Fine Arts

Delaware College of Art and Design
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Fine Arts

Course Listing and Registration

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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).

Winter 2016 Workshops
Introduction to Oil Painting
Both beginning and returning painters will enjoy this course in oil painting basics, including review of appropriate materials, color theory, and the creation of limited and extended color palettes in order to paint still life compositions.   In addition, the use of traditional underpainting techniques will be presented in order to enable students to create a guide for the composition, establish luminescence, and unify the final work.  A materials list will be provided to students upon registration.
Jean Diver
Saturday 1/16 - 2/20 11 AM - 2 PM $230; Returning Students: $207

Learning to See: Drawing for Everyone Part II
Students will practice with tools and techniques in a series of sustained drawings in this class. We will explore concepts of design and develop a personal style of markmaking.  Subject matter is up to the artist. There will be informal critiques and demonstrations.  This class is open to students with some drawing experience.
Amanda Kamen
Wednesday 1/13/2016 - 2/17/2016 6 - 9:15 PM $230; Returning Students: $207

Lino Print Workshop
In this two-week workshop, you will study the fundamentals of the linoleum printing process. Familiarly known as "linocut" this printmaking technique once used a heated sheet of linoleum as a carving surface. Today, a soft carving substrate is used in the very same way to make linocuts. The process is straightforward; areas carved away = white space, areas remaining = colored area. Students begin by drawing a black and white design, then transfer it onto the carvable surface. Using a chisel-like tool, the carved areas leave alternate areas raised- to hold the ink. After ink is applied with roller to the raised areas, you place paper on the surface, apply pressure, and pull a print form the carved surface.  The results are beautiful, one or more colored prints for use as fine art prints or a variety of other works such as greeting cards.
Susan Benarcik
Thursday 1/14 & 1/21  6 - 9:15PM; $75; Returning Student $67.50

Fantasy Character Creation Workshop
Join freelance fantasy artist Kurt Brugel in an adventurous day of drawing:  explore the world of fantastic creations with your imagination (and pencil and paper!).  Guided by Kurt, you will create sword-wielding warriors, flying dragons, monsters, and more!  The day will begin with basic drawing techniques and Kurt’s approach to his work which will enable students to begin drawing their own imaginary creatures.  This workshop is open to courageous students of all experience levels.
Kurt Brugel
Saturday one session - 2/20/2016 10 AM - 4 PM $75; Returning Student $67.50

Classes include:

Alla Prima Painting Techniques

Art Improvisaton: New Mediums/New Perspectives

Coptic Binding: Contemporary Art Book Binding Workshop

Figure Drawing

Gouache Workshop

Inspired by Nature: Drawing Organic Patterns and Forms

Introduction to Oil Painting

Learning to See: Drawing for Everyone

Learning to See: Part II

Mixed Media Workshop

Open Figure Studio

Painting Workshop: Inspiration from Manet

Pen, Ink, & Line Workshop

The Face: Features & Expression

Watercolor Painting

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

 

Alla Prima Painting Techniques

Raymond Brown Saturday 2/27-4/2; 10 AM - 1 PM $230.00

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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Art Improvisaton: New Mediums/New Perspectives

Susan Benarcik Sunday 2/28 - 4/3; 1 - 4 pm $230.00 $20.00 materials fee

Artists produce solutions, manage uncertainty, experiment, explore, transform, collaborate, problem-solve and take risks every day. In this 6 session course, you are invited to experiment with a practicing studio artist with a variety of creative mediums that will activate your risk-taking, and problem-solving skills. Explore processes such as paper-marbling, photo collage, and a collaborative sculpture project - based on the Exquisite Corpse parlor game to  improve your capacity to trust your intuition and think outside the box. Each session will be full of surprise and excitement, with equal time for creating and reflection on the materials, process, and inventive results.

Coptic Binding: Contemporary Art Book Binding Workshop

JoAnne Schiavone Thursday; 5/12; 5/196 - 9:15 PM ;$75 Coptic Binding is a historical binding style from Egypt during the 5th century which has resurfaced under the same name as a contemporary book art binding. This style of book binding opens flat for use and is sewn with a link stitch connecting the covers to the folded pages. Students will create decorative papers to use as book covers and learn the soft bound version as well as a hard bound style. No previous binding experience is necessary. The basic binding methods will be taught the first night.

