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Studio Arts: Art Theory & Practice Classes

Studio Arts Course

Composition

Thursday, September 1, 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 as to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Workshop

Visual Journaling: Creativity Workout

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 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

Visual Journaling: Creativity Intensive

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In three intensive sessions focused on artistic experimentation, create a journal using prompts and focused practices.

Studio Arts Course

Curating a Life: Art as Memoir

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Keep a visual-thinking journal and learn to see like an artist and create personally meaningful works of art in terms of form, theme, and context. Use text, images, and newly developed visual thinking skills to create a “memoir museum”—a handmade map that traces where you’ve been in your life and where you have yet to explore.

Studio Arts Workshop

Color Theory and Chroma-psychology Workshop

Thursday, October 27, 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.

Studio Arts Course

Composition

Monday, October 31, 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)