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STUDIO ART COURSES + WORKSHOPS
SUMMER 2014

View the online Summer 2014 Continuing Education catalog or review all summer courses below!

DRAWING
PAINTING
GRAPHIC DESIGN / ILLUSTRATION
DIGITAL MEDIA
PHOTOGRAPHY
VIDEO
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY

DRAWING
Anatomy for Figure Drawing

Gerry Hoag
Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (July 14-18)
DRW 4110-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This course will teach basic anatomy for successful figure drawing. Studying and drawing live models, you will learn the bones and muscles of the body as well as fundamental proportions, gesture and structure. There will be field trips to the drawing and print collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Through listening to in-gallery talks and observing Old Master works you will further your understanding of fine, anatomically-based figure drawings. Demonstrations, slides, lectures and critiques will be structured into the course.

Making Marks: Introduction to Drawing
Ria Brodell
Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (June 23–27)
DRW 1045-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This course is designed to improve your powers of perception, expose you to a wide range of techniques and methods of drawing and to help you find your personal voice in the medium. We will investigate a variety of problems and possibilities in drawing through the exploration of a wide range of processes, materials and techniques. Issues of mark-making, process, control and accident will be emphasized. We will experiment with the expressive potential of line, tone and mood to explore a variety of graphic techniques. A goal of this intensive will be for you to develop foundational skills as well as personal styles in drawing. We also will investigate line, shape, shading, value, scale, structure, space, composition and perspective while working from still lives, interiors, landscapes and objects from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Expressive Figure with Mixed Media
Mara Metcalf
Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (June 16–20)
DRW 2130-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

Would you like to take a new approach to your figure drawings? Are you curious about combining wet and dry media? Have you wanted to experiment with figure sources and explore the human form using more than direct observation? Are you hoping to create images that communicate your point of view as well as reflecting the spirit of your subject? The relationship between expression, ideas, and the physical nature of mark making is powerful. In this course we will use both observation and invention of the figure in combination with exploration of water based media on paper. You will be encouraged to think about what you see in ways that go beyond perception. The course will allow you to focus on ways of working with pen and ink, watercolor or acrylic as you envision the body. Your skills will be strengthened through practice and your awareness enhanced by presentations of contemporary drawings. Exploration of invented and distorted bodies will be encouraged. We will experiment with photo and collage sources for "figures", as well as those found through the sub-conscious. This course is suitable for students with little or no life drawing experience but want to utilize figures as a way to find and make meaning.

Observational Drawing
Mela Lyman
Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (July 14-18)
DRW 1030-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920
This studio course is devoted to observational drawing techniques and interpretation.
Attention to composition, light, gesture and line, will lay the foundation for personal expression and exploration. Specific attention will be given to proportion, foreshortening and traditional methods, including systems of perspective. Mixed media and traditional drawing media are welcome; charcoal, pencil, sumi ink and brush as well as oil stick medium, brush and pallet knife.
In addition this course will focus on examples of "Still Life," broadly interpreted, with examples from Golden Age painting and drawing, Cubism, Pop Art and other resources to the present. Subject matter and technique, experimentation with media, and personal interpretation will inform our work for this course. This course is open to all; the experienced and beginning student alike.

Drawing from Nature
Andrea Evans
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am-6 pm
Three day workshop (June 30 -July 2)
DRW 1019-N1
Non-Credit / Tuition: $510

In this course, we will examine the complexities and intricacies of drawing from nature. Part of each class will be spent sketching in natural settings throughout Boston, and then we will return to the studio to develop these sketches into finished drawings. With a focus on a personal point of view, you will learn how to create strong compositions and to translate what you see into dynamic drawings. Through the lens of the natural world, you will build skills in mark-making, value, color, and perspective. Special attention will be given on how to approach the complex textures and details found within nature. Techniques in graphite, charcoal, color pencil, and pastel will be covered. This course is open to all levels.

