21, 2019 to November 23, 2019
On Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Instructor: Heather Braxton
Credits: 1.50

CSPH 295: Image In Motion $660.00

Course Description

This course will expand your current knowledge of using a DSLR camera for image making as well as the post production techniques applied to digital images. Students will explore intermediate and advanced editing, retouching, and compositing techniques in Adobe Photoshop to experiment with the full range of possibilities in manipulating digital images. Students will also explore the possibilities of applying motion to a still image and capturing video with a DSLR camera and working in Adobe Photoshop and AfterEffects. Through controlled experimentation with these techniques we will explore the practical and conceptual aspects of photography in the digital era and the relationship between the still and moving image. The course format will consist of lectures, demonstrations, assigned projects, critiques, and in-studio work time that will result in a self-driven final project.

Section A meets September 18, 2019 to November 20, 2019
On Wednesday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 1.50

CSPR 315: Relief and Intaglio $660.00

Course Description

In this survey of traditional print media, students are introduced to relief and intaglio printmaking techniques including linoleum cut, copper plate etching, and collagraph. Beginning printmakers have the opportunity to explore a variety of processes while more experienced students may try out new techniques or continue with an ongoing body of work. Group critiques and discussions allow students to investigate and refine underlying concepts and resolve technical issues as they work to produce a series of thematically linked prints. NOTE: No class September 2nd or October 21st.

Section A meets August 26, 2019 to November 26, 2019
On Monday from 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM
Instructor: Ursula Minervini
Credits: 1.50

CSPT 233: Acrylic Painting $660.00

Course Description

Whether applied in translucent washes like watercolor or molded into rich, heavy textures, made glossy or matte, or used to collage mixed media onto a surface, acrylics offer great versatility for the painter while reducing clean-up time and exposure to solvents. And because acrylics dry quickly, students can progress from preparatory sketches to the finished stages of a painting in one class session. This course introduces the essential concepts and techniques of acrylic painting through subjects ranging from still life, self portrait, and the figure to abstraction. Class sessions explore the varied uses of acrylic paint as a medium and its ability to render light, form and space through descriptive and expressive means. Topics include basic technical control of materials and tools, methods of paint application, color mixing, the use of basic and specialized mediums, mixed media applications, and the preparation of the painting surface (paper, canvas and panel). Presentations convey the medium’s expressive potential and trace its rapid evolution since its introduction in the late 1940’s. NOTE: No class November 28.

Section A meets September 12, 2019 to December 5, 2019
On Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: David Little
Credits: 1.50

CSPT 237: Painting II: Materials and Methods $660.00

Course Description

Beginning with a review of basic skills, this intermediate course will explore a range of oil painting techniques to help students improve technically while gaining a broader sense of the medium’s many expressive possibilities. The focus of the course will be on perceiving and rendering form and the qualities inherent in representational painting. Topics of study include, pigments, mediums, grisaille, glazing, canvas stretching and sizing, and the tempera technique for oil painting. Students will investigate color theory, lighting, and composition, and the genres of still life, figure and landscape figure. Formal demonstrations and slide discussions will be used throughout the class. Through open dialogue and supportive group critiques, students will be encouraged to generate a personal direction for their work. Prerequisite: Learning to Paint (CSPT 102A) or equivalent experience. This course may be repeated for credit. NOTE: No class November 28 (Thanksgiving).

Section A meets September 5, 2019 to December 5, 2019
On Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Instructor: Duane Lutsko
Credits: 1.50

CSPT 243: Oil Painting: A Museum and Studio Based Inquiry $440.00

Course Description

The need to visually replicate human existence began the moment the painters of Borneo and Lascaux applied pigment to cave walls. It has endured into the present as artists today continue to explore the craft and concepts of representational oil painting. This course will combine two monthly visits to The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum with studio painting sessions, using the museum experience as a springboard into personalized painting assignments, group discussions, and the exploration of specific materials and methods. We will investigate the paintings of contemporary and historical artists to better appreciate the theories and practices used to develop a range of styles and concepts, which students may then apply to their own work. Topics of study will be student driven and may include abstraction, expressionism, art-brut, and representation. Investigations into surfaces and layering, grounds and supports, and color theory will round out the course. Formal demonstrations and slide discussions will be used throughout the class. Prerequisite: Learning to Paint (CSPT 201A) or equivalent experience. NOTE: Students must provide their own transportation to the museums. Other Note: The first class session will meet at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Students should bring a sketchbook (8” x 10” or larger, with a spiral or stitched binding) and a drawing pencil.

Section A meets October 5, 2019 to November 23, 2019
On Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:15 PM
Instructor: Duane Lutsko
Credits: 1.00

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 meets September 15, 2019 to November 17, 2019
On Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00

Section B meets September 24, 2019 to November 26, 2019
On Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00

NCPH 260: Wet-Plate Collodion $170.00

Course Description

This two-day workshop in Wet-Plate Collodion photography is a hands-on learning experience with one of the oldest and most uniquely beautiful photographic processes. During this course, students will learn the process of coating, exposing, developing and varnishing metal plates in order to walk away with a set of their own, self-produced, one-of-a-kind tintypes. Students will also learn how to operate large format view cameras and strategize exposure for a range of different subject matter. Meets on September 7th and September 14th.

Section A meets September 7, 2019 to September 14, 2019
On Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00

NCPH 265: Cyanotype $170.00

Course Description

This two-day workshop will explore the possibilities of working with the Cyanotype process in both traditional and contemporary methods. Since 1842, Cyanotype, also known as blue prints, has been one of the most stable yet experimental alternative photographic processes. Students will learn to coat the emulsion onto paper and fabric and expose and develop prints. The class will make use the process to make photograms from found objects and also learn to create and print their own digital negatives. Meets on October 12th and October 19th.

Section A meets October 12, 2019 to October 19, 2019
On Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Instructor: - TBA
Credits: 0.00