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Arts & Design

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs related to the visual and performing arts, like photography and painting, along with artistic endeavors and approaches, like film studies and art history.

We also offer classes and programs that incorporate artistry in design, like decorating and home staging.

Our Arts & Design classes and programs seek to extend the values and resources of a liberal education into art and design fields.

Interior Decorating Professional Certificate

The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate program will equip students with industry skills and knowledge to begin a career in the interior decorating field. The program consists of five modules and a capstone presentation. Classes include foundational instruction in architecture, furniture and color theory. Students will also learn about materials, sourcing and industry specific business practices while also establishing fundamental business skills needed to be a successful interior decorator.

Upcoming Courses

Courses

Inspired by the raw energy of the 1960s, the unforgettable Audrey Hepburn, and music by Henry Mancini, students will paint their movie impressions using watercolor on paper. Explore the imagery of Manhattan street scenes, smoke-filled speakeasies, iconic fashions, and a rain drenching cat rescue using photo references. The fundamentals of street sketching will be taught for documenting personal adventures. Art supplies included.


This class meets Friday from 6pm-9pm. Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 9am-6pm. Course meets May 1-3.
This 2000 movie, nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is a magical tale of love awakened by a skilled chocolatier who delights in satisfying customers. Instruction will include creating signage for the chocolate shop using hand lettering techniques, bold images, and graphics to create colorful posters. Students will also paint decadent desserts while exploring the use of texture, depth, and shape. Sure to be a real treat! Art supplies included.


This class meets Friday from 6pm-9pm. Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 9am-6pm. Course dates are April 3-5.
Slip into the shoes of Georgia O'Keeffe as she made her way from art student to the first female painter achieving worldwide acclaim. Inspired by her enlarged flowers, students will create blooms of their own with graphite drawing skills and opaque watercolor techniques. No experience required!


This class meets Friday from 6pm-9pm. Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 9am-6pm. Course meets January 24-26., SPB, Room 206
Our Gauguin Art Weekend introduces this artist's unique work and begins an exploration of your own artistic abilities! No experience is necessary for this weekend; all levels of skill welcome. Art materials included.


This class meets Friday from 6-9pm. Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 9am-6pm. Course meets March 20-22.
Are you interested in becoming a home stager? This class is an ideal introduction before embarking on the full certificate program. Home staging is the art of preparing a home to go on the market. Develop skills to identify and accentuate a home's most positive features and downplay the negative aspects of a home to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.


Every day, starting on 05/07/20 and ending on 05/07/20
Understanding the principles and elements of design gives one the ability to make appropriate decisions regarding interior design. This class will study the principles of design and the elements and will study how those two things work together to create the desired effect.


One day on 03/11/20
This class will offer students an opportunity to create beautiful rooms by mastering color coordination, fabric choices, textures, lighting, and overall visual harmony. Furniture arrangement will also be explored as you work with templates guided by a professional interior decorator.


One day on 05/02/20
The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate equips students with industry skills and knowledge to begin a career in the interior decorating field.


Jan. 21, 2020 - April 25, 2020. Classes meet Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm. No class April 7th and 11th.
We are offering private professional training for Adobe Creative Cloud products. Want to learn more tips and techniques for Adobe Photoshop? Interested in learning inDesign for designing print and digital materials? Whether you are at the beginning of your design interests or work with the tools often and are looking for interesting ways to professionally enhance your design skill set, we can tailor the private session to your design needs.


Three 1-hour sessions, scheduled in consultation with the instructor
Join pro photographer Tom Veazey for this collaborative, hands-on workshop and explore all the features of your digital camera. This workshop features hands-on instruction, indoor and outdoor photography sessions (on and off-campus) and weekly assignments supplemented by classroom time for discussion, introduction of new topics, and the review and critique of participants' photographs.


Every week on Monday, starting on 01/27/20 and ending on 02/17/20, BUS, Queally Room Q156
Go beyond the Advanced DSLR workshop to challenge and expand your creative and technical knowledge and skills in this collaborative, participant-driven master class. Experience night and low-light photography, studio set-up, on-and off-camera flash, advanced composition, high ISO and 'large' aperture, shooting in manual mode, macro photography, creating and maximizing light, manual white balance, action and motion, black and white, portrait photography, light painting, and more.


Every week on Tuesday, starting on 03/03/20 and ending on 03/31/20
Sure to be a big treat! Sketch and paint mouthwatering sweet treats like ice cream, fudge brownies, decor cupcakes, and donuts while exploring the techniques for creating works of art. In an encouraging environment, a new confection will be presented, studied, and rendered in a personal sketch pad each class. Learn the basics of drawing, creating texture, shading to add dimension, and magical interest while designing fabulous compositions.


Every week on Monday, starting on 02/10/20 and ending on 03/16/20
Learn the difference between antiques and collectibles! Explore how to start your small business for selling antiques, how to keep records for tax purposes, how to buy and price antiques, and where to shop for them. Also learn what antique buyers in the Richmond area are looking for.


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Work with a Brewster color wheel and produce beautiful rooms for any interior. Start by examining rooms that have been produced by top decorators and train your eye to see what color theory has been used to get the stunning results. Discuss the psychological effects of individual colors. Study the warm and cool shades on the color wheel and produce award-winning palates for your own rooms.


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Learn the techniques to produce beautiful curb appeal for any home. We will explore walkways, doors, shrubs, lawns, screen porches, patios and lighting.


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The selection process is done and the work begins. Learn what every decorator needs to know in order to save yourself, and your client, time and money. Learn industry standards when selecting and calculating amounts for fabric, wallpaper, paint and rugs. Learn what materials are best used for different purposes and what designs are best used for different functions so that you will be prepared to offer the best advice to your clients.


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In this class, students learn how to master sketching rooms and scale drawings. Architect symbols will be taught with exact scale drawings. The class will start with free-hand sketches, move to graph paper, and finish with scale drawings using 3H and H pencils, the T-square and triangles. You will also learn how to sketch elegant window treatments, furniture, and beddings for your rooms.


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