PAINTING
In the Mix: Combining Drawing and Painting

Patrick Carter
> Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (June 16–20)
PAI 2130-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

Explore the various possibilities that arise when you combine drawing and painting. You will work from a foundation of traditional drawing and painting methods and introduce several new approaches to help expand your options and range. You may choose to work exclusively with one medium or experiment with a variety of materials. While one medium may be suitable most of the time, in some instances it may be appropriate to introduce other media in order to create new possibilities (such as paint or color within the drawing, drawing in the painting, gouache within the ink wash or collage in the painting). The objective of the course is to create a supportive atmosphere in which you will acquire a sound foundation for drawing and painting and discover a natural and personal direction. We will use the nude model as our point of departure and explore other personal subjects for individuals.

Watercolor and Water-Based Mixed Media
Heidi Whitman
Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (July 7–11)
PAI 1093-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

In this course you will work on projects from a variety of sources: still-life, found materials including photographs, journals, and maps, and the imagination. We will discuss ways to effectively use and combine media such as ink, watercolor, gouache, acryla gouache, acrylic, collage and drawing materials. You will work on a variety of papers and panels in this mixed-media course; this experimentation will help you to develop your technique and personal imagery. Weekly out of class assignments will expand on in-class work. Class discussions, critiques, visual presentations, and visits to galleries, artists' studios and the Museum of Fine Arts are integral to the course.

Intersections: Painting and Photography
Ron Rizzi
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9 am–4:30 pm
Two weeks (July 22–31)
PAI 110-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

In this course we will explore the challenges and rewards of working with photographs. The use of photographic source material is crucial to much of current painting practice. The central focus of the course is to help students acquire the skills to effectively integrate photography into their studio practice. We pay attention to the intersection of multiple modes of seeing and production due to the impact of digital photography and how this alters the meaning and practice of painting. We look at new modes of representation and work toward developing a deeper understanding of the conventions painters employ and the immense power and possibilities in the act of painting today. Students will develop their ability to capture and edit photographic material with particular attention to the use of digital cameras. These edited photographs become the source for a major painting project along with studies and smaller works. Techniques of painting and ways of transferring images to the painted surface will be examined and applied in practice.

Figuring Paint: Intermediate
Ron Rizzi
Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm
One week (June 23–27)
PAI 3002-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This course takes students beyond the reductive modernist approach to figure painting and provokes an in depth exploration of new possibilities. You will be working with rigor and precision toward acquiring skills in painting the figure from observation. Students will learn to distinguish description and structure, explore what their work says about the body and their experience, and examine the formal and conceptual roots of observation and mimesis. Painters will acquire skills in creating form, space and light. We will look critically at received ideas about paint, including the value of gesture and spontaneity. The course includes group and individual critiques, slide shows, and readings. Attention and energy will be given to every aspect of the painting process including loving care in preparing grounds and mediums and students will be encouraged to develop organized methods of laying out the palette and mixing colors. Students will be encouraged to energetically explore the lineage of artists who have developed the language of the practice and explore the singularities and ruptures in the practice including the impact of contemporary technologies. Students should expect to enhance their formal vocabulary, including their skills at controlling color and form. There will be regular discussions and group critiques and students will be supported and encouraged to articulate critical views of their work and the work of other painters.

Painting with Acrylics
Ria Brodell
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 am-1 pm
Three day workshop (June 10–12)
PAI 1030-N1
Non-Credit / Tuition: $255
In this course we will explore the versatile medium of acrylic paint. You will learn fundamental painting skills and techniques while working from still life objects, personal imagery, the Museum of Fine Arts' collection or your own imagination. You will develop your own personal style while learning various methods of paint application, elements of composition, color relationships, how to incorporate mixed media and create a variety of surface textures. You will leave the workshop with a solid foundation in acrylic painting techniques and the ability to use the versatile qualities of acrylics.

Step by Step: Oil Painting for Beginners
Laura Fischman
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:15-10 pm
Three day workshop (July 22–24)
PAI 1141-N1
Non-Credit / Tuition: $200

This workshop will introduce you to the materials and techniques of painting with oil-based paint. The workshop will begin with demonstrations, followed by individual and group critiques of your work as you learn how to develop a painting from start to finish. Lessons will cover blending and shading, the color wheel, using value, hue and chroma, shapes and composition, as well as the tools of the trade such as brushes, mediums and painting surfaces.

