Courses

Weave pine needle baskets with Ponderosa needles coiled in native tradition. Finish with different patterns, stitches and embellishments from nature. Materials provided.


Saturday, October 26, 2019, BEC 0152
Embrace the world of ballet with experienced dance instructor Hilary Crockett. Practice proper warm-up techniques using the barre, center work and across the floor combinations. Learn ballet terminology while increasing flexibility and coordination in an encouraging environment.


September 27, 2019 to November 15, 2019, MAZ STDO
Beginners will learn wheel throwing and hand-building techniques in this introductory pottery class. Students will glaze their own creations and explore firing methods in a supportive environment with individual coaching along the way. Materials are required for this course.


September 24, 2019 to November 12, 2019, PEN 0226
September 26, 2019 to November 14, 2019, PEN 0226
Make your acrylic paintings more impactful by building a strong foundation through design, composition and value. Explore the four elements of good design, proper composition techniques as well as principles of color excitement and value. Some acrylic painting experience is helpful. Paints provided for the first class, panels available to purchase from instructor ($7- $10). A list of materials required for the remaining classes will be reviewed at the first class session.


October 7-28, 2019, BEC 0152
Calligraphy is the art of elegant writing. Explore the basics including the differences in letter styles and numbers, proper spacing and arrangement of words. A great class for the DIY person. Materials provided.


December 2-9, 2019, BEC 0152
Work alongside credit students and learn basic wheel throwing skills, simple glaze application and an understanding of fundamental ceramic processes. Includes presentation of historical, cultural and contemporary trends in ceramics.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Learn to make a copper or sterling silver cuff bracelet in this 3-day workshop. After technical demonstrations with various design options, choose the one you like best to make and embellish. Materials are required for this course.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Develop your own artistic language in this fast-paced introduction to drawing. A variety of techniques will be explored to help you build fundamental drawing and composition skills.


September 24, 2019 to December 12, 2019, RTEC 123
September 24, 2019 to December 12, 2019, PRI 127
January 7, 2020 to March 19, 2020, PEN 0105
Explore your creativity with oil painting. Learn concepts in composition such as design, color and value. Take inspiration from still life in a fun and encouraging environment. Class includes demonstrations, hands-on participation and design coaching.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Immerse yourself in key principles of design and color while learning how to lead the viewer's eye into a painted landscape. This hands-on course provides students with an opportunity to compose a landscape with the encouragement and coaching of a professional artist.


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Introduction to modeling the human form in clay from clothed and unclothed models using traditional additive and subtractive processes. Historical treatments of the figure and contemporary approaches will be referenced. Continuing Education students will work alongside credit students in this hands-on course. Materials are required for this course.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Be part of a community of beginning and professional artists as you practice drawing or painting the human figure. This class offers a structured studio environment with nude and clothed male and female models. Bring your own supplies and a portable easel or drawing board. Class cost covers the model fees.


September 27, 2019 to December 6, 2019, PCA 0000
January 10, 2020 to March 13, 2020, PCA 0000
Work alongside credit students to enhance ceramic hand-building and wheel throwing skills. This course has continued focus on complex thrown and hand built forms with attention to design elements, as well as the understanding of glaze formulation, testing and kiln firing. Materials are required for this course.


September 24, 2019 to December 12, 2019, PEN 0226
This is an introductory course intended to build visual literacy with emphasis on the historical and contemporary methods, processes and motivations that generate visual art experiences.


September 24, 2019 to December 12, 2019, MDR 115
Explore marbling, a unique art form that uses an aqueous surface to create one of a kind designs. Learn how to create both controlled and random patterns by floating droplets of oil based ink on a liquid base. No experience required. Bring a lunch and a clean white T-shirt for printing, all other materials will be provided.


