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Studio Arts: General Art Classes

Studio Arts Course
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Experience art in a new way and discover deeper visual meanings as you relate selected art works to your life experience. In group discussions and creative studio activity, find new inspiration in works of art while developing your skills in decoding (reading) and encoding (expressing) visual meaning.

Studio Arts Course
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

In a morning of artistic experimentation designed to deepen skills in visual expression, explore five modes of visual thinking including working from memory, observation, imagination, narrative, and experimental approaches.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

This course examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Explore the basics of color theory including temperature, value, and harmony-creating color schemes. In three hands-on projects, learn to use a color wheel with tinting and toning, color charts, and color harmony studies.

Studio Arts Workshop
Monday, February 28, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to make color choices in your art to bring out a reaction from the viewer. Create combinations with colored pencils that illustrate how color theory works.