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Studio Arts: What's New

Studio Arts Course

Drawing Heads, Hands, and Feet

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

This class is designed for students interested in sharpening their figure drawing skills by focusing on the most challenging and expressive details of the human figure.

Studio Arts Course

Painting and Collage: Landscapes

Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Try your hand at a mixed-media approach to the popular subject of landscapes. Experiment with layering pre-printed and handmade papers, fabric, and textured materials to create vibrant compositions featuring natural and built environments.

Studio Arts Course

Watercolor Workshop: Colors of Collioure

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Explore the charming French Mediterranean coastal village of Collioure in watercolor. Focus on painting the variety of shapes and details of the ever-present fishing boats and their colorful watery reflections.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Lightroom

Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Adobe Lightroom is the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images, usable for both RAW and JPEG image files. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules for organizing and editing your files.

Studio Arts Workshop

Hands-On History of Photography: The Cyanotype

Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of cyanotypes, a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue and white print. Create your own in this unique studio arts program. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Architecture and Public Art Photography

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to take great photographs of architecture and public art. Class discussions include techniques and camera settings for cityscapes, individual buildings, architectural details, contemporary public art, monuments and memorials, and more.

Studio Arts Course

The Photo Essay

Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to create a photo essay, a set of photographs that tells a story or evokes a series of emotions. Homework assignments are designed to encourage students to explore their own personal interests.

Studio Arts Course

Back-to-Basics Boot Camp for Knitters

Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Whether you know how to knit a scarf but not much more, used to knit but now feel rusty, or are confident in your beginning knitting skills but want to make sure you're ready for an intermediate class or project, this workshop is for you.

Studio Arts Course

Botanical Illustration: Watercolor Flowers

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Learn watercolor techniques specific to botanical illustration, including dry brushing and creating small details, while working from sketches or photos of real flowers.

Studio Arts Course

Abstract Watercolor for Beginners

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Learn to embrace and celebrate the unpredictability, versatility, and beauty of watercolor. Class discussions cover supplies; color theory, palettes and pigment control; and various exercises and experiments to achieve different effects.

Studio Arts Course

Build Your Photographic Portfolio

Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Show off your photos like a pro and learn how to assemble a personal portfolio that reflects your best work and your distinctive vision as a photographer.

Studio Arts Workshop

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drawing for the Everyday Overthinker

Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Get out of your head by drawing the world around you. Through simple drawing activities, learn how to better connect with your sense of vision, recognize how your mind colors your actions and experiences, and gain practice stepping away from your thoughts.