GRAPHIC DESIGN / ILLUSTRATION
Illustrating Children's Books

Ilse Plume
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:15–10 pm
Six weeks (June 9–July 16)
DES 1016-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

Experience firsthand the wonder of children's book creation! The objective of this course is to enable you to produce your own children's book "dummy," a mock-up suitable to present for publication. More advanced students may work toward submitting illustrations to the Bologna Book Fair. Throughout the semester we will focus on issues of style, color and design. We will discuss topics such as layout, characterization, pace and mood, and their relationship to illustration. Assignments will allow you to experiment with various media and to work toward a consistent style. As your work develops, your manuscript will be continually cross-critiqued by the instructor and students. We also will examine the various types of children's books currently in the marketplace and you will become familiar with the current demands of editors, publishers and agents in the publishing industry. Prerequisite: A beginning illustration course or some drawing experience.

Fundamentals of 2-D Design
Kevin Dacey
>Mondays and Wednesdays 6:15–10 pm
Six weeks (June 9–July 16)
DES 1021-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

Kevin Dacey
>Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm
One week (July 28–August 1)
DES 1021-S2
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

2-D Design is an introductory lecture/studio course that offers students an opportunity to discover and search out basic principles, language and concepts inherent in 2-dimensional visual language systems. Students will learn to evaluate art and design work, to apply principles to class work, develop a visual vocabulary, to think visually and to analyze critically. Students will also learn about techniques and materials through hands-on projects coupled with homework assignments. Projects will expose students to traditional methods of working with surface as well as digital tools and environments. A balance between traditional hand manipulation and computer based exercises will most accurately respond to the reality artists and designers find themselves in today. Lectures, demonstrations, group discussions and critiques are complemented by hands-on studio problems designed to stimulate student exploration and experimentation.

Intermediate Graphic Design
Joanne Breiner
>Monday-Friday 9 am- 6 pm
One week (June 16-20)
DES 2066-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

Joanne Breiner
>Monday-Friday 9 am- 6 pm
One week (July 7-11)
DES 2066-S2
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This course is for students who have taken Beginning Graphic Design or an equivalent course and are looking to gain further experience solving real-world graphic design problems while producing portfolio pieces. Emphasizing hands-on studio work on the computer with minimal lecture time, this course will focus on learning efficient work habits and on developing an arsenal of problem solving techniques. Discussions about conceptual ideas and design development through completed projects will include analysis of typography, color, layout and content decisions and options. By the end of the course, you will have created four to five portfolio pieces suitable for presentation at job interviews.

Introduction to Typography
Charles Gibbons
>Mondays and Wednesdays 6:15- 10 pm
Six weeks (June 9-July 16)
DES 1014-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

Charles Gibbons
>Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm
One week (July 21–25)
DES 1014-S2
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This introductory course will lead to the knowledge of creating and organizing letters, words, sentences and paragraphs to visually communicate an idea, and promises to help develop your creative processes in new and powerful ways. Topics include the anatomy of letterforms, type history and classification systems, how to choose type, legibility, readability and the expressive qualities of type. Course methods include discussions and critiques, slide show lectures and demonstrations, as well as hands-on problem-solving exercises and assignments. While this is not a software-based course, there will be frequent use of Macintosh computers. This course is suitable for beginning and intermediate graphic designers or for individuals developing their professional skills in visual communications.

