Fine Arts

Delaware College of Art and Design
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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).

Summer Classes include:

Figure & Portrait Sculpture 

Painting en Plein Air

Open Figure Studio

The Face:  Features & Expression

Learning to See:  Drawing for Everyone

Figure Drawing

Alla Prima Painting Techniques

Illustrated Greeting Cards

Still Life Oil Painting

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Encaustic Painting

Children's Nursery Rhyme Illustration

ETSY Workshop

 

 

FIGURE & PORTRAIT SCULPTURE

COURSE ID: FA0036

Instructor: Harold Kalmus

TEN SESSIONS

Mon. & Thurs., June 9 – July 10; 6 PM – 9:15 PM

NON–CREDIT Tuition: $355; 3 CEUS

This course will explore the materials and

methods for figure or portrait sculpture while

working from a live model. Students may choose

to work on a full figure or life-size portrait. This

course is intended for students of any level

interested in developing a sound foundation in

figure sculpture or improving their existing skills.

Working with clay from live models on a series

of figure studies, students will focus on gesture,

proportion, and basic anatomy, with an emphasis

on honing three-dimensional perception and the

creation of sculptures with full and rich volume.

Students will be provided with a materials list upon

registration.

 

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PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR

COURSE ID: FA0064

Instructor: DCAD Faculty

SIX SESSIONS

Sunday, June 15 – July 20; 1 PM – 4 PM

NON–CREDIT Tuition: $230; 2 CEUs

Come relax and enjoy the summer 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 observational drawings. Watercolor,

acrylic and oil media are welcome.

 

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THE FACE: FEATURES & EXPRESSION

COURSE ID: FA0246

Instructor: Olga Nielsen

SIX SESSIONS

Thursday, June 19 – July 24; 6 PM – 9:15 PM

NON–CREDIT Tuition: $230; 2 CEUS

An in-depth study for those who wish to better

understand, draw or paint facial features. Through

the creation of oversized studies of the eyes,

nose, ear and mouth, students will gain greater

confidence and skill in rendering both features and

expressions. This class is open to both beginning

and advanced students.

 

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LEARNING TO SEE: DRAWING FOR EVERYONE

COURSE ID: FA0001

Instructor: Bradley LaMere

SIX SESSIONS

Monday, July 28 – Sept. 1; 6 PM – 9:15 PM

NON–CREDIT Tuition: $230; 2 CEUs

Learn to draw anything in this drawing course,

open for beginners to experienced artists.

Whether you want to be the next Rembrandt or

simply want to get a handle on the mechanics of

drawing, this class will focus on understanding the

fundamentals. Through the careful study of still life

and models, students will learn how to create lifelike

drawings of the surrounding environment. We

will discuss measuring and sighting, as well as basic

concepts of design. Along with working from still

life and models, there will be historical discussions,

casual critiques and demonstrations. The mediums

used in this class will be charcoal and pencil. A

materials list will be provided at registration. Please

bring all basic drawing materials to the first class

meeting. No experience necessary.

 

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OPEN FIGURE STUDIO

COURSE ID: FA0136

SIX SESSIONS

Tuesday, June 10 – July 15; 6 PM – 9:15 PM

NON–CREDIT Fee per session: $10

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.

 

FIGURE DRAWING

COURSE ID: FA0070

Instructor: Ellen Durkan

EIGHT SESSIONS

Mon. & Wed., June 9 – July 2; 6 PM – 9:15 PM

NON–CREDIT Tuition: $285; 2.6 CEUs

Understanding the human figure is a fundamental

skill for visual artists. This course will focus

on drawing from live models. Tackle complex

figurative forms through careful observation

and innovative drawing techniques. This indepth

exploration of the human form will stress

anatomical structure, proportion, foreshortening,

value and line quality. Develop expressive markmaking

and strengthen compositional design.

 

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ALLA PRIMA PAINTING TECHNIQUES

COURSE ID: FA0237

Instructor: Raymond Brown

SIX SESSIONS

Saturday, August 2 – September 6; 10 AM – 1 PM

NON–CREDIT Tuition: $230; 2 CEUS

Alla Prima means “all-at-once”, completing a

painting in one sitting. It is a time honored

technique practiced by artists from Rembrandt

to Van Gogh and beyond. Participants will begin

with a limited color palette, and advance toward

a full color range, painting directly, completing one

painting per class. Explore this exciting method

through still life and self-portraiture. Open to all

levels, but some drawing and painting background

will enhance the experience.

