Courses

Both beginning and experienced students will benefit from focusing on the traditional principles of figurative drawing. Form, gesture, proportion, modeling and perspective will be explored.


February 24, 2024 to April 27, 2024, W*211
Design and create a formal gown or other garment under the direction of a professional designer with impeccable tailoring skills. Basic sewing skills required.


March 16, 2024 to April 27, 2024, T*913B
Learn the magic of shaping hot glass. Open to both beginning and advanced students, this course teaches the glassblowing techniques required to create vessels and sculptural forms.


March 16, 2024 to April 27, 2024, C*117
March 17, 2024 to April 28, 2024, C*117
Practice the art of screenprinting through the exploration of basic techniques. Students will create a series of single and multi-colored edition prints while investigating their own interests, ideas and images through the printing process.


March 16, 2024 to April 27, 2024, B*208
This course is aimed at providing an understanding of the body and the human figure through sculpture. Portraiture and anatomical figure studies will accompany instruction in armature building, modeling, mold making, casting, and patina techniques.


March 17, 2024 to April 28, 2024
Create your own one-of-a-kind textiles, using a variety of surface embellishment techniques.


April 3, 2024 to May 1, 2024, T*614
Collect flowers from your garden and explore the fascinating world of plants in the fresh open air. Learn to depict the form, color and details of spring flowers in this one day workshop.


Saturday, April 20, 2024, W*205
Create your own unique designs on paper using this centuries old technique. Students will create several sheets of paper to use as stationery, bookmaking, scrapbooking and more.


Sunday, April 21, 2024, T*280
Design and sew your own simple garments. Learn how to draft a pattern using your measurements, properly cut fabric, and finish your creations on a sewing machine. Bring your own sewing machine to class. Students should have some machine sewing experience.


May 11, 2024 to June 29, 2024, T*614
Learn how to paint on a tablet using Procreate. Students will create digital paintings based still life and 2D images.


May 14, 2024 to June 4, 2024, T*608
Students are given a progressive series of projects that promote exploration of both traditional and alternative building techniques such as coil, mold, and slab.


May 14, 2024 to June 25, 2024, C*110
Explore the world of essential Metalsmithing focusing on earrings and pendants. Each student will create TWO pieces to bring home with them.


Wednesday, May 15, 2024, T*280
Open to all skill levels including beginners. Learn the basics of using the potter's wheel to create your own functional ceramics. Intermediate students will learn how to assemble pieces to create multifaceted pieces.


May 16, 2024 to June 27, 2024, C*110
Both beginning and more experienced students explore the basic metal shop techniques of welding, brazing, cutting and forming, and use them to build metal sculptures.


May 16, 2024 to June 20, 2024, B*109
Learn the magic of shaping molten glass. Both beginning and advanced students learn glassblowing techniques required to create vessels and sculptural forms. Advanced students refine their skills and learn more advanced techniques.


May 18, 2024 to June 15, 2024, C*117
Learn how to control your exposure and white balance while making informed decisions about ISO, shutter speed and aperture in order to achieve your vision! We'll spend time examining common exposure pitfalls and how to correct them, and we'll engage in a variety of creative assignments that will give you the confidence you need to capture consistent and beautiful images.


May 18, 2024 to June 22, 2024, T*608
Meet your class at Belle Isle and learn to draw spring and summer flowers and sites using soft pastels.


May 18, 2024 to June 29, 2024, Belle Isle State Park
This photography course explores alternative photo techniques through three mediums: photo weaving with inkjet prints, photo embroidery on fabric, and paper-making/printing with InkAid. Each two-week module combines an introductory week for medium exploration, artist discussions, and demonstrations, followed by a studio week for collaborative project work


May 18, 2024 to June 22, 2024, T*608
Using a simplified paint pallet and limited tools, you will learn the basics of watercolor painting on location. Starting with simple sketches and working toward completed paintings, students will learn to maneuver their paints in an effort to reference and capture materials with different textures and lighting in a variety of landscapes and backgrounds. Class will meet at various Detroit locations each week.


June 1-22, 2024, Ford Cafe
Learn how to create felted wool using soap and water. Students can choose to make either a small felted bag or a felted wall hanging.


Saturday, June 1, 2024, B*307 and B*308
Bring your own DSLR camera or use a CCS camera and learn how to light and photograph 2D and 3D art and objects without a full photo studio and professional lighting.


Saturday, June 8, 2024, T*1121
Each class in this series will focus on a challenging part of the human body for artists. Students will work from a live, clothed model to focus on drawing more realistic and volumetric parts of the body.


June 25, 2024 to July 9, 2024, W*309
Learn how to carve in wood or stone using both traditional and contemporary tools. Projects are self directed with the help from the instructor. Students provide their own materials.


July 20, 2024 to September 28, 2024, B*102