Beginning Graphic Design
Kelsy Stromski
>Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:15–10 pm
Six weeks (June 17–July 24)
DES 1012-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

Kelsy Stromski
>Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (July 28–August 1)
DES 1012-S2
2 Credits / Tuition: $920
This course explores the potential of graphic design. We will focus on the creation of a concept to amplify content while also developing sensitivity to the relationships between typography and image, symbolism, language and text. Throughout the course, emphasis will shift from idea generation and design theory to technical skills. Lectures on creativity, design and color theory, graphic design and letterform history and typography are a regular part of the course. The course will focus on the harmonization of all elements of design with a conscious understanding of the intention with which elements are chosen, organized and created. The course accommodates beginners and more advanced students who are building a portfolio.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Bebe Beard
Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (June 9–13)
DES 2028-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This course has two objectives: to help you become proficient in Illustrator, a premier design application, and to develop your ability to use Illustrator in solving a range of graphic design problems. You will learn basic Illustrator skills such as drawing, type, layers, masks, painting and gradients, and how to apply these basic techniques to design issues related to logo and typographic design, touching briefly on the integration of Illustrator and Photoshop. If you have some experience with the Macintosh computer and want to learn what you can accomplish in graphic design using the computer as a tool, this introductory course will provide the requisite Adobe Illustrator skills.

Intermediate Illustration
Ethan Haynes
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:15-10 pm
Six weeks (June 10-July 17)
DES 2063-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This course continues your exploration of illustration by expanding and refining your illustration skills, and by simulating the experience of a professional freelance illustrator. Weekly homework assignments will be drawn from previously illustrated components in books, magazines and newspapers. We will cover concept development by discussing text and ideas before beginning sketches, then proceed from sketches to finished art. Assignments will range from spot illustrations in black and white to larger color pieces. You may work in any medium or on a computer. Each class will consist of the presentation of a topic, samples of artful illustration, and critiques of assignments. This course utilizes group participation and accommodates individual needs. We will do some in-class work, and whenever possible, we will hear from guest art directors and professional illustrators. This course is ideal both for those considering a career in the graphic arts or for those who enjoy, and draw inspiration from, the written word. Prerequisite: A beginning illustration course or equivalent, or some drawing experience.

DIGITAL MEDIA
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Alexa Thayer
Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (July 7–11)
CMP 1059-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This course will begin with basic Adobe Photoshop techniques such as selecting objects, copying and pasting, color correction, photo retouching, montage and collage. As your skills develop you will incorporate more advanced features into your work using layers, masks, paths, colorizing and duotones. We also will cover the basics of scanning reflective art, negatives, slides and video capture. By working with Photoshop images, you will gain an understanding of resolution and output options. Prerequisite: Knowledge of the Macintosh computer.

Life Drawing with Adobe Photoshop
Brian Reeves
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:15-10 pm
Six weeks (June 10—July 17)
CMP 1035-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This course focuses on drawing from observation in the traditional modes of still life, portrait, and figure studies using the mouse, trackpad, and drawing tablet instead of charcoal, pencil, and ink wash. Participants will gain proficiency and comfort in using a wide range of tools provided within the latest version of Photoshop that also happen to be necessary for more photographic projects, including those which make additive and subtractive marks and then editing these images with the help of QuickMask Mode and layer masks. Students will learn to take advantage of the software's capacity to capture multiple states of a drawing for both risk-free risk-taking, of the History Brush tool allowing for selective undo, and how to record the development and refinement of their images for animated playback.
As with many life drawing courses using traditional media, some emphasis will be placed on overcoming the challenges involved with capturing visual perceptions, including analysis of proportion, negative space, and perspectival distortions. No degree of comfort with life drawing or Adobe Photoshop is required to participate or succeed.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Digital Imaging Immersion: Introduction

Joanna Tam
Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (June 16–20)
PHT 2039-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This five-day digital imaging course is an introduction to the world of digital photography. The goal is to bring clarity to the digital process so that you may spend more time creating images. You will explore topics such as how to manage color correctly and easily, and how to acquire images (scanning film or processing RAW files with Camera Raw) using the latest version of Photoshop. You will work with your own images (film or file) and cover the basics—from simple layering techniques to the best ways to convert color to black-and-white and to print and sharpen both black-and-white and color images. In addition to an extensive introduction to the tools and uses of Photoshop, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully navigate Epson printer software and make the most of your work in print form.