Saturday, November 2, 2019, BEC 0152
Explore the beauty of oil painting with step by step instruction from professional artist Katherine Taylor. Students will learn to paint the red heart shaped Anthurium flower and leave with a piece of artwork that would make a wonderful Valentine's Day gift. All skill levels welcome. Materials provided.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
It is time to get in the holiday spirit and create beautiful holiday wreaths. This hands-on class offers step-by-step instructions to make and decorate holiday wreaths for your home or to give away as a beautiful homemade gift. Students will create three hand tied wreaths using natural materials such as conifer greenery, pinecones, dried flowers, berries, dried fruit and other plant materials. Materials included in price. Students are welcome to bring personal items to incorporate into their wreaths if they wish.


Saturday, November 23, 2019, BEC 0152
Explore how to strengthen a painting's composition with Notan, the Japanese term for "light-dark harmony." Notan can be used to create different patterns of light and dark element in a painting. Learn how to apply basic Notan techniques to reveal the balance behind a painting. Students may want to bring a lunch or snack. Materials are required for this course.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Intrigued by the idea of painting in oils but don't know where to begin? This jumpstart class will answer all your questions and more. Follow a step-by-step guide to create a small landscape painting of the Cascades, utilizing tricks and techniques to bring your canvas to expressive and colorful completion. Materials provided.


Saturday, December 7, 2019, BEC 0152
Explore how to paint dynamic landscapes in oil, based on a photograph. Learn how to apply strong value, design and color to any landscape reference in order to master the challenge of making your painting look better than the photograph. Bring your own landscape photo or one will be provided. All skill levels welcome. Materials are required for this course.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Improve your drawing and painting skills and learn new ones while discovering the art of journaling. Learn pen & ink and watercolor wash as a means to express yourself. Instructor will take you step-by-step through the process and teach you the basics so you have a fun and rewarding experience that you can continue at home. All skill levels welcome. Bring a watercolor journal or purchase one in class for $15. All other materials are provided.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Dive into the world of digital photography. Learn how to capture a beautiful image and use simple photo editing techniques to create a final product. Course includes an overview of basic camera controls as well as post-processing techniques. No experience required. Bring your camera and user's manual.


Saturday, November 23, 2019, PRI 111
Saturday, January 18, 2020, RTEC 124
This class introduces students to basic Raku firing techniques. Continuing Education students will work alongside credit students in this five week course taught by COCC faculty. To participate in this course, students should have experience with ceramics. Materials are required for this course.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Learn to master the art of watercolor using a step-by-step approach. Students will complete a series of skill-building exercises and will gain an understanding of the building blocks of watercolor: the wash, how light works, edge patterning, and the use of value to create volume and how to use it in your paintings. Materials are provided with the exception of watercolor paper. Students may bring their own or purchase from the instructor at $3 per sheet.


February 17, 2020 to March 23, 2020, BEC 0152
Discover simple watercolor techniques to create flowers, trees and cattails with the addition of ink to accent and define shapes. Materials provided.


Monday, November 4, 2019, RDM3 306
This class builds on skills learned in the Watercolor Simplified class. Use salt, plastic wrap, spray bottles, and masking fluid to create texture and depth. Materials provided.


Monday, November 18, 2019, RDM3 306
Watermedia is any media that is soluble in water such as watercolor or gouache (opaque watercolor) paint. Explore the innate properties and techniques of Gouache and learn how to use it opaquely & translucently in a painting. Master the foundations of a good painting: value, color, shape and edges. All skill levels welcome. Materials provided except for paper. Paper available for purchase in class at $2-$3/sheet.


March 7-14, 2020, BEC 0152
Discover wire wrapping and hammered metal jewelry techniques in this one-day workshop. Projects vary, but may include a wrapped stone, a hammered bracelet, or various rings. Great for beginners or those who have taken the class in the past and want to learn some new skills.


Saturday, November 9, 2019, BEC 0152
Saturday, January 25, 2020, RDM3 309
Saturday, February 29, 2020, BEC 0152
Join professional artist Barbara Berry as you learn the principles of translating what you see to paper. Refine your skills by practicing the concepts of volume, perspective, negative space, shading, line and more. Bring a 9" x 12" spiral bound sketchbook. All other materials provided.


Saturday, October 19, 2019, BEC 0152