 

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ILLUSTRATED GREETING CARDS

COURSE ID: IL0012

Instructor: Amanda Kamen

FIVE SESSIONS

DATES CHANGED TO Wednesday, July 30 - August 27; 6 PM – 9:15 PM

NON-CREDIT Tuition: $200

Choose the occasions, create your own narrative,

and experiment with various media in this fun

and fast-paced class, designed to help you explore

your creative voice. From developing your ideas to

exploring fonts, transfer and applique techniques,

gouache, watercolor, ink, colored pencil, and

developing a collection, students will have an

opportunity to develop their own illustrated cards

with personality.

 

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STILL LIFE OIL PAINTING

COURSE ID: FA0071

Instructor: Carol Tippit Woolworth

SIX SESSIONS

Tuesday, June 10 – July 15; 6 PM – 9:15 PM

NON-CREDIT Tuition: $230; 2 CEUS

CREDIT Tuition: $450; 1 Credit

Enjoy the journey of developing a fresh

appreciation of magnificent and humble

compositions through basic drawing exercises,

simple grisaille painting and beyond. By learning

from the master, Paul Cézanne, students will

emerge as masters of the still life. “With an

apple I will astonish Paris,” said Cézanne, and

using Cézanne’s work as an inspiration, students

will recreate compositions and apply their own

sensibilities to their paintings, ultimately creating

an original and extraordinary still life painting in

oils.

 

 

 

 

 

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ENCAUSTIC PAINTING

COURSE ID: FA0189

Instructor: Nanci Hersh

TWO SESSIONS

Saturday – Sunday, August 9 & 10; 10 AM – 4 PM

NON–CREDIT Tuition: $75; Materials Fee: $35

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.

 

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DIGITAL PAINTING WITH PHOTOSHOP

COURSE ID: GD0082

Instructor: Rob Whitehead

ONE SESSION

Saturday, July 26; 1 PM – 5 PM

NON–CREDIT Tuition: $65

Painting with Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud will

begin with a photo of your choosing that you wish

to convert to a digital painting. From there you will

learn about proper brush selection, color selection

& mixing, which details to keep and which to

lose in your finished piece; creating a pleasing

rendition of your original photograph. Because

this workshop is focused on teaching techniques

for digital painting in Photoshop, it is highly

recommended that you are already familiar with

Photoshop before getting started. This workshop

will focus on a using a landscape image for the

class tutorial as opposed to a portrait photo. If you

do not have an original landscape image, one will

be provided by the instructor.

 

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DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN

COURSE ID: FA0170

Instructor: Linda Jo Russell

THREE SESSIONS

Friday – Sunday, July 25, 26 & 27; 9:30 AM – 5 PM

NON-CREDIT Tuition: $300

In this hands-on workshop, students learn to

draw with techniques based on the work of Betty

Edwards, author of the renowned book Drawing

on the Right Side of the Brain. The course begins

with an introduction to the theory and follows

a step-by-step process specifically designed for

individuals who have never drawn before. The

fundamental premise is that anyone can learn to

draw with proper guidance. Students develop their

perceptual skills (ability to see) through exercises

focusing on contour lines, positive/ negative space,

sighting and light/shadow relationships. This

workshop combines lecture and studio exercises

in a nurturing environment. Lunch breaks will be

scheduled; students may bring their lunch to class.

 

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HOW TO ETSY WORKSHOP

COURSE ID: FA0242

Instructor: Kati Driscoll

TWO SESSIONS

NON–CREDIT Tuition: $75

Thursday, July 17 – July 24; 6 PM – 9:15 PM

Ever wanted to open your own online shop

to sell your vintage treasures or handmade

creations? Attend our workshop where you’ll

learn more about Etsy – a large and vibrant online

marketplace. With more than 19 million members,

more than 800,000 active shops and more than 42

million unique visitors each month, Etsy provides

a place for artists, creatives, makers and DIYers to

sell their handmade goods and vintage gems. Join

Etsy artist Kati Driscoll in this workshop to find out

how to get your shop started on Etsy or optimize

your existing shop. Please bring a sample of your

work to the first class meeting.

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CHILDREN'S NURSERY RHYME

ILLUSTRATION

COURSE ID: IL0011

Instructor: Alexi Natchev

FOUR SESSIONS

Monday, June 16 – July 7; 6 PM – 9:15 PM

NON-CREDIT Tuition: $200

Join DCAD’s Area Coordinator for Illustration,

Alexi Natchev, in creating your own illustration

for a nursery rhyme. Students should be prepared

to experiment with the tools, materials, and

techniques required to create a visually appealing

illustration. Through demonstration, studio

work, and critiques, this class provides students

with a rare opportunity to work with an awardwinning

illustrator who has exhibited his work

internationally as well as published over 15 books

with major American publishers. The class will also

cover the process of illustrating and designing a

picture book, from manuscript to finished

book. Students should bring a sample

or two of existing, published rhymes to

inspire their work.

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