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Abstract art does not attempt to represent reality but seeks to achieve its essence using shapes, forms, colors, and textures. Learn simple techniques to create abstract art from real objects using a variety of mediums including colored pencils, crayons, watercolors and ink.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

Create an acrylics masterpiece using a simple step-by-step method.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

Weave pine needle baskets with Ponderosa needles coiled in native tradition. Bring $15 materials fee, scissors, & lunch.
PMC is manipulated just like clay, but after kiln firing it is solid fine silver. This course is an introduction to working with Precious Metal Clay (PMC) to make fine silver jewelry.

October 21-28, 2017, PEN 0224 (5 seats remaining)

Capture flowers and other botanical subjects on paper in a series of simple steps. Learn the fundamentals of botanical drawing and watercolor painting.
This class introduces students to basic Raku firing techniques. Community Learning students will work alongside credit students for five weeks. Taught by COCC faculty.
Learn to fuse colored powder glass onto small copper shapes and/or fired PMC (Precious Metal Clay) finished in the previous class. The enamel will be fired using both a kiln and a torch. Bring cash or check to instructor at first class
Relax and enjoy learning the fundamentals of drawing in this one-day workshop. Develop confidence in your skills as you experiment with a variety of media including pencil, pen/ink, conte' and charcoal.
Draw the human figure alongside others in a non-instructional setting. Drop in on Fridays to draw with the group.
Unleash your creativity by transforming a gourd into a birdhouse, rattle or bowl. Learn techniques from a local artist who has exhibited her work in galleries nationwide. Bring $20 materials fee and lunch.
Hand-lettering, or calligraphy is the art of elegant writing. The basics of calligraphy include the differences in letter styles and numbers, proper spacing and arrangement of words

December 2-9, 2017, HCC 0140 ( No seats currently available )

In this class, students will work along side credit students to enhance their 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.

September 25, 2017 to November 15, 2017, PEN 0226 ( No seats currently available )

This class will cover basic silver soldering skills including materials, setting up a soldering station, safety, and creating simple joints for making rings or chain.
Whether you are new to painting with watercolor, or just need to brush-up on your techniques, this is the class for you. Join professional watercolorist, Barbara Dubina, as she teaches the fundamentals of watercolor painting. Materials are required for this class. Bring a landscape photograph if you wish or the instructor will provide one.
Experience the joy of drawing outdoors, directly from nature. Learn techniques and tricks to enhance your drawings and conquer the use of values in this setting.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

Discover simple design and composition techniques to create a collage using a variety of materials: magazines, colored paper, watercolors, corks, straws, small boxes, strings, cords and fabrics.
Improve your drawing and painting skills and learn new ones while discovering the art of journaling. Build skills so you can record and draw things that are important to you.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

Perspective is a drawing technique that gives objects the appearance of going back in space, showing distance and depth. This class will focus on easy, step-by-step instructions for creating one and two-point perspective drawings.
Beginners will learn wheel throwing and hand-building techniques in this introductory pottery class while those with limited experience will expand their skill set.

September 26, 2017 to November 14, 2017, PEN 0226 ( No seats currently available )
September 28, 2017 to November 16, 2017, PEN 0226 ( No seats currently available )

Using acrylics, you will paint like the masters as you learn the secrets of 'under painting' and tonal techniques used in the Renaissance. Create abstract paintings that catch the eye by understanding the use of the value study, color, contrast and composition methods.
This is an acrylic painting art lesson in abstract art and landscape art. When you begin to think abstract, you are accepting the freedom of putting your thoughts and ideas to canvas without representing objects or realistic forms. Landscape scenery also allows your mind to 'runaway' with new ideas, techniques, shapes, and unlimited color.
Use and reinforce the basic skills learned in the Introduction to Silver Soldering Jewelry Making class to complete an in-class project and learn new tools and methods used for sizing and finishing rings.
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.
Discover simple watercolor techniques to create flowers, trees and cattails with the addition of ink to accent and define shapes.
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.
We've combined the best of both classes with wire working and hammered metal to give you a sample of each technique. Create three projects in this workshop: one using wire techniques, one using hammered metal techniques and a third using a combination of both.
Join professional artist Barbara Berry for a three-session drawing class to 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.
Get started painting realistically in acrylics by learning the basic skills. Create exciting color and learn techniques for painting light and shadow. Conquer the use of value and master the skills of composing and design.