Fine Arts

Delaware College of Art and Design
" I would highly recommend DCAD. Excellent instruction and professional presentation of course materials." Raymond S.
Fine Arts

DCAD offers a variety of fine arts classes including drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and more – allowing students to explore diverse media and subjects.  Open to beginning and advanced students, classes are guided by professional, exhibiting artists who help students gain creative and technical skills through discussion, studio work and critiques.  

All Continuing Education students have the opportunity to exhibit their work within DCAD’s Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at the annual Continuing Education Exhibition.

Classes are open to the community as part-time, non-degree courses of study.

Join us!  Whether you are interested in sharpening your skills, enhancing your artistic abilities, or advancing your career, we have classes that fit your interests and schedule.  For information, advisement or a tour, contact jcampbell@dcad.edu at 302.622.8867 x.110.

Register now online or via phone (302.622.8867 x.110).

Upcoming Spring classes include:

ART AND DESIGN TUESDAYS
COURSE ID: FA0254
Instructor: Randle Reed
SIX SESSIONS
Tuesday, Apr. 7 – May 12; 6 PM – 9:15 PM
Non-Credit Tuition: $230.00; 2 CEUs
Lab / Material Fee: $30.00
For the adventurous beginner or experienced artist who wishes to expand their artist tool kit, join artist Randle Reed in exploring new techniques and projects each week. Projects include painting in gouache; creating pop-up cards, a collage and a shadow box; learning book binding techniques and how to crochet. Basic materials will be provided; the instructor will share additional recommendations for personalized materials at the first class meeting.

ART JOURNAL WORKSHOP: DRAW, WRITE, DOODLE, DREAM – NEW!
COURSE ID: FA0259
Instructor: Nanci Hersh
FOUR SESSIONS
Thursday, Apr. 9 – Apr. 30; 6 PM – 8 PM
Non-Credit Tuition: $150.00; 1 CEUs
Whether blank pages inspire or intimidate you, this workshop will engage you with the joys of journaling. Using a variety of image-making techniques such as collage, image transfer, and stamping to personalize our journals we will create a sacred space for our writing prompts each week. No experience necessary. Bring a blank journal or sketch book with a cover that will be altered dramatically! An additional small materials list/recommendations will be provided upon registration.

COLOR PALETTE STUDY: PAINTING IN LOW CHROMA – NEW!
COURSE ID: FA0258
Instructor: Raymond Brown
SIX SESSIONS
Saturday, Apr. 11 – May 16; 10 AM – 1 PM
Non-Credit Tuition: $230.00; 2 CEUs
Chroma refers to the purity of a color. Low chroma is achieved by reducing the intensity of a color from its ‘raw’ or unadulterated state by either adding grey of the same value or a complementary color. Though commonly referred to as ‘dulling' a color, the effect of adding low chroma to one’s color palette is to enhance unity and serenity of the overall composition. Using still life and landscape as subject matter, as well as discussing and viewing work by artists such as Giorgio Morandi, students will learn the effects of painting in low and high chroma to achieve dramatic accents and visual emphasis. This class is open to all students.

ENCAUSTIC PAINTING WORKSHOP
COURSE ID: FA0189
Instructor: Nanci Hersh
ONE SESSION
Section II: Saturday, Apr. 11; 10 AM – 4 PM
Non-Credit Tuition: $75.00
Lab / Material Fee: $35.00
Explore encaustic painting, a spontaneous and versatile method of painting with hot, colored wax. Painted on a sturdy support (panel), the painting technique is beautiful on its own or may be layered to create collage and mixed media works. No solvents are used. Please bring your own natural bristle brushes. All other materials provided. All levels welcome. Lunch break will be provided; students may bring lunch or visit a local eatery.

HANDPAINTED SILK WORKSHOP
COURSE ID: FA0247
Instructor: Diane Treacy Keesee
ONE SESSION
Saturday, Mar. 7; 10 AM – 4 PM
Non-Credit Tuition: $75.00
Lab / Material Fee: $50.00
This workshop explores the art of painting silk using dyes and resists which results in an airy, luminous, frequently mysterious, and dream-like quality. Dyes may flow like watercolor or can be thickened to be used with stamps or natural materials to imprint images on the fabric. Using Gutta, wax resist, and french dyes, students will create their own scarf, wall hanging, or pillow case. All materials are supplied (dyes, applicators and silk). A half-hour lunch break will be provided; participants may bring their lunch or visit a local eatery.

MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP – NEW!
COURSE ID: FA0045
Instructor: Erin McNichol
THREE SESSIONS
Monday, Mar. 30 – Apr. 13; 6 PM – 9:15 PM
Non-Credit Tuition: $125.00
Bring your snapshots to life in this hands-on workshop. You will enhance your memories the “old-school” way with fabric, ripped paper and paint. The class will begin with a loose charcoal sketch of your photograph, and you will learn the basics of creating a balanced and dynamic composition. After the initial drawing, you will look for shapes and values that you can depict in various mediums. Tell a story within your piece by using personal scraps, handwriting, and textures to surround your subject. Please come to the class with a black and white photograph printed on paper for reference.

NEW MEDIUMS / NEW PERSPECTIVES – NEW!
COURSE ID: FA0261
Instructor: Susan Benarcik
SIX SESSIONS
Wednesday, Apr. 1 – May 6; 6 PM – 9:15 PM
Non-Credit Tuition: $230.00; 2 CEUs
In this 6 session course, have fun experimenting with a variety of creative mediums that will improve your capacity to trust your intuition while working with diverse mediums such as wax resist (week 1), paper marbling (week 2), photo collage (weeks 3-4), and collaborative sculpture (weeks 5-6). New Mediums/New Perspectives will not only encourage personal expression, but activate your critical thinking, risk-taking, and problem solving skills as you learn how to embrace the joy and frustration that comes from working with unpredictable materials and processes. There are no mistakes in this class, only unsolved problems!  Each session is structured so that there is equal time for creating and reflection on the materials, process, and results.

OPEN FIGURE STUDIO
COURSE ID: FA0136
TWELVE SESSIONS
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – May 5; 6 PM – 9:15 PM
Non-Credit Tuition: $10.00
This uninstructed studio session provides access to the model in a series of short and long poses which artists may draw, paint and/or sculpt. Payment is per session. Artists must bring their own materials.

PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR
COURSE ID: FA0064
Instructor: Rick Phillips
SIX SESSIONS
Sunday, Apr. 12 – May 24; 1 PM – 4 PM
No Class on May 10
Non-Credit Tuition: $230.00; 2 CEUs
Come relax and enjoy the spring season in this 6-week course of painting “in the open air.” The experience of painting out of doors, rather than in the studio, was central to Impressionism.  Beginning and intermediate students will learn travel tricks as well as various painting techniques in order to develop small and medium paintings based on direct observation. Watercolor, acrylic and oil media are welcome. Students are responsible for their own travel to local painting destinations.