Figure Drawing

Ellen Durkan Saturday 2/27-4/16; 10 AM - 1 PM $285.00

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 in-depth exploration of the human form will stress anatomical structure, proportion, foreshortening, value and line quality. Develop expressive mark-making and strengthen compositional design.

Gouache Workshop

Zaneta Zubkova Saturday & Sunday, 4/9 & 4/10; 1 - 4 PM; $80

Join artist Zaneta Zubkova for an exploration of the amazing possibilities of gouache. Gouache is an opaque water based paint that has tremendous flexibility, is easy to set up, and has a short drying time. Students will work directly from observation in the studio. There will be individual attention, a group discussion, and a critique. A materials list will be available upon registration.

Inspired by Nature: Drawing Organic Patterns and Forms

Susan Benarcik Thursday 2/25-3/31; 6 - 9:15 PM $230.00

Are you inspired by the natural world - its forms and patterns? In this course, students will identify an organic form found in nature, including but not limited to a sea urchin, bird feather, coral, seed pod, or spider web and make detailed records of its characteristics, habits, and other attributes.  These observations will inform preliminary sketches from various perspectives.  Based on the sketches, students will express the nature of their form in several comprehensive drawings with a single or variety of mediums. The second half of the course will focus on the design of a continuous pattern based on collected observations, sketches, and drawings. This design will consider color, repetition, size and placement of the organic form in the layout with as much consideration one would use to design textile prints.  This class is open to students of all experience levels.

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Introduction to Oil Painting

Jean Diver

WINTER: Saturday, 1/16 - 2/20; 11 AM - 2PM

SPRING: Saturday, 2/27 - 4/2; 11 AM - 2 PM; $230.00

Both beginning and returning painters will enjoy this course in oil painting basics, including review of appropriate materials, color theory, and the creation of limited and extended color palettes in order to paint still life compositions. In addition, the use of traditional underpainting techniques will be presented in order to enable students to create a guide for the composition, establish luminescence, and unify the final work. A materials list will be provided to students upon registration.

Learning to See: Drawing for Everyone

Amanda Kamen Wednesday 2/24 - 3/30; 6 - 9:15 PM $230.00

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 life-like 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.

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Open Figure Studio

Jane Tajzler Tuesday 2/23 - 5/10; 6 - 9:15 PM $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.

Learning to See Part II

Amanda Kamen Wednesday 4/6 - 5/11; 6 - 9:15 PM $230

Students will practice with tools and techniques in a series of sustained drawings in this class. We will explore concepts of design and develop a personal style of markmaking.  Subject matter is up to the artist. There will be informal critiques and demonstrations.  This class is open to students with some drawing experience.

Painting Workshop: Inspiration from Manet

Rick Phillips; Tuesday 2/23 - 3/29; 6 - 9:15 PM $230

Be inspired by the works of Edouard Manet, French painter and graphic designer who approached composition and design in a fresh, direct, and modern way.  Through study, discussion, demonstration, and hands-on work, students will be moved to incorporate techniques to create their own still life paintings based on observation.  Students may work in oils, acrylics, or watercolors.

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Pen, Ink and Line Workshop

Alexi Natchev; Saturday 3/5 10 AM - 1 PM $50

Join Alexi Natchev, Area Coordinator for DCAD's Illustration program, for a workshop that will introduce students to the versatility and vitality of drawing with pen & ink.  The workshop will include basic tools and exercises as well as more advanced techniques to create light, shade, and texture.  The workshop will begin with a practice of mark-making, followed by simple drawings of objects from observation, then will conclude with original creations of each students' choice.  This workshop is open to both beginning & advanced students.

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The Face: Features & Expression

Olga Nielsen Monday 2/20-3/28; 6 - 9:15 PM $230.00

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.

Watercolor Painting

Michael Robear Thursday 2/25 - 4/28; 6 - 9:15 PM $355.00 $30.00 materials fee

If you have found this medium to be frightening, difficult and unforgiving, or perhaps this is your first attempt – fear no more! This course will begin with a solid understanding of traditional techniques such as washes, bleeds and layering. Students will then explore the expressive qualities of the medium and its changing effects on a variety of paper and end the course by developing a painting from start to finish.

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