Public Education Courses

Deepen your practice through course instruction that complements and enhances skills, knowledge, and concept.

View our current course offerings below. Our course table is sortable by medium, price, day of the week, faculty name, and course title to help you find what you are looking for. Trying to locate a specific class? Use the search bar below to type in keywords.

Courses fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early registration is recommended.

Course schedules are posted online days prior to the registration start date.

SPRING 2018
Registration opens Dec 1, 2017
Courses run late Jan–Apr

SUMMER 2018
Registration opens Apr 1, 2018
Courses run Jun–Aug

FALL 2018
Registration opens Jul 1, 2018
Courses run Sep–early Dec

Fall 2018 Course Schedule

The Vault: Open-Genre Writing Studio
September 15–November 10 (no class October 13)
10am–1pm
Saturday Genine Lentine Cultivate your writing through generative exercises, feedback, readings, and guided discussions in this course focused on sustaining a resilient writing practice and tapping into your receptive creative process. $60/session or $385 for all 8 sessions Register
Chance Drawing + Sculpture: The Cracks and the Dice
September 11- October 9
7:30-10:30 pm
Tuesday Joanne Easton Through drawing and sculpture, explore methods of chance, randomness, and indeterminacy as a means of discovery. $295 Drawing, New Genres, Sculpture Register
Photoshop Basics
September 11- October 16
6:30- 9:30pm
Tuesdays Elisabeth Ajtay Learn how to manage image files, as well as how to remove, correct, and manipulate images in this class focused on gaining a deeper understanding of Photoshop. $295 Photography Register
Critical Symbology: Interdisciplinary Critique Seminar
September 18- October 23
6:30-9:30 pm
Tuesdays Eric Carson We see over a thousand images each day. How do we use them and how are we used by them? In this class we will investigate the ways symbol and imagery are used personally, commercially, and politically to convey meaning. You’ll create buddhist style mandalas, mock scientific diagrams, logo mutilations, and other beautiful paradoxes as we put image saturated culture to work for us. $295 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Video as an Expression of Self in the Environment
September 18- October 23
6:30–9:30pm
Tuesdays Raheleh Minoosh Zomorodinia Investigate the relationship between “Self” and the environment in this video installation course focused on personal identity. $295 Film Register
Creative Mixed-Media Still Life
October 16- November 20
6:30–9:30pm
Tuesdays Carey Lin Using colored pencil, collage, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, learn still life basics and create mixed-media pieces based on colorful, dynamic compositions. $295 Drawing Register
Contemplative Drawing
September 12- November 28
6:30–9:30pm
Wednesdays Sarah Ammons Sync your hands with your eyes and practice contemplative drawing in this course focused on working from life, pattern, figure, and concept. $530 Drawing Register
Portrait Painting
September 12- December 5 (no class November 21 due to Thanksgiving holiday)
7:30–10:30pm
Wednesdays Ingrid V. Wells Develop a series of three portraits using your own source material in this class tailored to the specific needs of participating students through an individual tutorial approach. $530 Painting Register
Drawing Through Photographs
September 12- October 31
6:30-9:30 pm
Wednesdays Jacob Kincheloe Use photographic sources to create drawings as you explore both the technical and conceptual side of working from photos, including the strategies of various artists who follow the same practice. $385 Drawing Register
Personal Projects
September 12- October 10
6:30–9:30pm
Wednesdays Victoria Mara Heilweil Receive individualized feedback to move your personal photographic project forward and into the world in this course focused on developing strategies for maximum progress. $245 Photography Register
Abstraction Concentration
September 19- November 7
7:30–10:30pm
Wednesdays Alice Gould Explore abstract painting as you experiment with brush choices, palette knives, color investigations, painting mediums and complete a series of works. $480 Painting Register
Outdoor Installation
October 17- December 5 (no session November 21 due to Thanksgiving holiday)
6:30–9:30pm
Wednesdays Annie Albagli Create site responsive work in this course focused on process and one’s relation to site from new vantage points. $345 Sculpture Register
Everyday Ceramics
October 3- November 7
6:30–9:30pm
Wednesdays Alyssa Block Expand your skills in hand-building ceramic sculptures as we use cardboard maquettes, paper patterns, slumping, handbuilding, and glazing to realize a body of work that references familiar objects. $295 Sculpture Register
Suspended Sculpture
October 3- October 31
7:30–10:30pm
Wednesdays Vanessa Gingold Consider the sculptural possibilities of the suspended object--inspired by Calder’s mobiles and contemporary design and installation--you will work with mixed media to create hanging sculptures and installations through playful experimentation. $195 Sculpture Register
Exploring Installation Art
September 13- November 15
6:30–9:30pm
Thursdays Amy M. Ho Discuss, explore, and create your own installation art as you learn of how artists address their surrounding environment through design and creation. $480 New Genres Register
Introduction to Oil Painting
September 13- December 6 (no session Nov 21 due to Thanksgiving)
7:30–10:30pm
Thursdays Robert Xavier Burden Oil painting fundamentals, such as drawing, brushwork, color theory, and the technical manipulation of paint will further your skills along with demonstrations, and exercises designed to encourage new ideas in a positive atmosphere as you complete three paintings during the course. $530 Painting Register
Advanced Photography Tutorial
September 13- December 6 (no session November 22 due to Thanksgiving holiday)
7:30–10:30pm
Thursdays Chris Grunder Receive focused feedback on your personal photography projects in this course with an intensive tutorial structure aimed at substantive individual progress. $530 Photography Register
Color + Context: Natural Dyes from the Local Landscape
September 20- November 8
6:30–9:30pm
Thursdays Rebecca Foster This class will explore the natural landscape as material as you create natural dyes, inks, and watercolors from locally-sourced plants and vegetables to use in your practice. $385 Artist-Driven Experience, Printmaking Register
Artists’ Books: Voices and Visions
September 8 - October 20th no class October 6
10am–1pm
Saturdays Ariel Hansen Strong Explore the artist's book as a vehicle for voice and creative vision while learning a variety of printmaking and bookbinding techniques. $315 Printmaking Register
Advanced Painting Lab + Seminar
September 8–November 17 (no class Sept 22, Oct 6 or Nov 10)
10am–1pm
Saturdays Danielle Lawrence This advanced painting course is designed to help you develop an individual aesthetic based on conceptual prompts that will be used to enhance critical and conceptual thinking and to help you be able to defend your ideas in a critique setting. $385 Painting Register
Creative Lighting Techniques
September 15- October 20
10am–1pm
Saturdays Alex Peterson Learn how to properly set up and operate a variety of strobes, lighting modifiers, continuous lighting, mixed lighting sources, and natural light for use in portraits, still life, and product photography. $295 Photography Register
Printmaking with Botanicals: Layered Compositions
September 22- November 3 no class October 6
10am–1pm
Saturdays Rebecca Rippon Use plants directly in the process of building an image in multiple printmaking disciplines including etching, and monotypes in this course emphasizing experimentation. $295 Printmaking Register
Introduction to Figure Drawing
September 29- November 3
10am–1pm
Saturdays Ignacio Rojas Gain a heightened understanding of the relationships between the body’s various parts and features through focused observation in order to further inform, investigate, and grow individual studio practices. $295 Drawing Register