Digital Printing Bootcamp
Sarah Pollman
Monday and Tuesday 6:15-10 pm
Two day workshop (July 28-29)
PHT 1023-N1
Non-Credit / Tuition: $170

In this intensive workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of printing with professional inkjet printers. By examining color theory and color management, students will master digital workflow for optimal output of images. We will learn both global and spot corrections via Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom and Camera Raw. Experiments with multiple paper surfaces will offer opportunities to understand ICC profiles, rendering intents and media types. Additionally, the class will touch on scanning film for digital output. Students should bring previously shot images to work with in class. While some paper and print credits (which pay for ink) will be provided for the class, students will be responsible for purchasing their own paper and print credits for larger projects.

VIDEO
Video 1

Mary Ellen Strom
Monday–Friday 9 am–6 pm
One week (June 9–13)
VID 1004-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

This is an intensive course, designed to give you the skills to become a technically proficient video maker. You will produce an individual project through hands-on instruction in camera composition, lighting, sound and editing. We will survey and analyze current trends in video and digital art practices through screenings, and will explore a wide range of possibilities for video art production including single-channel, installation and Internet projects. We provide access to equipment including HD cameras, microphones, lighting kits and Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing systems, computers for multi-channel installation and video projectors and flat screens for image display. This course offers you an expansive opportunity to explore your ideas and video technology in a warm and encouraging environment.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY
Content: Developing Your Personal Imagery
Rhoda Rosenberg
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9 am- 4:30 pm
Two weeks (June 10-19)
FND 1030-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

Artists universally struggle with questions like "What do I want to say?" "How can I say what I want to say?" and "What does my work mean?" Investigation into one's own imagery happens before, during and after the art making process. The choice of objects, forms, space, color, light and dark are only a few of the elements of the individual language that artists constantly develop and understand. This course is designed to help you get in touch with your personal imagery, connect to its meaning, and develop visual skills to express yourself. Through a series of exercises using a variety of 2-D and 3-D materials and techniques you will have the opportunity to discover more about yourself and your artwork.

Visual Journal
Rhoda Rosenberg
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9 am-4:30 pm
Two weeks (July 22-July 31)
CRX 1085-S1
2 Credits / Tuition: $920

For centuries artists have been keeping journals. The written word, sketches and boxed collections are but part of this vast repertoire of record keeping and personal documentation. This course will offer students the opportunity to learn more about this process. Using a variety of issues and techniques students will explore and share methods and formats that will document their ideas, dreams from their past and their daily experiences. Text, as a public and private source of expression as well as developing personal iconography through symbols and mark making, will be examined. Also included will be projects using traditional and experimental constructions and materials for containers that best suit the content of the journal.

You Need an Online Portfolio
Bill Maass
Wednesdays 6:15-10 pm
Seven weeks (June 11—July 23)
CRX 1065-N1
Non-Credit / Tuition: $510

It's 2014, everything is online. Your artist portfolio is no exception. An online portfolio is a requirement for the contemporary artist—especially those who are just beginning their creative careers. Whether you are applying for a job, engaging a curator, or simply interested in sharing your work with the world at large, an online portfolio is the modern method. But most of us knew that already, it's getting started that's the hard part. Fear not, this class will give you the leg up you're looking for. Students will gain a clear understanding of their options for building an online portfolio*, exposure to strategies other creatives are taking to position themselves, knowledge of user interface/user experience design best practices and a working online portfolio. *In this course we will be taking advantage of the robust, user-friendly, and affordable website creator squarespace.com to empower students to begin building the online portfolio they've been meaning to build. Course not designed for advanced coders—but all are welcome.

Collage: A Drawing and Design Strategy
Mara Metcalf
Monday and Tuesday 9 am-6 pm
Two day workshop (July 7-8)
DES 1035-N1
Non-Credit / Tuition: $340

Collage is a significant means of visual and tactile exploration available to artists in all media. The juxtaposition of signifiers is fundamental to the inspiration behind collage. Using chopped-up bits of newspaper and other fragments you will bring the external world into your work and expand the content of each image. References to current events and to popular culture enrich the expressive potential of your art. Humor, irony, paradox and even outrage often emerge. This workshop will also provide an exciting new way to tackle design issues in your work. Using collage methods, you will experiment with various formal constructions while expanding your artistic vision.